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How to Throw an Overhead Pass

Learn how to throw an overhead pass from former top-ranking college basketball player Jason Curry in this Howcast video.


This is how to make an overhead pass. A lot of times, an overhead pass is used to make outlet passes where you get the rebound, and you're looking to make a long, strong pass where you take the ball over your head and make the pass. A lot of times an overhead pass is also used because you can get more power in the pass because of the ball being over your head and the force.

So what George and I will do right now is we'll demonstrate a stationary over the head pass, and then we'll show you how it looks as far as getting a rebound and making an outlet off of the overhead pass. So George will go to one side of the lane, I'll come to the opposite side. So the first thing we want to do is, we want to put the ball over our head, just the way the term is. And then what we want to do is we want to step into our pass and then make a strong follow-through. So you see, as I follow through, my palms are going outward, and I'm getting a lot of power. So now George will throw the ball back to me, and I'll make an overhead pass. So now George will make an overheard pass back to me. And again, everything is power, straight, power, straight.

Now the last thing we'll do is George will go foul line extend it. So an overheard pass is primarily used to make an outlet pass. In the game of basketball, when the rebound is gathered by, most of the time, the forward, they want to turn and make an outlet pass to the guard, and this is primarily when the overhead pass is used because big players are always taught to keep the ball over their head. So when we turn an outlet, we want to make a strong overhead pass. Again, the main principle is getting power from your upper arms and outletting, and then also making sure that you step through with your legs. So as the ball goes up, I want to step forward with my right foot, power, overhead pass, and follow through. That's how you make an overhead pass.

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