Range of resources to improve your skills - see below.
Coaches Resources - Coaching Forum, Regular Coaching Tips, Stat Sheets, Coach Education Presentation
Player Tips - Regular Tips
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Passing accuracy for longer passes is essential for all passers of all standards. The attached activities are great activities to help practice long passes.
More activities on this topic can be found in Coaching Manual 1 & 2.
More advice for players can be found in 'The 7 Steps to Netball Success' book by Netskills.
IMPROVE YOUR COACHING
Article written by Gillian Lee summarizing her coach education presentations given in New Zealand, England / Wales and Australia in 2000.
IT'S NOT THE DRILL IT'S HOW YOU USE IT
by Gillian Lee
Two coaches can run exactly the same training session yet in one of the sessions players learn and achieve the coach’s objectives and in the other the players don’t.What is it that makes the difference?I think the teaching of an outside pivot is a classic example. Many young players know what an outside pivot is yet when you get them to do it during an activity sometimes half of them can’t execute the skill. In a more complicated activity another quarter of them struggle. What is it then that we can do as coaches to help players execute the skills and know how to apply them in a game situation?It’s what and how you say things throughout each activity that really counts.It’s not the drill, it’s how you use it!Most of us coaches plan our training sessions by selecting the theme and the activities we want to include and then think the preparation is complete. Some of us may then look at the key points we want to emphasize for each skill and activity, but these are all technical considerations.We need to go beyond the technical considerations to effectively communicate to and teach our players. Factors we all should be considering when planning each training session are points that will help us explain skills and activities better, help the players understand the skills relevance to the game, keep players excited, motivated and working at a rate that they need to during a game.
Points to consider are:
Do you use consider each of these when going through each activity at training?In what proportion do you use each of the different types of feedback?
Quick Assessment of your coaching communication techniquesTo find out what you really do say during a training session, have a friend mark down a point next to the appropriate heading (see below) each time you say a phrase. Just get them to do it for say 10 minutes of training and you will get a pretty good idea of the types of things you say.
ASSESSMENT SHEET (sample)
Setting the scene
Feedback - general
Feedback - constructive
Feedback - negative
Setting a standard intensity
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Good luck with your coaching. If you spend a little extra time with you preparation and improving you coaching skills, you will enjoy it more, and more importantly your players will learn even more.