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VIDEO: Warm-up skills to improve grip
Use these two warm-up catching skills activities to develop excellent hand-catch and grip habits. Tosh Askew, a very experienced coach who’s worked with elite squads, shows us how to work the basics.
Every time a player makes a catch, they need to ensure:
- Ten points of contact on the ball.
- Shape the hands to the shape of the ball.
- The grip should tight enough so another player cannot knock the ball away.
- The grip comes through the ends of the fingers and the thumbs.
A good grip means:
- Good ball manipulation close to contact. The player can pass securely.
- Better control of the pass. The fingers add direction when the pass is made.