Tennis has long been embedded in Australian sporting culture. As one of the very few sports that you can play for a lifetime, tennis can provide health and lifestyle benefits to Australians of all ages! Furthermore, in terms of sporting development in children, playing tennis is a great option on many levels! It’s equally mental as it is physical, therefore promoting both strong psychological and physiological development. Including but not limited to; promoting teamwork, hand-eye coordination, gross motor control, balance, communication, socialness, flexibility, agility and speed.  So, if your child has a passion for tennis and is interested in attending a tennis sports camp this holiday season, you might be left wondering ‘how do I choose the best holiday camp for my child?’. In today’s article, we will outline the key factors that you should be looking for that will help you choose the best tennis holiday camp for your child! 

Read on to find out more about the Best Tennis Holiday Camp for Kids

A Tennis Holiday Camp Should be More than Simply ‘Baby-Sitting’tennis holiday camp

When choosing a tennis holiday camp to attend, the most important element in your decision-making process should be, ‘how can this camp help develop my child’s sporting skillset?’. For a child that truly wants to develop their tennis abilities, a sports holiday camp should be much more than simply a baby-sitting experience.   What we mean by this is that the best tennis camps will offer structured, skill-based programs. Designed by professional tennis coaches, to improve your child’s sporting skill set and have fun, whilst developing a deeper love and enthusiasm for their chosen sport.  Multi-sport holiday camp options might keep kids busy during the school holidays. However, this format of exposure to many sports at once means it will be hard for kids to gain any real improvement! An example of this might be; just as they discover their love for tennis, the program then changes to cricket drills.  At Australian Sports Camps we believe that improvement requires focus and repetition. And when you’re trying to choose the best holiday camp for your child, the best sports camps are those that are truly designed to better your child’s sporting development. And not just solely provide supervision services for your child. 

The Ideal Camp Duration is 3 Days

Our belief is that the best sports camps are those that offer 3-day programs. This is because 3 days is the optimal mix between improvement and engagement! By attending a sports camp for 3 days, participants can experience multifaceted drills and techniques, which will allow kids to see genuine improvement in their sporting skillset. Furthermore, 3 days of sporting fun is a great way for kids to learn important social skills such as leadership, listening skills, consideration of others, and the ability to connect to others and make friendships! The development of these skills helps prepare children for a lifetime of effective communication and healthy social interactions.  Many participants arrive at sports camps without knowing anyone and are forced to interact with new people and make new friends. And it’s so difficult for kids to make these connections in just one or two days! At the end of your child’s camp experience, they should feel like they have genuinely improved in their sporting abilities and have had plenty of fun along the way! And is why the ideal camp duration is at least 3 days long. 

Sports Camps Should Always be Fun and Include some Match Play

Although it’s very important for kids to see improvement in their sporting techniques throughout sports camps, the most important thing is that they had fun learning, playing and making new friends. Especially for younger players and beginners who might be experiencing their first tennis lesson Sports camps should always strive to provide participants with a fun and engaging activities and drills, that deliver that balance of improvement and engagement. This includes ensuring participants experience match play sessions! Throughout a camp run, kids internalise what they’ve learnt from their experiences, and participating in match play lets them ‘put it all together’. Also, gaining match play experience allows kids to visually & physically see their strengths and weaknesses in their game. In addition, to using what they’ve learned through the camp in a game-day situation.  tennis camps

Camps Should Provide Quality Coaches and Great Facilities 

Ensure that your chosen holiday camp employs professional coaches, in addition to providing great sporting facilities.  This is a must when choosing what camp is right for your child. At Australian Sports Camps, all our coaches possess; a minimum level one coaching accreditation, or they are a senior coach with multiple years’ experience coaching and playing their relevant sport.  Also, all ASC coaches must-have, a validated working with children check and or police check.  Furthermore, many coaches will also be first aid qualified and all ASC camps have dedicated first aiders in attendance.  These requirements are necessary to ensure that each camp participant is receiving high-quality coaching. From professional players, who can genuinely help improve your child’s sporting abilities. In addition to ensuring that each participant is safe throughout the camp run.  Also, great facilities are imperative to a positive camp experience. Your chosen sports camp should provide both high quality indoor and outdoor facilities, in cases of extreme weather. Additionally, all facilities should provide good turfs and equipment, ready for use, throughout the entirety of the camp duration.

There Should Always be a Focus on Safety and Cancer Council SunSmart Policies

Every organisation conducting sport and recreation events has a duty of care, and legal responsibility to ensure a safe environment for all.  Especially since Tennis is predominantly a summer sport, your sports camp should provide strong sun smart policies.  Ensuring, participants are kept sun-safe.  Australian Sports Camps promotes and adheres to the SunSmart recommendations of the Cancer Council of Victoria.  We remind camp participants at regular intervals to reapply SPF 30, or higher grade, sunscreen.  Additionally, participants are reminded to wear clothing covering exposed areas while resting. Furthermore, when extreme weather conditions occur, we modify our program. Also, we make the best and most appropriate use of the venue’s indoor facilities including natural shade.  This minimizes the risk of overexposure to UV and heat stress.  To learn more about ASC’s sun smart policies, click here!

What Does ASC Provide?

For more information about who we are and what we provide, please watch this short video! tennis kids camp australia We hope that you enjoyed this article. At Australian Sports Camps, our goal is to provide structured skill-improvement camps. Where participants have fun whilst developing a deeper love and enthusiasm for their chosen sport. ASC provides the best sports coaching & facilities for boys and girls of ages 6 -16, of all sporting abilities! Our 3-day Tennis camps are perfect for children who have a passion for tennis, and want to improve their skillset! Additionally, check out our partner programs, which are an alternative option to the traditional camp experience.  If you’d like to learn more about us, please see http://shop.australiansportscamps.com.au/about-asc/. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding our camps and for all other enquiries, please contact us on 1300 914 368! We look forward to seeing you at ASC camp this coming school holidays!

Cricket is an extremely popular sport in Australia. Both at international, domestic, and local levels. From parents, juniors to “old faithfuls”, cricket is a game for everyone! With over 1.5 million Australian participants involved in 2017-18, and over 3500 cricket clubs currently throughout Australia (Cricket Australia 2019)! The benefits of Cricket are that it’s a fun, social game to play, that’s easy to learn! Also, boys and girls from as young as 5 years old can enjoy the game! Plus, you’ll find that most schools will include cricket as part of their physical education curriculum and nearly every town and suburb will have cricket facilities and a team that plays in a local competition. So, when deciding on a great sport for your child to play to meet friends, have fun and get active, cricket is an ideal choice. And, at Australian Sports Camps, we offer structured and fun 3-day cricket camps for kids aged 6 — 16, for all levels and sporting abilities! Where our desired goal is to help kids improve their sporting skill set and have fun whilst developing a deeper love and enthusiasm for their chosen sport.   

So, in today’s article, we’ll discuss the 5 key Cricket Skills that your child can expect to learn by attending an ASC Cricket Camp. Read on to find out more! 

1. Hand-Eye Coordination and Batting Techniquecricket camp ASC

Arguably one of the most important facets of the game of cricket is to possess strong hand-eye co-ordination and batting technique. By attending an ASC cricket camp, you can expect to participate in various batting drills. Both in the nets and on the turf.  Our experienced coaches, design drills to help develop your batting technique! Also, you’ll get the opportunity to learn firsthand tips and tricks from our experienced coaching panel.  Plus, there are guest appearances by leading state or Australian players & coaches!  Camp participants will participate in drills that include front foot batting, cover drives, back foot plays, centre wicket play, bowling machines, game-day simulations, standstill hand-eye coordination drills, and running between the wickets! At Australian Sports Camps we strive to provide an innovative program. One that covers all facets of the game of cricket, and improve your skills and maximise enjoyment!  Watch the video below to see some highlights from our Justin Langer Cricket Camp 2016-2017 justin langer cricket camp

2. Hand-Eye Coordination with Throwing & Catching 

Whether you’re a beginner player or an advanced cricketer, one of the fundamentals of the game you need is fantastic catching technique.  Not to mention, an instinct for where the ball is going to drop. By attending one of our cricket camps, you can expect to receive dedicated training periods to develop your child’s catching and hand-eye co-ordination abilities! As seen in the video above! hand eye coordination Furthermore, ASC camps cater to young and inexperienced players by grouping participants of the same ability level and age together.  Also, our specialised skill development drills and training, designed by industry professionals, are adjusted based on the age and skill set of our participant groupings! Meaning that kids won’t need to worry about participating in drills that are too advanced for their current skill set. Therefore, everyone will be able to get the most out of every drill! And learn at their own pace whilst grasping all the basics necessary to improve their technique! 

3. Bowling Technique (Fast, Swing, and Spin)

Sports camp Australia ASCLearning a proper cricket bowling technique can be difficult for beginners.  So, it’s important to start slowly, get the technique right and then worry about the accuracy of the bowl later. Our program ensures that every participant is exposed to all styles of bowling, including fast, swing, and spin techniques!. Your child can expect to participate in drills that will not only improve their current techniques. But, to truly cement their understanding of the fundamentals and intricacies of bowling. Our camps are a great opportunity for your child to practice and discover their preferred bowling style! In addition, to providing your child with more bowling options come game day!  So, whether your child wants to learn how to fast bowl like Brett Lee or how to spin bowl like Shane Warne! ASC cricket camp is a great place to gain exposure in all styles of bowling!

4.  Fielding 

Fielding in cricket consists of several roles that cricket players must perform during a game. Including running, catching, collecting, and returning a ball that has been hit by the batsman. By attending one of our cricket camps, your child can expect to be involved in match-play sessions. As well as, various fitness drills! These drills will develop hand-eye coordination, throwing, gathering, fielding defensive tactics, teamwork, and agility! All the skills that are imperative for a good fieldsman! Furthermore, our fitness tests will help measure multiple aspects of fitness.  Such as, agility, vertical leap, reaction time, and aerobic power! Which are also important for fielding! These results are presented in a personalised report and feedback card for each participant! And, will provide a detailed outlook of your child’s performance and possible areas for improvement!

