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Does anyone have any training tips on Channels?

Does anyone have any training tips on Channels?

what is channels

Hi Shona, Depending on the age of the girls you could use chalk and mark out on the court their channels, then make the girls that play in each channel jog in this area 4 warm up (the shooters would side step around the edge of the circle)then explain why you have just made them do this and that these are the areas of the court they need too stay in unless someone moves in to their space then they need to think and move into their's. Another good one 4 littles is 2 have a blue cone at the center circle and another at the top of the shooting circle, have a red cone near the WA, a red 1 where she runs out at the center pass and another red 1 at the edge of the shooting circle and then a yellow cone near the GA, a yellow 1 where she run's out at the center pass and another yellow 1 under the ring.Tell them they need 2 run 2 the same colour cone that they are near, the 1st movement 2 take the center pass and the other 2 where their next cone is. Hope this makes sence. Good Luck!

Explaining channels helps with a more of a full court plan rather than playing down one side of the court

Agree with Amanda that explaining the concept of playing channels is more easily done diagramatically with players new to the concept and they need to have a good understanding of their own positions first and a reasonable skill set first before they can incorporate it into their games.  As it is all about the ball taking the quickest route to the goal ring/reducing angle of passes, players need to learn what they can do to influence this.  Attackers need to reduce angles and defenders need to increase angles. A simple down the line passing routine of clearing out then returning to receive the pass, alternating clear out sides, distances, introduce defenders etc can reinforce the skills. I tried a simple drill of passing up & down court with players spread out & moving and only able to receive the ball in either the same or adjacent channel to the thrower. Some got it, some didn't so we don't plan it in our games yet until everyone understands it. Since introducing the concept it does happen now occasionally during games anyway so something must have stuck.

Just to clarify further, the channels are the length of the court divided into 3 equal "channels" and the ball should be received in either the same or adjacent channel to the thrower.

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