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Netball Drills – Footwork Drills for Beginners

Netball Footwork Drills for Beginners-

No. 1 – Knee Tips

The set up: 2 players working together without a ball.

The practice: standing opposite each other, the aim is to try and touch each other’ knee without allowing your partner to touch yours. This can be a lot of fun and practices light feet and good balance it’s also great to get the heart rate up

Other options: partners to try and stand on each other’s toes, only try this if you know your group

Teaching points

  • Weight on balls of feet
  • Quick feet
  • Know your group as stamping on toes may not work for all groups

No. 2 – Footwork Hoops

The set up: May number of player working with none or hoops the cones/hoops. The cones/hoops to be speared around the working area. Enough for 1 hoop or cone per person.

The practice: players are to jog or run around the area and on the teachers whistle, players are to run to a hoop and land with 1 foot in the hoop followed by the 2nd food outside the hoop. Players are to show balance by bringing the 2nd foot or braking foot back in to the hoop. Teacher then shout “go” so pupils move on. This practice gives the players a different focus i.e. the hoops as well as practicing their landing, ideally on both right and left feet layering the part of the landing foot.

  • Progression: footwork with hoops and change of direction – once landed players change direction from 12 O’clock to half past 12 therefore facing back the way they came.

Teaching points

  • Jump high so forward momentum is decreased
  • Bend the knees to stop forward momentum and therefore the chance of dragging or having to lift the back foot off the ground
  • The 2nd foot to land around hip distance apart with a bent knee, this is your brake
  • Always turn towards open side
  • Progression: pivot on the ball of the landing foot (the foot in the center of the hoop)

Common errors:

  • Players don’t bend their knees their knees enough so drag their back foot
  • Players lift up their landing/hoop foot – more bend in the knees will stop this
  • The second foot or brake foot, steps too far away from the hoop and within hip distance, this will means it’s harder to get balance

No. 3 – Footwork with hoops continuous

The set up: 2 players working with 1 hoop and 1 ball. Player A is the feeder and player B the worker. The feeder stands to the side of and slightly in front of the hoop holding the ball at shoulder height with her inside hand.

  • The practice: player B runs towards the hoop and collects the ball from the feeder hand before landing 1 foot in the hoop and 1 foot out of the hoop. Player B gets her balance by bringing both feet into the hoop and passing the ball back to player A.
  • Progression 1: player B pivots and changes direction before passing the ball back to the feeder.
  • Progression 2: as Shon in the last part of the video, the practice becomes continuous. As the worker lands and pivots, the feeder runs to become the worker.

Teaching points:

The feeder to hold ball at shoulder height to ensure player B is managing the footwork rule before the ball gets higher

  • Player B to keep her eyes on the ball
  • Player B to jump before landing to help with balance
  • Player B to make sure that both feet are back in the hoop before the ball s passed back
  • Progression 1: always pivot forward
  • Progression 2: pivot on the ball of the landing foot

Common errors

  • The feeder holding the ball too high at first
  • The feeders position is to the side rather than to the side and in front of the hoop
  • Player B passes the ball back from a non-balanced position
  • Progression 1: player turn back which is not efficient
  • Progression 2: feeder getting to the worker position too early

No. 4 – The Hexagon

The Set up: working in pairs to share the work, 6 once are laid out to make a hexagon shape with the 6thcone positioned in the center of the shape.

The practice: the worker is to turn round the cones one by one, each time coming back to the center cone. The aim is to use small, quick and controlled footsteps to take you round the course ensuring body, feet and head are facing the same way at all times.

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  • Progression 1: keep head up and facing the front players will therefore need to adapt their body position so feet and hips are facing the way to the cones and the head and upper body is facing forward.
  • Progression 2: feeder to hold a ball up to the side or down with the worker calling out where the ball is positioned, this ensures the workers head is up at all times.
  • Progression 3: feeder passes the ball to the worker as she drives forward or back to the center cone.

Teaching points

  • Feet to always work within hip distance and knees are relaxed at all times
  • Weight is on the balls of the feet to aid forward movement
  • Use arms to help drives to each cone
  • Push off from each cone to drive back to the center cone
  • Small steps to be taken so can change direction at any time
  • Progression: 1, 2 3: keep the body facing the front with the legs and hips turning to the cone it is driving to

Common errors

  • Feet are further than hip distance apart using large steps to get round the course – this means players will not be able to react to a change of direction if required
  • Progression 1, 2, 2: Running round the cone and therefore turning the body away from the front line and losing site of a ball

No. 5 – Diagonal Drive

The set up: 2’s working with 1 ball. Player A is the feeder and player B is the worker. The feeder starts with the ball with player B standing opposite, 2-3 meter away.

The practice: player B runs forward on 45 degree angle and receives a shoulder pass from the feeder. Player B jumps to receive the pass, lands using bent knees and braking foot to gain balance before turning to face the direction of the feeder and stepping in to a balanced and controlled chest pass.

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  • Progression 1: increase the distance in which player B runs.
  • Progression 2: player B indicates where she wants the ball so feeder needs to pass an accurate feed i.2 in-front of the moving player.

