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Court spacing, the theory behind it

Hi all I am desperately seeking knowledge of court spacing. I am the coach of a team of 11 year olds and I don't have much playing history to speak of. The girls are still at that point where they all seem to lead for the ball and crowd the space around the ball. My problem is that I don't know the theory around who should be leading and who shouldn't be. I want to gain an understanding of the fundamentals of team play myself - who should be hanging back and who should be going for the next pass. I have done the Australian foundation coaching course but it didn't seem to cover this area. I would love to see a video of a coach teaching young players this concept. Does anyone know of any books, blogs, youtube videos that may come in handy. Thanks to all, love reading all the informative questions and answers.

Hi Betty. I have attached a summary of court spacing concepts. Crowding is common in new to netball players and it can take a while for them to understand that not every player needs to get a pass and that calling for a pass when not free or following another player's poor lead into the same area won't usually get them the ball. A simple routine to introduce positional play and spacing is: Numbers netball - give every player a number and evenly space them down court. Pass the around ball from one end to the other in sequence for starters then introduce odds, evens, coach calling random numbers. Players to be on toes & moving in small area before making a lead for their pass. Once they have passed the ball they move back to their areas. You can introduce a couple of defenders covering the middle of the court for a bit more challenge.

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Hi I wanted to look at the summary you attached but i cannot access this

Not able to make public or attach again so maybe Sportplan can answer that.
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hi there I would like to view the summary too but can't access it - is it possible to attach again please or advise where I can find this.  Thanks so much

I'll try again

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