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Basic attacking strategy for 11 year olds

Help, dad thrown in the deep end - what basic attacking strategies do you use for 11 years olds? They have great skill and have played since they were 5 years old, but still run around like headless chickens, everyone calling for the ball and getting in each other's way. Is there a method to this madness I can teach? Some teams look like they know who is going to pass to who and the ball gets from one end to the other fluidly. Impart your netball wisdom on me, oh great netball coaches!
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you need start with teaching them about not crowding the ball and everyone having a job and a space to be in.  then its about teaching cutting across court and backfilling of positions.  e.g. to start with a Centre pass the C is in the centre circle, the WA and GA are on the line either standing side by side or spread apart (depending on what your strategy is), the GS is high on the circle top, the WD/GD are defending their players by taking up the inside line of the attackers and the GK is on their player.

at the centre pass lets say the WA drives forward into the centre third and takes the pass.  So now the GA has 2 options.  either they drive in behind the WA cutting across court into the goal third to get the pass from the WA, and hence backfilling where the WA just was OR the GS drives forward to the same place in the goal third (where i just said the GA would go) back filling the WA area and gets the pass from the WA, and the GA drives into the circle backfilling the GS area ready for the pass from the GS.  the WA then drives to the top of the circle, the C drives to the opposite side to where the pass is being take and therefore clearing the area of players ready to take up any lose balls or offer an option if the defence is too quick.  

Can you see how everyone has a job, an area to be in, and its all about cutting across court and backfilling of positions?  there is only ever one option at a time but there are always other options if things go not to plan.

hope that makes sense for you.  let me know if it doesn't and i will try and draw a picture.

this is one idea that I used a lot with my U11s and U12s.  when they know what their job is and where they have to go then it will get executed generally pretty well.  If the free pass is behind the circle then I have the WD stand on the SAME side as the GK  about 1/4 but not as high as 1/2 way round on the edge of the circle with her back to the WA.

hope that helps.

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