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Pigeon Holing U11’s

Hi guys I’m a Development netball coach. But my daughter is also playing U11’s Development for her association that I’m involved in also. I don’t coach her for several reasons.. My issue is that her development coach has really pigeoned holed her in WA for the best part of the season.. she is a very strong WA but she can play C, WD just as well if not better.. also these girls should be able to play/understand all positions on court due to player rotations in the normal teams. It’s very hard to watch at times. I’m not sure how to approach her coach or not. Or how to talk to her about it also without her thinking I’m been awful. I have thought about speaking to our ADO... help me out
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Hi Carie,

I can understand how frustrating that must be for you and I completely agree. A child so young should not be 'pigeon-holed' into a single/certain position. At this young age, it should be for the child to try out different positions and see what she likes best. I would advise you speak to the coach and simply express your concerns, explaining how your daughter would like to try out C and WD also. If your daughter is confident, she, herself could speak to the coach and ask to try a different position - but I understand how she may not be comfortable with this. Whatever you decide to do, just know you are 100% right in raising these concerns - your daughter is still so young and should be able to discover where she best fits herself, this, of course, may end up being WA, but at least you will know she has chosen it. 

Hope this helps, let me know how it goes.

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