How to Make an Overhead Pass in Basketball

Learn how to make an overhead pass from the Harlem Wizards in this Howcast basketball video.

Alright guys, it’s me Swoop. I’m still here with Mr. 540 and we’re talking about the different types of passes.

The next pass we talk about is going to be the overhead pass, alright? No, no, no, not overhead like this. This is used for long distances, okay? Sometimes you get big rebound down their in the paint and you want to make sure you keep the ball over your head, hence the name overhead pass.

Same fundamentals we talked about before. We step and take the ball over our head, passing it to the chest area. Now as you notice, Mr. 540 is pretty close. If we back him out of the shot a little bit, we head on down, step. I can still execute the pass at longer ranges. No matter how far Mr. 540 goes, go Mr. 540, go! Still executing a long distance pass.

This overhead pass is used in many different occasions, but the number one time it’s used is to start a fast break after a huge rebound. Or maybe you’ve taken the ball out of bounds and you want to throw a long distance pass to your teammate so they can score a basket. And that is how you execute the overhead pass.