PIVOTING IN NETBALL

Once you have gained possession of the ball, you might find that you are in a difficult position to pass to anyone. If you are in this situation you have the option of taking one step in any direction, better known as pivoting.

Balance is key in netball, before attempting the pivot you must regain balance. If you try to execute a pass while not fully in control there is a chance that an opposing player will intercept.

Once you are fully balanced you can start the manoeuvre. Choose the direction you want to be in and move one of your legs to make it point that way. The rotation is done on the ball of your stationary foot, while swinging the other leg around. If you are not happy with your position after your first pivot, do it again.

It is important to remember that the rules state that you can only move one of your legs, so once you have pivoted you must continue to keep the stationary leg still. Your upper body should also be kept as stationary as possible during the pivot. Keep your eye on the game at all times and be ready to execute a pass once you are stationary and under control. Your stationary foot must remain in contact with the floor until you have released the ball.

You need to keep your eye and mind on the game when pivoting and you need to be able to do it in the blink of an eye. The only way to achieve this and make it effective in a real game situation is to practice!

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