Netball Handling Drills

The following drills focus on individual netball skills and ball handling including bounce pass, chest pass, hook pass, shoulder pass as well as bringing in the complication of a defender.

Variety of Dishes and Hooks with a Defender

The aim is to pass the ball in different ways, avoiding interference from a defender.

Organisation: 2 players facing each other at a distance suitable for player’s ability, 1 defender 2nd staging the worker. Worker passes the ball to the other player using correct hook pass and dish technique. A second feeder is placed square to the worker in order for the ball to passed to them. Worker can now begin to use the step-across technique

Coaching Points:

  • Refer to Hook pass and Dish ball coaching points
  • For the step-across technique
    • Ball is taken to the side of the body around waist height
    • Step across your body with the opposite foot to the side of the ball (ensure this is not your landing foot)
    • Bounce the ball to the receiver
    • Keep ball low to avoid defence

Progressions:

  • Use both sides of the body
  • Receiver moves to get pass
  • Receiver has a defender (vary starting positions)

Variety of Dishes and Hooks

The aim is to pass the ball in different ways, avoiding interference from a defender

Organisation: 2 players facing each other at a distance suitable for player’s ability, 1 ball. 1 Player passes the ball to the other using correct hook pass and dish technique.

Coaching Points:

  • Refer to Hook pass coaching points
  • For the dish ball
    • Ball is taken to the side of the body around waist height
    • Step out to the same side as the ball (ensuring this is not your landing foot)
    • Bounce the ball to the receiver
    • Keep ball low to avoid defence

Progressions:

  • Use both sides of the body
  • A Variety of Dishes and Hooks with Defender

Hook Pass with a Defender

This video illustrates a progression from the Hook Pass. Please refer to The Hook Pass for more information.

Hook Pass

The aim is to pass the ball avoiding interference from a defender.

Organisation: 2 players facing each other at a distance suitable for player’s ability, 1 ball. 1 Player passes the ball to the other using correct hook pass technique.

Coaching Points:

  • Take the ball from a two-handed catching position
  • Bring the ball up to shoulder height and out to one hand
  • Step out to the same side as the ball (ensuring this is your non-landing foot)
  • Curve the ball around by rotating your shoulder and releasing the ball off your fingertips

Progressions:
Hook Pass With Defender

Chest Pass

The aim is to practice a passing technique over a middle distance, allowing the pass to be made with control and speed.

Organisation: 2 players facing each other at a distance suitable for player’s ability, 1 ball. Players pass the ball between each other using correct chest pass technique.

Coaching Points:

  • From a two-handed catching position make sure the ball is kept at chest height
  • Fingers should be spread behind the ball
  • Keep elbows low and relaxed
  • Transfer weight from back foot to front foot
  • Push the ball out, extending and following through with the arms, wrists, hands and fingers in the direction of the receiver

Progressions:

  • Increase the distance between the players ensuring accuracy and speed are maintained
  • Move from a static receiver to a moving receiver
  • Add a defender to the moving receiver
  • Apply pressure by using pass in a group drill e.g. The Chest Pass Square

Bounce Pass

The aim is to practice a passing technique over a short distance to improve Netball skills.

Organisation: 2 players facing each other at a distance suitable for player’s ability, 1 ball. Players pass the ball between each other using correct bounce pass technique.

Coaching Points:

  • From a two-handed catch take the ball to just above waist height
  • Fingers should be spread behind the ball
  • Keep elbows low and relaxed
  • Transfer weight from back foot to front foot
  • Push the ball down, aiming for it to bounce two-thirds of the distance towards the receiver.

Progressions:

  • Move from a static receiver to a moving receiver
  • Add a defender to the moving receiver
  • Apply pressure by using pass in a group drill e.g. Straight Line Drill 1
  • Apply to circle edge feeds in to a shooter e.g. Shooting: The Lunge

Shoulder Pass

The aim is to practice a passing technique over a long distance to improve Netball skills.

Organisation: 2 players facing each other at a distance suitable for player’s ability, 1 ball. Players pass the ball between each other using correct shoulder pass technique.

Coaching Points:

  • Balanced starting position with opposite foot forward to throwing arm
  • Use second to steady the ball if necessary
  • Hold the ball at head height with fingers spread behind (not under) the ball
  • Body weight is transferred from the back foot to the front foot
  • The hand, arm and shoulder should then thrust forwards towards the target

Progressions:

  • Ensure players use both left and right sides
  • Increase the distance of the pass
  • Move from a static receiver to a moving receiver
  • Add a defender to the moving receiver
  • Apply pressure by using pass in a group drill e.g. Shoulder Pass with 1 Ball