It is common to see a player dribbling a ball under pressure and the next thing you know one of her team mates seems to have stolen the ball from her and now she is dribbling the ball. How does this happen without them running into each other or both leaving the ball behind?

The key to a successful takeover is communication. It is vital when the situation arises when a takeover can happen that the person who first starts with the ball must be the one who makes the decision as to whether to keep the ball or release it.  This communication will be both verbal and non verbal as will be explained shortly.

A takeover is very similar to an overlap except that it can happen in any direction and occurs in a much closer area.  The run starts when the person with the ball is under pressure and a second player decides to run toward her in order to help out. By running right past the player with the ball (in the opposite direction) this should force the defender to make a decision whether to stay with the player who starts with the ball or to go with the other runner.  If this defender stays, then the takeover should occur and the player who started the run can go with the ball uncontested.  If the defender goes with the runner, the person who starts with the ball should keep it and now she is uncontested.

The verbal communication is done by the runner and she should be calling "takeover" to let the player with the ball know the option is available (also to give the defender something to worry about). Upon hearing this call, the player with the ball should attempt to make eye contact which will be an acknowledgment to the teammate that the takeover is a possibility.  Neither the verbal calling of "takeover" nor the eye contact will be the deciding factor as to whether the takeover will occur or not.  The last communication will be the opening or the closing of the body by the player with the ball. If she opens her hips to the runner, this is the visual cue that the takeover will take place.  By opening her hips (this simply means she shifts her body so that her body is between the defender and the ball and she is facing the runner),it makes it easy for the runner to take the ball over. If she keeps her hips closed (not facing the runner as she runs by) this means she will keep the ball and use the  runner as a decoy.

As you can tell,teams that don't communicate well will not be successful with executing a takeover (for that matter, teams that don't communicate well will not be successful in anything).  Communication can be done in many ways both verbally and non verbally.

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