JuniorNet coaching

The JuniorNet program is a great way to start coaching for the following reasons:

ENVIRONMENT 
  1. the program is non competitive & fun
  2. it is a non-threatening environment for young coaches as the children just want to learn and have fun
  3. the social environment is fun with around 30 young coaches participating each week
SESSIONS
  1. all sessions are clearly structured and provided to each coach at the start of the program 
  2. learn how to structure a training session, observe and correct faults
  3. the main teaching points of each session are explained to all coaches before the program commences
  4. coaches themselves will learn the basic principles of netball skills, often lacking in their own game ie) footwork, landing
  5. skills and drills learnt can be applied to any age group
SUPPORT
  1. we provide a minimum ratio of 2 coaches per 10 children
  2. all apprentice coaches are directly mentored by a senior coach 
  3. all equipment is provided by the Boroondara Netball Association 
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
  1. earn some pocket money 
  2. gain self confidence and leadership skills
  3. learn to be a positive role model as the children talk about you at "show & tell", bring their art work for you and eagerly anticipate every week. They will never forget their first coach!

IMPORTANT PRINCIPLES FOR COACHES:

SAFETY   
  1. Ice and First Aid supplies available from office
  2. All children should have a drink bottle and wear a hat 

PREPARATION

 

  1. All coaches and apprentices to read and prepare the session beforehand.
  2. Group coaches to explain drill to children while apprentices set up the equipment.
  3. Keep things moving so children do not become distracted or bored. 

GROUPING

 

  1.  Do not allow children to form their own groups to avoid less dominant children missing out.
  2. Never exclude anyone from the group.
  3. Try to mix & match so everyone gets to know each other.
  4. Method – line up and give every player a number (say 1 – 5), then same numbers pair off. 

 ROTATION

  1.  Always rotate members when grouping
  2. Always rotate playing positions during matches
  3. We will provide a rotation roster for each group in the second half when match playing. 

COMMUNICATION 

 – ALWAYS POSITIVE !!!

  1. Need short, simple instructions, not essays!
  2. Remember different children learn at different rates
  3. Do not just focus on the dominant children; include the shy, less skilful children in leadership roles.P
  4. ositive feedback always regardless of how minor the issue was.
  5. Praise good sportsmanship ++++
  6. Make every child feel good about themselves; never ridicule
  7. No negative comments such as “that was wrong!” – It is better to say “why don’t we do it this way?” 

DEMONSTRATION  

  1. Always demonstrate the activity using your apprentices as examples.
  2. Repetition is boring 

DISCIPLINE

  1. Seek the advice of an official if child being disruptive
  2. Do not discipline children by sending them off the court 

PARENTS

  1. Encourage parents to stand at the end of the court, not along side-lines or on the court.
  2. If parents approach you, please ask them to wait until the end of the session.
  3. If parents verbally abuse you or their child, please come and get one of us!
  4. If parents have a grievance, ask them to come to the office and complete a grievance form.
  5. Never engage in arguments in front of children.