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How do I stop 13yr olds from bunching on court?

I am finding our girls are lost on court. Some players are playing harder to make up for girls not being where they should be.

Hi Ange,

This can be a very common issue for younger players as they are so drawn to the ball. Encourage your players to spread out away from the ball and demonstrate what this would look like on court - explain how this will open up the court and allow more space for not only themselves but their other team mates and allow the ball carrier to see their options more clearly.

Also try to teach your players to clear out, so if they make a drive for the ball and they are not used, clear out to make space for other players. I have attached a drill that may help your players understand this better. 2 players will offer for the ball, like in a game situation, the player who does not receive the ball will clear out and then re offer for the ball. 

Hope this helps. 

Clearing out drill


Description:

One feeder (red player on the animation) will stand in front of two queue of players.

The player at the front of each queue will drive forward and make an offer for the ball, the feeder will decide who to pass to.

The player who does not receive the ball will make a clearing drive and then re-offer.


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