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Basketball — July 15, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Basketball Passing: The Chest Pass

This is the basic pass in basketball; the pass’s trajectory is in a straight line and therefore it is easy to be caught by the defense. So whenever you decide to use the chest pass be aware of the surroundings and the defense. Make sure it is safe to through a chest pass and there is quite enough space between the defensive player and the pre-paned trajectory of the ball.

the chest pass

To perform a chest pass, first you need to hold the ball with both hands in front of your chest; the palms should be at the back of the ball – between the ball and the chest. This is important for the force you need for a straight and powerful pass. The body position is formed with the help of the legs, one slightly behind you and the other in front of you. The power to launch the ball from the chest comes from the feet (like the boxer’s punch). When you push the ball from your chest toward your teammate, use the feet for more power by stepping forward (one leg a bit forward mentioned before). Extend your arms to the fullest also; never bend the elbows because the ball will lose speed and it will be an easy target for the defense.

The Chest pass is most effective in long distance. Shot chest passes may well be too powerful for your team mate; it can hurt his fingers and the ball will be lost easily.

Practice the chest pass with a friend/teammate while running or static. With practice you’ll gain visual perception on how fast to react to a chest pass, how power should you use for a chest pass (remember to rationally save body energy for the game; don’ t spend it all at once).Use some velocity in the chest pass since you won’t be using the floor.

the chest pass

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