Book now for Summer Break Timber Sports Flooring Maintenance

Times have changed. No longer do kids have to play the game on an uneven and risky asphalt court. The Government has constructed a purpose built, multi-discipline sports stadium at your school with a fabulous sprung timber sports floor. It ensures the very best surface for premium competition and is well used during school hours. After hours it is extremely popular with local basketball, netball and volleyball competitions. In essence it is a popular facility. Weekends see adult competitions and junior grades all enjoying the games of the hoop.

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Nellakir constructed the Sports Flooring for the State Basketball Centre

Which all makes for real wear and tear – timber is a ‘living’ material. It requires regular treatment so ensure it maintains bounce and surface regularity. Line markings probably need re-doing on a busy court at least once a year. The surface of the court has a specialist coating of polyurethanes that enable the glide, the speed and reliability players depend upon in all levels of competition. On busy court surfaces this needs re-coating annually.

Nellakir has constructed and laid down many of the better known Basketball Stadium floors, including the State Basketball Centre in Knoxfield, the Casey Stadium in Dandenong, Eagle Stadium in Werribee and are currently completing works on the Bendigo Stadium. As well, Nellakir constructed the feature sprung timber courts at the State Netball Centre in Royal Park.

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Sprung Timber Sports Floors at Eagle Stadium, constructed by Nellakir

Nellakir provides precision designed timber flooring and state of the art stadium seating. And it is for this reason that it’s the best decision to engage Nellakir for the precision upkeep and maintenance of your valued asset, on all your sprung timber floored competition courts and flooring.

Nellakir can revitalise your flooring with a full re-sanding, re-coating, linemarking and replacement of worn or damaged flooring. It requires real understanding and expertise to maintain a balance across the whole court area of the old and new when timber flooring is ever replaced. Alternatively it may now be time to consider a complete refurbishment of the existing flooring, through re-stumping and re-laying a new floor. Nellakir offer the very best options in Victoria and Tasmania.

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State Netball Centre Sprung Timber Court Flooring by Nellakir

Book now to ensure your Sports Flooring or Sprung Timber Flooring is maintained correctly. Nellakir can provide all maintenance services conveniently over the Christmas/New Year Summer break for all schools and sporting clubs.

You can simply call now on 03 9467 6126 or place your details here and our friendly staff will arrange a time for a no obligation free quote.

Nellakir operates state wide in Victoria and Tasmania and welcome your interest. Give us a call and discover how easy it is to restore your facility to its premium condition.

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Continuing on Defence

Guarding the player with the ball

Good team defence starts with good individual defence, which is the ability of a player to contain his opponent or restrict him from influencing the game. In almost all situations, the coach will instruct players to apply pressure to the ball-handler to prevent him passing the ball or making it difficult to dribble.

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When practicing one-on-one situations, the defender should decide how to make his opponent move in one direction or another, forcing him to change direction or stop his dribble. These moves are difficult and require a commitment to achieve maximum fitness and many repetitive drills to develop sound technique.

Most players will prefer to dribble with their right or left hand and have favourite moves to get open for their favourite shots. Prior knowledge about these preferences is helpful, but coaches and players should identify these moves early in a game and adjust their strategies accordingly. At the higher levels, most players have a wide range of skills, which makes it more difficult to prevent them doing what they want to in one-on-one situations, so a team approach to defence is necessary.

It is not uncommon for coaches to call for players to push your opponent to the sideline or push your opponent to the centre or don’t allow your man to drive toward the baseline. The coach wants his players to apply sufficient defensive pressure to the offensive players to influence them to do what the defenders prefer.

When there is strong pressure on the ball-handler, the defenders guarding players away from the ball will make decisions about preventing their opponents from receiving a pass or helping their team-mate who is defending the ball. They will be unable to do this successfully unless they ALWAYS see the ball and their opponent and they communicate.

Coaches regularly call for their players to talk. This does not mean chatter, but to communicate important information to help their teammates play defence. On defence, most of the talk involves alerting the on-ball defender to screens being set by the offence and letting him know there is help available on the left or right or to fight over or through a screen or to switch on the screen. In other words, the defender can make adjustments to his positioning and how he deals with his player according to the information being fed by his teammates. As easy as it might sound, it is not so easy to get players to communicate constantly. They must be reminded frequently to talk to get maximum benefit from their efforts.

Coaches will usually give pre-game instructions to players about how to deal with screens. Does he want them fighting over or switching? Does he want them to slide under screens and stay with their men? Does he want a double-team on the dribbler if he picks up the ball? These instructions depend on the skills of the opponents and the coach’s philosophy. In any case, it is desirable all the players understand the various options available and they execute the team plan. It can be very frustrating for players and coaches when players do not execute the team instructions.

