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How can you strengthen a chest pass?
I get my girls to practice with a medicine ball. Hard at the time, but it really improves the power in their passing. Also make sure you step into the pass with non grounded foot for more strength in the pass.
While I agree that the chest pass has it's place in netball, I would encourage the use of the shoulder pass. The shoulder pass is a much stronger pass. Once again use the non dominant foot to step into the pass for more strength.
I agree with Helen. In netball, a chest pass is always practised but the use in a real netball game is fairly non existent. My suggestion would be to concentrate on the technique of all passes, put them into some active movement and remember to swop direction of drills so all is being practiced.
All types of passes are important in netball including the chest pass. There are a few ways that these can be srengthened easily. Firstly you must have a good technique. Secondly you must improve the players core strength. You can use a 2kg medicine ball for throwing (close distances), ab rotations and sit ups with the medicine ball. Make sure that what ever you do to one side of the body, you do to the other for balance. PNF activities (resistance stretching) can also help develop strength, flexibility and conditioning for your players to help their passing.
I agree that using a medicine ball does help but that depends on what age group the kids are. You could start them off with a basketball first and then move onto a medicine ball as most netball players are not use to the weight of a medicine ball and using the basketball will get them use to the extra weight.
I agree with all the above but here is another method to help with building up the arm muscles and thus in time will help with a strong chest pass. Try standing a metre away from a wall with a ball and placing a target on the wall (to aim at-approx chest height is where the ball should be hitting the wall) and in 30 seconds, see how many passes against the wall you can do. Gradually take this up to 1 minute and try to expand on the amount being done every time you perform this exercise. If this is done several time during the day it will help build muscles and timing quicker. Hope this helps.
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