Netball Attacking Drills

Netball attacking  drills aim to develop passing options from a centre pass. Players attempt to get the ball in a good position close to the edge of the semi circle in order to feed the shooter.

Centre Pass 1

The aim is to practice different passing options at a centre pass.

Organisation: 8 players – 4 attackers, 4 defenders in two-thirds of the court. Players position themselves in a standard centre pass formation. C passes to GA who has made a diagonal drive into the centre third. Meanwhile WA drives to the top of the shooting area to receive the next pass. WA then passes to the GS. 

Coaching Points:

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprints
  • Land in an upright and balanced position to receive all passes and for the WA – as close the circle edge as possible

Progressions:

  • Vary the starting positions of the attackers e.g. on the inside of the defender
  • Increase the pressure from the defenders
  • Centre Pass 2

Centre Pass 2

The aim is to practice different passing options at a centre pass.

Organisation: 8 players – 4 attackers, 4 defenders in two-thirds of the court. Players position themselves in a standard centre pass formation. C passes to WA who has made a diagonal drive into the centre third. C then drives to the top of the shooting area to receive the next pass. C then passes to the GS. 

Coaching Points:

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprints
  • Land in an upright and balanced position to receive all passes and for the C – as close the circle edge as possible

Progressions:

  • Vary the starting positions of the attackers e.g. on the inside of the defender
  • Increase the pressure from the defenders
  • Centre Pass 3

Centre Pass 3

The aim is to practice different passing options at a centre pass.

Organisation: 8 players – 4 attackers, 4 defenders in two-thirds of the court. Players position themselves in a standard centre pass formation. C passes to WA who has made a diagonal drive into the centre third. GS then drives out of the shooting area to receive the next pass. GS then passes to the GA who has sprinted in to the shooting area to receive the pass close to the post.

Coaching Points:

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprints
  • Land in an upright and balanced position to receive all passes

Progressions:

  • Vary the starting positions of the attackers e.g. on the inside of the defender
  • Increase the pressure from the defenders
  • Centre Pass 4

Centre Pass 4

The aim is to practice different passing options at a centre pass.

Organisation: 9 players – 5 attackers, 4 defenders in two-thirds of the court. Players position themselves in a standard centre pass formation. C passes a square ball to her GD who has made a straight sprint into the centre third. GD then passes to GA who has moved to her goal third to receive this pass. GA then passes to the GS in the shooting circle.


Coaching Points:

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprints
  • Land in an upright and balanced position to receive all passes

Progressions:

  • WA takes the second pass from the GD instead of the GA
  • WD takes the first pass from the C instead of the GD
  • Vary the starting positions of the attackers e.g. on the inside of the defender
  • Increase the pressure from the defenders

Circle Edge Drive with Defence

The aim is to work the ball to the edge of the circle in order to be in a good position to feed a shooter.

Organisation: 2 players in the circle – 1 shooter, 1 defender. Two attacking feeders and two shadowing defenders outside the shooting area. The attacking players work the ball on and off the circle edge until an appropriate moment is available to successfully feed the shooter.

Coaching points:

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprint to circle edge
  • Land in an upright and balanced position as close the circle edge as possible
  • Ball to shooter must be placed away from the defender

Progressions:

  • Vary the starting positions of the attackers
  • Increase pressure from defenders
  • Add conditions to the play e.g. 5 passes in the attacking area before the ball is passed to the shooter
  • Build up to game situations

Circle Edge Drive – On and Off

The aim is to work the ball to the edge of the circle in order to be in a good position to feed a shooter.

Organisation: 2 players in the circle – 1 shooter, 1 defender. Two attacking feeders outside the shooting area. These players work the ball on and off the circle edge until an appropriate moment is available to successfully feed the shooter.

Coaching points:

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprint to circle edge
  • Land in an upright and balanced position as close the circle edge as possible
  • Ball to shooter must be placed away from the defender

Progressions:

  • Vary the starting positions of the attackers
  • Add defenders

Circle Edge Drive

The aim is to work the ball to the edge of the circle in order to be in a good position to feed a shooter.

Organisation:  2 lines of players beginning in the centre third, 1 shooter and 1 defender in the shooting area. Players in 1 line have a ball each, player in opposite line sprints to receive a pass on the circle edge. Feeder (after passing ball) also drives to circle edge to support the first attacking player. Meanwhile the attacking player with the ball passes to the shooter and makes a shot for goal.

Coaching Points

  • Ensure passes are accurate and into the space, enabling the moving player to attack the ball
  • Use arms to maximise speed on sprint to circle edge
  • Land in an upright and balanced position as close to the circle edge as possible
  • Ball to shooter must be placed away from the defender

Progressions:

  • Swap the side/line that the ball begins on
  • Add a defender who begins at the top of the shooting area, moving forward to intercept the ball. Their starting position can then be varied.
  • Increase the amount of passes leading up to and around the circle edge
  • Circle edge drive – on and off drill
  • Add more players to make a modified game, using the condition of feeding the ball from the circle edge. Circle edge drive with defence