I cannot even remember the last time I played a game of netball. I played throughout my primary and secondary school years for a school team. But it is all coming back to me this year, as the 9 year old has started playing her first season of netball. We have joined a local club and play on Fridays after school.
With the long weekend this weekend, there is no netball or netball training, so we decided to run a little training session for her at home this afternoon.
Netball drills for kids
These are a few of the simple netball drills you can do at home with your budding netballer:
Quick 50 – between two people, you throw chest passes to each other as quick as you can, while still catching the ball. If one person drops the ball, you need to start counting from one all over again.
Centre break – adult plays the centre position. Blow a whistle and the child needs to make a clear and decisive quick break. If you have a sibling or friend who can play defence even better. The centre position only throws the ball to the attacker if they are in front. You may need to explain the contact rule to non players of the game, like we did with her 12 year old brother.
Footwork practice – In netball when a player lands on one foot they must keep that foot grounded while they hold the ball. This is something that takes quite a bit of practice for youngsters. With your child you can have them set up at centre break position, have them run towards you, catch the ball and keep their landing foot grounded, then have them throw the ball off to you again, run off and catch the ball from you again keeping their landing foot grounded again. We have a netball ring, so from there she has a shot at goal.
Free netball court download
After we worked through the above drills, we then undertook some netball theory! I made two netball courts in powerpoint, one labelled with the positions and the areas of the court named. The other blank.
You can download the netball court diagram here – Netball Court.
If you haven’t played netball yourself or need a refresher on the rules, you can read up on them here.
So tell me where you a netballer in your younger years? Do you still play now?
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