5. Wicket-keeping

ASC Cricket CampAt Australian Sports Camps, we believe that practising all aspects of a sport is the first step to having a long and fun sporting career. Although there’s usually only one wicket-keeper during a game of cricket, it’s important that all cricketers get exposure to the technical aspects of wicket-keeping! As, this gives players a greater understanding in all areas of the sport and really enhances your skill set!. For example, wicket-keeping is a great way to enhance your perception of how the ball travels down the pitch, both at fast speeds and slower swing-orientated deliveries. Not to mention how your hand-eye co-ordination and catching abilities will sharpen the longer you practice behind the wickets! By attending our cricket camps, all participants can expect to get the opportunity to practice wicket-keeping! With all necessary age-specific kits and gear provided! There’s just no telling how much you can improve your skill set at an ASC camp! So, contact us on 1300 914 368 to find out which camp is for you!  We do hope that you enjoyed this article! If your child has a passion for cricket and wants to practice more advanced and structured cricket drills, sign them up for one of Australian Sports Camps 3-day Cricket Camps! Additionally, if you have any questions regarding our camps and for all other enquiries, please contact us on 1300 914 368! We look forward to seeing you at ASC cricket camp this coming school holidays! 

Spring school holidays are just around the corner! And places are filling up fast for ASC Spring 2019 programs! For the past 36 years, Australian Sports Camps have been running the best in Sports Coaching Clinics across Australia. Our camps are for kids aged 6 — 16, for all levels & sporting abilities, and provide a structured coaching program for kids over a three-day period.  Our camps are a great way to trial sports to see whether it’s the right sport for your child and before committing to the costs of club membership or expensive sports gear. Additionally, Australian Sports Camps are also tailored for higher skilled players! Where your child will participate in more complex drills and activities, designed by our experienced coaches to further develop their sporting ability!  So, if you’re sitting on the fence and don’t know whether an ASC sports camp is a good fit for you or your child, then this guide is for you!

Read on to find out some exciting things to expect at our upcoming Spring camps 2019! 

Pro Athletes will be Attending each Sporting Camp! pro athletes

Over the last three decades, ASC has been very fortunate to have so many sporting personalities come along to our camps as guest coaches. At every single ASC holiday camp, participants will get the opportunity to meet and learn from professional athletes & sporting greats! With photo and autograph opportunities! Previous athletes who have attended ASC camps include; Kevin Sheedy (VIC), Justin Langer (WA), Callan Ward (NSW), Karen Paxman (VIC), Kate Moloney (VIC), Abbey McCulloch (NSW), Kaylia Stanton (ACT), Massimo Murdocca (VIC), Waseem Ahmad (VIC), Shaun Murphy (WA), and Kurtis Patterson (NSW)! These are just a handful of the talented guests ASC has had the privilege of working with over the years! By attending our Spring camps, participants can expect to meet elite sporting talent, ask them questions in a Q & A session, and learn some top tips on how to become the best player they can be! Click here to learn more about previous guest coaches at ASC!

Video Capture & Analysis

At every single ASC camp across Australia, an important aspect of our sporting programs is providing video capture & analysis of performance for all participants. Our experienced ASC staff uses the latest technology to record each participant in completing multi-faceted drills. With this recording, each camp has a designated analysis curriculum. Where our qualified coaches will be able to offer your child visual and personal feedback on their performance! The analysis discussion will also offer a constructive Q & A session with each group, identifying each participant’s strengths and weaknesses in their skillset, and presenting ideas on how you can improve upon them!  This is a fantastic opportunity for kids to visually see how they can improve their technique. And gain knowledgeable tips and insights from our coaches, in a classroom environment. 

Expect to really Hone and Develop Your Sporting SkillsAustralian Sports Camps

At Australian Sports Camps, we pride ourselves on providing high quality, educational, and fun sporting camps for all participants. Our goal is to provide structured skill-improvement camps where kids have fun whilst developing a deeper love and enthusiasm for their chosen sport.  By attending our camps, you should expect to really hone and develop your sporting skills for your chosen sport, with the assistance of our qualified and knowledgeable coaches. Australia wide we offer AFL, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Futsal, Golf, Hockey, Ice Skating, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Sailing, Soccer, Table Tennis, and Tennis camps across all the major capital cities! At every camp, your child will improve upon the fundamentals of their chosen sport. Such as kicking, throwing, running, jumping, hopping, and catching. Additionally, they will practice more advanced sporting skills such as offensive & defensive tactics, footwork patterns, shooting form, correct positioning, and much, much more! There’s just no telling how much you can improve your skillset at an ASC camp! So, contact us today to find out which camp is for you! 

Expect to Make New Friends and Have Fun!

By attending one of our sporting camps. You should expect to meet many potential new friends and have heaps of fun! You’ll meet other kids who are of a similar age to yourself. Who also share the same passion and love for your chosen sport as you do! And with the help of our excellent staff. Our camps will always offer a supervised and fun environment, to ensure that each participant is safe and enjoying their experience!  ASC Sports camp Watch the adjacent video to learn more about our holiday programs! 

Group Prizes

An exciting aspect of our sporting camps is our group prizes! At the end of our 3-day camp period. Coaches will pick one participant from each group to win an autographed group prize award from our attending sporting talent. They select winners who demonstrate; enthusiasm, sporting development, trying your hardest, and good sportsmanship throughout the entire camp run!  Spring camps Lastly, we announce the Spring camp winners during our awards presentation at the end of day 3. 

ASC Scholarship Award

In addition to group prizes, there are more awards for you to win at our camps? At every single ASC camp across Australia, we present one lucky participant, from each camp, with the ASC Scholarship award. Our coaches collaborate to choose the lucky winner. And present the award to the one participant they believe tried their hardest every day. Showed up every day with a positive attitude, made the largest improvements in their sporting skills. And exemplified the best sportsmanship throughout the entire camp by supporting and helping others!  The Scholarship entitles the lucky winner to attend a future ASC sporting camp for FREE!. So, having more fun during the next school holidays! And, meeting more of your sporting heroes!   We do hope that you enjoyed this article! If you would like to find out more about us, please see http://shop.australiansportscamps.com.au/about-asc/.  In addition, you may have questions regarding our camps.  So, for all other enquiries please contact us on 1300 914 368! We look forward to seeing you at an ASC camp this Spring school holidays!

The phrase “knowledge is power” is one that you might hear quite regularly throughout your life. The expression relates to how knowledge allows us to find new ways to solve a variety of issues. And additionally, how power is the ability or capability to do something. Ideally, the phrase states that the more information, education, and experience you have in a subject, the more ability you will have at your disposal to affect upon it.  In the world of sport, our development as players goes much further beyond just focusing on our skills training.  Sure, with enough practice we all might be able to execute a proper cover drive, but can everyone identify weaknesses in their opponents’ game and exploit them? Does every batsman have the same mental strength when facing a fast bowler? How can we truly become the best player we can be?  These questions show the importance of going beyond our regular skills training sessions and surrounding ourselves with as much knowledge about the game as we can! To unlock our full sporting potential! With this in mind, we have put together 10 tips from experienced cricket players & coaches, to help you in becoming the best cricket player you can be!

Justin Langer‘Mental Toughness is just as important as the technical skills of the game’

Justin Langer

“Everyone can keep developing their technique, but my experience would tell me that if you’re edging balls or getting bowled a lot, it tends to be that you’re not watching the ball as closely as you should be. And if you’re not watching the ball closely, it’s generally that you’re down a bit on confidence or you’re distracted. That’s what mental toughness is about, having 100% attention on the next ball bowled to you. That process is critical. If you get the process right…and have a really strong and positive mindset, you’ll move quicker, you’ll pick up the ball earlier, your feet will move quickly into position, and you’ll invariably be hitting the ball more in the middle of the bat”.  — Justin Langer

Clinton Peake — ‘Do the Ordinary things, Extraordinarily well!’Clinton Peake

“I think a lot of young players fall into the trap of thinking they have to be able to score a run at every ball or be able to bowl every type of delivery to be worth a game. The best advice I can give to a young player is that they must be able to do ordinary things extraordinarily well. Only by doing this will they be able to achieve and sustain above-average performance.” Clinton Peake

Jason Bakker — ‘Train and Aspire to be a Complete Player’

Jason Bakker “Bat with selectivity and patience, knowing that scoring opportunities will always be nearby. Impatient and overzealous players tend to support their teammates from the change rooms after they have thrown their wicket away. Therefore, train and aspire to be a complete player. Don’t underestimate or undervalue other facets to the game of cricket apart from your core skill or competency.” — Jason Bakker

Belinda Clarke — ‘Skills Development at younger ages is the key to becoming the best player you can be’

Belinda Clarke “If you consider your game as a bucket, the aim is to fill the bucket with as much targeted practice as you can at an early age. Those who have spent time filling their buckets will have a greater chance to be the best they can be.” — Belinda Clarke

Virat Kohli — ‘Don’t let the outside noise affect your mental approach to the game’

Virat Kohli “I don’t really focus on these things — on what tags are given to me or what people think of me off the field — stuff like that. My main focus is always to do well on the field for the Indian cricket team. When people say good things about me off the field, I am more than happy to accept them.”  — Virat Kohli

Ricky Ponting — ‘Don’t focus on your opponents, focus on how you’re going to beat them’

Ricky Ponting “Every batsman surveys the field before taking the strike, and usually the fielders get imprinted on his mind.  But in my head, I don’t see the fielders. I only see the gaps!” — Ricky Ponting 

