Penetration - an old-fashioned technical element going out of style or the basis for creating extra players in a specific part of the court?

The answer to this question determines the methods we use to help Branko learn the most common element in handball, in addition to catching and passing the ball.


If we take a closer look at the penetrating techniques of two of the best teams of the 1980s, we can see a few characteristics:

  1. The player in possession of the ball and moving forward always passes the ball to his closest teammate;
  2. Most attacks begin with a series of automatic penetrations, i.e. the preparation of attacks so that someone can try to score or pass the ball to the line playerafter a series of moves and passes.

If we ask ourselves the following questions:

Should a run for the ball begin with a step forward, a sidestep, cross step or a step over?

Which type of penetration is more important, a straight or semi-circular one?

Should the ball be passed with a backhand or a basic pass?

, the teaching methods will be based on repeating the same type of movements we have marked as the most important and the passing methods we think are the best, and we will correct the players based on these criteria.

When the players learn how to do all this well, we conclude that they know how to perform a penetration in attack.

The penetration from the past, which used to be an end in itself, is slowly going out of style in first-class handball, and it’s being replaced by a purposeful movement towards the goal, where Branko reads the game, and which he uses to create a numerical superiority or free shooting space.

If we look at it this way, automating one movement is not the most important thing, and the questions we have to ask ourselves are as follows:

How to teach a player to read the situation?

How to teach him to move with purpose, with and without the ball?

How to teach him to decide when to shoot, and when to pass the ball to his teammate performing both actions efficiently?

, and we create methods of learning which are based on developing those abilities.

Why is it important to learn the penetration as the first element of offence that Branko should master at the very beginning of practicing handball?

Because it is bio-mechanically extremely simple to perform and it is the basis for all other offence elements.

If Branko knows how to perform a penetration well, his game looks fast and efficient.

What is important in penetration and what does it consist of?

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