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How to get u/11 players to come forward for a pass?

I currently coach an u/11 division 3 netball team. I find that possession is frequently lost with held ball calls and passes that do not reach the player that they were intended for. The girls always look to lob the ball to each other which I instruct them not to do and remind them to come forward for a pass however they always stay behind their players and I do not know what to do. I have taught them breaking styles such as pushing off their left foot and running in the opposite direction, but they do not seem to be using this in games. Are there any ideas that I can use to make breaking fun and more memorable so that they are more likely to try it in games?

preliminary moves.  teach them 3-4 of them, and only have 1 player breaking at a time to stop crowding the space and giving the passer too many options.

I have had the same problem with the same age group. If you can, play a practice game against another team (or even half court against themselves) and make it a "no lob" game.  If a player throws a lob the ball is given to the opposition. Perservere, it does take time!!! (And I know we all know this, but when one of the players does that perfectly timed lead into the right place... make a fuss).

I also always explain to the girls that there is definitely a time and place for a lob but this exercise is to get us attacking on to the ball. I also talk to the girls about why they have to learn to move forward and also why lobs can be dangerous. 

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