Call for the ball!
Head and eyes up looking at the ball, get in line with the ball.
Quickly move to the ball's 'drop zone'
Adjust position to get under ball, hands up and ready to take ball
Turn the body to protect during contact and also to avoid a potential knock on if dropped ball
Raise one knee to protect yourself from any potential contact (Note: it's illegal to be tackled in the air).
As you land on your feet brace yourself for contact.
Decisions to be made in the moment:
Can the ball be caught in the chest or will you need to jump and catch in the air in order to protect it from the oncoming opposition?
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