“Is Your Netball Game Play Sometimes Off? Are You Having Difficulty
In Improving Your Overall Tactical
Ability As A Player?”
Game improvement and natural player talent is just around the corner and
not a distant dream.
National and state team players aren’t any more naturally talented than you
are. They are just privileged to
solid, sound tactical coaching!
purpose of this site is to demonstrate to you, as a player or coach, netball game philosophy and the tactics
behind a winning netball team.
To Realize Your Ambitions And Dreams It Is Only
A Matter Of Tweaking What You Already Know!
is NOT like a game of drafts where one player has her move then the next player takes her turn.
Netball is like chess, where players must think about
their positions and passing. The game changes every one to two seconds and each player must be prepared and
alert to make immediate game changes.
By applying sound
netball principles reaching the grand final will be a reality not just a dream.
I have been playing
netball for over 50 years from coast to coast in Australia. Everything I have learnt about player and
team tactics and overall game strategy has developed from years of playing and umpiring this wonderful
Coaching Developed From
The success I have enjoyed with coaching I put down solely
to the “observation” of having umpired hundreds and hundreds of games. Coaching has just flowed on from this
Many ex-players become coaches
or they have come from another sporting background already trained in sport’s psychology.
But sport’s science is not
really my forte as I prefer to look at sport from a tactical point of view where I can find a solution through
practical experience and common sense rather than from scientific analyst.
The article series are a hands
on account of how to play strong and competitive netball leaving the theory of coaching science to
need to develop a netball brain,
which is not a talent but an understanding of how to play tactical netball. However, media hype and bad traditions
especially regarding fitness can spoil any chance of a player performing optimally.
There are not many netball
players who cannot play extremely well if given the right coaching.
To endure fast and strenuous games of netball proper fitness is essential otherwise
players become lazy albeit involuntarily. But rarely do you find a team training correctly for netball
fitness, even at elite level. Tried and proven methods have been abandoned in favour of high level endurance
This type of training is not
suitable for netball and can exhaust a player before the season begins. Netballers are not racing cyclists or
marathon runners, so it is time wasted to train like them!
I have been fortunate to have spent twenty or
so years talking to road and track cycling coaches and trainers when travelling with my husband during his
I failed to understand why
world class athletes were dropped (no legs, out of energy) from their bunch during a short or long road race after
months and years in training. There were too many unanswered questions.
Tour de France riders through
to entry level club athletes all performing well one day and then looking ordinary in another race. Yet others
never seemed to tire from one year to the next. What was their secret?
It is leg speed! Netballers
like endurance athletes need leg speed too.
After years of listening to
coaches, trainers and riders in the Race Commissaire wagon, coupled with my husband’s own racing tenacity, true
fitness methods of training correctly came to light fitting together like a jigsaw puzzle.
You Must Be Coached To
Every athlete be it for an endurance or team sport cannot succeed without a coach. Certainly a
reasonable standard can be reached but self taught athletes risk developing bad habits, which can be very hard to
break. A coach can bring out a player’s ability and talent very quickly whereas on their own, natural talent can
The greatest risk of
not being coached is a team will only enjoy marginal improvement
and often end up relying on one or two players to win games.
I coach as an independent not
belonging to a club or association but registered through “Netball Victoria”. In our private coaching entourage we
have three team selectors, assistant coach/trainer, team manager, photographer, and team organizer. All I do is
coach. I have the easy job!
Players must really want to learn and listen to their coach for any improvement to be seen.
The major aspect of coaching I
have learnt is there are no shortcuts to winning a game. While many teams deploy what I term, bad tactics, by
calling time or trying to rattle an inexperienced umpire never become victorious. A team who knows how to play
positional netball will always come out as outright winners
in the long term and end up becoming masters of this fabulous game.
Learn How To
What is missing in both individual and team sports is athletes do not know how to win. All the skills and ability
in the world won’t compensate for knowing how to win at sport. Winning is not a natural attribute of human beings
it has to be taught.
I will be writing posts
showing you how to win at sport. It is so easy you will kick yourself once you find out how simple a winning