Guarding the player without the ball

The moment a player attempts to score all members of his team should be thinking about defence, which starts with a determined effort to get the rebound. However if the opponents get the rebound then a quick transition from offence to defence is vital otherwise easy scoring opportunities will be conceded. Defensive pressure should be applied to the ball-handler as soon as possible, but it is just as important that players without the ball are defended to prevent them from receiving an easy pass.

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Generally coaches will ask their players to get back to the line of the ball regardless whether their individual opponent is ahead of the ball or not. This allows help to be given to the player defending the ball-handler at least until the ball is advanced beyond the mid court area.

When the opponents initiate their half court offence the players defending away from the ball must decide if they intend to pressure their opponent in an effort to prevent him from receiving the ball, or take a position closer to the man defending the ball and be prepared to provide help. In modern basketball most players will aim to drive to the basket at every opportunity when they receive a pass and unless the defender is extremely quick and has good stance and position he will find it difficult to contain his opponent without help. Therefore the most common instruction given to beginning players is “Help and recover”. This means the first objective when defending a player without the ball is to take a position “in the driving lane” to prevent an opponent, who is able to drive past his defender, from going all the way to the basket.

The distance a defender should be away from his man, who does not have the ball, will depend on the skill of the player defending the ball-handler and whether you are one or two passes away from the ball. It is important to maintain vision on the player with the ball and your own man and do so without turning your head. If the defender turns his head and loses vision on his own man he will be vulnerable to a back door cut, or any move his opponent will make. If he loses vision on the player with the ball he will be unable to help prevent a penetrating drive. When defending a player without the ball the closer he is to the ball handler the closer you will be to him. If you are defending a player on one side of the court and the ball is on the other side of the court It is likely you should be close to, or inside the keyway. As the ball is moved to your side of the court the closer you will be to your man.

If we divided the front court down the middle into halves we would call the area where the ball is the “ball side” and the other half would be called the “help side”. In general we aim to pressure the ball to the sidelines and deep to the corner and then make it as difficult as possible for the opponents to move the ball quickly from one side to the other. If you are defending a player one pass away from the ball, try to pressure your man to catch the ball further out.

When applying “pressure” defense on the wing it may open up passing lanes into the post. Unless the post player is defended aggressively he is likely to receive the pass and then be in a good position to pivot quickly for a scoring opportunity or to pass the ball to the other side of the court. When tall, strong players are able to receive the ball in the post area close to the basket the offense will have an advantage. Defenders may choose to “front the post” that is to play in front between the ball and the post. This will leave him vulnerable to a lob pass, but that should be denied by ensuring Help side defense and, if necessary, double teaming defense.

Strategies may vary when considering the level of “help” required to the man with the ball, or the man away from the ball. Sometimes it may be preferred to overplay the potential receiver, whether it may be a post player or perimeter player. In other situations it may be preferred to allow passes around the perimeter and try to deny any penetration by drivers, or passes. However it is important that in all cases the man with the ball is defended closely.

Many teams consider defense to be a grind, a boring part of practice with little recognition given to hard work. However when the hard work is don, defense can be turned into fun. By varying the strategies between extreme pressure and retreated ‘help” concentration on certain individual opponents and denying their priorities, the satisfaction that comes fromdefensive success can be just as rewarding as high scoring.

Some hints on defense

  • The ball is the key and must be defended at all times.
  • Know when to help and when to deny. Defend without fouling.
  • All defenders must move every time the ball moves.
  • Block out, rebound, don’t give up second shots.
  • Always maintain good stance and position.
  • Point at your man, point at the ball.
  • Communicate purposely – don’t chatter
  • Fight over the top of screens when defending perimeter shooters
  • Slide through screens when defending non shooters.
  • Generally switch on screens on the ball, slide though screens away from the ball.
  • Help and recover

 

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Basketball Tips – Defence

Defensive stance and movement

The defensive stance and the ability to move while staying in that stance are two aspects that will define a good defensive player. The longer you can stay in your stance and apply pressure to your opponent, whether he has the ball or not, will be crucial to your team’s chances of winning a game and more. As the old saying goes: Offence wins games, defence wins championships.

Stance and slide

Crouch with your knees bent and weight evenly distributed on the balls of both feet. Your thighs should be almost parallel to the floor with head erect and back almost straight. When moving to defend an opponent who has the ball, the defensive player should take short sharp steps and the feet virtually slide across the floor. It is important not to bounce on your feet as this limits your ability to change direction quickly and adjust to the different pace your opponent will use to disguise his intentions.

