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Lollies Yes or No?

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Feeding Lollies to Juniors during quarter and half-time Breaks. YES or NO Mentoring Coaches for many years has identified a problem during the breaks. What concerned me most was the consumption of lollies during the breaks. If you, the Coach, have researched the effects of sugar during performance and conclude that this is a good […]

Catch & Snatch

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Teaching players how to catch is a priorty at the beginning of the season. Most young players catch the ball with bent elbows catching close to the chest. Very young players do the same and the momentum of the ball can go straight to their face. Teach Catch & Snatch. Hands come out just before […]

Clearing Runs in the Shooting Circle

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To practice this, thrower sets up at the head of the circle with a ball. Shooter starts in the middle of the shooting circle. With eyes on the ball, Shooter performs a clearing run around the front cone, continues around the second cone and drives the base line, receiving the ball and then shoots. A […]

Navigating your way around Coaching your own Child

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Today’s ‘Introduction to Coaching’ Course was full of eager Mum’s and more than half of those Mum’s will need to put some ground rules in place before the season begins. The photo you see are my two daughters and I Coached both. My Mum Coached me for 12 years so the tradition continued. With my […]

The Importance of Resistance Training For Children

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Great photo of kids climbing trees😂 There’s been much research about Resistance Training for Kids. Studies have found environmental changes have influenced the natural play methods of youth and this has reduced their strength because of less activity. Children have reduced neighbourhood play areas, they have more screen time, also inactivity inside with gaming and […]

One Arm or Two Arms Outstretched – Slows You Down

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How many times do you see a player asking for the ball with one arm outstretched and usually running to the sideline? Have a think about this. When players run, it’s important to have both arms working to create speed, propulsion and momentum. If a player is trying to get free from a defender to […]

Coaching Kids – Gratitude Post

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For me, the season begins tomorrow with Energy Netball’s first Holiday Program in Ipswich. My team rock up, unpack all the gear, set the courts up, meet and greet and then throw ourselves into three hours of fun. Tough job. I started Coaching National League at the age of 30. From 30 to 50 I […]

The Habit of Looking Down

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How many times do you catch yourself yelling ‘eyes up’? Ummmm, I reckon at least 5 times per quarter, maybe more. Did you know it takes 66 days to break a habit? That’s three months. So if that’s the case, then players that look down all the time need attention from the very beginning of […]

Tips to Prevent Burnout in 2020

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Burnout is real especially if you’re a Coach. Only Coaches understand the ‘can’t wait for the season to be over’ feeling. Sorry everyone else as I’m just talking to Coaches 😉 The old ‘buck stops with us’ for results and seasons experience on court can be extremely draining. How do we prevent repeating this same feeling year […]

Important Shooting Technique Reminder for Young Players

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This one phrase is a constant for me when teaching young players to shoot. “Feet as wide as shoulders. Toes in line with knees. Toes in line with the ring”. To enable young players to have a balanced shot, this is the first part of their technique they need to learn. Of course, there’s quite […]