You might have noticed a bit of a theme to some of New Zealand Silver Ferns coach Noeline Taurua’s netball drills as they’ve made their way onto this website.
That’s not a coincidence.
When Noeline filmed with us earlier this year, she came with a plan. And as that plan unfolded, it provided a brilliant example of how the best coaches are able to develop the simplest of drills into an entire session, or even multiple sessions spread over several weeks.
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What began as a simple wall drill, with each player working alone on their touch and ball control, quickly evolved into a drill that required three players and the ability to control a ball and think simultaneously. From there she added more passers, more movement and more concentration.
Eventually, it would become a drill for goalers, with multiple attacking moves and then adding defence.
She then cleverly flipped the drill to make the DEFENDER the focus, allowing every player to get something out of the exercise, and providing different coaching points based on the player’s role.
While there were five drills overall, there were many more progressions within each of those drills, allowing each drill to be progressed, stopped or regressed, based on each player’s ability to successfully complete each component.
Sometimes as coaches we can make things overly complicated, or try and reinvent the wheel every single week to make sure we’re covering different things with our teams and players. But if Noeline has taught us all anything, it’s that even the simplest drills and skills and become the basis for great skill development.
And, importantly, by slowly adding to each drill or progression, players can develop at their own pace, giving you the flexibility as a coach to move things on or backtrack when you need to.
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- FOUR-BALL WALL WORK
- DOUBLE RAPID-FIRE BALL CONTROL
- TRIPLE RAPID-FIRE
- THREE-POINT GOALER ATTACK
- THREE-POINT DEFENSIVE ATTACK