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How do I stop players from bunching up

Players are all running towards the ball in a corner and not spreading out
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Hi Louise,

It can be frustrating when your players crowd around and follow the ball, however, this can be a particularly common issue when working with younger athletes. I have attached a simple drill that will get your players used to the idea of spreading out. The drill is simple, once a player has passed the ball they move into one of the red coned areas before re-entering the practice. This will get your players familiar with the idea of clearing out to open up space for other players. 

Also at the end of the session when setting up practice games of netball, set certain conditions of the game to remind your players what they have been working on. For example, if you see your players crowding together you will blow the whistle and the players must stop where they are, this will make them aware of the situation you are seeing. You can either then get them to reposition themselves, allowing them to maintain possession, or each time you see them crowding stop the game, explain why and give the ball to the other team - this will make your players really consider their positioning so they do not lose possession of the ball. 

Hope this helps. 

Corner cones


Description:

Set up a square in each corner of one third using cones. 

Your attackers will start in the middle of the area with one ball. 

The attackers must move around and offer for the ball. 

Once a player has released the ball, they must run into one of the four squares before re-entering the area. 


Coaching Points:

You cannot pass straight back to the person who has ran out. 

Each player must be moving all the time. 

 

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