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We have run several Skill Development Programs and Clinics at our holiday clinics. One of the main skill development areas for young players is handballing. In the past we have noticed many players still not executing the skill correctly. We suggest coaches think about ways in which you can help impact your players into being better in disposing the ball from short distances.

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 are up to scratch.

From experience in 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

– Ball must spin backwards!


Suggested Activities for Vida members: 


Technique Explanation #84 Click here 


Kick and Slide with Handball #74 Click here 


Handball Grids #104 Click here 


Handball Grid with mini goals #135 Click here


There are plenty more handball related activities on the website. Please select handball when searching in the right hand side bar to refine your search.