Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Netball Training Schedule

The following training schedule is based on a 1 hour training session. Times for each section of the schedule are estimates. The following should be used as a guideline and can be adapted to longer training sessions. It is important to put the time into planning your training schedule prior to any training session.

Organisation – 5 minutes
This is the time to get everyone together and ready to start training. You may like to discuss the last game at this time and also your expectations for the training session. This time also allows stragglers to show up and get ready to go.

Warm Up – 10 minutes
Getting the body ready for the physical work that it is about to do. This stage is important as it helps to stop injuries occurring and also gets the players ‘mentally’ prepared for training.

Your warm up should include a physical warm up – slow jog stretching and or an appropriate warm up game, and also a skill based warm up – ball games, sprints, reflexes etc

Skill Development - 20 minutes
It is important to spend time developing and practicing the skills needed to play the game of netball. This is the main part of any training session.
Skills to practice – Movement, attack, defence, footwork, catching and throwing.

You will want to use drills and activities that the players can do as individuals and also in groups.
Start with basic drills and move onto more challenging activities, both physically and technically.

Match play / Court work – 15 mins
Match play - This is the part of the training session that your players will be able to put the skills that they have just learnt and practiced into play.
Court work- Is a time that a coach can place the players on the court and talk through positional plays on the court, who is around them, were to move to/from and also to practice throw ins. It is important to remember as a coach that there is a lot of stationary time for the players and to try not to spend large amounts of time this.

Cool Down - 10 minutes
The cool down is so that the muscles can relax and get rid of built up lactic acid. The cool down should take about the same time as the warm up. Players should go for a slow jog to walk and stretching of all major muscle groups that have been used in the training session. Whilst players are cooling down this is also a good time to talk to the players about the training session, highlighting the main points and giving feed back to the players.

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