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7 Netball Shooting Tips to Make you Pro

Updated: Aug 7, 2020

We'll begin by stating that building up your shooting abilities for Netball takes dedication in training, and to become professional the training requires significant investment of time and persistence. In case you're the Goal Shooter (GS) or Goal Attack (GA) these are abilities you need to master with it. So that your team can rely upon your ability!

As you and one other (GS & GA) are responsible for each shooting chance, winning or losing truly remains in a doubtful situation of how well you know your technique and confidence. Utilize your knowledge into Netball shooting strategies and the netball shooting tips below to make yourself the champion of your team.

1. Practice

Practice is the hardest part of learning, and training is the essence of transformation. Try to spend a lot of time boasting your success ratio by practice. Go early to practice, stay late or spend an extra 15 to 20 minutes every day for mastering your skills. Once you master in technique the rest will come and you’ll feel more confident in high-pressure situations. Also, you can seek the advice of someone more experienced player/ coach.

2. Balance and stance

Getting in balance is not so much about adopting new strategies to change your playing style, as it is about realigning yourself in all of your stance so as to create a balance between what you desire and how you shoot your goal. Bent knees, a shoulder width stance and proper grip are essential for keeping your body balanced while shooting. The power of the shot comes from your legs being steady and bent. Wait for your knees and arms to begin straightening, and once your body is extended, take the shot.

3. Grip

How you hold the netball is very much important. Your shooting hand gives your attempt spring, power and spin. Your supporting hand should hold the side of the shooting hand, offering support and helping with aim. Fit the ball with your fingertips on your shooting hand, and spin the ball backward with a little flick of your wrist. Shoot!

4. Time management

In Netball one can hold the ball for 3 seconds, which doesn’t seem like much if you are a beginner, but once you get comfortable with what your body should be doing, then three seconds is more than enough to shoot.

5. Focus

Don’t focus on your blocker and pretend that you doing a normal practice. Put your best effort to concentrate only on the shot. With the goalpost directly in your line of eyesight, it is unlikely that they’ll be able to intercept. Controlling the direction, the ball goes with your arms, fingers and wrists, full focus on the back of the ring. With a flick of the wrist a goal should be yours! Because there is no backboard in netball, by focusing on the back of the rim, the ball should fall into the basket instead of going far away from it. If needed, pretend something is hanging just above the basket so you can get a “rainbow” effect.

6. Rebounding

If by chance your attempt doesn’t score, but you have remembered to spin the ball backward with your wrist during your shoot, it should bounce back. After you release follow the ball to the ring, and get after it! If your shot missed, make up for it by getting the rebound and going for the second shot. Capture the ball, take your time, focus and secure your goal!

7. B.E.E.F Technique

Just remember this acronym for understanding the key aspects for shooting netball.

  • B for balance. Keep your feet hip/shoulder width apart and pointing towards the goal.

  • E for eyes. Keep your eyes focused on where you want the ball to go.

  • E for elbow. Keep your elbows close to your ears as you shoot.

  • F for follow through. Always flick your hand and wrist at the end of your shot.

Get Set Goal!

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