Drop step

One of the most difficult things to learn is to move backwards quickly. The drop step is an essential skill you will need to retreat fast down the court, covering your opponent using a good defensive stance while being aware of the positions of your teammates and opposition.

To learn this movement, take up a good defensive stance. Try to imagine you are going to fall backwards and land on your right buttock. The only way you can stop falling is to move your right foot backwards and around very quickly. This movement will keep your stance low and in good position. Never cross your feet, but slide.

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Players move backwards down the floor, taking a drop step first then sliding a few steps while maintaining a good defensive stance, then taking another drop step in the opposite direction and sliding again. There would normally be about eight changes of direction to move from one end of the court to the other.

Tips for better defence

  1. Study every opponent and know each of your team-mates defensive assignments. If you are forced to switch, you will then know which man to take.
  2. All five defensive players should be in the keyway for defensive rebounds. After a shot by the opposition team your first job is to check your man and then go after the ball.
  3. Learn early in the game, or through scouting, what are the favourite moves, or fakes of your opponent. It is rare a player will change his normal habits during a game so being prepared will help you apply tougher defence.
  4. Always  be in a position to see your man and the ball, without turning your head. The distance you are away from your man will depend on whether you are one or more passes away from the ball.
  5. Be alert for screens. When your man sets a screen on a team-mate, you must warn him and be prepared to switch. Sometimes get reluctant to “talk” while defending. If you are defending a screener the typical instructions could include, switch, fight over, slide. Each of these instructions will depend on the skills of the opponent, the distance between the screen and the basket and the effectiveness of the screen.
  6. When  defending an excellent shooter the defender may have to fight over the top of the screen, otherwise he will be vulnerable and the offensive player may have a good scoring opportunity. While the defender fights over the screen he may need temporary help from the team-mate guarding the screener. Sometimes it might be appropriate for both players to double team the shooter. In this case the screener could be open for a return pass if there is not enough defensive pressure on the player who was being screened and a third defender might be called on to help. This will require a rotation of defensive assignments and a lot of communication between all defenders with quick adjustments to new assignments.
  7. The man defending the centre, or post man should also call help when he is required to front an opponent near the basket. When a man receives the ball close to the basket he has a high percentage scoring chance, so it is necessary to deny these passes as much as possible. When ‘fronting’ the post to deny a direct pass, the lob over the head of the defender is the natural option for the offence. That requires defensive help from team mates on the weak side to prevent, or intercept the lob pass.
  8. When caught in a two on one fast break situation, protect the basket first. Try to fake the ball-handler and force him to stop his dribble. Normally there is no way you can prevent a shot, but you might be able to force them into a poor shot, or delay them long enough for help to arrive. The instruction given to offensive players in this situation is, the dribbler should attack the basket until the defender gets into the driving lane and only then make the pass. So the defender must try to confuse the dribbler by faking and retreating in an effort to intercept a pass or force a contested shot.
  9. When defending a ball handler on the side of the court overplay slightly toward the baseline to prevent him from driving in that direction. You are more likely to receive help if the player is forced to drive toward the middle of the court. Some coaches teach the opposite, encouraging a drive to the baseline, with the expectation t help will be available from the centre, or postman close to the basket. This strategy is more common in the American NBA where tall, strong and aggressive players are common, but the ball-handling skills and quickness of modern players means that allowing players to penetrate the baseline will usually lead to a good scoring opportunity for the driver or the man he passes to.
  10. Do not foul un-necessarily. It is possible to play aggressive defence without fouling. Team-mates, opponents, spectators and officials always respect players who play hard but within the rules.
  11. There are many players who can score, but it takes a lot of determination and effort to play good defence. If you are not a great shooter but play tough defence, you will find a place on most teams.

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Nellakir – The Professional Choice for Sports Floor Maintenance and Construction

For Nellakir this is a busy time of the year. It’s School Holidays! So on top of our busy construction schedule, this is the time we carry out mandatory cyclical maintenance on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Schools and Community Venues. Recoating, linemarking and ensuring that your competition court has the requisite bounce and traction.

