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How do I make my GK get into the game more?

I have a GK who is miles taller than most of her opponents but she never gets intercepts or rebounds as she is just too nice and slow off the mark. How do I make her more hungry for possession and to get her to more agressive but in a good way

have you spoken to her about this?  she may feel awkward about her height and be worried about standing out more than she already does, or hurting someone.  sudden growth spurts can interrupt coordination and she may feel clumsy and uncoordinated, and her temperment may be one where being assertive is not in her nature.  so id start with talking to her to see what you need to conscentrate on.  work on footwork, and intercepting.  explain to her that being assertive iin netball is not about being rough or mean, but about wanting the ball more than your opponent.  she may just need a little help in getting use to her body height.

This could have described my daughter a few years ago. She just isn't an aggressive kid by nature and was happy to let her opponent get the ball and then defend. It took a fair bit of work by me and her coaches to get her to be hungrier for the ball. I used to tell her to pretend it was a million dollars, now I tell her it is One Direction LOL. I think as well, she didn't have the confidence to back herself to go for an intercept thinking if she missed it, she would leave her player open behind her. Her coaches kept encouraging her to go for it and once she got a few she got the feeling that she could do it and realised how awesome it felt :)

She is also a kid that responds to very direct coaching - ie: "I want you to go for that ball hard, if you think you are close, I want you to attempt the intercept, I don't mind if you miss or get picked up" etc.

I would also work on her footwork. A GK needs to be on her toes all the time so that she can bound forward, sideways with her outside arm. Standing flatfooted means the reach is slower and does not go as far.

 

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