Littlies get carnival taste
Mini netballers hit the courts for fun and competition
THE young Net Set Go netball players got the chance to participate in a mini carnival last Sunday, thanks to coach Jo Boothby.
Jo organised a mini carnival for the age group seven to 10 at the local netball courts in Biloela.
“I decided about eight weeks ago I would do a mini carnival for them,” Jo said. “Just a bit of a softener for them so they can be prepared.”
Netball season for the older players can get quite busy with a wide span to travel across Central Queensland for carnivals.
“Plus we don’t have many carnivals here and they are too little to do the travelling,” Jo said. “So I thought, let’s just do our own.”
Just under 50 young children turned up for the mini carnival with five teams having about nine players each.
“They were all players with the Biloela Netball Association and they travelled from Moura, Jambin, Baralaba and Biloela,” Jo said.
The mini carnival offered the opportunity for the players to understand how the games work in the bigger carnivals and some other skills.
“Just game times, showing them what position they play, good passing, don’t step with the ball,” Jo said.
Each Tuesday night, the youngsters play games with the coach on the sideline but they aren’t full games with umpires and times.
“The biggest thing was listening to the umpires because they don’t have those on their games,” Jo said.
“So just learning to be aware of everything around them.”
While some carnivals can go all day and some even for a weekend, Jo said she had to keep the young ages in mind.
“It wasn’t all day, it was a mini carnival for a reason, they are only little kids.”
Jo said, despite this, everyone loved the morning session.
“Everyone had a great time,” she said.
“All the feedback I have had has been everyone enjoyed it.
“And the parents loved being able to see their children play.”
A successful event, Jo said she hoped to see it become a regular occurrence.
“It would be good to see it become an annual event,” she said.
Jo began coaching Net Set Go earlier this year in April and she said it has been incredible to watch the littlies grow.
“They have been really good,” she said.
“They have grown so much.
As the little ones are learning from the ground level up, Jo said it could be tricky coaching them with short attention spans but it had defintiely paid off.
“Some of them couldn’t even pass a ball and now some can the ball as good as a senior player,“Jo said. “They are all amazing.” Jo loves coaching and hopes to see the netball number grow even more in the future.
“I just don’t want to see the children miss out,” she said.
“There isn’t a lot for them in the community and it’s good provide something.”
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Young netballers got a taste of carnival action.
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