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This week’s featured Drill of the Week is a passing drill that we call “Hummer”. This is a passing drill that we use to start practice at least once per week, and it is a drill that we us to start our pre-game warm-ups every game. The emphasis on the drill is to make the ball “hum” from person to person with a crisp on time on target pass. Besides the emphasis of the pass, there is also an equal emphasis on communication and catching the pass. We generally try to complete 7 perfect rotations on each side within 4 minutes. As the season progresses, we will get to 10 perfect rotations on each side in 5 minutes. A perfect rotation includes on time on target passes, no fumbled passes, communicating on every catch and pass, and finishing the last backdoor cut with a lay up. During practice we will progress to adding dummy defenders on our wing pass to the post and a defender on the low post. These defenders really don’t effect the flow of the drill, but they do provide us a chance to create a catch on the wing, pass around a defender into the post, and the low post create a catch on the block.
The ball starts at the top above the 3pt line. There is a flash into the high post elbow area and a two handed bounce pass is delivered to the flash at the elbow. The next pass is a backdoor pass to the wing cutter, who attacks the rim but throughs a flood (drift) pass to the opposite corner. That corner person started on the wing but fills the corner when the ball is driven along the baseline. The corner person should shot fake and then pass to the next wing offensive player. That wing then passes to the low post, who then passes inside out to the top of the key. That entire cycle is on rotation. The players rotate to the next line in the direction of the flood (drift) pass along the baseline. Initially in our video that is a counter clockwise rotation.
“Hummer" is a great way to get practice or pre- game warm-ups started with some basic fundamentals of passing, catching, talking, and cutting.