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1 player struggling what do I do!?

Hi I have a new team of 7/8 year olds and we have one very weak player that doesn't move or listen nor catch the ball. Any advice? I need to play her in all positions as they move around to learn them all but feel she needs to learn one at a time. She says she just wants to shoot but that's difficult when she can't catch. Other players aren't passing to her either as she doesn't movebinto position. Any advice would be great! The rest of the time are thriving!!
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when kids are young many of them are just trying new sports because mum or dad want them to, or because they want them to get involved in team sports and be active.  not all kids actually want to do the sport that they are in.  some are just there for fun, so love it.  which one is she?  maybe set some homework for the girls for them to learn a little about netball (kids this age love homework) and also ask questions about them, their dreams, what they like about netball, about sport, why they want to play netball....that type of thing.  gives you an idea of what your dealing with while teaching them some of the rules and position.

they are young so don't be too worried if there are players who just still aren't focussed or interested.  play lots of fun games like tiggy, rob the nest, fruit salad as well as netball skills.  You could also try and have competitions between  groups where they get to pick the last fun game.  

also why doesn't she want to catch?  is she scared of the ball?  use a soft ball for the whole team to pass around in hot potato game, or even some tennis balls or even hard boiled eggs.  it could be about confidence, so finding confidence is important.  there is a good drill that is fun and good for getting some grunt into them for wanting the ball, is for you to sit on the ground and hold the ball and they are to try and rip the ball out of your hands.  it might surprise you the change in them when they realise they are allowed to fight for the ball

if none of this works try talking to mum or dad and ask if she is saying she likes netball as on the court she doesn't seem interested.  is there any ideas or suggestions.

hope that helps

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