Rahul Dravid — ‘Talent is not solely measured on Cricket Skills’

Rahul Dravid “I think we judge talent wrong. What do we see as talent? I think I have made the same mistake myself. We judge talent by people’s ability to strike a cricket ball. The sweetness, the timing. That’s the only thing we see as talent. Things like determination, courage, discipline, temperament, these are also talent.” — Rahul Dravid

Sachin Tendulkar — ‘Never forget your love for the game’

Sachin Tendulkar “Before you lay the foundation on the cricket field, there should be a solid foundation in your heart, and you start building on that. After that, as you start playing more and more matches, you learn how to score runs and how to take wickets.”  — Sachin Tendulkar

Richard Pybus — ‘Repetition is the Mother of Learning’

Richard Pybus “When we focus on good tips and practice them, over and over, they become part of our game. We wire them deep into our brain and then the subconscious mind can run them on automatic.  When we can play automatic, relaxed, with a quiet mind, our skills and strategy flow and we play in the moment … this is when we begin to play our best cricket.” — Richard Pybus 

Shane Warne — ‘Never Give Up’Shane Warne

“Never give up; just absolutely never give up” — Shane Warne We hope you enjoyed this article! At Australian Sports Camps, our goal is to provide structured skill-improvement camps where participants have fun whilst developing a deeper love and enthusiasm for their chosen sport. If your child has a passion for cricket and wants to practice more advanced and structured cricket drills, sign them up for one of Australian Sports Camps’ 3-day Cricket Camps! Our sports holiday programs are tailored for your child according to their ability so that they are doing drills and exercises that are equipped for their skillset.  Additionally, to find out more about our cricket coaching for kids, please see http://shop.australiansportscamps.com.au/about-asc/

 

The world of sport is continually evolving.  And, the use of technology is just one aspect that’s had an enormous impact on the way we spectate, play and experience the modern sport. The advancements of technology use in the sport over the last 200 years have not only changed professional sport dramatically, but it has also impacted sports at the grassroots level. Junior netball might not have the action replays and GPS tracking technology that is used by the pros. However, the improvements made in electronic apps, clothing apparel and online information sources, are all examples of how technology is helping junior players in becoming the next generation of Australian Netballer’s!

Let’s discuss some examples of technology use in netball, and how it impacts the sport!

Technology Use In Netball

Netball Shoes

When we think of the word ‘technology’, our brains will usually imagine electronic advancements and its applications. However, the improvements made to clothing apparel in netball over the last century has been1900s netball uniform revolutionary from an invention standpoint! Did you know that in the early 1900’s netball players would wear everyday sand-shoes (flat-shoes) to play the game?! Just think of the impact that would have had on the players’ feet! The first ‘netball shoes’ were introduced during the 1960’s when the game of netball was moved to be played indoors. These shoes added an upper and white sole, like the picture shown. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that the design of netball shoes began to focus on injury prevention. The increasing popularity of the game of netball and shoe companies influenced the evolution of netball shoes. The intention was to better protect the players and increase their on-court playing performance.Netball 1960 shoes Netball is a high-impact sport that requires rapid acceleration and deceleration, sudden and sharp changes in direction, immediate stops, high-impact jumps and ongoing balance and stability. Because of this, netballer’s are at a high risk of injury.  Particularly to the knees, ankles and lower bodies. Today’s netball shoes are engineered with heel counters, gel layers and stability straps to help prevent these injuries to modern players.

So…How Does This Affect Junior Netball?

Although injuries are generally unavoidable in sport, younger players today have the freedom to play netball with the most advanced netball shoes in the history of the game. As mentioned above, the shoes are specifically designed to minimize the impact of stress upon the feet, knees and joints. This will ultimately help keep players safe and injury-free for longer in their playing careers.Netball shoes design Fewer injuries obviously offer many benefits. For example, the skill development of junior players is less interrupted. Instead of sitting out on the sidelines with an injury, players are now active for longer! Additionally, this will enhance the enjoyment for juniors of playing netball itself! Which all leads to more opportunity to develop into the next generation of professional netballer’s! Watch the video to learn about the scientific innovations that are designed within modern-day Netball Shoes Technology!

YouTube, Facebook & Google

The number of internet users worldwide in 2019 is 4.388 billion, up 9.1% year-on-year! (Smart Insights 2019, para 4). The takeover of social media use and the reliability on search engines, like Google, have made information-sourcing the easiest and most diverse it has ever been in the worlds’ history! Think of the number of times you have searched things on google today. How often did you find exactly what you were looking for? Were you able to use the knowledge to better yourself? Perhaps it was a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try, or learn that the Sun is 149.6 million km from the Earth! (it is by the way!)YouTube, Facebook & Google New ideas and new information have never been easier to attain within the modern world! So, how could this technology affect junior netball? One prime example is the way we use sites such as YouTube, Google and Facebook when training or coaching, to find new ways to support our skills development. For example, when we want to practice shooting form, Google and YouTube provide not only visual aids on the topic but also offers a step-by-step tutorial on proper technique. Today’s Netball junior players have exclusive historical access to professional-level coaching and guidance, even when they are not practising with teammates or within a team environment! Players’ in the 1990’s didn’t even have anywhere near the same level of technological access to information at their disposal! And that is less than 30 years ago! This technological advancement assists modern junior players in not-only correcting weaker aspects of their skills, but further developing their strengths and providing direction for how they can reach their full potential!

Mobile Apps

In parallel with the advancements of the internet, are the technological improvements made to mobile apps. By logging in to your app store on your phone, you have access to numerous health and fitness apps! All to better your sporting development! Apps such as “NETFIT Netball”, “Sportplan”, and “MyNetball” are all examples of current popular apps that are available for free! These apps provide coaching videos, video library’s for technique improvement, and even nutrition plans!popular netball mobile apps For junior netballer’s, apps such as these can be very beneficial for skill development! These apps mirror the benefits of search engines, allowing you to have ready access to new information at your fingertips! However, mobile apps have the added benefit of being more personalised & readily available for use. “NETFIT Netball” for example, allows the user to create a user profile. This profile lets you store drills, videos and reading the material, to cater  specifically to you! This offers many benefits for junior players as they have instant access to a cost-effective, convenient and personalised information source! Not only do junior players have access to this information, but the coaches of junior netball teams do as well! The development of professional coaching plans can assist coaches in their delivery of structured and fun coaching programs! Which will hopefully provide junior players with positive playing experience, enhancing their enjoyment of the game, and enjoyment is always the main purpose of sport, win, lose or draw.

We hope that you enjoyed this article.

At Australian Sports Camps, our goal is to provide skill-improvement camps, with structure, where participants have fun whilst developing a deeper love and enthusiasm for their chosen sport. Our school holiday camps also use technology to offer video analysis during training! Your child can visually see their personal strengths and areas for improvement in their game! Whilst receiving tips and guidance from our professional coaches! Sign them up for a sporting camp today! Additionally, to find out more about us, please see http://australiansportscamps.com.au/about-asc/.

Read on to find out more for about bullying in youth sports.  As well as useful ideas and strategies to overcome this potentially harmful issue. In Australia, 1 in 4 students report incidences of bullying.  Unfortunately, many children won’t come forward about their experience for fear of making the bullying worse, meaning the actual number of children who experience bullying may be much higher than statistics indicate.  Bullying comes in many forms and is defined as repeated and intentional verbal, physical, social or psychological aggressive behaviour.  It intends to cause harm, distress and/or fear.  This behaviour can be directed toward a group, or at an individual, and may be perpetrated by one person or multiple.

The reasons for bullying in youth sport

Children may bully one another for numerous reasons.  A child may bully another for social acceptance, power or admiration from onlookers.  Also, a bully may have been bullied themselves previously or may have been influenced by aggressive role models, at home or on TV.  They may be lacking in empathy and not care about the distress they cause their victim or even see it as justified.  Any child may become a target of bullying.  In sports, many children who are bullied because their teammates see them as a competitive threat. Bullying has links to many negative outcomes for victims.  Including, impacts on mental health, physical health and academic results.  Kids who experience bullying are at a greater risk for developing depression and anxiety, which can manifest as changes in sleeping and eating patterns, sadness, feelings of isolation, and a reduced interest in the activities that they used to enjoy.  Children who experience serious, ongoing bullying may lose their self-esteem, engage in substance abuse and may even become suicidal.  These mental health problems can persist well into adulthood.   bullying in youth sport

What can you do if your child experiences bullying playing sport?

We often recommend kids join a team sport if they experience bullying at school.  As it gives them another support network.  But, what can you do if your child experiences bullying within that sport? In a sports context, bullying may take many forms, including:

  • Continuous put downs about an athlete’s abilities
  • Isolation
  • Intimidation
  • Verbal abuse from the sidelines
  • A group of players ganging up on a single player

The signs of bullying

Signs that might indicate that your child is experiencing bullying include:

  • They no longer want to participate in the sport they used to love
  • Avoiding seeing their friends, or one friend in particular
  • They complain of stomach aches or other ailments that prevent them from playing or training
  • Other behavioural changes

These signs do not necessarily mean that your child is being bullied, but may serve as a reminder to bring up a conversation with your child about bullying and their well-being.  After having this conversation, if your child denies being bullied but you are still concerned, perhaps you could ask another adult that they trust to talk to them.  This could be a teacher, older sibling, coach or another family member.  Your child may be afraid to tell you for fear of getting into trouble, making the bullying worse, or embarrassment. If your child opens up to you about being bullied, ensure you are supportive and listen to your child’s feelings without judgment or blame.  Don’t ask your child what they have done to incite the behaviour, and don’t minimise their concerns.

