Ball Fakes and Voice Fakes

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The art of using a ball fake or voice fake doesn’t just come with a coach’s instruction, it requires practice.  Fakes can be used all over the court although we mainly hear of them being used in the goal circle.

Voice Faking:
This situation can occur when the player with the ball is calling the receiver onto the ball and in using her/his voice draws the defenders off other attacking players freeing them up for the pass.
Also a feeder might draw one of the shooters down to receive a bounce pass, and literally calls down, and again the defenders believe this and goes down for the ball leaving a lovely space for a high ball or lob.
Players can also call out the person’s name they want to throw to just to draw the defence onto them allowing other attackers to be free.
The voice fake can be used all over the court and must be practiced to be believable.
Ball Faking:
Don’t get confused with look one way and pass the other.  This is a trap for the ball fake and inexperienced players will struggle with that particular skill.
The ball fake is again done to fool the opposition.  For example when a GA drives around the head of the circle the feeder can ball fake as though they are going to pass drawing the defence and opening up the pass for the Shooter.
The thrower can look down court making out they are going to release the ball long then pass short and vice versa.  Again the fake for a bounce pass then throw high and vice versa.  One way of getting free is the forward and back, drawing the defence short to then receive and long, higher pass.  Both thrower and receiver need to be aware of what is happening.
It’s interesting how ball and voice faking have always been used but seldom practiced.  Currently there are a few ANZ coaches even asking for more fakes when they are talking at quarter and half times.
A basic skill that can be introduced into a team with enthusiasm and it is also a winning strategy!
Written by:  Melissa O’Brien