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Striking with the Hand

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Striking an object with the hand involves two key movements, controlling an object in an upward direction (the volley) and controlling an object in a downward direction (the bounce).  This resource focuses predominantly on striking downwards and in particular the stationary bounce.  Striking with the hand while on the move (dribbling) is considered one of the more difficult fundamental movement skills as it involves hand-eye coordination, tracking a moving object and applying force through the hand, all while trying to maintain balance.  For this reason the resource begins with the introductory movement of the stationary bounce.  Many of the teaching points associated with the stationary bounce can also be applied to the volley and to bouncing on the move when pupils are ready to develop these skill.  Striking with the hand is important in a range of sporting activities including basketball, gaelic football, netball, volleyball and handball.

Things to consider

Balloons can be very useful when exposing pupils to striking with their hands, while soft balls are appropriate when beginning to learn the bounce.  An organised, open spaced, learning environment is essential when teaching bouncing and volleying as there can be safety concerns around tripping and collisions. 

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