Print this page

Pass and Replace

Written by

Pass and Replace combines almost all skills involved in offensive basketball with a fast break mentality and conditioning. A great multi-purpose drill.


Pass and Replace sets up this way

One player on each sideline, about 28 feet from the endline (or where the hashmarks are on some courts).

Remaining players are in a single line under each basket. The first player in each line has a ball.

Pass and Replace1

The drill starts with the players under the baskets (1 and 4) passing to the players on the side line (2 and 5).

2 and 5 then pivot (the coach can mandate a particular pivot if he likes) and pass the ball up the sideline (the coach mandate a particular type of pass if he likes) to 3 and 6.

After a player passes the ball, he sprints to replace the player he passed to. 1 passes to 2 and replaces him while 2 passes to 3 and replaces him, etc.

Pass and Replace2
When the ball reaches the second player on the sideline, in this case 3 and 6, they take the ball on the dribble to the basket. The coach can limit the number of dribbles if he finds it effective (I always allowed only 1 dribble). Pass and Replace3

The next players in line (7 and 10) rebound the layup, pass up the sideline and replace the players they passed to. The shooter goes to the end of the line uner the basket.

The ball goes up the sideline as players pass and replace.

Pass and Replace4
Again, when the ball reaches the second player on the sideline, he takes the ball for a layup, the next player in line rebounds and continues the drill. Pass and Replace5

As illustrated, the drill is run with 2 ball but can be run with as many balls as necessary to keep the entire team involved. With 12 players, I typically use 3 balls.

The drill is moderated by time and makes. So, if we run the drill for 5 minutes and 2 balls, our goal is 100 makes. If we use 3 balls, it's 125.

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

Latest from Don Kelbick

Related items