Handstand throw in

Discussion in 'Soccer Boots' started by lizarazu, Sep 7, 2002.

  1. lizarazu

    lizarazu New Member

    Oct 28, 2001
    I remember once watching a player at a local club team doing that throw in trick where they do the little "flip" and throw the ball, and I just recently saw that one U-19 U.S. girl do the same move. I was wondering if anyone here has ever tried/accomplished that move before, and could give me a few pointers as to how I could do it as well? Cheers.
  2. Jerlon

    Jerlon Member

    Aug 29, 2001
    Western NY
    I just saw a girl do it today in a High School game here in NY. Its relativley simple if you can do the flip. What most players do to do this is;

    Have the ball in your hands and start your run, as you approach the line start to bend over and place the ball on the ground as you flip, as your feet hit the ground bring your whole upper body motion into the throwing of the ball.

    Note: I have seen many players do this illegaly as they let go of the ball before their feet hit the ground.
  3. helmzgk

    helmzgk New Member

    Jun 14, 2002
    I played against a college team, our first game of the season, and their right back kept doing that. He literally got it from the touch to the other side of the eighteen. Too many times though he got it too close to me, the keeper, so it was pretty easily handled.
  4. Richie

    Richie Red Card

    May 6, 1999
    Brooklyn, NY, United
    This is not a simple move as Jerlon posted to you. It is a difficult move, and I would not recommend you try it. If your still going to attempt it you should have a good back ground in gymnastics or forget it.

    Dangerous move if you make a mistake. Easy to slip in the rain if you try it in HS games because of the clay outside running track.

    I would not recommend having youth players try it. Also because 99.99% of the coaches can't do it or coach it or want to.

    But for those who do.

    I received a post from a guy named Daniel. He did them, and has a very good step by step on this move. It sounds very difficult, and is very difficult to do without a gymnastic background. Well good luck and stay healthy.

    Plus you need someone else who knows how to do it right to help you, and to spot you or you could get hurt.
    This is his post.

    "Most of the power from the flip throw-in comes from the extension in the back and the rotation generated from the body's motion. Some players can throw to the far post when in the offensive third of the field.

    Although ideally you want to start by teaching the player how to do this technique with good form, which is the way to get the maximum distance, the first thing you have to deal with is the player's fear in doing this the first time.

    I must have made 20 or 30 runs up to the side line before I got the courage to go over all the way.

    A couple of things make this procedure difficult.

    First, you don't get to place your hands in the spacing you normally would when doing a front
    hand spring, straight up above the shoulders. Obviously, the spacing of the hands will be a little shorter than the width of the ball.

    The second difficulty is placing the hands on the ball where you'll actually be able to "launch" the ball after the flip is made and also not slide off the ball when inverted.

    Sliding off the ball when inverted is the scariest thing, as it would probably be pretty easy to break a wrist.

    However, there is very little risk when the hand placement is correct. For me, I hold the ball in such a way that my thumbs are an inch apart over the top of the ball when the ball hits the ground.

    The rest of my fingers are spread as much as possible around the outside of the ball
    and pointed fairly forward but still a little to the sides. You may have to modify the distance between the thumbs for the size of the ball and the size of the player's hands.

    For the first few times, it would be best to "spot" the player. To do this, stand to the side of where the player will do the throw-in. You want the player to point exactly where s/he will place the ball down on the ground. Push down the grass there or make some other recognizable
    spot. You want to be squatting with the leg closest to the spot and have the other leg kneeling.

    Position yourself directly to the side of
    the spot and a half foot forward. As the player goes over, you simply want to put your palm and inside forearm under their back and help them
    land on their feet.

    Note: you may actually be catching the player if they don't go after this technique full force. Spot the player for a few times and then assist less and less until s/he gets the confidence to do this by her/himself.

    Some of you are probably thinking this is far too risky to perform.

    If you've already got a gymnast on your team, they've done things much more riskier in that sport.

    When the first "D" moves came out in gymnastics, we used to call those moves the ones you could "D"ie on if done incorrectly (note: that's not why the federation called them "D" moves,
    we called them that, because they were extremely difficult). I wouldn't let anyone less then 12 or 13 try this throw-in.

    Anyway, the flip-throw can actually be easier to execute than a regular front hand-spring. What you are doing is using the ball as a platform
    which gives you more time to land on your feet. You want to land with your legs as straight as possible but with a slight bend. The more bent your legs are when landing, the better the chances are that the ball will be directed either straight up (totally under-rotated flip) or totally flat or straight in the ground (over-rotated with legs bent a

    Allow the arms to follow in an arc as the feet are landing and have the player release the ball over her/his head.

    It may take a few times for the player to get used to releasing the ball with as much force as is
    built up. Being able to use the muscles in the lats on the push off, and having good back extension helps execute this throw-in.

    Hope everyone is excited about another season of soccer!Daniel"
    Yeah, nothing to it as Jerlon said :)

  5. empennage

    empennage Member

    Jan 4, 2001
    Phoenix, AZ
    Back when I was in High School we used to call it an "Australian Throw-in". Why? I don't know, but that's what it's called.
  6. Dynamo73

    Dynamo73 New Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    I've also seen it done where the ball is left on the ground and the thrower runs up and does the handspring over the ball and grabs it on her (it was a girl who did this) way back up. This eliminates the difficulty and risk of putting all your weight on a round ball while flipping heels over head, but it adds an extra element of difficulty in grabbing the ball in proper throwing position as you whip back head over heels.

    Also, if someone tries the throw against you, put a defender right up against the sideline where the thrower will land. It's hard for the thrower not to over-rotate, and they'll probably crash into the defender, drawing a foul (which is why you may want to have the defender put his back to the thrower when he stands there). The thrower is then forced to move further back, which means he won't throw as far across the field.
  7. Becks7

    Becks7 Member

    Dec 6, 2000
    Hong Kong
    just stick someone bad in the air on the touchline studs up
  8. CPFitz14

    CPFitz14 New Member

    Oct 10, 2002
    I've tried these, and tried. Its just about impossible(of course, i suck at gymnastics)

    Although, if you work on your throw-ins enough, you won't have to worry about doing a flip throw. I can get my throws from the side line to about the middle of the goal. By the time i'm up on varsity, i should be able to get at least the far post.

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