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50 passes is a competitive team drill that focuses on ball toughness, passing, screening and communication. The goal of 50 passes is to be the first team to successfully complete 50 passes without getting the ball deflected and having the passer say the name of the person they are passing to. Eliminating dribbles after the first pass increases the pressure that the defense can put on the offense, making it more difficult to complete the passes. Requiring the passer to say the name of the receiver helps to build good communication habits while under duress.
On the FMS blog:
Building Communication With Your Team
Building Communication on Defense
The first team to 50 passes wins.
The first offensive player with the ball on the court gets unlimited dribbles until they make a pass.
After the first pass no dribbles are allowed.
In order for a pass to count towards the total.
- Pass is not tipped by the defense
- Passer calls the name of the receiver while passing
On turnovers, change possession and start with an inbounds pass.
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