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Team talk - motivation

Just starting out coaching 10-year-olds. I want to do a motivation/team build exercise. ie you're part of a team but you are developing personally etc would love some suggestions :-)

Hi Michelle, 

At this age the children are going to be focused on having fun and the social aspect netball brings. In your talk highlight the importance of having fun, it doesn't matter if they make mistakes as they are all here to learn. Highlight the fact that questions are always good, if they don't understand something ensure they know they can come to you and no question will be considered silly. You need to build this coach-athlete relationship from the start, that if anyone has any issues they can come to you. Also as you mentioned, communicate the fact that netball is a team sport and every single player has a role, whether they are one of the 7 on court, or a sub or competing to be in the team - every player has an important role.  

It is important that players understand there can/will be movement within teams, for example, there are opportunities for players to develop and step up to a higher team and also if players are not working hard enough they could be lowered a team. This is not a scare tactic but simply highlighting to your athletes the level of work you expect and giving each player the opportunity to develop and earn their spot, providing friendly competition.

For team building exercises ensure you keep them fun but competitive so the players have to work together to win points. Encourage the 'losing' team to work together and find out what is going wrong to try to improve - these are simple skills which the players will begin to learn that can help them on court. 

Hope this helps. 

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