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Right now Nellakir are doing recoats on 26 courts at different locations. included are the following…MBC_Nellakir_Knox_02a for brochure

  • Camberwell Girls Grammar
  • Casterton Secondary School
  • William Ruthuen College
  • Brentwood Secondary College
  • Barwon Heads Primary School
  • St Francis Xavier College
  • Kismet Park Primary School
  • Highton Christian College
  • Mount Ridley P12 College
  • Yarraville West Primary School
  • Urban Camp (also repairs)
  • St Josephs College
  • Lalor East Primary School
  • Torquay College
  • Wellington Secondary College
  • Christian College Geelong
  • Northern Bay P12 College
  • Federation University Australia (also repairs)
  • Wesley College Melbourne – Glen Waverly Campus
  • Wesley College Melbourne – St Kilda Rd Campus
  • Mansfield Sporting Complex
  • Ballarat and Clarendon College (linemarking)
  • Werribee West Family Centre (resanding)
  • Errol St North Melbourne (repair)

When you contract Nellakir, you’re ensuring a professional finish, backed by real experience and understanding. For Nellakir a sprung timber floor is a living thing, an asset that must be maintained and cared for from the day it is constructed. And being the leading constructor and builder of elite sprung timber sports flooring in Victoria and Tasmania for Basketball, Netball, Volleyball and other ancillary competition courts, Nellakir know and understand what is required to keep your court or flooring in premium condition.

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Nellakir can provide effective and professional repairs to all timber sports flooring. A full maintenance program is provided to the management teams of all courts constructed by Nellakir. Or if you would like to take advantage of the Nellakir professional program, don’t hesitate to call on 03 9467 6126 for a proposed plan and a free no obligation quote.

Many of the timber sports flooring courts being built by the State Government in both new and existing schools double as Community assets in the evenings and on weekends.

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Nellakir are now taking bookings for the Christmas break, scheduling Recoatings, Sandings, Annual Linemarking, removal and refittings, repairs or total resurfacing. Book now either by calling 03 9467 6126 or by leaving your contact details and request here [LINK] and we will contact you to arrange a site visit and/or Quotation.

Move up to a totally professional approach to your Competition Sprung Timber Sports Flooring. Engage Nellakir and experience the best.

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At Nellakir we create Sports Flooring for Champions. With leading edge technology from Australian Sports Floors Horner Pty Ltd, Nellakir have constructed courts at the State Basketball Centre Knox, The State Netball and Hockey Centre, Royal Park and many other well known premium competition locations.

Go with Nellakir – and you’re on a winner. For all Sprung Timber Flooring state wide – Victoria and Tasmania. Go with the professionals.

 

Basketball Tips – Introduction to Defence

Continuing in our series on playing the game – more tips from Lindsay Gaze and Betterbasketball –

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The era when a team expected to win with offence alone has passed. The only way to win consistently is to play alert, restricting defence. Defence is the great equaliser, the instrument that enables the underdog to rise to the heights against athletically superior opponents. It is the chief characteristic of the champion and the trademark of the underdog. Defence wins championships.

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If a player is sound defensively he can contribute to the team effort by containing his man. He must work conscientiously all the time and put a maximum effort into the defensive drills, which must be practiced regularly.

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More coaches these days spend more time working on defence than ever before and a greater variety of defences are used to combat improving offensive skills and team tactics. Teams may vary tactics from passive and conservative to aggressive and pressing. Young junior teams often choose to retreat close to the basket with only modest pressure on the ball-handler, relying on opponents not to shoot a high percentage. Others may choose to extend their defence well over the centreline to force errors or to disrupt the opposition’s offence.

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Before any team can use complex tactics to upset their opponents they must remember that a good team defence will depend on two qualities: the mental and the physical. Players must have a firm desire to play defence, they must concentrate totally and believe that saving a basket is just as rewarding as scoring a basket. Each player must be convinced of his ability to contain his man, to pressure him into making mistakes and to harass him to the point of desperation throughout the entire game. Many games are won when a sound defence forces opponents into errors that lead to steals and morale-boosting easy baskets.

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There are two basic defensive tactics: man-to-man and zone. In man-to-man defence each player sticks to his man, aiming to prevent him receiving a pass or harassing him continually if he has the ball. It may be desirable in certain man-to-man situations to switch opponents, particularly when the offence sets a screen. This requires good stance and positioning as well as good communication between the players.

With a zone defence each player is responsible for defending a particular area of the court. A zone defence usually allows the taller players to defend the area close to the basket and quicker players to defend around the perimeter.

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My advice to coaches of young teams is to stick with man-to-man defence until their players are thoroughly familiar with the execution of the defensive fundamentals. Many young teams get away with using zone defences because their opposition lacks skill and the ability to create easy scoring opportunities. But when they progress to tougher competition they often find their lack of defensive fundamentals will prevent them from improving.

One-on-one defensive drills should be run from all positions on the court: the forward spots on the wings, the point at the top of the keyway, the low and high posts and full court. Defensive drills are very physically demanding, but there are big rewards for those who work at them.

