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Hello, I'm just trying to do a lesson plan for twenty minutes for netball for 8/9 year olds with very basic skills and not much history in playing netball. Im not really sure what route to take to ensure they can do the task but still fun, and which element of netball would be best to start with? any suggestions much appreciated!!
20mins? does this have to include warmups and cool downs? if so you wont get much achieved. but if its just one session, the start point is teach basic passing. pair them up, only about 3-4m apart to start with, and show them how to catch a ball in a way that keeps their fingers from getting jarred or broken, and protects their face. (ie fingers back, hands in a butterfly appearance, and arms straight out in front.) you only have 20mins so i wouldnt look at footwork until they can catch the ball. you can build on this by staggering them down 2 lines facing each other and they have to get the ball from one end and back without dropping it.
you can introduce pivoting and then play a game where you have 2 lines side by side about 2-3m apart (id put dots on th ground) and the front person has the ball and faces down the line, and the rest of the line faces her/him. they pass the ball to the next person who pivots and passes to the next, who pivots and passes..til they get to the end person who runs to the front of the line and everyone moves down a place/dot. this continues til everyone has gone through. makes for a fun activity as its competitive.
i will say if you can get more than 20mins you might have a better chance of teaching them the basics faster, so you can move onto conditioned games (ie you must pass 3 times in each area, or must run forward to get the ball, whatever rule you want to come up with). going straight into a game will just be frustrating for all until they learn the basics. dont be too stringent about footwork at this age, and teach 4ft defence rather than 3ft, but just think about the basics of netball and teach them one skill a week, and build on it.
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