Teaching points

For the feeder

  • Accurate feed to help player B jump and land
  • Pass can become harder and flatter as player B gets more confident

For the worker

  • Start ready and able to sprint off in either direction
  • Make sure the angle is 45 degrees and place a cone or marker at the perfect landing spot so player has something to aim at
  • To gain balance player B to keep both feet hip distance apart when landing and bend the knees
  • Gain balance before stepping into the pass to ensure an accurate feed back to the feeder

Common errors

  • The feed is too fast at first so player B no able to perfect the jump and land
  • The angle of player B is too wide therefore moving further away from the ball
  • Player B is not balanced before passing the ball back to the feeder

No. 6 – Diagonal Drive and Reaction

The set up: 3 players working with 1 ball. Players A, Ab and C start in a triangle with player a starting with the ball.

footwork netball drillThe practice: Player A either B or C. The called player reads and drives, on an angle to the center of the triangle to receive the pass. She lands correctly and uses her braking foot to gain balance and then pivot to pass the ball to player C.

Progression: once player B has caught the ball, player C sprints, on an angle to receive the next pass. Player C receive the ball and lands with good balance she pivots to player A and passes the ball back to start the practice again. The aim is for the ball to travel in a line down the court with correct footwork being adhered to at all times.

Teaching points

  • Head up at all times o focusing on the ball
  • Practice landing with different feet
  • Always lands with feet hips distance apart to aid balance
  • Bend knees on landing
  • Make sure the braking/pivoting foot is looking to where the ext. pass is to go which will ensure a more accurate pass

Common errors

  • The angles of both runs are too wide
  • The 2nd player runs too early putting pressure on the 1st player pivot and pass
  • The feed is too far in front or behind the moving players

No. 7 – Change of Direction Shuttle

The set up: minimum of 4 players working with 1 ball. Group is split into 2 lines standing opposite each other.

The practice: the practice is to concentrate on landing and pivoting in a balanced manner player A, from line 1, starts with the ball and player B, from the 2nd line, runs forward to receive a flat chest pass. She 1, 2 pivots to face here line and passes the ball back to her line. Player A then runs in and receives a flat pass, lands 1-2 and pivots to face here line before sending the ball back.

chage of direction netball drill

Progression 1: change of direction shuttle with high pass – add a high ball which will help to practice pivoting OR turning in the air.

Teaching points

  • Keep head up and eye on the ball
  • Land with a thin base and bend the knees
  • Pivoting the shortest route so always facing forward
  • Step into the pass back to your line
  • Feeds can vary to help add jump or increase the speed of the practice
  • Make sure players land on alternate legs practice pivoting on both sides

Common errors

  • Players turn backwards putting them off balance
  • Players miss out the jump and end up dragging their back foot
  • Feeding of the ball is too high/low not allowing the practicing of footwork

No. 8 – Reaction to ball

The set up: minimum of 4 player working with 1 ball. Player A is the feeder who stands 2-3 meter away from the other players who are facing her in a line.

The practice: player A holds the ball high and away from her. One at a time the workers run to the ball and take it from the feeders hand, land 1-2 and pivot to face the linen of players and pass back to the next player. The ball is passed back to the feeder and the practice stars again.

Progression: as seen in the video clip, player to flick the ball upwards so the worker has to receive a higher pass and still land correctly and balanced.

Teaching points

  • Land with feet hip distance apart and bend the knees
  • Turn forwards when pivoting
  • Only pass the ball back when balanced position is obtained
  • Feeder to flick the ball up into space so workers have to drive on the ball to catch it

Common errors

  • Worker to be over balanced due to not bending the knees or having too wider stance on landing
  • Worker not balanced before typing to pivot and therefore passing off balance
  • Worker turning backwards rather than forward when pivoting
  • Player A releasing the ball too later/early on the progression

8 thoughts on “Netball Drills – Footwork Drills for Beginners

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    Thank you for all the information here. Very easy to understand. So many websites are a little confusing. I will be using many of your drills with my team (ks2), and sharing this site with other coaches.

    Coach Tammy

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      Hello Coach Tammy!
      Yes, we have been working very hard to put this netball drills website together. We hope that it helps many people. Thank you for your kind words.


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    The majority of you drills we use on our team. I have found a few that I wasn’t using that my juniors seem to think are fun, but more importaningly the drills are getting results. Thank you for adding coaching points. It is always good to have something to refresh my memory I tend to forget from time to tiem.

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    The unusual thing is, netball really is all about foot work and passing. Making the shot will happen, but if the foot work isn’t there the passing can’t happen. No passing means no shots made! It amazes me how young coaches often miss this fact! Great work on the footwork drills guys! Keep adding more! I will be back!

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    I see you have established an overall training strategy based on customer requirements. I think this is wicked awesome all of the drills listed, some of them I don’t see on other sites.

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      Hello Richelle!
      Thank you for pointing that out! We have tried to put together as many u inquest drills as possible. The hard part is there really is no such thing as an unique netball drill. Most of the coaches have used these before, they just don’t always think of sharing as much. Thank you again!

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    The footwork drills and videos below will ensure your players don’t give away free passes when catching, lunging, landing, pivoting, and passing. Footwork in netball applies when a player is stepping, landing and pivoting while in possession of the ball.

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      Great Point Eric! Thank you for the great comment!


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