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Midcourt drills, avoiding bunching?

Do you have a drill for teaching year 11s how to stay in their areas? like WA, C and GA? my girls are bunching and I need them to learn where they are meant to go and how to find the space.

Hi Anna,

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 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 around a cone 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.

Creating Space - Conditioned Game

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Full court, 14 players, 1 umpire, 2 sets of bibs, 2 hoops, 8 cones. 

A normal game situation is set up.

4 cones are set up down each sideline. 

Players are to run around a cone, on the sideline, once they have passed the ball to a player.

Once they have run around the cone then they can come back into play. 

 


Coaching Points:

This is a good drill for players to learn to pass then move, instead of passing and staying stationary and not being an option.

This drill is also great for allowing more space on court and offering other options. Players learn to drive out and back in as if they were getting away from a player and not being a stationary option. 

 

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