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Motivating players of different abilities....

We are a very small club, only 10 to 15 players and range from complete beginners to quite skilled players. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how we can keep all our players motivated and move everyone forward? Should we separate different abilities or mix everyone up and hope for the best? Thanks

Hi Georgie,

i have just taken over coaching at a back to netball club and had this very same problem! The way i am trying keep everyone motivated is by doing some really fun things to start off with which dont take much skill and get them warmed up!! (like follow the leader and ball tag etc!)

Then if i want to work on specific skills, i pick smaller things for them to do in pairs or 3's and you tend to find players of the same level will join together, this then helps you to go round the whole session and give them advice without it being in front of the whole group and some of the more skilled players. Sometimes group drills can be quite daunting for beginners i have found! when playing a match at the end i do mix them up...then assess the match ups as the game goes on maybe swap a few round if it's too one sided! then i try to play the team that will play the matches for the last 10 mins or so and explain to the group that this is to work on stuff for the match - they seem fairly happy with that!

Hope this helps! There are some great drills on here for bringing on players of all levels! Even skilled players could do with going over some basics every now and then!!

Sarah :)

Thanks very much, we'll give it a go!

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