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Court strategies - 11s

I have conflicting advice - don't teach too many court strategies ie C to WA to GS to GA from a centre pass as I have been told that it stiffles their thinking. But without this I find they all crowd the space and at 10yrs old it seems very difficult to get them to understand about reading who is already in that space.  Or perhaps I just aren't explaining that concept well?? 

And also when bringing the ball through the court from a goal line throw in at our GK end - same with strategies for that. Is it okay to say GK I won't you to throw it to GD, then GD to C and so on and this is where your area of the court is and I want you to stay in that area and try and get the ball there?  Keeping the WD on the otherside and making sure she doesn't cross over.

Confusing over how much at this age we teach court strategies or perhaps they are know as plays.  Alice P

it depends on the level of skill, but since they are crowding the court then im guessing its mid to lower end.  

the answer you have been given regarding set plays is right and wrong.  there is nothing wrong with teaching kids set plays, but as long as you practice it going wrong and make sure they can keep going using their skills you have taught them.  i wouldnt tell them to pass in a pariticular order as this does stop them from developing skills on moving away and driving forward and not crowding the ball.  i encourage my GA to try and stay in the goal third and my WA to go no further forward than the center circle to avoid crowding the ball while the ball is down the other end.  it creates space when we get the ball and have to bring it down.  you are better off teaching them how to create space and keep in their own areas while watching the ball come down and be there as an option if needed, than to teach strict set plays.  set plays are useful really to teach them to not crowd the ball and to force them into a position that they wouldnt normally think to do (like the GS coming out of the circle to take a pass opening up the circle to the GA to drive into).  it shouldnt be set in stone.

hope that helps.

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