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hi guys. i am the coach of a year 6/7/8 primary team,?

hi guys. i am the coach of a year 6/7/8 primary team, this year i picked an extra large squad of 13 girls as we are a small town and didnt want to turn anyone away. i have 2 players that are by far the standouts of the team. at beginning of season i explained due to numbers no one would get full games and two people would stand down per week which has so far worked well. however now the parents think i should be playing these two girls all the time for full games. the two girls will leave for college next year and i fear giving them all the game time will discourage my young up and comers and i will then be left with nothing next year. i also think some parents are unaware if i do this it will be their children that are on the sideline. is it better to have many kids playing some netball than just some playing lots??? please help

wow that is a big squad esp considering their ages. Good on you for not wanting to turn anyone away. It seems to me that you made it clear at the start that no-one would get full games. Although it is great that you have a couple of star players, it is important to develop all of the girls. I think you need to stick to your guns and continue the way you started. If you start favouring players others are going to be disgruntled and potentially even give the sport away because they don't think they are good enough. At this age, you need to ensure that all the girls have fun, learn the basics and enjoy their sport. Good luck :)

I agree with Amelia. Stick to what you felt was best for the whole team at the beginning of the season and what you explained would happen. I coach a year 6 team and also have 2 stand out players in a team of 9 players. I would love to play those 2 for a full game each week however at this age to progress each player they all have fairly equal court time. I think you would find that the players are happy to rotate and it is just the parents with the problem. Good luck.

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