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Five Fun Netball Drills for Kids

Updated on September 21, 2014
Netball players performing shooting drills
Netball players performing shooting drills | Source

Netball is one of the best games for kids as it helps in improving their physical fitness, mental acuity and social skills. These netball drills for kids will help the young ones master the basic skill set of the game in an enjoyable manner.

With regular practice, these drills improve your kid's passing, shooting, attack and defensive game. Your kids will be longing for their next practice session as these drills are just a load of fun.

Learn these netball moves for kids and feel free to change them to fit your current circumstances. The main point is that the kids enjoy themselves as they learn.

As with any other game, warming up is important as it warms up the muscles thereby preventing injuries through tears.

Pepper Pot Passing Drill

This netball passing drill for kids teaches speed and accuracy to the players. It is also a fun exercise that the kids will enjoy as they improve on their netball skills. You will start by dividing the team into groups of four players each.

Have three of the players in each group stand in a semi-circle and the fourth player to stand in the middle. Give two of the outer players in the semi-circle a ball each. To perform the passing drill, the first player passes the ball to the player in the middle. The middle player then passes the ball to the next player without a ball. The sequence continues with the middle player always receiving the ball and passing it to the next player without a ball.

Though the kids may appear clumsy in the beginning, they will soon learn to be more accurate and fast. Ensure that you alternate the player in the middle with the ones in the semi-circle. You should also vary this training drill by asking the kids to move faster and also by using one ball instead of two.

Pepper pot passing drill for kids
Pepper pot passing drill for kids | Source

Shooting Shuttles

This shooting drill teaches kids how to make accurate shots at goal while on the move. The player will also learn how to make quick decisions while focussing on the target (the net). Just like the previous drill, divide your players into groups of four for effective management of the exercise.

Mark three positions at varying distances from the netball post. These marks should be on a straight line one behind the other. Give a score for each position according to the distance from the post – the further it is the higher the score. For example, you could give a score of one for the position nearest to the post and three for the position furthest.

To perform the drill, the players select the position that they want to shoot from and make an attempt at goal. If successful, the player earns point depending on the position that they shot from. The next player does the same and the process repeats for a predetermined length of time.

Hoop Balls Drill

The hoop balls drill combines two skills learnt in the previous drills – shooting and passing. Divide the team into two and mark out an area around the netball court where you will put three hoops each on opposing sides.

Each team of kids will be on the opposite ends with the three hoops. The aim of the drill is for a team to make its way to the other side then bounce a ball into the hoop. Either side must not do any running with the ball. If successful, the team that has made the move gains a point.

When the ball has crossed the line on the opposite side, the other team starts moving with the ball in the opposite direction. If in the course of the game a team causes the ball to cross the side lines, the other team will wins the ball. Also note that the defenders must try to get the ball without contact with the other places.

Organize the game into two halves of ten minutes each whereby the teams will change the side from which they are moving from.

Skittle Netball Drill

To perform this drill with kids, you will need a few things to be in place. First, mark a large squared area and place a skittle in the middle. Divide the kids into two teams and have them stand on opposite sides.

Second, you will need two benches and a set of different balls such as footballs, rugby balls and tennis balls. The game has two sections – aiming for the skittle, then a race to perform chest passes amongst team members.

Each team starts by aiming at the skittle and if they miss, the next team wins the ball. The teams continue with the drill until they hit the skittle. They then make a race to the benches placed on opposite ends. They split themselves into two and make chest passes until they are through. The team that completes the drill first is the winner.

Zone Passing Drill

Here, you divide teams into form smaller team. Divide the playing area into a quadrant of four equal parts. The first team gets the chance to start and will try to pass the ball to each member without moving from its quadrant.

The second team will attempt to intercept the ball from the opposing side. Note that the attacking side cannot move and have to pass the ball from the same position. The only thing they can do is to pivot themselves using only one foot.

If the defending team manages to intercept the ball, the attacking side must start over. This is a timed drill and you will count the number of passed that the team has managed to make within the pre-determined time.

Once the allocated time is over, the teams will exchange roles. The attackers will now become defenders and the defenders will be attackers. You can vary the drill in any way you feel like just to break the monotony. This is because kids are fast learners and will likely get bored after some time.

There are many other drills that you can teach kids in order to improve their game. For example, you could teach them the shadow defending drill whereby two team members face each other and one tries to copy every move she makes. This drill help in teaching the youngsters how to follow the movements of their opponents in order to defend the game effectively.

Another drill is the clear out drill that teaches the youngsters not to crowd around one place. This is common with beginners and the drill gives them the discipline to make space for each other.

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