What coaches and clubs can do to prevent bullying

In team sports, it’s the responsibility of the coaches and club presidents to ensure bullying doesn’t occur.  Emphasising team-building activities and fostering a family-like environment reduces the occurrence of bullying.  Environments which are highly competitive and promote winning at all costs are more likely to foster bullying behaviours.  Alternatively, bullying is less likely to occur, when enjoyment, teamwork, sportsmanship and skill development are given priority. If you witness any bullying on the field, directed toward your child or another.  Firstly, arrange a meeting with the coach.  Explain what you’ve seen and put the responsibility onto the coach to stop the bullying.  If their response is unsatisfactory, escalate the problem to the President of the club. It may be tempting to confront the bully’s parents about the problem.  But, this could make things worse.  Also, it’s difficult for a parent to hear that their child is a bully.  As they may feel under attack or disbelieve you.  Often, it’s best to discuss the situation with the other parents in a neutral environment, with a coach acting as mediator.

Homework

At home, work with your child on strategies to eliminate the bullying.  Promote positive body language, like eye contact.  A child that appears confident in themselves is less likely to be a victim of bullying.  Practice assertive things your child could say if bullying occurs.  Retaliation will only aggravate the bully.  If they appear unfazed by the torment, the bully will eventually give up.  When your child tells you how they successfully diffused harassment at training, or you see them stand up for themselves or another child at a game, make sure to praise them to encourage the positive behaviour. It’s important to help your child, but also to encourage independent thinking and not provide all the answers.  If your child suggests retaliation or escalating the problem, ask them what could happen if they did that.  Help them to see the consequences of actions.  If you show trust in their problem-solving abilities, you will build their resilience and they are more likely to believe in themselves as well.  You can read more tips for raising resilient kids here.

What if your child is the bully?

Children who bully others are at a higher risk of criminal convictions and risky behaviour in adolescence and adulthood.  If your child is the bully, it is important to address the problematic behaviour early.  You may need the help of your child’s coach to do this.  It is not about blaming anyone, but realising that negative behaviours need to be replaced with positive ones.  It may take time, and the behaviour may become worse before it becomes better.  However, once you change one negative behaviour, it’s much easier to eliminate another. Focus on positive behaviours too and reward your child when they display them.  Teach your child empathy and talk to them about how the other child may feel. So, we hope you enjoyed this article.  At Australian Sports Camps, we do not tolerate bullying in youth sport behaviours and have comprehensive policies, procedures and staff and supervisory structures in place to prevent and manage any incidents.  We treat all children with dignity and respect and take reports of bullying very seriously.  Our school holiday camps focus on skill development and good sportsmanship, to encourage positive behaviours.  To find more about us, please see: http://shop.australiansportscamps.com.au/about-asc/

There’s no denying that parents are essential to youth sports. Without the active participation of parents, junior clubs would struggle to find players, coaches, administrators, referees, and spectators. Also, parents make financial, social and work sacrifices to keep their children in junior sport.  This is through paying for memberships, attending games and training sessions.  Unfortunately, some parents behave inappropriately at youth sporting matches.  So, while we all want our children to succeed in the field, poor parent sideline behaviour can have detrimental effects on a child’s performance.

Poor parent sideline behaviour may include:

  • Foul language, threats or aggression directed toward the coach, umpire, player or even another parent.
  • Providing excessive instruction, or coaching from the sidelines.  Often, in contrast to what the child’s coach has instructed, generating confusion and embarrassment for players.
  • Put downs of a child’s abilities, in private, or in front of others.

Parents demonstrating poor sportsmanship

When parents behave poorly at sporting matches, children are more likely to drop out of team sports.  Furthermore, if you emphasise a ‘winning is everything’ attitude, you make the sport less fun, and more stressful for the child.  Children are taught that mistakes are not okay, and give up on trying for the fear of the consequences.  Also, it’s important for us to remember, and to remind our kids that mistakes are natural, and only make better players.  Junior sports should be about socialising, keeping active and developing skills, but most importantly: having fun. sideline-parents

Blaming the referee

When parents blame a referee for the result of a game, children learn to make excuses for outcomes. During a single match, thousands of decisions are made by referees, coaches and players.  So, to focus on one single decision made by a referee, as the sole reason for the outcome of the game only teaches our children how to absolve themselves of responsibility for their own actions. This leads to children who are less resilient, and who give up when facing adversity, for they feel they have no control over outcomes. To read more about raising resilient children, see here. Also, criticising the referees sets an extremely bad example for children.  Observing their parent abusing an umpire teaches children that, they too may act disrespectfully towards authority figures.  Once children learn a behaviour like this, it’s common for the rude behaviour to carry over into other areas of their lives, including school, family, and even work later in life. It’s also important to remember that referees are often minors themselves, and only making calls they believe to be the fairest. They don’t deserve the verbal abuse they are often at the receiving end of. If you have constructive criticism to offer, wait until the end of the game, and speak respectfully with the head umpire.

On the way home

Not all poor spectator behaviour happens while the game is in play.  Many children report receiving criticism on their performance in the car ride home.  While some children may be able to block out the yelling from the sidelines during a game, it is impossible to escape the criticism post-game. Not only does this contribute to sport dropout rates, but it can negatively affect a child’s self-esteem, and contribute to fatigue. It’s important to be supportive of your child, as your attitude may be the biggest contributor to whether they continue to enjoy sports or not, and will help shape how confident they are as a player. Your opinion is very important to them.  And, it may surprise you how many adults can report vivid recollections of criticisms during their junior sports days. It can disturb a child’s confidence for many years to come.

When bad sideline behaviour becomes a legal issue

Sometimes, bad behaviour on the sidelines becomes more than just poor etiquette, and is, in fact, against the law.  Examples of this include racial vilification, sexual harassment and common assault.  Moreover, clubs have a responsibility to report illegal behaviours to police. Things said in the heat of the moment can lead to formal charges for parents.  Junior sports should be enjoyable for children, and there’s nothing that will put a stop to the fun faster than seeing your parent escorted off the ground by a police officer!

What should I do if I see another parent acting poorly on the sidelines?

It can be quite intimidating to witness another parent acting aggressively on the sidelines, and it’s for this reason that you can’t sit idly by.  Also, if the behaviour makes you feel uncomfortable, imagine how frightening it is for your child and their teammates.  Bring it up to the coach and stress how important addressing this behaviour is to you.  Ultimately, they are responsible for the behaviour of their team’s parent spectators and can impose penalties onto the child or the parent.  Many clubs have policies to deal with abusive parents which may result in them being suspended or even banned from attending matches. You should not turn a blind eye to this problematic behaviour.  Remind other parents of the club’s code of conduct, and the consequences of breaching this code. Often, if you privately call a parent out on their poor behaviour, you can curb it before it gets out of hand.  Sometimes, conflict may arise when one parent places their child on a pedestal, placing the blame for disappointing results on the other children. Discourage toxic behaviours by making positive comments from the sidelines, and reminding other parents to focus on a child’s strengths, and not their weaknesses. Try not to engage in complaining about your child’s coach with other parents. Often tempting, it can be a difficult habit to break, once started. If you feel you have legitimate concerns, arrange an appointment with the coach to discuss. Remember that coaches want the best for their teams, and should be receptive to easing your worries. Also, you should be respectful and positive towards the parents of the other team, and refrain from making negative comments about their players.  When your child sees their parents exhibiting good sportsmanship, they are more likely to display it, too. If you witness behaviour that you think may be illegal, you should report it to the police.

What is good sideline behaviour?

Many clubs have a code of conduct which specifies their expectations from parents and spectators during a match. It may be similar to the following recommendations:

  1. Before and after each game remind your child that you’re proud of them.  No matter how they play.
  2. Show support and encouragement to all players on the field.
  3. Let the coach “coach”, while you simply spectate and enjoy the game.
  4. Honour the decision of the umpire.  They make the call they believe to be the fairest.
  5. Don’t let the heat of the moment get to you.  Ask yourself if your behaviour will embarrass your child, or yourself later.
  6. Thank the coaches and referees for their commitment and effort.  Most junior sports officials cite abuse from parents as the most stressful component of the job, which can lead them to quit.
  7. Prioritise fun. Have fun yourself, and make sure your child enjoys the game too.

A breach of the club’s code of conduct may result in disciplinary action for parents and/or players. We hope you found this article on appropriate parent sideline behaviour useful.  At Australian Sports Camps, we focus on skill building and strengthening positive behaviours in players, like good sportsmanship.  Our school holiday activities run over 3 days for boys and girls of all skill levels, aged 6 – 16 years. For all enquiries, please contact us on 1300 914 368 or at admin@australiansportscamps.com.au.

At Australian Sports Camps, we’re passionate about proper sports nutrition.  The food we consume is the fuel that powers us through the day.  So, it makes sense that your child athlete eats correctly, to ensure optimal performance.  This is especially so before and after a sports match, when your child is eating for energy or for recovery.  So, it makes sense to have several Kids Healthy and Easy Sports Snack Recipes on hand. In addition, you get the Nutrition tips for the winter. And also,  know specific nutrition guide for junior netballers. nutrition So, now that you know the basic nutrition and hydration guidelines, we’ve put together some simple recipes for snacks that you can make at home.  Prepare them in advance, to avoid the unhealthy temptation of the canteen at the ground.  As well as, junk food on the way home. Plus, if your child is a fussy eater, get them involved with the preparation, and they will be more likely to want to try the food. The following  Easy Sports Snack recipes were obtained from www.sportsdietitians.com.au.  Please note that some of the original recipes included protein powder, but most children obtain enough protein from a balanced diet.  Moreover, too much protein can lead to dehydration and calcium loss.  Serving sizes are approximate, and for younger children, it is recommended to reduce the portions.

