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How do you gain possession from taller teams?

How do I coach my under 10 team to gain possession when we keep coming up against teams who are much  taller and bigger in stature than my little players?

regardless of size, the most important thing to teach your kids is to drive towards the ball and not call for a pass from behind these taller kids your team are playing against.  do some drills about interception ie a figure of 8 type scenerio where they come from behind a player to intercept the ball.  in the circle, if your defence is shorter than the shooters and all they are doing is passing high to the shooters, then teach your defence to defend from behind and keep the shooters as far away from the goal causing them to shoot at a distance and then your team can go for missed goal.  you will need to teach zoning skills for this.  try not to move your players aroundn too much as teaching them a particular position will strengthen their skills.  the worst thing you could do is move them around to promote all round players.  they will move around enough each year.

Good tip Leanne, we too have this same problem.  This year instead of rotating the girls each quarter I am trying to keep them in one position for at least 1/2 of the game if not the full game (have 2 reserves to rotate) so they can build their confidence in a given position without moving them about too much each game.  My 9 year olds seem to enjoy this more than last year being shifted each quarter.  The club of course states they must rotate into every position through out the season, so I find this a good method of doing so.  Also teaching the girls to jump, they dont realise if only they jumped 5 cm they could of touched or even gained posession.  A good drill for this is jumping jacks up and down the court a couple of times.  We also have a brick wall at training (storage shed) I get the girls to reach as high as they can - I place a mark with chalk, then I get them to jump with arms stretching and mark the new spot to highlight to them how much more height they can gain by using their knees and jumping off of the ground and landing on both feet at this stage is also a good idea.

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