ball control


Definition of ball control

: an offensive strategy (as in football) in which a team tries to keep possession of the ball for extended periods of time

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Recent Examples on the Web The Bulldogs also couldn’t establish the kind of ball control that led the nation before Saturday. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama defense made ‘tremendous statement’ in second half shutout," 18 Oct. 2020 And then Russell was completely handcuffed in the first half, hindered both by the Vikings’ ball control and a pass rush that sacked him four times. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, "We watch sports to enjoy the Amazing Unknown (don't we?)," 13 Oct. 2020 Curtis coach Juli Hartley said ball control was the difference as the Patriots recorded 12 aces and continuously put Dunham (7-4) out of sync throughout the match. Joseph Halm,, "Volleyball: John Curtis impressive in sweep of Dunham," 28 Sep. 2020 That said, this kind of ball control is hard to do with limited camps, chemistry, and timing. Stephanie Stradley, Houston Chronicle, "Stephanie Stradley’s Texans-Chiefs Q&A with Pete Sweeney," 8 Sep. 2020 Along with being a major part of our offensive system, Kamble also has exceptional ball control and was one of our top defenders last season. Dennis Victory, al, "See the A-List top senior high school volleyball players," 20 Aug. 2020 Billiards, meanwhile, includes painfully generous aiming guides that cannot be disabled, along with a complete lack of ball control in terms of aiming your cue to apply English or other crucial touches to shots. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Clubhouse Games review: The Nintendo version of a ‘90s CD-ROM compilation," 8 June 2020 The two-year varsity starter has incredible ball control from the setter position - easily runs an up-tempo offense and pulls the strings for the panthers. Melanie Laughman,, "Enquirer readers choose the 2020 Spring Sports Senior Superlative recipients," 30 May 2020 Players also devised workout sessions that their teammates followed, including conditioning and ball control drills. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Local AAU teams skipping nation's largest youth volleyball event due to COVID-19 concerns," 14 May 2020

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First Known Use of ball control

1910, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2020

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“Ball control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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