The aim is to improve the sidearm pass technique. This is most often used when a player has a defender closely guarding them, and have to pass around them. The execution of the sidearm pass is very similar to that of the overhead pass, with the exception of the positioning of the ball.

 



When attempting a sidearm pass players need to place their hands each side, and slightly behind the ball when they receive it. Their fingers should be comfortably spread. The ball should be held between the shoulder and hip, and to one side of the body. The players elbows should be tucked in and they should maintain a balanced stance with feet shoulder width apart. Keep the ball in front of the body.

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 sidearm pass, here players need 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. Then follow through to finish up with the arms fully extended, fingers pointing at the target and palms facing out to the side. 
This pass can also be executed with just one hand.

Common Faults:

Pass lacks power: This error usually occurs if the ball is held behind the body, and players do not extend their legs, back, and arms enough. Concentrate on these phases of the pass to eliminate the error.

Pass lacks accuracy: This often occurs if the strong hand is too dominant, or players do not point the fingers at the target on release. Concentrate on emphasizing the weak hand, and point at the target.

Ball gets stolen: This usually occurs when the ball is held behind the body, as an opposing player can steal the ball from a players hands. Concentrate on holding the ball out to the side, but as to not break the plane of the body.

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