The role of the ruckman (jumper) is a crucial one. A good ruckman sets up play for his teammates. To create opportunities for his smaller, running players, it is important that a ruckman has the skill to direct the ball to his teammate’s best advantage.
Palming to the Front – One Hand
- Watch the ball through the air and leap off one foot using the arms and other leg to gain lift.
- The arm is swung forward.
- The ball is hit with the open palm and fingers and directed with a straight follow-through.
Palming to the Front – Two Hands
- The hands are positioned behind the ball and the ball is hit with both open hands simultaneously.
- The ball is directed with a follow-through towards the target.
Palming to the Forehand
- The player leaps for the ball and contacts it with the open palm.
- In the hitting action, the arm should be straight with a follow-through in the desired direction across the body.
Palming to the Backhand
- The player leaps off one leg and the arm is bent immediately before impact.
- The arm is straightened at the elbow and the ball is directed to the backhand side with the open hand.
Palming over the Back
- The player leaps and with a straight arm reaches forward and overhead.
- The ball is hit with an open hand over the shoulder towards the target.