The aim is to improve the behind the back pass technique. This is most often used by advanced players when a defender runs head on at them, because it allows them a bit more time to pass the ball to a teammate.

 



Start in a balanced stance with feet shoulder width apart. Players should use their back foot to pivot on, and turn their 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 moved behind the hip, 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 the player needs to step in the direction of the pass, switch their weight to their front foot, and extend their legs, back, and passing arm, 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 finger of the passing hand. Keep both hands on the ball until it is released. Pass the ball behind the back, then follow through to finish up with the arm fully extended, fingers pointing at the target and palms facing up.

Common Faults:

Taking the non-passing hand off too soon: When this occurs players lose some control of the pass, and may miss the target. Concentrate on keeping both hands on the ball whilst placing it behind the hip and until the release.

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