Practice Drills for Defenders in Netball

Mar 7, 2015 by

30393_89152_49574Netball is open to all ages, and is enjoyed by mostly the youth. Because it looks like a simplified version of basketball and less “violent” to the eyes of the audience, it is very appealing for those who loves to play for fun yet only gets minor injuries. The best way for any sports to be mastered is to master the basics and move onto the strategies. Without mastering the basics, the strategies and techniques that will be used for the game will be useless. There are different tactics employed by coaches, and the defenders have their own set of strategies to use, too.

If you are a defender, you will be employing the following skills better with a group. Defensive strategies are really effective when done with more than one person, as this will prevent the opposing team from getting a shot into the ring. You need to form a group of 3, one will be taking the role of defender, who is naturally the one in the defensive position, other is the attack while the third one is the ball holder. The defender’s role will be to defend the ball against the attackers from taking it. The attacker then will try to clear the space in order for the shooter to throw the ball onto the ring. The player that will throw the ball will try to acquire the ball onto the attacker. The defender’s main purpose in this tactic is to make sure the one that attacks will not get in the clear space for its ball thrower to acquire the ball onto the attacker. The ball on the hands will only be there for 3 seconds and not any longer. This is why netball is a fast paced game.

BeeBallNetball1There are more netball defender tactics to employ during the game, but for its defense to be flawless, the defender must master some useful tips. Stand aside onto the attacker, and avoid standing in front of them. Because if you do, then can do a side step and will be able to get past you. You will also fail to see the ball thrower, so they can use the side to their advantage and throw the ball that way. You should also stick to the attackers like glue on paper. Just like how football players stick to the most dangerous opponent, you should stay as close to them as possible. This will give you an advantage of getting ready to run ahead, side step or stop with the opponent. Pay close attention to your partner and the ball. When the ball goes to the direction of your partner, open you arms wide. This will allow you to open up a chance of intercepting through the ball or you can knock the ball out of the way of the attacker.

The aforementioned netball tactics needs a lot of practice, effort and hardwork. These will not be mastered with only one game, but you and your teammates should fully cooperate in order for the strategy to perfectly work. Timing is also essential in this tactic as well.

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Proper Positions of Netball Players

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The game netball is almost the same with basketball, but with a few differences. This game has 7 players each team, and dribbling the ball is not allowed. The ball should be passed to another player in the same team, and should be done by throwing. The basket to shoot the ball and the ball itself is smaller compared to basketball, and there is no backboard for it.
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The team is divided into two groups, the offense and defense, each with 4 and 3 players respectively. Under the offense group, are the C or Center, WA or Wing Attack, GA or Goal Attack and GS or Goal Shoot. The center player starts the netball game when it is their turn for the ball to be thrown. The position of the center player stands inside the circle in the middle of the court. This player is allowed in any area within the court except the goal circle of between two teams. WA player assist in bringing the ball within the goal, but should be given to the shooters. At either start or restart of the game, their position is at the top of the goal third of their team. They will face the center and are considered significant in acquiring the ball for the shooters. The GA’s role is as suggested of its name, to attack. But they also assist in acquiring the ball for the shooter, and has the role of shootig the ball into its hoop. Their positions are limited though, at the goal circle and goal third of the opposition and the center third. The GS is to shoot the bool and will stay in the opposing goal circle. They will try to acquire the ball so that they can shoot it onto the ring. They will also try to get past the defenders.

netball court.pngAs with the defender’s side, the players are composed of the WD or Wing Defense, GD or Goal Defense and the GK or Goal Keeper. The WD is going to defend their goal third and will keep the ball from getting inside it. The only places they are allowed to be are the center third and their own goal third. The GD’s role is to defend the goal region. They will try their all to prevent the opposing team from making the ball within their goal circle. They will always be on the defense and ensures the shooters from the opposing team can never make a shot at their goal. The only allowed positions for this role is their own goal circle, goal third and center third. Lastly is the GK, which lands the responsibility of defending the goal. Their only function is to keep the shooter away and prevent them from making a shot. They are also responsible in acquiring the ball. The only allowed position is the goal circl and their own goal third.

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Because of its simplified form from basketball, netball has gotten the stereotypical image of an only girl sport, when in fact it is ideal for both girls and guys of all ages.

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Recommended Netball Drills to Coach Juniors

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Not many may easily recognize what a netball game is, but they have already seen what it is like. From around the world, many schools have held such games and have held competitions against other schools. The most enjoyable game to watch are the junior’s netball, and coaches who are aspiring to teach the youth about the game will find it exciting and fun to do so.
261745_10150363428914408_181941469407_10317122_5703954_nThe first thing that coaches teach their juniors about netball is memorizing the acronym BEEF. This is by teaching the kids about the actions without the ball. Once the kids have mastered BEEF, the ball will be added to their practice. B stands for balance – the feet should be apart according to the width from shoulder to shoulder. Make sure that their feet are pointed towards the post, and you will also notice pigeon toes in their forms. It will be better to show them a visual aid or perform the position yourself first so that they can emulate it. E stands for Eyes – training their visual perception and attention to detail. Let the kids imagine that there is a witch’s hat at the top of the ring and that they should aim at the tip of the hat, so that the ball drops via the ring. E stands for Elbow – kids should have their arms extended closer to their ear, while their elbow faces the ring. The elbow should face the ring and should not move away to the side while the ball takes back before it is released. This will ensure accuracy of their shot. F stands as Follow through – which encourages the small flick of the kid’s wrist like waving goodbye towards the ball.

Netball_Game_in_Action_-_GuardingTeaching the netball positions to the junior players should be done through a game that the players have not played before. This involves the players running through various positions in the court while calling them out. After you have done this, play the game which lets the players find their position in the court. This will help them memorize the areas and proper positions of the game. There are also instances that young players tend to step during the game. This is problem with the basic position balance and that they have not mastered it yet. It should be worth doing a game in which it lets the players play catching the ball on land, air and rebalance then pass the ball. This is a worthy game that will make their body memorize positions. This should be done gradually. Teaching basic catch and pass skills should be done first with small bags of beans. Let the players form a circle and stand in position. Let them start passing the small bags to the right side. Change the directions after a round is done, while at the same time practicing throw at their chest height.

Some coaches buy their own books on how they are going to coach the youth on basic netball skills. The skills above are just the basics of the basics, and if not mastered, it will affect the children’s future techniques and skills as they are acquired along the go.

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