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‘Omaha’ Drill Works Reflexes, Passing

Keep warm-up drills moving quickly while pushing skills you want — these passing drills are a perfect fit as they are efficient and test players’ accuracy

Be sure passing is a focus during your warm-up time — this a great drill to work on a variety of passes in a short time.

In the first phase of the drill, every player has a ball. Players are paired with one near the sideline and the other close to the lane line.

All players are in a defensive stance with a ball. A player rolls the ball to the partner, who also is rolling his or her own ball. Players continue to roll two basketballs back and forth for 30 seconds [1]. Now just the players on the sideline have a ball. Run through passing back and forth with chest passes, bounce passes (shown) and stationary shooting [2]. The players on the left lane line now separate further past the other side of the lane for back-and-forth baseball passes [3].


The first phase of rolling the ball works on players’ reflexes and gets them making accurate passes without thinking too much — they simply have to react. Keep the other phases moving quickly so players go off instinct, which is pivotal when attempting to beat a defense in a game.

Michael Austin

About Michael Austin

I’ve dedicated my professional career to advancing the education of basketball on a local, regional and national level, but my love of the game took off on the outdoor courts of my hometown in Massachusetts. From youth hoops to the highest level of collegiate basketball, I’ve witnessed and reported on it all, and I’m ready to take this knowledge to provide you with the best coaching publication available – Basketball Coach Weekly.
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