There are a ton of pieces in a retrieve and you have to teach all the parts and not necessarily in the order in which you do them.
I usually start teaching fetch with some kind of toy that has a rope of a handle attached. I teach my dogs to go get the toy and bring it back to me so that we can play a quick game of tug. A Tug also lets you control the toy even when your dog is hanging on. I don't out my dog off the toy until he is reliably bringing it back to play.
I teach the out by trading. When I have ahold of the toy, I will offer a treat and say "out" and when the dog releases the toy, I give him the food. To keep it fun with a dog that is naturally inclined to be possessive I will out sometimes and other times I'll play tug and let him hang onto the toy when he brings it back. This way he is not inclined to play keep away because I won't always take it.
I would work the sit and stay separately. Maybe try having him sit and tossing a piece of food in front of him...and then releasing him to get the food. Usually dogs are more into their toys and it can be hard for them to listen at first. Slowly work up to the distractions and the ball.
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