Netball coaching drills are not really much different from other netball drills done as part of regular training. They are called coaching drills simply because they are intended to introduce new skill sets. These more advanced skills include defense, speed passing, and offense.
The drills to be discussed here are primarily intended in preparation for a real game. Although ideally given to advanced players, beginners can also be subjected to this type of training just so they can grasp how an actual game feels like.
Triangle defense drill
This is a smart drill because although it aims to improve a player’s defensive skill, it also becomes a good training routine for a player taking the offensive but is blocked using the triangle formation. The player practices defense but in the process also becomes more familiar with the formation, making him capable of moving inside the triangle.
To do this, the players should form groups of four. Three of them will play offense by trying to pass on the ball to one another. They will form the triangle position, staying three to four meters away from each other. The fourth member will play defense and will be staying inside the triangle.
As the players try to pass the ball using chest pass, the defender will try to intercept without going outside the triangle. When the ball is caught, the defender will serve as an offender, and the offender who passed the ball will play defense instead.
Zoning out drill
This is a classic defense drill that aims to block offenders from entering the defenders’ area. This is done by trying to zone the offenders using the defender’s body. It may seem like a simple drill, but a player needs a balanced combination of agility, eye-hand-feet coordination, strong lower body and core muscles, and speed.
To do this, the players must be divided into two groups, one of which will play as offenders and the other as defenders. One group should be lined throughout the baseline, while the other should be on the middle line. The coach then chooses two offenders and a single defender.
At the coach’s mark, the offenders will try to enter the defense area at the same time. Both offenders should be able to enter, which is why either one cannot enter too early to serve as distraction for the other.
One of the best coaching tips when performing drills for a large group of players is to do a number netball drill. This is a combination of defense and passing drills that allow all players to participate.
To do this, the players should be divided into two groups and each player should have a designated number – starting from one, two, and so on. All players should take position throughout the court, but the players with the same number from each team should face each other.
The offensive team should pass the ball from player one and on to the next player with the highest number, but the corresponding player from the defensive team should prevent the ball from being passed.
Piggy in the middle
This is a more advanced variation of the dizzy passing drill.
To do this, a group of players (seven and more) must form a circle while two stay inside. The two will serve as defenders as the players forming the circle will try to pass the ball to one another. Unlike dizzy passing, this drill does not have a pattern as the players can pass the ball to whomever they like, while the players inside the circle need to intercept the ball.
These netball coaching drills should be done to ensure that all players get to experience taking all the positions within a team.