Play SKILLS: Ball Handling Practice
For skills development, guide your child using this drill.
With your guidance, you can teach the youngsters will how to hold a ball with two hands and push the ball downward with all their fingers.
This task is a simple one but will provide an increase in the child’s self-confidence. Being able to control a ball when it is bouncing, is difficult. But there are several teaching hints to nurture this ability development through training.
There are several educational principles that must be understood [by both YOU and the child]. These scientific concepts include:
- The weight of an object and the effect of different weights of objects while in your hands or under your feet.
- The effects of gravity on an object.
- The effect of force when it is applied to an object
- The techniques of eye tracking: monitoring an object while it is in motion
- Correct alignment of fingers and both lower and upper arms
- Good posture and alignment
- Effective selection of hand and finger direction as object approaches the child.
Equipment: Using a medium ball 7”-10” (20-30 cm.) and a hoop 25-35” (60-90 cm.). Lay the hoop FLAT on the ground, between the child and YOU. Place each of your feet at the outside edge of the hoop.
- Standing with feet slightly apart, the child holds the ball with both hands. Arms are extended downward.
- Ask the child to bounce the ball into the HOOP. “Bounce the ball into the POT”.
- Ask them to use enough force by PUSHING the ball, to not only make the ball bounce into the CENTER of the hoop, BUT to bounce to you, the partner.
- Reverse PUSH and Bounce from you to the child.
- Urge them to stand TALL when catching the ball.
- Catch the ball with both hands.
- Repeat until action is smooth and controlled.
Look at the Training Series for more ideas to train ball handling skills in Part Six: Hang On skills.
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