1.1 THROWING AND CATCHING
(n) TARGET THROWING AND OTHER EXERCISES FOR ACCURATE PASSING
Exercises (games) working on accurate passing
Per pair, a ball and some kind of target: eg a post, a cone, a tennis ball etc.
The objective of these exercises is to ensure accurate passing. The fact that a less accurate pass has been given to a team-mate is often not evident. With these exercises, the difference between good and bad passing is more clearly highlighted.
A. Post-passing: an excellent game, not entirely free of danger so that throwing should only take place following a signal from the trainer (some will throw the ball so hard that it is not inconceivable that the post will be knocked over). The posts are lined up in a row. In each pair, one stands in front and one behind the post, both eight metres from the target. All of the Number 1s have a ball. On the trainer’s signal, they throw the ball to try to hit the post. Once everyone has thrown, the Number 2s can collect the balls and take their turn, again at the trainer’s signal. Which pair can be the first to hit the post 10 times?
B. The posts can equally well be exchanged for cones, or even more fun, cones with a tennis ball on top. Players aged 12‑18 normally prefer post-passing that has the advantage that the ball is thrown at normal height compared to throwing at cones that are rather too low.
C. Bottlegame – More suitable for outdoors. Each pair has two bottles filled with water. These are placed 10 metres apart. The players stand behind their own bottle and try to knock over that of their partner. If this happens, the partner must have the ball in his/her hands before being allowed to stand the bottle up. Which pair is the first to empty the bottle of their oppontents? Plastic bottles are recommended.