The aim is to improve the baseball pass technique. This is most often used when passing over a long distance, or to start a fast break.

 



Start in a balanced stance with feet shoulder width apart. Players should use the back foot to pivot on, and turn the body to the side which they are going to pass from. Place the passing hand behind the ball and the non-passing hand in front of it, with fingers comfortably spread. The ball should be held up to the ear, elbows should be tucked in and the weight should be kept on the back foot.

The next stage is to locate the target, but try not to look directly at it, as this would make it easier for opponents to read and intercept the pass. Maybe introduce a fake pass or look in another direction before passing to try and deceive a defender.

The next phase is executing the baseball pass, here a player needs to step in the direction of the pass, through extending the legs, back, and arms, this will create the majority of the power needed. The wrist and fingers should then be flexed to release the ball off the first and second fingers of both hands. Keep both hands on the ball until the release. Then follow through to finish up with the arms fully extended, fingers pointing at the target and palms facing down.

Common Faults:

Pass lacks accuracy: This often occurs if the passing hand is placed to the side of the ball instead of behind it, or players do not point their fingers at the target on release. Concentrate on hand placement, and point at the target.

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