Basketball Drills: Dawg Passing

This is a passing drill that Coach Mike Neighbors used at the University of Washington.

That is why he called it “Dawg” passing.

He is now at Arkansas, so maybe it is “Hawg” passing now.

There are two versions on this post.

The first version is a diagram that includes layups and the second version is a passing and catching only version (You Tube Video).

Coach Neighbors has a newsletter that is the longest running one that I know of.

If you would like to be added to it, please let me know and I will pass along your email address to him.

This is a drill that is fast moving and requires communication.



Dawg Passing Drill

Diagrams created with FastDraw



Players 1, 7, and 10 start with basketballs.

1 passes to the line directly across from her to player 4.

1 then cuts on diagonal to receive pass from front of bottom opposite line (player 7) which she takes in for a layup.

After 7 passes to 1, 7 goes to the end of the line behind where 6 is.




1 gets her own rebound, passes the ball to 8 (the same line that passed to her for the layup) and goes to back of line where pass came from–behind player 9.

The top basketball is now on the opposite side with player 4.

4 passes to 2, cuts to the basket, and receives a pass for a layup from 10

The drill now repeats itself from this side with the passes and cuts being the same.

You can make it competitive by timing to see how long you can go without bad passes, drops, or missed layups.

Or, you can split into two ends and set a time counting completed passes and made layups.

Dawg Passing Drill

This is a You Tube video (without sound) of the above drill without shooting layups.

Click the play arrow to see the video.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

26 comments for “Basketball Drills: Dawg Passing

  1. Tim Montanaro
    December 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Please pass along my email to Coach Neighbors, as well as others willing to share their drills. Thanks!

    • williab83
      December 31, 2014 at 8:09 am

      I will add you to the list.

  2. Matt Bannish
    December 30, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I would like to receive Coach Neighbor’s newsletter. Thanks

    • williab83
      December 31, 2014 at 8:08 am

      Hi Matt,

      Will do!


  3. Mark
    January 1, 2015 at 3:05 am

    I would like to receive the newsletter from Coach Neighbors regarding the Dawg Passing

    • williab83
      January 8, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      I will get you added, Mark. Thanks–Brian

  4. Laura Joiner
    January 14, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Please add me to Coach Neighbors email list. Thank you!

    • williab83
      February 8, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      I’ll get your info to Coach Neighbors – thanks!

  5. NB
    August 29, 2015 at 5:10 pm

    Please add me to Coach Neighbors’ email list, thanks!!

  6. Fred Stones
    November 29, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Please pass my name along to be added to email list – thanks!

  7. Justin
    November 29, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Please add me to Ciach Neighbors email list.

  8. Greg Coffey
    November 29, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Please add me to Coach Neighbors newsletter distribution list and anyone else you suggest on your website.


  9. Doug
    November 29, 2015 at 9:09 am

    I would appreciate it if you add me to your list….
    Thanks Doug

  10. Dave Wisniewski
    November 29, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Please add me to Coach Neighbors email list. Thank you!

  11. Hunter
    November 29, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    please add me to Coach Neighbors email list.

    thank you!

  12. Steve
    November 29, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    add me

  13. Chris
    November 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Please add me to the list, thank

  14. TGas
    June 17, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Nice passing and layup drill! Also, I too, would like to be added to Coach Neighbors’ basketball newsletter email list. Thanks!

  15. Joey
    June 19, 2016 at 1:36 am

    Please add me to the list.

  16. bill kringe
    June 22, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    add me to coach Neighbors’ list

  17. Paul G
    July 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Please add me to Coach Neighbors newsletter. Thanks

  18. Janel
    December 3, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    Please add me thanks!

  19. Rae Drake
    December 4, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Please add me to the list

  20. Coach Harris
    January 3, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    I’m aboard 🙂 looks good

  21. Joe Hofmann
    April 11, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Please put me on Coach Neighbors’ email list. Thanks a lot!

  22. Randy Tuggle
    August 8, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I’ve been on Coach Neighbors” email list and would like to continue to be on it now that he’s at Arkansas.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *