Netball Coach Starter Session
Sunday 8 March
NetballSmart – is the official evidence-based program of Netball New Zealand ensuring players are healthy and available to train and play the game. The NetballSmart principles are embedded in the Coach Starter Resource and will assist the coach in developing physically capable and competent players. The dynamic warm-up is designed in such a way that players who perform it regularly will be able to withstand the physical demands of a high-intensity netball game. Players will also learn good neuromuscular practices ensuring safe landing and change of direction skills, minimizing the risk of knee and ankle injuries.
Coach Starter Resource – This resource provides coaches with 12 session plans for use at team practices. Each session plan introduces players to a different skill and tactical aspect. The skills and tactics are introduced in a progressive manner, building on the foundation skills. Focus on the skills and tactics taught each week during game time. It is important to avoid reacting to something that wasn’t working during last week’s game and spend the next practice focusing on improving that. Within each session plan, there are several skill development activities, progressing from easy to more challenging. Choose the two to four activities that best match the players’ abilities. Each skill has a number of coaching points listed. It is important to focus on only two or three coaching points when players are learning a new skill. For each tactical situation, there are also related game principles. Focus only on the one or two game principles which are most pertinent for the player or team
Good Sports – Good Sports® aims to create positive sporting experiences for Kiwi kids by supporting and educating the key adult influencers in children’s sport: parents, caregivers, coaches, teachers and sport leaders. Both practitioners and researchers supporting Good Sports agree that issues in children’s sport, such as poor side-line behaviour, early onset of overuse injury, burnout and disaffection with sport, stem from adult involvement in children’s sport and can ultimately hinder success on and off the field. To address these issues and give Kiwi kids the greatest chance of developing a lifelong love of sport, just as you may do, Good Sports believes we need to raise adults’ awareness about their behaviours in children’s sport, and if necessary, promote a positive shift in that behaviour.