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Are there any drills that can help stop teams from panicing? We have a number of close games, and as soon as the team go in the lead, they panic and fall to pieces!

Good question!  And I'm not sure I know the answer but I see this happen quite a lot in our division, especially when we play 'younger' teams.  They panic and start throwing away easy chances which us older ladies use as an advantage as we maintain stability, sometimes slowing our game down, just maintaining possession of the ball quite often, and this can upset the opposition, as they're in such a hurry to get the ball in the net.  I guess it's down to experience at the end of the day, but also down to good leadership by the Captain to keep her team calm, call for them to slow the ball down and steady their play.  May be get them to practice possession of the ball, passing backwards as well as forwards up the court and slowing down their play, feeling what the full 3 seconds is like.  Good luck!

I coach U13's and we had this problem too. I think it is quite common and is a matter of constantly reinforcing the point of being steady etc. One of the things that I drill in is that a turnover is precious and you need to look after it! They were getting exited and too anxious to get it down the court that they would lead too early and pass poorly. Getting them to think about the game more helps :)

I gave the centre and GK responsibility to help calm things down if they were getting excited and erratic and we had a team word (we used "focus")that they would call out as a reminder. If you have a word, try not to use something that lots of people will be calling out from the sidelines (like "steady") and don't overuse it or it will lose its value. 

I also tried to get the girls to not focus on the scoreboard and that by just continuing to play consistent steady netball they could win the ball back and get back in front.

Hope that helps :)

 

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