1 | Introduction
Welcome to GAA Handball’s Coaching Video Series
We have broken down all the strokes, shots and serves used in Handball into a series of short videos to help you advance your game and bring it to the next level. Within this series there is something for everyone, be it a beginner starting out, or the player striving to gain advanced insight in a bid to reach the higher echelons of the game. These short visual guides will prove invaluable to players and coaches alike who wish to gain invaluable knowledge and tips around the various sections covered. Video's designed by Darragh Daly (GAA Handball National Development Officer), with thanks to elite players Paul Brady & Martin Mulkerrins for demonstrations.
Remember to execute the fundamentals properly and you are sure to see an improvement in shot accuracy and performance.
Footwork is the most important fundamental to hitting the ball properly.
The underarm stroke is the most basic of the three strokes and is generally used to strike the ball at waist level or below. It can be used as a defensive or offensive shot.
The overarm is used when striking the ball at shoulder level or above. It is mostly used as a defensive stroke.
The sidearm is the most complex of the three strokes, and is mainly used as an attacking option to hit either kill shots or low passing shots. It is also the most prominent stroke among the games elite players to hit low power serves.
The Kill Shot is when the ball is hit very low on the front wall as to make your opponent unable to retrieve it. It’s the crowd pleaser shot in Handball!
An excellent offensive or defensive shot that aims to force your opponent out of the front court.
Learn the various options of Back Wall Shots, depending on the ball height and trajectory, and the players positioning on the court.
The serve is hugely important aspect of Handball, but often it can be a very under utilised aspect of a players game.
More often than not this is most players go to first serve, with the ball travelling low and straight into the back corner. The 2-Wall Power Serve is a similar serve, but with a significant variation.
The 2-Wall Power Serve is a similar serve to the low serve, but with a significant variation.
The 3 Wall serve utilises three walls to force your opponent deep into either the left or right-hand corner of the court, close to both the back and side walls.
Another second serve option, forcing your opponent to return a serve from a deep court position.
The aim of the wraparound serve is to make the ball wraparound the back wall with pace.
Learn how to develop a strong return of serve, and counteract your opponent’s advantage from the serve.
The “Centre Court” position is generally considered where the game is won or lost, or at least controlled. It is the position where you have the most dominance within the court.
Gain invaluable split-second advantages by learning to anticipate your opponent’s shots.