Basketball - Passing Points Game

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education Update

Passing Points Game - Red Team Will Score Three Points If They Sink This Basket
Passing Points Game -
Red Team Will Score Three
Points If They Sink This Basket
The Passing Points game is a great way to encourage you team to pass the ball. It also teaches good defense, moving to get open for a pass and wise shot selection.

Divide your class into two team and play a regular scrimmage, except for the following change in scoring. Each time a team makes a pass, they receive a "passing point." The coach keeps track and the more passes a team makes, the more passing points the team receives.

However, passing points aren't converted into actual "game points" until the team scores a basket. For example, if a team makes four successful passes then makes a basket, they score four points. If they make the four passes, then miss on their shot, they score no points and lose all their passing points. They must then start accumulating passing points from scratch.

Other Rules

  • Passing points drop to zero if the shot is missed, but also if the ball goes out of bounds.
  • If the team intercepts a pass, they inherit their opponent's passing points.
  • To receive a passing point, players cannot pass to the player from whom they just received a pass.
  • The first team to reach 100 points wins the contest. That should take about 10 minutes.

Since each shot is worth multiple points, players will work very hard to set up high percentage attempts--just as they should during a game.

Reference: Terry Szink, Offense--Passing Game,, 6/5/2006.


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