Community Coach Tamara Taylor explains the challenges and benefits of allowing kicks in conditioned touch games at training.
Use this game of offside touch to force your players to play with their heads up to identify space. One player per side can play in an offside position and players are allowed to kick.
Elite coach and player go through the skills required to box kick. There are three main steps and some recommended practises with some added competition to help improve
Skill Practice Description • The teams start with kicking netball i.e. the kicker cannot run and cannot be interfered with. • The player with the ball kicks to work the ball up field and a clean catch behind the goal line is 1 point • Other ways to score are by a drop goal awarding 3 points. • If a breakdown occurs the coach can award a free kick. • The ball carrier can choose to kick to a team mate or try for a target. • The targets can only be aimed at when the targets are in the other half of the pitch. • If the target is missed, possession goes to the other team. • Progression; the kickers must be ‘running’ when kicking the ball. • They must kick within 5 - 8 metres of running. They cannot just keep running with ball in hand. • Players can chip and catch for themselves. • This gives more opportunity for free kicks to be awarded through breakdown in play. • Allow players to discover personal techniques of kicking with both right and left foot. Punt, • Grubber etc. • Discourage throwing the ball up and develop the drop. • Identify those with consistently low outcome percentages and address the relevant technical factors
Progress the technical skill of the kick into more of a game related scenario. The coach could vary the numbers of players in this practise. Always conclude the exercise by confirming the technical points
The Kicking Game - Kicking Progressions
How to coach - The coach uses questioning as his main coaching style. The players identify the technical points with the coach providing prompts and reinforcement