Daughter struggling in netball
Answered 3 months ago
My daughter is 13 and she has played netball for a couple years now. She loves the game but is really really struggling with her ability, she has always struggled with things like coordination but she’s at an age where everyone around her is rapidly developing physically and she is really having a hard time keeping up. Her coach is really sweet and always makes sure she’s still getting time on the court but I’m a little bit worried at the fact that she still finds the basics such as passing, pivoting and catching really hard (by the way I’m not putting any pressure on her to be good at it, just I’m a little concerned about how far behind she is compared to everyone else).
She mainly plays WA and GA and we have a netball hoop at home so she practices shooting all the time. She says she loves playing but I can’t help but wonder if she feels a little bit embarrassed by her lack of ability (playing a position like GA means everyone’s eyes turn to her as she’s shooting).
Any advice on how I can help her with this? She tries her absolute best every game and I’m really proud of her, but I don’t want her to have to feel like she’s incapable or behind everyone else.
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If you don’t know anything about netball or don’t have time, I’d suggest asking the coach if she could take a couple of minutes out of training to help your daughter in areas that would benefit her and up her game… if that makes sense 😅
Good luck to your daughter!!
Little drills like the ones you do with her is a big help, make sure she’s doing chest passes correctly, maybe practice pivots with her, or you could always act as defence while she practices shooting?
I think as a mother we always tend to overthink things, but definitely talk to your daughter and see how she feels! Keep thinking positive and remind her she’s doing a great job. Compliment her on what you think she did great in training / games 😊
I do always remind her that she’s doing a great job! I always make sure to congratulate her for her effort especially, sports have never been the easiest thing in the world for her in terms of ability but she really does try so hard. I’ll make sure to get her throwing some longer passes to me, I hope it doesn’t ruin her confidence too much if she isn’t able to properly make them at first.
She also loves just shooting on the hoop for a while, even if her shots aren’t going in (which is most of the time 😬) she still always finds a happy place doing it. I’ll also try and talk to her a little more about everything and make sure that she really does have a fun time playing, but I don’t really wanna bring up her ability in that conversation because I would hate for her to think that it’s all about who’s the best player.