How to Mark
A mark is when a player cleanly catches and controls the ball in their hands from a kick over 15 meters. The ball can’t touch the ground and the player has to have clear control of the ball. There are two main types of marks – the overhead mark and the chest mark.
The most important thing for all types of marks is to keep your eyes on the ball at all times. You also need to brace for impact as you are not the only player on the field. Face your body straight at the ball and jump off of one foot. Swing your other knee up out in front of yourself for protection from other players. Keep your body behind the ball so you reach in front not behind. Have your arms out in front fully stretched and your fingers spread out in a butterfly shape. Have soft hands with a bit of give, so the ball doesn’t bounce off them and once you have the ball hold it tight. Timing is very important and you want to mark the ball at the top of your leap.
Again, the most important thing is to keep your eyes on the ball at all times. For a chest mark you will want to keep your elbows against your body and curl your arms around the ball. Keep your arms just together so the ball doesn’t tumble out. You can jump up to chest mark but it is usually used for low and fast kicks.