Camp­bell high­lights new rules at INSPORTS sem­i­nar

Pri­mary-school com­pe­ti­tion to shoot off to­mor­row

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Jer­maine Lan­na­man

SPAN­ISH TOWN: PREPA­RA­TIONS FOR the In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) St Cather­ine Pri­mary Schools foot­ball and net­ball com­pe­ti­tions got un­der­way as teach­ers and coaches par­tic­i­pated in a sem­i­nar hosted by the state agency at the So­cial De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion of­fices in St Cather­ine re­cently.

The ses­sion which fo­cused on net­ball, was led by veteran lo­cal coach and one of the most highly re­garded in­ter­na­tional um­pires, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Camp­bell.

Camp­bell, who is also an INSPORTS sports of­fi­cer, held an in­ter­ac­tive ses­sion with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from more than 35 schools ahead of the un­der-12 net­ball com­pe­ti­tion, which will shoot off to­mor­row at the Home­stead Sports Com­plex, where each zone in Cen­tral St Cather­ine will par­tic­i­pate.

“This ses­sion’s main fo­cus is to bring par­tic­i­pat­ing schools up to speed with the new INF rules to pre­pare the kids. We are go­ing to dis­cuss the changes and ad­di­tions as well and strate­gise how best to in­ter­pret and ap­ply them to the game for the un­der-12 par­tic­i­pants,” said Camp­bell.

“It is im­por­tant for the coaches and kids to have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the new rules so that they can grow stronger in the game.”

High­lights in­cluded a demon­stra­tion of new pro­to­col re­gard­ing how the area of play is set up, to en­sure a smooth game and the safety of the young par­tic­i­pants.


The safety of chil­dren play­ing the game is a fo­cal point of INF’s new man­date that each team must have a pri­mary med­i­cal care provider for the du­ra­tion of all matches. In sup­port of this, INSPORTS an­nounced that it will pro­vide full med­i­cal ser­vice for the open­ing and clos­ing games of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Ad­di­tional changes in­cluded a re­duc­tion in the num­ber of whis­tle blows to po­ten­tially one at the start of the game if it pro­ceeds without in­ci­dence. New pro­ce­dures also in­clude all time-outs re­duced to 30 sec­onds and that at least one leg should be wholly within the cen­tre cir­cle for cen­tre passes.

“It is im­por­tant for the kids to get a good foun­da­tion as we as­sume that some of them will be­come Sun­shine Girls. What we want is that when they get to the in­ter­na­tional level their knowl­edge of the fun­da­men­tals and their skills will be of a high cal­i­bre so that the most we have to do at that level is help to strate­gise and work as a team,” Camp­bell ob­served.

“We are cre­at­ing that high level of skill at the na­tional level and in our do­mes­tic leagues be­cause we are try­ing to de­velop a cadre of play­ers that we can choose from to rep­re­sent Ja­maica.”

He con­tin­ued: “We want each par­ish to get in­volved in play­ing net­ball and from there we will have a grand fi­nal. Fol­low­ing the grand fi­nal we want to se­lect play­ers for the elite league which is the Berger League and then from there we can se­lect play­ers for the na­tional team.” In­sti­tute of Sports (INSPORTS) sports of­fi­cer, Sylvester ‘Chris’ Camp­bell, demon­strates a new net­ball sig­nal to Pri­mary School coaches.




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