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Elbows in play and how to navigate through thag

How did guide children when bringing ebowed
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Hi Stacey, 

Although netball is technically considered a non-contact sport it is well expected that you will experience a certain level of contact. Often with younger children, this comes in the form of using their elbows to stop their players running past them. Personally, I would advise you try to teach your players to keep their elbows in, you can do this by getting them to hold onto their skirts/dresses whilst defending - by doing so, their elbows naturally fall by their sides and they will be able to notice if they have bought them up.

If your players are being elbowed try to teach them to come off the body of the defender. Often players get elbowed as the defender is doing a man-to-man mark, body on body. However, if you get your players to try to come off the body and get away from their defender it may help. 

Ultimately it is difficult to stop and it is the role of the umpire to spot it. If it continues and the umpire has not seen it you can always go and speak to the umpire at quarter time and ask them to be aware of certain player - this will guide the umpires attention and hopefully they will do something about it. 

Hope this helps. 

Thank you

 

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