Let’s look at the Easy Sports Snack Recipes

Banana and Mango Smoothie

Serves 1. Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 tablespoons thick organic yoghurt
  • ½ frozen mango
  • 2 drops vanilla essence
  • ¼ – ½ cup banana/mango nectar (or other 100% fruit juice)

Method:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy, adding the nectar to achieve desired consistency.

Berry Protein Icy Poles

Serves 12. You will need a blender and standard sized icy pole moulds. Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup blueberries

Method:

  1. Use a blender to mix the yoghurt and milk until smooth.
  2. Evenly distribute blueberries into the bottom of each mould.
  3. Evenly distribute the yoghurt mixture over the blueberries.
  4. Lastly, place the filled moulds in the freezer for 5 hours or until completely frozen.

Oat and Apple Pancakes

Serves 4. You will need a blender and a non-stick pan. Ingredients:

  • ½ cup oats
  • ½ apple chopped
  • 1 tea spoon cinnamon
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ¾ cup milk
  • ½ cup quinoa flakes
  • 1 table spoon pecans
  • 1 tea spoon baking powder
  • 2 tea spoons maple syrup

Method

  1. Blend oats, quinoa, apple and pecans for 5-10 seconds until broken down.
  2. Mix in cinnamon, egg, maple and milk.
  3. Optional: Leave to sit for approximately 15 minutes, and then add additional milk if required for good pancake consistency.
  4. Heat non-stick pan to medium/hot temperature.
  5. Lastly, cook for 2 — 3 minutes on each side.

Banana and Oat Crumble Muffins

Serves 12. You will need a food processor and a muffin tray. IngredientsCrumble Muffins

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 table spoons chia seeds
  • 1 table spoon cinnamon
  • 2 tea spoons baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ tea spoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups wholemeal flour, sifted
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yoghurt

Method

  1. Firstly, preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease and line muffin pan, using grease proof paper.
  3. Blend bananas for 1 minute.
  4. Add the remainder of ingredients and blend for 1 minute.
  5. Optional: You can create a crunchy topping to sprinkle over the batter just before going into the oven. Blend ½ cup of walnuts or macadamia nuts with ¼ cup brown sugar and 2 table spoons with 2 table spoons of olive oil.  Then, sprinkle pumpkin seeds to finish.
  6. Bake in the oven for 25 — 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  7. Allow standing for 5 minutes before turning onto a wire rack to cool.

Berry Smoothie with Hidden Greens

Serves 1. To prepare, you’ll need a blender. Ingredients

  • 2 large sticks of celery, chopped with leaves mostly removed.
  • 1 x cup chopped spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 punnet strawberries, tops removed
  • Juice of 1 small lemon
  • 1 small avocado or ½ large avocado

Method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.

An Athlete’s Summer Porridge

Serves 1. Ingredients

  • ½ cup oats
  • A handful of frozen berries
  • 1 mango cheek
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 100g natural yoghurt
  • 1 banana

Method

  1. Place oats, milk, berries, cinnamon and nutmeg together in a bowl. Leave in fridge overnight.
  2. In the morning, add yoghurt, banana and mango to the mixture before serving.

Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

Serves 9. For this recipe, you will need a food processor and a 15 x 25cm baking tray. IngredientsApple Cinnamon Breakfast Bars

  • 1 ½ cups rolled oats
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 tea spoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tea spoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • 75g dark chocolate, roughly chopped
  • ¼ cup apple sauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of nutmeg

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease and line baking tray.
  3. Blitz oats until they are fine, then place the mix in a mixing bowl.
  4. Next, add almond butter, sunflower seeds, chocolate, vanilla, apple sauce and honey to the mixing bowl. Mix until well combined.
  5. Add the egg whites, flour, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir to combine. Add 1 table spoon of water if required.
  6. Pour mixture into the lined baking tray, pressing down with the back of a spoon to ensure firm packing and a smooth, even surface.
  7. Bake 20 — 25 minutes until lightly golden and the surface is firm to touch.
  8. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then use the baking paper to lift out of the tray. Leave to cool on a wire rack.
  9. When completely cool, slice into bars. Store in an airtight container, or individually wrapped to store in the freezer and get ready your Sports Snack Recipes.

Chocolate and Banana Breakfast Smoothie

    Serves 2. So, for this recipe, you’ll need a blender. Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1 x cup skim milk
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Milo
  • A teaspoon of honey
  • 100g blueberries
  • 1 cup low-fat Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup rolled oats

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients together for 1 minute.
  2. Serve in a tall glass. Optional: garnish with blueberries and a handful of oats.

So, we hope you found these Easy Sports Snack Recipes inspiring.  At Australian Sports Camps, we’re big believers in proper sports nutrition.  Hence, our 3-day school holiday sports coaching programs always incorporate set breaks for rest and adequate rehydration.   Also, we recommend that parents provide a healthy lunch.  In addition, ASC provides fruit snacks daily for optimal camp performance.

Undertaking our advanced netball drills are highly necessary if you’re a young and experienced netballer ready to make that next step.  Taking that next step however requires high motivation and hard, consistent work.  Getting your child to undertake drills that reflect in-game situations as well as improve on their physical strength through our recommended advanced netball drills will enable them to greatly improve in becoming an advanced netball player!

ADVANCED NETBALL DRILLS

Fitness

Netball is a game of short and sharp movements over small distances.  The fitter your child is, the more equipped they will be to complete games without getting as tired as they previously would.  Becoming tired and fatigued during games greatly impacts your child’s ability to perform as best as they can.  So, if your child wants to become that advanced netball player, get them to work on improving their fitness!  However, this doesn’t mean just going on a run around the block.  A netball player is never running at the same speed for the entire game, so let’s get your child to run and train at different speeds. Mixing cardiovascular endurance with speed training is a great way to improve your child’s aerobic capacity whilst also developing their explosive energy.  Interval training drills consist of alternating periods of both high and low-intensity activity.  Netball players both jog and sprint throughout games, so let’s practice doing just that.  Here are two advanced netball drills your child can use to train how they play and to gain better endurance:

Four Corners

At the local oval, set up four corners 40-75m apart.  This can be a 10-minute exercise, or a 20-minute exercise, depending on how to fit your child may already be. 1) From the first corner to the second corner your child will be required to jog. 2) Sprint from the second corner to the third corner. 3) Walk from the third corner to the fourth corner. 4) Sprint again from the fourth corner and back to the start. Repeat this cycle for time duration and work to improve on that length of time each time your child does this exercise. A diagram of the exercise can be seen below.

Advanced netball drills - diagram of the four corners drill to improve fitness.
The four corners advanced netball drill to improve fitness for netball

Clock Work

Set up 8 cones in a circle with a ninth one placed in the centre.  From the centre cone, the distance to each of the other cones should measure about 5 metres.  Starting in the centre, get your child to and sprint to the first ‘outside’ cone.  Once there, circle around that cone and sprint back to the middle.  Then, working clockwise, continue running, but reduce the sprint to a jog, as they make their way around the next cone along to get back to the middle.  Cycle between sprinting and jogging until your child gets back to the starting cone, and then rest for a minute before repeating. A diagram for this exercise can be seen below.

Advanced netball drills - diagram for the clock work drill
The clock work advanced netball drill to improve fitness and agility

Core Strength

Strength is a vital part of the game of netball and is essential to develop to complete these advanced netball drills.  Upper body strength allows a player to be able to throw the ball with greater power and precision, as well as support the rest of the body to stand up tall and hold their ground.  Lower body strength gives an individual netball player a greater ability to explode off the mark and move faster around the court.  But an individual’s core strength and stability are arguably the most influential part of the strength in netball. Core strength in netball is used for balancing and jumping.  Greater core strength will allow your child to effectively catch a ball in the air, land cleanly whilst under pressure and then make their pass to a teammate.  Core strength is also used on the defensive side of netball, defending their opposition player by repeatedly jumping to defend passes and leaning to defend shots. Developing your core strength can be done solo and at home with a number of different exercises.  Here are some that your child can do to help build their core stability:

Alternating Toe Touch

Lie on your back with your arms straight above your head and your legs straight along the ground.  Simultaneously lift your left hand and your right leg towards each other so that your hand can touch your foot.  Once you have done that, put them back down and do the same with your right hand and left foot.  Perform 10-15 of these in sets of three, with a short break in between each set.

Also Read: SIMPLE NETBALL DRILLS EASILY PRACTICED AT HOME

Sprinter Sit-Ups

A sprinter sit-up is like doing a sit-up but in a sprinter running motion.  Firstly, lie down on your back with straight legs and arms down by your side.  The upper half of your body does a normal sit-up, however, as you do this, bring one knee up towards your chest whilst extending the arm on the same side behind you.  The arm on the other side comes forward and is bent at a 90-degree angle.  After you reach the top of the sit up, lie back down and repeat on the other side.  Perform 10-15 of these in sets of three, with a short break in between each set.

Straight Leg Raise Hold

Lie on your back with your legs straight and hands down by your side.  Keeping your legs straight and feet together, lift your legs off the ground to about 45-degrees.  Hold that position for about 20 to 60 seconds, and then lower your legs back down.  Take a short break and then try to perform that at least three times. If your child has excelled in these exercises, to make it harder, you can combine the three exercises and do one set of each straight after one another.  Take a minute break at the end of that and repeat.  Also, make sure you warm up properly prior to starting these exercises.

