GABBY SINCLAIR: FRONT SQUARE BACK SQUARE

Collingwood Netball star Gabby Sinclair takes you through a simple yet taxing attacking drill, working in small spaces to create room to drive onto the ball and beat a defender.

Level
Basic-advanced

Players
7+

Equipment
3 balls
6-9 cones

Coaching points
– Each player should receive two balls in the front square before moving onto the next channel. Once each player has completed 3-4 repetitions (ie completed all three channels 3-4 times), rotate the throwers.
– Repeat for the back square.
– Add defence and repeat both boxes again.
– Ensure the defenders follow the attacker to make the drill realistic, rather than sitting in the middle of the box they know the attacker must drive into.
– Finish with a ‘free for all’, where the attacker can receive anywhere in the channel – front or back.
– Look for the attackers to complete a strong preliminary move – at least three steps towards/away from the ball, and not dodging on the spot.
– Sometimes an attacker may need 3-4 preliminary moves in order to get clear. Don’t stop – keep working until they open up space!
– Always keep eyes ‘up the court’ towards the thrower, even when driving away.
– The drill is repetitive and has high reps for a reason – players should be fatigued during each set!