FAST5 – Defence, Shooting Accuracy and Long Balls

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Fast5 Netball emphasised defensive turnover, ability to shoot long under pressure and confidence in looking down and sending the ball over a long distance. Australia struggled throughout the tournament and maybe the selectors didn’t take the FAST5 concept seriously enough but I am sure next time they may consider more mobile and accurate shooters. As […]

Written by Chanel Gomes 2010

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At age 15 Mel took a chance on me, pulling me up from tier two to tier one. Being of this age I was very shy and not confident in my ability. Mel coached me for 3 years and in that time I developed skills and confidence I never believed I had, reaching state and […]

Agility Ladder Training

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Recently my daughter, Bridget, was named in the Australian Under 17 Womens Basketball Team to compete at the Oceania Tournament this November.  At fifteen years old, running, agility, weights, training and match play form the preparation for this event. It was a suggestion from a basketball coach to include ladder training as part of her […]

Over Training – Recognise the Signs

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What is over training and how does it affect players you are currently coaching? Firstly, over training is when a player or athlete is exhausted due to physical training. Let’s take an example of a private school girl who has a scholarship for Netball.  Remembering a scholarship means you have to participate in school activities […]

Dreams Do Come True

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Chanel Gomes continues to go from strength to strength and this time she’s hit the top. Chanel has had the call up from the Aussie coach to join the Australian Diamonds for the October Test matches and has also been named in the Fast5 Australian Team. From the first time I coached Chanel she had […]

Coach Education for Representative Coaches

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It’s that time again when Associations are in the process of selecting coaches and players for their rep teams. In many instances Associations struggle to find good coaches.  Associations need to start producing their own quality coaches by support and education. Every Association has a Coaching Convenor and part of the job description should be […]

Fundamentals at an early age

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The importance of coaching children the fundamentals should be a priority for clubs and associations. Many associations concentrate on the elite and forget the importance of future elite.  If the basics and fundamentals of Netball aren’t coached at an early age it puts more pressure on coaches to teach fundamentals as well as more advanced […]

WA continues to be Australia’s weak spot

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Put Kim Green at Centre and game on.  Put her at WA and she successfully sprays balls, cuts everyone off and can’t feed effectively. Maddie Brown, what a star!  How scary to come on when a team is 12 down and with a line up that was probably not practiced very often.  I was reading […]

Using Stats to Make Coaching Decisions

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The use of Stats by coaches is a skill.  How we interpret the information and then we how use that information when coaching can have a positive as well as a negative effect on team performance. One of my daughters plays basketball and is currently in the Australian Under 17 Squad.  What I have noticed […]

Ruth to Coach Mystics

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New Zealand media are in a frenzy questioning the decision of Netball New Zealand allowing Ruth Aiken to take over the reins as Head Coach for Northern Mystics. Those opposing the decision are asking why up and coming coaches aren’t being considered for the gig.  They are saying that coaches working hard to get into […]