To defend the pass, swipe your arm across the receiver's shoulder nearest to the ball when the pass is launched. Position your opposing arm on the other side of the recipient. Don't touch them, but prepare to wrap your arm around the receiver if they catch the throw.
There are two ways to break up passes: defensive ends and linebackers. As you can see in this video, they both get involved in the play, but one will usually start the breakup process while the other finishes it. Both players must stay with their assignment until the ball is out of the receiver's hands; otherwise, a free runner will be available downfield.
The goal of the defense is to either force the quarterback into an incompletion or fumble, or stop the runner before he gets away. If the defense stops the runner before he reaches the end zone, then it has accomplished its job. If he crosses the line first, the defender has caught him and there will be a new set of runners on the field. This is where experience comes in handy for offensive coaches, who can figure out different way for their player to get outside the box.
Only the linebacker or defensive end who makes the first contact with the receiver prevents him from catching the ball. The remaining defenders should position themselves so that they don't get overrun by the block.
The athlete advances first to intercept the ball when prepared to execute a forearm pass. Important indications for the ready position include: Begin with your hands in front of your knees. Stand in an athletic stance, with your knees slightly bent and ready to move. Have your teammate stand in a spot where he can throw the ball toward you, between your legs, and into your arms.
Next, determine how much force will be applied to the ball by the athlete receiving it. This is done by measuring the speed that the ball was thrown. If it was thrown very fast, then little or no force will be applied to the ball. However, if it was thrown slowly, then maximum force would be exerted on it when it hits the receiver's arm.
Finally, identify a target area on the body where the ball could be caught. This might be the chest or upper back. It depends on what part of the body the receiver plans to block out with his arm. If there is no specific target area, then the ball could be caught anywhere on the body with enough force to stop it from being returned.
As you can see, there are many factors that must be considered before executing this play. First, you need to be in a position to receive the ball. You could go after it if it is kicked straight ahead, but more often than not, it will be thrown backwards.
OVERHEAD PASS: When other passes aren't open, this can be an efficient strategy to reverse the ball to the opposite end of the court so a teammate has enough time to take a decent shot. Raise the ball to your chin. Make a strong, precise throw to a teammate across the court with both hands.
When you raise the ball to your chin, you are giving the receiver the option to catch and shoot or drive right away. If they choose to shoot, they will have more time and space than if you had thrown with one hand. Also, keep in mind that the more difficult it is for your receiver to receive the ball, the less likely he/she will drop it. So if you want your teammate to have a chance at making the shot, raise the ball high above their head.
The overhead pass is useful when you want to give your receiver a chance at scoring by letting them have some freedom with the ball. This strategy can also work well if you are trying to get your opponent off guard by throwing something unexpected.
You can also use your overhead pass to try to get yourself open for a shot. For example, if you see that your defender is focused on someone else, you can throw the ball up high looking for an open lane to the basket.
But beware of the opposing defense's scheme.