Are you and your teammates presenting properly for
When every player presents and passes correctly your team will be more
efficient in taking the ball to the goal shooters!
Accurate passing is the most important netball skill of all, but if
players are out of position or don’t present for the ball the team will struggle to improve.
One of the most
costly mistakes players or a team as a whole can make is to try to take the ball to the goal circle too
too fast”, (catch and pass while still in motion, sometimes called “stalking”) quickly becomes habit
forming, and as a result the individual player will…
a) Only have
flashes of good play rather than playing consistently for the WHOLE game.
find herself out of position because she hasn’t had time to re-balance and pick up her
level netball on television the passing of the ball is seemingly so fast it looks like the players are indeed
running on with the ball (stalking), but, if you were to play the game back in slow motion you would see that each
player is NOT running but presenting
herself properly to take the pass.
and divisional teams play the same way as a properly trained Under 17 representative team but at a quicker,
smoother and more controlled pace. The principles of play are the same for all teams.
six stages from leading for the ball to passing it. The sequence is…
Lead – Call - Catch - STOP - Balance -
By running on the
player is NOT balanced and this therefore increases the chance of having her pass intercepted. She also eliminates
steps 4, 5 and sometimes 6. She also loses her allotted “within three seconds” to keep control of the game.
Netball, like all team sports, is about possession of the ball.
Presenting (leading) for the ball is creating an uncontested space on court. You must
lose (shake off) your opponent. You need to be quick and agile so that you can run hard and change direction
quickly to leave your opponent behind. Don’t call for the ball yet.
Calling for the ball is vital to keeping the attack flowing and the ball in
your possession. If a player doesn’t call for the ball she will not be seen and the ball is subsequently passed to
the next player further up the court.
This is poor
play! Let me explain why.
If the Centre has
the ball and she doesn’t hear a call from her WA and passes directly to the GA there is often no-one left to pass
on to heading to the goal circle.
If your GS is
well defended or if she comes out of the circle to help she can only hope the GA gets back into the circle before
passing time elapses. You really don’t want to take the ball to far away from the goal circle after all the work to
get it down there.
By bypassing a
player, team positions are compromised, and this gives the opposition easy attempts at intercepting the ball. It
cannot be emphasized enough that good defense will snare the ball almost every time through of out of position
exceptions of course where longpasses are beneficial, but these are rare, maybe one or two a game. If the team you
are playing are always in their respective positions you won’t have this opportunity too often. Call for the ball
loudly as you finish your lead.
Catching the ball means just that, it is caught, not batted on or tapped out
of play. You see many players batting at the ball rather than snatching it out of the air so that it can be passed
on. If a player doesn’t catch the ball and it goes out of court, then the next two stages are by-passed as your
opposition has the “throw-in” and your team has to re-set their defensive positioning all over
To catch the ball
spread your fingers wide and really grasp onto it and your grip should be firm so that the ball cannot be knocked
easily from your hands.
4. Once you have caught the ball,
“stop” otherwise spaces will form with no one to fill them let alone finding a player to pass the
ball to. A lob or long pass is then needed, which in most cases are easily intercepted.
5. Now that you have caught the
ball and stopped you must be properly balanced before passing. If not the pass will be inaccurate
forcing your player to reposition herself and most likely will be intercepted, go out of court or worse still you
have deprived your team of the ball because you chose to pass while not “in control”, as you were off
6. Now you pass
the ball. If the five steps above have been executed correctly and your teammates are presenting themselves for the
ball, your passes will be accurate and straight into the hands of your teammate.
Apply all six
steps and you have the game sown up! A final note on taking the ball up the court. Don’t be afraid to pass
backwards. If, for example your WA and GA are being well defended pass back to your WD or GD, they should be
prepared and ready to take the pass. Now start your attacking play again.
Fast running on
with the ball may look flashy and the players seem untouchable, but, if they come up against a good anticipating
defense the team will be in all sorts of trouble. Confidence is easily knocked around and this can lead to your
team being 5 goals down rather quickly.
positional netball, you will be able to bounce back from being a few goals down because your team has kept a stable
pace. All too often when a team is down a few goals, players panic and immediately try to speed up their play to
compensate and all that happens is your skills become sloppy.
in a team is a team that never has sloppy play. Give me a lesser skilled team of positional players over a team of
“talented players” any day and I’ll show you a team on the way to the Grand Final.
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This crucial tactic will show you how the professionals get the ball past
the defenders to the goal
Please note: All players swap
between being attackers and defenders depending on which team has possession of the ball. You
need to know how goal shooters work the circle otherwise GA & GS will have all their own
way. Tactics #2 will show you what's going on in the
You have got the ball to the shooters. What next? It is critical all players know how to work the
goal circle to prevent a turnover.
Also learn the goal shooting technique that will have you shooting a high percentage of goals in
any tough competition.