First Training Session

First Training Session

I'm coaching a team for the first time on my own this year. So my question is what do I start with and include in the first training session? They are 13 year olds and I'm unaware of the ability.

Jacinta BiddulphCoach, Australia
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Eleanor DurrPlayer, England

Hi Jacinta, 

It is always good to start with the fundamentals, so I would advise in your first training session you work on passing. It does not matter the age of the athlete, as passing is always a fundamental part of netball. 

For example, the session might look like something below: 
In pairs - demonstrate the correct technique (this can be found in our fundamentals section) and get them to repeat:
- 50 Chest passes 
- 30 Right-handed shoulder passes 
- 30 Left-handed shoulder passes 
- 30 Overhead passes 
- 30 Two-handed bounce passes 

You could then put them into a drill to get them practising this whilst on the move, for example complete the square or pass and drive.

Put them into a small-sided game, such as 10 passes to score to highlight the importance of accurate passing to keep possession. By using a small sided game every player should be able to continuously be involved and there is likely to be more turnover from the defence - thus the attack can see where and why it breaks down. 

Finish the session with a normal 7 vs 7 game of netball. However, I would advise you to set certain conditions on the game, for example only chest passes or the ball gets given to the other team - this will mean your players have to come in front to receive the ball. 

Hope this helps. 

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Eleanor DurrPlayer, England

Hi Jacinta, 

It is always good to start with the fundamentals, so I would advise in your first training session you work on passing. It does not matter the age of the athlete, as passing is always a fundamental part of netball. 

For example, the session might look like something below: 
In pairs - demonstrate the correct technique (this can be found in our fundamentals section) and get them to repeat:
- 50 Chest passes 
- 30 Right-handed shoulder passes 
- 30 Left-handed shoulder passes 
- 30 Overhead passes 
- 30 Two-handed bounce passes 

You could then put them into a drill to get them practising this whilst on the move, for example complete the square or pass and drive.

Put them into a small-sided game, such as 10 passes to score to highlight the importance of accurate passing to keep possession. By using a small sided game every player should be able to continuously be involved and there is likely to be more turnover from the defence - thus the attack can see where and why it breaks down. 

Finish the session with a normal 7 vs 7 game of netball. However, I would advise you to set certain conditions on the game, for example only chest passes or the ball gets given to the other team - this will mean your players have to come in front to receive the ball. 

Hope this helps. 

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