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Grip / Catch / Pass

Skill - Catch and Pass

Grip the Footy

Carry the football with two hands.

Position - Thumbs on top, fingers spread underneath, pull your thumbs back on the footy (palms off the ball).


Hands up, in front of the body, thumbs in tight, fingers spread.

Elbows off your chest, arms flexed, in front of the body, towards the ball.

Catch the ball in your fingers, away from your chest (Watch the ball).


Point the ball facing to the ground (wrist, thumbs and fingers to the ground, turn the ball down).

Arms down in front of your body, not over extended, but straight.

Start the ball from outside your hip on the opposite leg to the direction that you are passing the ball. Never start the ball from the centre of your body.

The ball travels underneath your body, not around your body.

On release of the ball, your weight should be on your opposite foot, over the top of the ball, with toes facing forward/ hips square. You rotate from your shoulders, keeping your feet and hips square down the field. On release of the ball your eyes should be looking to the receiver.

Pass the ball softly, making sure that you follow through with your arms in the direction of the support runner and release the ball with no rotation on it. Fingers pointing towards the receiver (target). 

Weight the ball as it travels upwards towards the support runner’s eyes.

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