Chest pass - "Skill is the learned ability to bring about predetermined results with the max certainty, often with the minimum outlay of the time or energy or both."

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“Skill is the learned ability to bring about predetermined results with the max certainty, often with the minimum outlay of the time or energy or both.”

The term “skill” can be used in different ways, all with different meanings.  Firstly it can refer to a series of movements that have a clearly defined objective.  It can also be used in a qualitative manner to describe how successful and technically correct a performer is.

Lastly it can be used to refer to a specific task or act we perform, which is the most relevant as the skill we are improving is the CHEST PASS in netball.

There are three main specific types of skill;

  • Cognitive skills
  • Perceptual skills
  • Motor skills

Cognitive -         A skill which involves the mental, intellectual ability of the performer!

Perceptual -         A skill which involves the detection and interpretation of information!

Motor -        A skill which involves movement and muscular control!

However the chest pass in netball is a combination of cognitive, perceptual and motor, and is known as a Perceptual motor or psychomotor skills, and are the most common form of skill in PE.


  • The most common pass in the speedy game of netball is the chest pass.
  • It’s a flat pass, which means it should travel from the passer to the receiver in a straight line!
  • Chest passes are used in all aspects of the game, not just attacking.
  • Players often use them to make throw-ins when the ball goes out of play.

The chest pass can be defined on a series of continuums.

Gross                                                                                 Fine                                                                


The pass involves quite a lot of muscle movement, shoulders, arms, hands and legs; however an amount of precision and accuracy is needed.

Open                                                                                Closed

The chest pass is affected by the environment, and the outcome depends on the situation, such as the weather.

Discrete                Serial                                                        Continuous

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The pass as a clear begging and end, but when learning can be broken down into subroutines.

Self Paced                                                                Externally Paced

Involves opponents, and team members positioning, and so is determined by the environment and other people.

Simple                                                                                Complex

Involves simple movement; however speed and timing are critical.  The rules allow a maximum of 3seconds.

In order for a chest pass in netball to be skilful, the following components need to be for filled;                - Efficient,

                - Fluent,

                - Aesthetic,

                - Learned (practised),

                - Goal ...

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