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VIDEO: The spin pass

Develop the basics of the spin pass so players can learn to pass either to their left or right. Then put into more realistic game situations.

 

Practice 1: Split the players into pairs with a ball. They stand side by side about 4 metres apart facing forward. The first player holds the ball in his right hand and rests it on the right hip. He turns his body and shoots the ball off the hip towards his partner, the target. He should make sure his hand is towards the target.

Practice 2: Split the players into groups of four or five, standing in a straight line about 5 metres apart. Start the ball at one end. The players must spin pass the ball along the line and back.

TECHNIQUE

Hold the ball from the underneath and with a “back hand” grip to put the spin on it.

Plant the lead foot and lean towards the direction of the pass.

Guide the hands to follow through towards the target. Players must understand the importance of the follow through i.e. where the hands follow through to is where the ball will go.

DEVELOPMENTS

Have two lines of players facing each other, start the balls opposite each other – on the whistle it is a race to spin pass the ball along the line and back. This will emphasise the importance of accuracy over speed.  Have the lines of players jogging and then running in a straight line passing the ball.  Increase the distance between each player.

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