One Metre Distance

If your child is an advanced netballer, they will know that, if their opponent has the ball, they must defend at a distance of at least one metre.  The closer you are in defending your opposition, the more impact you can have on their pass or shot of the ball.  Therefore, keeping in mind the one-metre rule, it’s important that your child can get as close as they can to their opponent once they have gained possession of the ball.  To see a summary of the rules of netball, click here. It can be hard for your child to accurately remember how far that one-metre distance is, but constantly undertaking this drill can develop an accurate memory of this:

Cone Work and Keeping That Distance

Mark with chalk or place a cone on the ground one metre away from a wall.  Now, set up four or five cones that you child can pivot around as they would move on a netball court.  Once making their way around these cones, sprint to the final cone that is one metre from the wall and get them to act like they are defending their opposition by sticking their arms straight up.  Doing this drill and getting to that last spot to defend the wall will greatly enable your child to accurately learn how far that one-metre distance actually is.  You can repeat this drill by mixing up the direction your child runs around each cone.  A diagram of the drill can be seen below.

Advanced netball drill - diagram for the one metre distance drill
Practicing the one metre distance netball drill for game situations
Consistently putting these advanced netball drills and exercises into practice will see your child elevate their netball game. If your child wants to get more practice and learn more advanced netball drills, sign them up for one of our 3-day netball camps. Our camps offer structured programs that are tailored for your child according to their ability, so that they are doing drills and exercises that are equipped for their skillset.

Joel Garner

Known as ‘Big Bird’, Joel Garner, travelled to Australia for three consecutive summers during the late 1980s.   Joel took charge of the ASC cricket coaching camps held around Australia.  Back then, the Hilton Hotel was still opposite the MCG, and they were good enough to provide him with two months accommodation in December and January.  Consequently, this enabled Joel to move around the country with the Australian Sports Camps team, to coach cricketers aged 6 to 16.

One of the Worlds Great Cricketers

Joel was one of the tallest bowlers ever to play at 6 foot 8 inches.  He used his height to generate great bounce and was a handful for any batsmen. He played 58 Tests between 1977 and 1987, taking 259 wickets at an average just above 20.98.  Hence, making him one of the most effective bowlers of all time.  His first-class average was an amazing 18.53, and he took 881 wickets at that level. Big Bird played for Barbados in the West Indies, for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield and alongside Wisden cricketers of the century Viv Richards and Ian Botham for Somerset in the English County Competition.

One-Day Cricket Performance

In one-day cricket, Joel was a lethal weapon, taking 146 wickets. He is one of the only two players with more than 100 ODI wickets to average under 20.  The other being Australian opening bowler Mitchell Starc. What an economy rate!  ‘Big Bird’ achieved just under three runs per over, demonstrating just how effective he was in limited overs cricket. How he would have gone today playing T20 cricket we will never know.  Suffice to say, with T20 cricket being even more about economy rates than one day 50 over international cricket, Joel would have been a great asset to any T20 team. What price would he have gone for in any of the modern-day IPL auction’s?  Like many cricketers from the past, the IPL T20 revolution came a little late to swell his bank balance.

Best Ever Result

His 5 for 38 in the 1979 world cup final against England remains the best performance by a bowler in a final; it included a spell of 5 wickets for 4 runs, and he was on a hat-trick twice. "<yoastmark

Joel Garner and Australian Sports Camps

Joel proved to be an influential coach working for Australian Sports Camps, who have conducted cricket coaching camps around Australia for over 35 years.  His cricketing tips were passed on to many aspiring players.

Cranbrook School, Sydney

Who would ever forget the sight of Joel working the turf nets at the exclusive Cranbrook School in Sydney?  Together with the leading players such as Dean Jones, Michael Slater and the great Dennis Lillee. Cranbrook featured an upstairs-downstairs type cricket facility; the food was upstairs and the oval and nets were down the bottom of, what some of the older coaches claimed were, thousands of stairs.  The count finally came back at around 180 steps.  There was a theory going around, possibly false, that Cranbrook students had shorter legs due to the constant work they did climbing up and down stairs!

Gates Were Always Open

Joel also had the ability to gain admittance to any game anywhere.  For him, the boxing day test in Melbourne just meant turning up.  No gatekeeper in the world would refuse him entry.  Accordingly, the MCC staff didn’t even ask for a ticket or worry about dress regulations.  He was straight in the door.  Also, whilst there, Big Bird strolled from bar to bar, towering above the other spectators.  Moreover, he didn’t have to buy any drinks, as the others there almost fell over themselves to buy him one.  So, they’d be able to have a discussion and say that they’d spoken to the great man. His batting coaching or beliefs were simple.  As a fast bowler, he had no respect for spin bowlers and encouraged all playing spin to smash the first ball over the fence; to teach the slow bowlers a lesson.  That worked for him on occasion playing test cricket but other times it didn’t. Joel continues to work for cricket in the West Indies as the West Indies team manager.  Assisting them to climb back towards the dizzy heights of their cricketing domination in the 1970s and 1980s.

Other Great Australian Sports Camps Coaching Directors

He followed in the footsteps of former ASC coaching directors Sir Garfield Sobers and Clive Lloyd and contributed to the very West Indian flavour of the ASC coaching teams of the 1980s and 1990s.  Other guest coaches attending then, included Gordon Greenidge, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Gus Logie and Courtney Walsh.

Sir Garfield Sobers

The great Sir Garfield Sobers was the first ever Australian Sports Camps coaching director.  He worked in that role in 1982, 1983 and 1984 before handing over to a tremendous line up of West Indian talent. The aspiring cricketers, who attended the camps then, we’re fortunate indeed to learn from such a tremendous line up of West Indians.  All brought their own unique perspective on cricket to the coaching table. Garry Sobers was fond of saying that batters should be encouraged to hit the ball in the air.  As there is more room there than along the ground.  His point being that no fieldsmen were ever up in the sky!  Then again, he could play golf almost equally well left or right handed.  So, things certainly came easily to this incredibly talented sportsman.

A Final Word

‘Big Bird’ was a great proponent of junior players getting the basics right.  A good action and line and length bowling to start with and then the variations of swing and seam could be developed from there. Over the 35 years of sports camps, Australian Sports Camps have been privileged to have many great cricketers attend as coaches.  Joel was a tremendous coach and remains one of the best blokes ever to play the game.  Accordingly, he is respected around the world as a great cricketer as well as a great person.

Like basketball, you don’t actually need a ring to practice simple netball drills at home.  Having access to a netball ring at home or nearby is great for your child to practice their shooting, however, there are many more skills to the game of netball that your child can develop on without access to a ring.  Such skills include:

  • Passing
  • Catching
  • Footwork
  • Pivoting
  • Agility
  • Hand-eye coordination

Netball is a fast-paced sport and these skills are highly valuable no matter what position you play.  These drills can be undertaken at home and can work several different skills at once.  With access to a netball, cones and a wall, your child will be able to effectively develop a nice mix of new netball skills. Once your child becomes proficient at these skills, you may wish to further your child’s development in the sport of netball by enrolling them into one of Australian Sports Camps three-day Netball Camps.  These programs run every school holidays at multiple interstate locations.

SIX SIMPLE NETBALL DRILLS

Agility and Footwork Drills

Playing netball covers all types of movements which include going forwards, backwards and sideways.  Getting your footwork right in netball can be one of the trickiest parts in playing the game, but it can be worked on simply through placing cones down at home and moving between each one.  A great way to fasten up your child’s footwork and agility can be achieved through the following two simple netball drills:

Figure of 8

Place two cones approximately 1 metre apart and get your child to keep their body faced forward whilst they step around the cones in a figure 8 motion.  Keep steps short and sharp.  Repeat this process to appropriately warm up whilst improving their footwork skills.

Simple netball drills - figure of 8 diagram for agility and footwork.
An easy drill to practice your agility and footwork for netball

Larger Figure of 8

This is a modified and more complex version of the figure of 8 drill which needs two more cones and a larger area.  Place the cones in a square shape, with each cone approximately 2 metres apart from one another.  Sidestep from cone to cone and circle around each cone as you go.  The cone order is as follows:

  1. Bottom right (start) to top left.
  2. Top left to top right.
  3. Top right to bottom left.
  4. Bottom left to bottom right (starting position).
  5. Repeat.

Simple netball drills - advanced figure of 8 diagram for agility and footwork.
A more advanced drill to practice your agility and footwork for netball
Correctly doing this drill can also be seen in the following video.

Passing Drills

There are numerous ways you can pass the ball to your teammate in netball.  Whether it’s a chest pass, one-handed pass, overhead pass or lob pass, all need to be done with accuracy and power.  A great way to improve on these types of passes is through these following simple netball drills and the use of a wall:

Chest and Overhead Wall Pass

Get your child to stand approximately two metres away from the wall and get them to throw chest height and head height passes into the wall.  Marking an ‘x’ on the wall with chalk or tape will help your child throw more precise passes.  Get them to do 15 of each and then to move onto the next drill.

One Hand Alternating Wall Pass

Standing at a similar distance away from the wall as the previous drill, instruct your child to now throw one-handed passes.  If they can’t make the distance, get them to step closer to the wall.  Make sure each pass is done at around head height and then caught at a similar height.  Get them to aim to make a total of 20 passes.

Catching Drills

A wall provides plenty of flexibility when it comes to doing passing and catching drills.  Rarely, a netball player is standing still when they catch the ball, so to have a wall outside with plenty of room will maximise your child’s ability in making the following drills relevant to in-game situations.  Learning how to catch the ball with the correct landing technique is important and can be done in a couple of ways:

  1. Two-feet landing
  2. One-foot landing

Two feet landing can be hard for juniors as they may not have the core strength to support their weight when they land.  One-foot landing, however, allows easier control of balance as their second foot (once planted) is used to absorb some of the impacts of landing.  When doing the following simple netball drills, your child should, therefore, be focused on landing on the one foot:

One Hand Along the Wall

If area permits, running along the wall and throwing one hand passes is a great netball exercise for your kid. Catching the ball can be done with two hands but landing on just the one foot is necessary to keep the drill flowing. It involves your child jogging or running, as they keep moving along the wall throwing their passes.  Then, doing it the opposite way will work their opposite hand and foot.  A video on how to do this drill can be found below.

