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11s - Overhead passes

How is it best to teach 11's to throw over players?  I know we teach them to drive in front but there are times they need to throw over and I have found they they throw drops short.  So the pass is easily intercepted.  It is like I have spent so much time drilling to come in front when they have to throw over they can't do it.  Thx

If you are going to teach them a one-handed shoulder pass, it is very important to show them that the ball MUST be held high, not at their shoulder (that's a shot-put!).  Make sure the feet are right - whichever hand the ball iis in, that foot should be the back foot, the other foot is the landing foot - " Ball Hand, Foot Back" - body and shoulders will then be at 45degrees to the direction of throw. Then they need to create a right angle between their body and upper arm and another at their elbow - this brings the ball "Nice and High, Above your Eye", ball balanced on the top of the palm, with fingers behind it.  Then release the ball, transferring weight forwards and bringing the back foot to the front, fingers should end up pointing in the direction that the ball travels.  If the ball starts high, it can travel in a straight line through the air without "drooping", so make sure the elbow is not dropped into the shotput position.

At this age I would  be very reluctant to teach a two-handed overhead pass because they will not be physically strong enough yet to not overarch their backs which could bring potential back problems.

Bit of a long answer but i hope it helps

 

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