Everybody knows what a drill is; it’s teaching and training through repeated exercises. In school, drills ensure that students are able to speed up their reaction to a presented problem so that over time, they become so familiar with the routine that they are able to provide answers purely on reflex. It’s essentially the same thing with sports — and it’s no different for netball.

For competitive teams in Keilor, netball training drills are a must because the exercises develop them physically and mentally to meet the demands of the game, and to pursue excellence in the skill their coaches are helping them hone.

One of the most important benefits produced by training drills is muscle memory. Everything from the right way of holding the ball, to the right stance for shooting, to the correct angle for the ball to be thrown, to how to swiftly shift positions to shake off opponents, and so much more — all these must be done in a way that feels very natural. For example, when throwing the ball for a teammate to catch during a game at Melbourne Social Netball, the mechanical aspect of it should be automatic for speed is always an advantage in competitions. But for that to happen, muscles and joints have to be trained properly to react appropriately to on-court situations, and this is accomplished through drills.

Another benefit of training drills is the enhancement and development of skills to “perfection.” Most players have a gift that may still be a diamond in the rough, of sorts — a natural ability that can be polished so it becomes a “power.” Drills target these skills so they can be used optimally and secure advantages in the game. For example, some people have God-given “shoot the ball in the ring” skills; drills hone that natural ability so it would no longer falter, and so it can be demonstrated even in the most challenging environment or situation. Drills are responsible for those extraordinary moments where players are able to work with their physical limitations and get the job done perfectly.

For netball, there are long-established training drills — mostly basics, which help ensure that players do not forget the value of the fundamentals which serve as the foundation of their ever-growing complex strategies in winning games — but coaches usually encourage players to develop their own to support the game plan they have. Whichever are used, they are for the best execution of the game, and players can benefit much from consistently taking them to heart.

CONTACT US
close slider
Enquiries