Catching and Turning

This drill is similar to the drill above, however after the pass is thrown and caught, get your child to quickly alternate and turn the other way.  This does not require as much space but can be more difficult and tiresome if your child does not have the best agility skills, as your child will switch directions with each catch. A video displaying both of the above drills can be seen here: So, as you can see from the simple netball drills provided, a ring is not always necessary when your child wants to practice their netball skills at home.  All you need is a ball, cones and a wall, and your child can significantly increase much-needed skills such as footwork and catching for netball.

If your child wants to get into the sport of basketball then you’ll need some simple basketball drills that you can teach them to practice! Basketball is a sport we encourage kids to get into at a young age, due to the numerous benefits it offers both physically and socially.  It teaches hand-eye coordination, agility, teamwork, problem-solving, discipline and work ethic.  With such a fun and team-based focus, it’s no wonder that basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. Basketball is a fast-moving game that involves variety, and plenty of different skills that we teach at our basketball camps.  Mastering the fundamentals of basketball is extremely important and something that is consistently encouraged, even to the highest-level players. These fundamental skills include:

  • Shooting
  • Dribbling
  • Passing
  • Rebounding
  • Defence and footwork

The great thing about basketball is that it can be easily practised at home or at the local park.  If you have access to a basketball, basketball ring, a wall and a bouncy surface such as concrete or synthetic grass, your child can effectively develop on their shooting, passing and dribbling skills through these simple basketball drills:

NINE SIMPLE BASKETBALL DRILLS

Shooting

The proper shooting technique involves the shooter focusing on their stance, how they hold the ball, aiming the ball, releasing the ball, and then their follow through.  At Australian Sports Camps basketball coaching camps, we put serious focus into developing your child’s shooting form through our experienced coaches.  Bending your knees and elbow to shoot the ball are important as well as aiming at the back at the ring.  The arm should extend as you release the ball with the follow through to be smooth and then held for a short time. Once comfortable with shooting the ball, consistency in hitting shots can be developed through these simple basketball drills at home and in Australian basketball academy:

Free Throws

Shooting from the free throw line is a great way to make that shot form consistent and to then build confidence in making shots.  See how many goals your child can make out of 20 and work to improve on that the next time round.  The free throw line distance is about 15 feet from the backboard which is used in games once kids reach the age group of under 10/12.  Ensure your child does not to step over the free throw line until the ball has hit the ring as that’s a rule in the game!

Around the World (Key)

This drill involves your child making their way around set spots on the outside of the key with each shot they make. Start at one side until they make their way all around and back down to the other side of the key.  Get involved to challenge your kid.  If there is no key at the local park, a similar drill can be done but by taking a step outward with each shot they make.  Once they reach approximately 15 feet from the ring, direct their steps towards the other side of the ring to eventually take steps back down towards the ring.

5 by 5 Shooting

This drill totals 25 shots, with setting five different spots around the ring to take five consecutive shots from. The spots are usually the five angles of the ring; along the baseline on both sides of the ring, the free throw line and then in between these spots on both sides (forms a 45-degree angle, known as the ‘45’).  It’s important that these shots are done with shooting form and not free throw form which may differ depending on your kid’s strength.  Kids can notice that their favourite players shoot free throws without jumping off the ground and may try to copy them!

A diagram of three simple basketball drills to improve your basketball shooting.
Three drills to practice your basketball shooting

Dribbling

Dribbling in basketball is used to advance the ball up the court, take on the defence to get to the ring and to get away from opponents into free space.  The greatest basketball player can dribble with both hands.  Also, they are able to make moves with the ball without looking at it. When undergoing these drills, you need to focus your child on pushing the ball towards the floor with force and then being able to control it through spread fingertips.  The ball should stay at hip height or below and your child’s focus needs to be up and forward, not on the ball. Simple basketball drills to practice dribbling at home include:

Weak Hand Dribbling

Dribbling on the spot with the opposite hand, to then dribbling with the opposite hand whilst moving. It’s important to emphasise to your kid that they keep their head up and eyes straight.  Also, raising the opposite arm whilst dribbling should be encouraged.  As it will build good habits in protecting the ball from the defender.

Straight Line Dribbling

Walking and dribbling the ball through each leg and behind the back. Starting by making three dribbles with the one hand and then switching it to the other hand.  Through the legs, behind the back whilst dribbling is recommended.  As they master the drill, they can do two dribbles and switch, one dribble and switch, and then constant switching.

Cone Dribbling

Setting up cones (or similar) in a line advances straight line dribbling.  Enhance your kids dribbling ability by dribbling fast and in between cones whilst making crossovers or through the leg’s dribbles.  Get your child to make faster decisions and quicker moves by shortening gaps in between the cones encourages.  With practice, they will become more controlled.  If your kid becomes too good at this, try get them to do it back when returning through the cones.

Passing

Passing the basketball with your child can be great to improve their passing skills.  But, so can your child passing to a wall.  When passing, your child needs to focus on spreading their fingers to improve ball control.  Also, ‘snapping’ the wrist to pass the ball quickly.  Then having an athletic stance to pass the ball with control and power.  Remember that your feet should be shoulder width apart; knees, hips and back bent.  Use widespread fingers and outstretched arms to catch the ball too. These three simple basketball drills can be used straight after one another for a great passing workout:

Overhead Wall Pass

Hold the ball above your head.  Then throw it with both hands and catch it above your head with both hands. Repeat this process at approximately two metres away from the wall. Keep knees bent and aim to throw 20-30 passes.  This is great for building strength through the arms and shoulders, making passing easier.

One Hand Wall Pass

This drill is similar to the Overhead Wall Pass, however, get your child to focus on using just one hand. Remember to keep the ball up high, but this time around shoulder height. When using the right hand, the right foot should go forward and vice versa for the left side.  Spread those fingers and extend the arm with each pass. Repeat 20 times with each hand.

One Hand Alternating Wall Pass

This is the hardest of the three simple basketball drills for passing and it requires very good hand-eye coordination.  Start with both feet back in line and spread apart to shoulder width.  Now, throw the ball back and forth off the wall alternating each hand.  Keep the ball above head height and keep hands up high for the entire drill.  Watch the ball as it comes back into each hand with bent knees. Get those arms working a try for a total of 20 passes!   So, there you have nine simple basketball drills your children can practice at home to turn them into better basketballers!  For more fun drills and skill improvement, consider enrolling your kids into one of Australian Sports Camps basketball camps.

Tennis is a great sport for kids.  So, we want them to have fun and be able to play to the best of their ability. Our following top tennis tips will provide help for just that.  Not only does tennis teach kids valuable life skills like concentration, dedication, tactical thinking and self-confidence.  But, it has a whole range of physical developmental benefits for them too.  Such as hand-eye coordination, gross motor control, balance and body coordination, flexibility, agility and speed. Most kids who play a sport such as a tennis spend hours watching their sporting heroes on TV.  Dreaming of playing just as skilfully and effortlessly someday.  Whether your child is just starting out or has been playing tennis for a while, there is always room for learning and growth.  So, in this article, we have shared some top tips for kids that will help to improve their tennis game.

TOP TENNIS TIPS FOR KIDS

Practice Controlling Your Serve

The first of our top tennis tips is on how to control your serve. The service is the most important shot in tennis.  So, it’s crucial to spend time on getting it right, in order for kids to improve their game.  Take the time to set up the shot, focusing on the accuracy of ball placement.  Rather than, how hard and fast you can serve the ball to your opponent. Many new players try to hit serves as hard as they can at 100% velocity.  However, the stance, toss and weight transfer are the fundamentals of serve to focus on first. Your stance should be well balanced and positioned.  So, the rest of the serve flows easily.  The toss of the ball should be consistent so that you can hit the ball in the best spot every time.  Also, your weight transfer will use your body’s momentum in the serve to increase your serving power. Top Tips For Kids To Improve Your Tennis Game Practice Controlling Your Serve

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Position Your Back Leg Correctly

A player not being positioned correctly is the number one cause of missing a shot in tennis.  They may have a good stroke technique, but if their footwork is not on point, they will be off balance and lunging to get to the ball. It’s important to ensure that you have your body weight fully loaded onto your back leg before playing every shot.  Getting your weight behind the ball like this will allow you to transfer that weight and power into the shot.  Also, it makes for more consistent play.

Stick To A Pattern

It’s extremely important for beginners to find a pattern of play that works for them and stick to it.  This allows them to practise and rely on the shots that they are good at.  Instead of losing focus and becoming scattered by trying to play too many risky shots. Professional players will only have one or two patterns of play throughout a match. They always try to hit their strongest shots by delivering what they know will work. Don’t try to get too creative on the court, instead find your pattern and stick with it.

Don’t Be Reckless With Your Shots

While you’re still learning, it’s recommended that you don’t get too reckless with your shots. Instead of aiming for the line every time, pick an area of the court where you know you can play a solid shot without putting your game at risk. By doing this you will win more points and your confidence will grow. With this added confidence, in time you will become more comfortable at pinpointing your shots closer to the line. Top Tips For Kids To Improve Your Tennis Game Don't Be Reckless With Your Shots

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Identify Your Opponent’s Weaknesses

In identifying your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses, you can then base your game plan around this information.  By targeting their weak points and trying to avoid any opportunity for them to play to their strengths. Every match has a five-minute warm-up beforehand. You can use this time to hit various shots to your opponent and see how they react to them.  Therefore, identify their weak spots and any tendencies and patterns.  This will allow you to strategize.  Thus, come up with a game plan to defeat your opponent based on those strengths and weaknesses.