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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Basketball Tips – Hook Shot

Since the advent of the jump shot fewer players are spending more time on developing the hook shot. But the hook shot is still and effective shot when taken close to the basket. Whilst it is usually a favourite weapon of the taller players all players should work on the skill so they can take full advantage of opportunities which otherwise might be wasted. A smaller player will often succeed with a hook shot, whereas a jump shot is more easily blocked by a taller opponent.

Perhaps the most famous exponent of the hook shot was Kareem Abdul Jabbar who, at over 217cm tall dominated the sport through his long career playing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA after winning three NCAA championships with UCLA. Kareem exploited the NBA rule that prohibited the use of zone defenses and in one on one situations became almost unstoppable using what commonly became known as “the sky hook” No player has taken over the mantel of hook shot specialist since Kareem retired although there are many players at all levels of the sport still using the hook shot effectively.

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In cases where a team is lucky enough to have a tall player who is being covered by a smaller opponent, it is a worthwhile tactic to set up the tall player close to the basket and let him work on his hook shot. If he is able to convert a high percentage, which he should if defended one on one, then you have a valuable asset. However it is more likely that the opposing team will call for defensive help against the tall player using double teaming tactics. This should open up opportunities for passes to team-mates and uncontested perimeter shots.

When making the hook shot the object is to receive the ball as close as possible to the basket and then keep the body between the ball and the defender. If the shot is taken with the right hand the shooter jumps off his left foot and keeps the ball close to the body with his elbow bent as he is jumping. The balance hand is used to protect the ball but will be released from the ball before it gets to about head height. Although the shot is normally commenced with the player’s back to the basket you should be facing the ring at the completion of the shot and upon landing be ready to follow the shot for a possible rebound. The hook shot may also be used following an offensive rebound. After recovering the ball from a rebound the player makes a strong cross-over step turning his back to the defender and then pivoting toward the basket while protecting the ball for the hook shot.

Source: betterbasketball.com.au

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Nellakir – Setting the Standard in Sprung Timber Flooring

At Nellakir, the team are becoming increasingly busy with new projects. The Victorian State Government has funded a number of new Multipurpose Sports Courts in both new and existing schools as well as areas designated for Performing Arts, Assembly and multi-purpose usage. The flooring selected is sprung timber and sprung timber sports flooring, with Nellakir selected to construct and provide finishing on these specialist floorings.

The Beaumaris Secondary College is a new school in a well established area. It is a project currently funded to $26.8 million. Construction commenced in early 2017. The school will provide state of the art facilities for 650 year 7 to 12 students.

“The project will revitalise a rundown site to create facilities and an outdoor environment that can be enjoyed by everyone for generations to come.”

It will provide community facilities to be utilised by the broader community for both sporting and other pursuits. Listed among the facilities to be provided is an ‘Indoor Competitive Grade Netball/Basketball Court’. Nellakir have been selected to construct this court, ready for school commencement in Term 1, 2018. The Court will also be used for performing arts and gym activities. Work by Nellakir will commence at the end of September.

Phoenix P12 Community College in Ballarat is another Government School receiving an upgrade in facilities. A multi purpose area, for gym activities and a theatre for performing arts featuring a full stage will be constructed this year with the sprung timber flooring from Nellakir a major component.

Whitefriars College is an independent College for Boys located in Donvale in metropolitan Melbourne. Nellakir are providing sprung timber flooring for a Lecture Area and function space which doubles as a circulation classroom. Work will commence later in the year in December.

Viewbank College is another Victorian School currently undergoing a modernisation program sponsored by the Victorian School Building Authority. Part of this project involves the construction of a two storey performing arts centre incorporating a theatre as well as music and drama teaching facilities. Nellakir have been contracted to provide the flooring in the uniquely designed special purpose areas as part of this exciting project.

In Braybrook, at the Caroline Chisolm Catholic College, the new Madeline Centre for the Performing Arts is under construction. Nellakir have been selected to construct sprung timber flooring for the new facility.

And finally, the team will also be engaging in the demolition and renewal of the Sports Flooring at the Rowville Community Centre in the near future. A similar task is to be undertaken at Geelong East Primary School where a water damaged floor will be demolished and re-installed as soon as possible.

For the very best in Sprung Timber Flooring, whether Sports Flooring or for Performance Art, or simply for everyday educational purposes, Nellakir are the professional choice and as shown, the first choice by quality builders and architects alike. For your next project call Nellakir on (03) 9467 6126 to ensure you engage the best. Or contact us here through our website for a prompt response.

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