Overhead and Step-Around Passes

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In this video we look at two special passes, the overhead pass and the step-around pass. Each pass has a specific use. The overhead pass is used to get the ball to a teammate who is located farther away than a simple chest or bounce pass can reach. The step-around pass is used when you are being closely guarded and you need to get the ball to a teammate.

Overhead pass summary:

  1. assume an athletic stance with your hands on either side of the ball
  2. as you step forward raise the ball to the crown of your head
  3. when your foot hits the floor bring your upper body forward
  4. at the same time, bring the ball forward with a chopping motion
  5. rotate your palms outward and your thumbs down
  6. hold that position until the ball reaches your teammate
  7. the ball should hit your teammate above the shoulders

Step-around pass summary:

  1. assume an athletic stance with your hands on either side of the ball
  2. use a cross-over step to bring your foot forward and place it on the outside of your opponent’s foot
  3. at the same time raise the ball to the side of your head away from your opponent
  4. when your foot hits the floor bring your upper body forward
  5. at the same time, bring the ball forward with a chopping motion
  6. rotate your palms outward and your thumbs down
  7. hold that position until the ball reaches your teammate
  8. the ball should bounce and hit your teammate at waist level

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