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The cat flap
“Cat-flapping” is an exciting way to build core handling skills for close contact. It enables players to offload on the move out of the back of their hand and maintain continuity. By using the four points of contact and then two, players can pass the ball out of the back of his hand effectively.
- Start with a feeder (F) holding a ball facing the passer (P) who has receivers R1 and R2 either side of him.
- R2 has a ball.
- F passes to P who “cat-flaps” the ball to R1.
- Now R2 passes his ball to F who passes it to P who then offloads it to R2.
- After swapping roles, develop by having the group move forward and pass as they move.
- The receiver takes a short pass, steps out and away from a defender on the inside who tries to touch the ball.
- Once past the defender, the receiver “cat-flaps” the ball to a supporting player.
- Take the pass into four points of contact: Hand, forearm, bicep and chest.
- Pass the “cat-flap” with two points of contact.
- Move the ball to the outside arm when coming towards a defender.