There are different netball tactics, a lot depend on the strengths of the team and what the defenders are like. If the goal attack is good at sprinting then they will have a better chance of getting away from the defenders and receiving the ball quickly. Getting free skills are very important in a centre pass, the quicker they get away the more chance they have of receiving the ball in the centre third and less chance of the ball being intercepted.
At a centre pass the attackers and C should be aware of who will most likely be able to receive the pass and know what will work best for them. If the GA is quicker and better at getting away than the WA therefore she should be the main person to receive a pass. Once the stronger attacker has been established then, the player needs to know where they are going to receive their pass. The getting free tactics that I taught them in the previous session will help them greatly at a centre pass. I will work with the WA, GA, GS and C in this session even though technically the GS cannot enter the centre third, Zoe occasionally swaps positions with Aimee (GA) so I thought that it would be just as useful to her as the other players.
The 1st thing I am going to work on with them is where to receive the pass. The place I find is best to receive a pass is to the side of the centre. Without using any defenders to start I will shout go and the WA will go first and sprint to the side of the C. She will be running forwards and outwards to give maximum space from the defender. The GA will then do the same on my command. It is important that the centre is aware of where she is passing and that she doesn’t pass too soon. Timing is also essential for both the C and the receiver. The ball should be passed by the C before the WA/GA gets to the side of the centre, but not too soon that the player cannot reach it and the ball goes out of court. The WA and GA should sprint fast in order to get to the ball.
It is important on a centre pass like this one, that the players are able to read the pass, e.g. where it is going to be thrown to, how far it is from them and how fast they need to travel to get therer. They must not just run in a little and wait for the ball to come to them, they must move into the space where the ball is being thrown and receive it.
I noticed that when it was a centre pass, Aimee especially went to her starting position and stood right over near the side line. She does not have to stand there, she can stand wherever she likes along the line. I am going to tell the girls and suggest that they stand further into the middle of the court. On their centre pass the defenders stand inside of the person they mark, so if they move further towards the middle the defender are in the middle, so when the player sprints out to receive a pass the defender is further away and has less chance of catching up with the players.
Session 3 diagram. Session 4 I will be including a lot of running and quick movements so they will be doing the general warm up. This session includes games for the players that will help them learn more about getting free. Especially their second game it will make them incorporate and use the skills they have been doing in previous sessions. Dodging Using the four players they will pair up and decide a defender and an attacker. In one third, a player pretends to move one way, and then sprints in the opposite direction to receive the ball from a feeder.
After the feeder has passed the ball, she then has to do the same and try to receive the ball. Try to get 3 out of 5 passes in a row before possession changes. Aimee and Kim are on one team and Lianne and Zoe will be on the other team. This requires fast and swift movements and the knowledge of getting free. This will reinforce and improve their ability to get free. Sprint dodge In 3s. One player is the feeder.
The other two stand behind a line – 1 attacker, 1 defender. To start with the defender must stay static. The attacker should stand behind the defender and run out to receive a pass. After a few passes the defender can start to move along a line, trying to intercept passes. Once it is working well and they are comfortable with what they are doing they will switch around so that they all get to do different positions.
If it is not working well, I will introduce a command. When the command is shouted the feeder must pass the ball and the attacker must push straight out from the line immediately following the command. This requires timing and skill. Hopefully the girls should be able to use the skills they have been taught in other sessions to succeed in theses games. They will then do a cool down. Session 5 They will start with the general warm up. The aim of this session is to enhance the player’s skills of getting free and then bringing in more players to make it harder and more realistic to a real game, so that when they play a game it is not a shock and they are used to having more players around.
Shadowing In pairs, both players face each other. One player moves quickly from left to right, using small side steps and back steps. Their partner tries to keep up and shadow their movements. After repeating a few times and swapping positions, they will repeat it using a feeder as well and see if the player can get free and receive a ball when play is shouted. The feeder must throw the ball to a place where the player is sprinting to when play is started.
The shadowing game will help the players to get free. When the word play is shouted the players should get free quickly and take opportunities. This will show how quickly they respond to game, say if the ball started to come back up the court and they needed to get free they should be able to respond by reacting quickly (and first-before their marker reacts) and being in the right place to be available to receive a pass.