If you are interested in playing football, then one of the things you will need to know how to do is how to catch a football in the rain. Since weather conditions can have an affect on your ability to catch the ball well, there is a proper technique you should be aware of to successfully accomplish this technique. Though this isn’t much more difficult than catching a football in regular conditions, there are some things you should be aware of.
You will need:
- A standard football
- A rainy day for practicing
- Position your feet correctly to catch the football. Catching a football in the rain is bit more difficult than when there is no rain present due to the ball being slippery. You need to have every advantage you can afford. The best way to set up your feet for catching a football in rain is to position them where they are pointing towards the football. This will allow you to have more control over the football when you catch it as opposed to running with it.
- You want to position your hips and chest the same way you did your legs. Since the ball is slippery and you can’t completely depend on your hands to do the job, you will be able to have a little bit of extra insurance if you can “catch it in your chest”. This is an extremely effective tactic to catching a football in the rain, because your biggest threat is the ball slipping right through your hands. If your body is there to stop it, you may be able to get a hold of it with your hands.
- Position your hands with each on the side of the ball, closer to the front than the middle. Some people think that to catch a football in the rain, you should put one hand directly in front of the ball and one on the side, but this will definitely make you screw up, as there is a greater chance of the ball bouncing out of that hand. So stick with the normal hand setup that you would use in good weather conditions, but make sure to have your body there to back it up!