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Extra handball work

Over term four 2018, we ran some programs for most junior levels and abilities. One of the takeaways from them was that a high number (not all) players were not hand-balling the ball very well.  The main concern is that players were throwing and punching the ball out of the air and hurting their wrists, therefore they didn’t want to handball over long distances.
As coaches, we need to make sure one of the simplest skills is up to scratch.
From experience is running footy camps, weekly programs and doing private footy lessons, players should be able to handball the ball properly even at a tackers level.
Spending extra time in your session dedicated to skill acquisition with all levels and ages will see your players improve at a much faster rate.  Below there are some suggested activities to implement more handballing.  If you have any further questions please contact us and we can help.  Have a great week!
Technique Tips.
The following technical points are crucial to enable your players to handball effectively.  As your players progress, you can choose more of these points to work on.

– Hand under the ball
– End of the ball pointing slightly up
– Punch the ball with a downward motion of the back top of the ball
– Contact arm should be bent, almost to a 90-degree angle
– Punching hand to finish in holding hand
– Step forward with opposite foot when contacting the ball
– Swings arms forward to promote momentum
– The ball must spin backward!