Pass, Cut, & Fill: Skip Pass

This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series Passing Actions

Implementation of the Skip Pass will follow a similar progression as passing to a player 1 pass away. Remember the rule is that on a Skip Pass, the player 1 pass away from the ball cuts to the rim. If there is no player 1 pass away, then there is no cut. This action is very difficult to defend.

I KNOW I KNOW!!! I know it “breaks the rule” of the passer cutting. So does the Baseline Drive Adjustment break the rule for an Attack Dribble. This one is pretty easy for players to learn though. Not to mention it’s really hard to guard and creates better perimeter movement than a weakside flash.

5 offensive players 1 action
Players will start at all 5 perimeter spots. The ball can start with any player. Players make the skip pass, cut, and fill without defense. Place emphasis on straight hard cuts to the rim. Players without the ball must fill one pass away spots aggressively. Passers must ball fake the cutter before the next perimeter pass is made. This is used to show the whole Layer.



3 offensive players 1 action
Players start at 3 designated spots. The player with the ball makes a skip pass. The appropriate player cuts to the basket and catches the pass from the person receiving the skip pass. The initial passer fills the open spot as the cutter finishes the building block with a short jump shot or a layup.


3 offensive players 1 defensive player 1 action
Ready to challenge individual defenders again? We challenged them when we play 2 on 1 with a drive, kick, and closeout. This action will be tough for them to defend as well. The defender could guard any of the 3 offensive players. There are skills that can be taught and drilled from every position. The most interesting is to have them defend the player who is getting skipped (ie the cutter). They really have to work to bump this cut on the skip pass. They can guard the passer and work on their defensive positioning once the pass is made.

3 offensive players 2 defensive players 1 action
We can put these two defenders on any of the two players. We are drilling the changing of defensive positioning on a skip pass. We’re still bumping cutters as well. This will get more interesting when we add multiple actions.

3 offensive players 3 defensive players 1 action
We are drilling the changing of defensive positioning on a skip pass. We’re still bumping cutters as well. This will get more interesting when we add multiple actions.

4 offensive players 1 action
Now we have the opportunity to talk more about a topic that we have touched on previously. The idea of being patient to fill is extremely useful in setting up other actions. Placing 4 players on the court creates a scenario where there is at least 1 person more than 1 pass away. This player who is more than 1 pass away does not have to fill up to the next open spot. They can stay where they are. If a pass is made, they can fill the open spot on the move. Here they may take advantage of a defender who may not be alert. As post players are added to the mix, this is a great way to set up pin screen opportunities as well.

There’s not much use in going into more detail on the skip pass. Of course you can add defenders on the 4 offensive players. You can increase to 5 offensive players. I’m going to skip those progressions for now. If you’ve read the other breakdowns, you get the idea.

It’s time to combine actions.

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