Have Plenty Of Water And Snacks

This may seem more obvious than our other top tennis tips.  However, if you watch the professionals play, you’ll notice that they’ll be sipping on water or a sports drink and nibbling on a snack during each changeover. Make sure you have enough fluids and slow-release energy snacks for the duration of your game.  It’s important.  This will help keep you hydrated and energised during the game.  Both very important factors if you want any chance of winning. top tennis tips

Extra Tennis Coaching

Another great way for kids to improve their game is to enrol in a tennis camp. Australian Sports Camps run 3-day Tennis Coaching Camps over the school holidays for kids aged 6 to 16 years. The programs are run by an experienced coaching panel with guest appearances by leading state or Australian players and coaches. The camps provide children with the chance to meet their sporting idols and make friends while having fun playing tennis. The innovative program covers all facets of tennis with more top tennis tips, taught within high-quality facilities and is designed to improve a child’s tennis skills and maximise their enjoyment of the game.

What are the benefits of rock climbing for kids?  As parents, when our children get to an age where we start thinking about involving them involved in a sport, rock climbing is not usually something that comes to mind. Many of us still hold the belief that rock climbing is something best suited to the adventurous adrenaline junkie and far too dangerous and unsuitable for children.  So, is rock climbing for kids a good sport?  What are the benefits?

Rock Climbing For Kids

Statistically, rock climbing is one of the safest sports around when compared to traditional sports like rugby and hockey.  It’s popularity increasing in recent years.  Having started as a recreational activity enjoyed on the weekends, indoor rock climbing is now to an elite sport.  It will be featured as an Olympic event at the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. "Benefits This surge in popularity is mostly due the large number of rock climbing centres that have opened up.  This makes it easily accessible for the whole family to go and give rock climbing a try. Besides being a whole lot of fun, rock climbing has many physical, mental and social benefits for kids.  Some of which include:

Increases Strength, Endurance and Flexibility

Probably the most obvious benefit of rock climbing for kids is the physical aspect of the sport. Rock climbing is one of the best total body workouts available, as the motion of climbing works every part of the body. The practise of rock climbing will strengthen your child’s arms, legs and core.  As well as help them to develop strong, lean muscles. As your child progresses through each grade, they will be building up their overall strength, endurance and flexibility.

Teaches Hand, Feet and Eye Coordination

Climbing a wall teaches children great hand, feet and eye coordination. In order to successfully complete their climb, they have to look, plan and then coordinate their hands and feet to get to their chosen spot. Enhanced coordination skills developed through rock climbing can also be transferred to many other aspects of life, including other sports. It’s also a great way to reinforce the understanding of left and right. What Gear Do Kids Need To Start Rock Climbing

Builds Confidence and Self-Esteem

Standing at the bottom of a rock climbing wall for the first time can be a little scary and overwhelming for a child. However, by getting outside their comfort zone and slowly step by step making their way up the climbing wall, they will overcome their fear and this in turn will boost their self-esteem, even if they don’t make it to the top in the beginning. By overcoming their fear and achieving their goal on the climbing wall, they will have the confidence and belief in themselves to handle problems in other areas of their life.

Increases Problem Solving, Planning and Decision Making Abilities

With rock climbing there is more than one way to ‘conquer the mountain’. With many possible routes to choose from, your child will have to decide what is going to be their next best move. At first they will probably make their decisions step by step, but as they become more experienced they’ll be able to visualise a route all the way to the top with just their first step. This is fantastic for building children’s planning and problem solving abilities.

Benefits Of Rock Climbing For Kids Builds Confidence And Self Esteem
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Stress Relief

With the fast pace of life these days, the constant pressure to achieve, even kids can feel the stress on their little shoulders. With rock climbing, when you are facing a climbing wall you need to be fully focused.  This requires you to wash away all outside influences and leave your head clear and ready to concentrate on the task at hand. In a sense, rock climbing can become a form of meditation.  Your child is completely in the present moment with no thoughts of any day-to-day problems or worries. A great climbing session,  will re-energised your child and have them ready to face life with a clear head.

Develop Communication and Listening Skills

With rock climbing, the only person you are competing against is yourself as you progress through each grade. However, rock climbing is a team sport which requires great communication and listening skills. Unless the facility has an auto-belay system, your child will always be climbing with one other person.  One person being the climber and the other being the belayer.  The belayer is the person at the bottom of the wall controlling the tightness of the rope for the climber. It is essential for the climber and belayer to be able to communicate and listen to each other’s instructions in order to climb effectively.

Benefits Of Rock Climbing For Kids Develop Communication And Listening Skills
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A great way to give your child a taste of rock climbing in a fun and safe environment is to enrol them in a school holiday rock climbing program. Australian Sports Camps offer 2 Day Rock Climbing Programs over the school holidays, coordinated and run by expert coaches.

Your child will learn a variety of different climbing moves and techniques to help them develop their own climbing abilities. They will also learn about the different disciplines of climbing.  For example, other skills required, such as knot-craft, equipment selection, strategy and route planning. The rock climbing for kids programs are available for 6 to 16 year old’s.  ASC uses quality indoor climbing facilities and we structure all training to suit specific age levels.

Tennis has long been embedded in the Australian sporting culture.  So, it should come as no surprise that there are over 1000 tennis courts around Victoria.  As well as, numerous tennis clubs in Melbourne. Also, Tennis is popular for having a social ‘hit’ with friends.  Also, being able to compete for a club at a young age.  Even just watching the sport as a spectator. Getting your kids involved in tennis will teach them valuable life skills.  Such as teamwork, dedication and self-confidence.  But, it has a whole range of physical developmental benefits too.  Like, hand eye coordination, gross motor control, balance and body coordination, flexibility, agility and speed. Below, we’ve provided you with a list of the best tennis clubs in Melbourne for your children!

ASC’s BEST TENNIS CLUBS IN MELBOURNE

Dendy Park Tennis Club, Brighton East

The first of our best tennis clubs in Melbourne is the Dendy Park Tennis Club.  The Dendy Park Tennis Club is one of the leading tennis clubs in Victoria and in Australia.  It has one of the largest clay court facilities in the southern hemisphere, with a total of 19 courts.  Also, the Club’s Annual Junior Tournament is now in its 80th year and the development of junior players has always been a major focus of attention for the club. Furthermore, Dendy Park Tennis Club believes that the fastest way for kids to improve their game is to have coaching or squad training.  Also, to play competitions on the weekends.  Plus, the club has junior teams that play on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  Saturday morning teams are made up of all boys or all girls and Sunday morning teams are mixed. The club is located in Breen Drive, Brighton East.  It offers training programs for kids as young as 4 years through to 12 years.  After that, junior players then have the opportunity to continue onto squad training as part of The Dendy Park Tennis Academy.  Also, private lessons are available. Best Tennis Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Dendy Park Tennis Club Brighton East

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Clifton Hill Tennis Club

Clifton Hill Tennis Club is a community-based club located at the junction of Hoddle St and Heidelberg Rd in Clifton Hill.  It services the areas of Clifton Hill, Fitzroy, Richmond, Collingwood, Westgarth and Northcote. Furthermore, the club strongly supports the development of junior tennis and is one of the largest junior clubs in the region.  The club operates out of Mayor’s Park Tennis Centre.  As well as, offering training for kids from 6 years of age.  Training programs are run throughout school terms.  Also, Junior Match Play happens on Friday nights.  This program designed to bridge the step between coaching and playing at competition level. At the Clifton Tennis Club, Junior Competition is played on Saturday mornings.  Junior players first entering competition will generally start playing with a team of five players, playing only doubles games in one of the lower sections.  If they continue playing, they and their team would progress up the ranking season by season.  Eventually playing both singles and doubles games. Best Tennis Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Clifton Hill Tennis Club

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South Hawthorn Tennis Club

South Hawthorn Tennis Club lies amidst the park-lands and sports fields of Anderson Park in Hawthorn East.  They are a community-oriented club with the aim of providing a friendly and fun place to play tennis. Moreover, the club’s philosophy for their junior program is to make learning to play tennis fun.  As well as not to place too much pressure on the kids.  Furthermore, they offer coaching to kids aged between 6 through to 17.  Lessons are available in: groups, privately or semi-privately. Lastly, the South Hawthorn Tennis Club believes that entry into competition is an important step in the development of a player.  So, the coaches actively encourage and support all their students to join in, when they’re ready.  Competition play happens on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  With the club entering teams in the Eastern Region, boys, girls and mixed section competitions. Best Tennis Clubs In Melbourne For Kids South Hawthorn Tennis Club

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Ormond Tennis Club

The last of our best tennis clubs in Melbourne, is the Ormond Tennis Club.  The Ormond Tennis Club is located next to E.E Gunn Reserve in Foch St, Ormond.  Plus, the club has around 200 members from the local community, including social and competitive players. Coaching lessons for juniors are available at the club courts; after school on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 3.30pm onwards.  Plus, Saturday mornings.  Also, they cater for all levels and ages.  As well, squad training is available for advanced juniors on Thursdays. Juniors play in the Moorabbin and Districts Junior Tennis Association (MDJTA) team competition held on Saturday mornings.  Four players per team play each week.  With each person playing one set of singles and one set of doubles.   Players will be rostered off some weeks to cover for absences, as teams are normally made up of more than four members. Best Tennis Clubs In Melbourne For Kids Ormond Tennis Club

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Match the best tennis clubs in Melbourne with the best tennis camps in Australia!  Another great way to introduce your kids to tennis and to help improve their game is to enrol them into a tennis camp.  Australian Sports Camps run 3 Day Tennis Coaching Camps over the school holidays for kids aged 6 to 16 years.

An experienced coaching panel run the programs to improve your child’s tennis skills.  Enhanced, with guest appearances by leading state or Australian players and coaches.  Furthermore, the camps provide your child the chance to meet their sporting idols and make friends while having fun playing tennis.  These innovative programs cover all facets of tennis and maximise enjoyment.  Plus, coaching occurs in top quality facilities.

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