Basketball Tips – Handling, Passing, Shooting and Defence

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Nellakir are strong supporters of both junior and Senior Basketball and to assist young players from time to time we will provide some handy tips from real professionals.

This week we provide advice on Ball Handling, Passing, Shooting and Defence.

We hope this helps some of you budding young champions and take your game to the next level.

The following tips address the basics of the game. Master these and we may just post a blog on ‘tricks’ so you can impress your friends.

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Basketball Shooting Tips

gallery_a gShooting is a critical part of the game and it requires excellent mechanics, unfortunately there are a lot of people giving bad advice online. Without proper mechanics you will shoot a low percentage and have a lot of your shots blocked.

Below are important tips regarding shooting mechanics:

  1. Hold the ball on your finger tips. In order to have proper control of the ball only your finger tips should be touching.
  2. Start small, end tall. At the start of your shot you should be small, your legs bent as if you were sitting (this is where your power comes from). Then as you continue through your shooting motion you are springing up, ending with your body straight and your hands high in the air, ending tall. (Starting your shot standing up straight is a common mistake that really hurts your shooting percentage. You need your legs to get the ball up, especially in a game when you are tired, don’t make your arms do all the work.)
  3. Middle to middle. Your elbow should be in, pointing to the middle of the rim. The same goes for your middle finger on the follow through, your shot should finish as if you were dipping your hand into the rim.
  4. Snap the elbow. As you reach the peek of your shot your arm should straighten out in such a motion that your elbow snaps back a little (this may feel weird the first time). The MOST COMMON MISTAKE amateurs make is not fully extending their arm.
  5. Elbow above your eyes. At point of release your elbow should be above your eyes. Many players learn to push their arm out towards the basket in order to get enough distance on the ball, this results in many blocked shots and a low percentage flat arc shot. Fix this by practicing close shots with one hand and starting low to make sure you get power from your legs.
  6. Follow through. You should always follow through, your arm finishing straight, your wrist loose, your fingers hanging down. Your fingers should be naturally hanging, not tight together or pointing.
  7. Hold your follow through. By holding your follow through you are engraining it into your muscle memory, making your mechanics come naturally without conscious thought.

Basketball Passing Tips

Passing is an important skill and there are a variety of different types. The key to passing is finding the open player and choosing the appropriate type of pass.

The two most common passes in basketball are the chest and the bounce pass.

  1. Chest Pass. Ball travels from your chest area directly to your teammate with little arc and no bounce. This is the most direct way to transfer the ball and is the easiest to catch.
  2. Bounce Pass. Ball travels from your chest or waist area and takes one bounce up into your teammates hands.  This is the most difficult pass to defend because the ball is bouncing near the defenders feet and they don’t have time to get their hands on it. This is why the bounce pass is very effective and popular.

Below are some passing tips:

  1. Pass with two hands. By putting both hands on the ball you have more control and can easily put backspin on the ball.
  2. Step into your pass. Put your weight into your pass to ensure proper velocity and control.
  3. Always follow through. Just like a good shooter, a good passer will follow through.
  4. End with your thumbs pointing down. Your thumbs should point down at the end of your follow through. This ensures there is proper back spin on the ball which makes it easier to catch.
  5. Make the pass easy to catch. Don’t put a lot of speed on the pass if you don’t need it, and always read the body language of your teammate, are they ready for a pass? Where are their hands?
  6. Pass away from the defender. Aggressive defenders will play passing lanes and knock away passes. Passing to the side of your teammate that is away from the defender will reduce tipped passes.
  7. Make the easy pass. Most turnovers that amateurs commit happen because they try to make a difficult or impossible pass. Just make the easy passes to wide open players, this will ensure your teammate can easily get it and your team retains possession.
  8. Pass to the hands of your teammate. If your teammate is squaring up for a shot, they will have their hands by their shooting pocket, make sure thats where you aim. If they are battling in the post with their hands up in the air, make a lob pass to their finger tips. If they are in the post reaching out low, skip a bounce pass in so it hits their hands.
  9. Only lead your receiver if required. Many passing turnovers are caused by over leading the receiver, often in times when there is no need to lead the receiver at all. If your teammate is wide open on a fast break don’t try throw the ball far in front of them, instead make a pass they will be able to get even if they slow down.
  10. Use trick passes with caution. Trick passes can look impressive when they work, but often result in turnovers. Using a trick pass just you had to try and fool the defence because you could not get them out of position.
  11. Do not jump. Once you jump, you are not allowed to land with the ball, if the passing lane disappears as you jump, you have no choice but to throw a bad pass.
  12. Pick a target. Don’t throw in the general direction of your teammates voice.

BONUS TIP: Play a practice game without dribbles. Find a few friends and play a game with no dribbling allowed (almost like ultimate frisbee), it will force you to focus on passing.

Below for receiving a passes:

1.    Catch the ball with two hands and grab it with muscle. By using both hands and your strength you are increasing your control of the ball incase it had more velocity than expected or a strange spin. It also lets you immediately get into your shooting motion or triple threat position.
2.    Come to the ball. If you let the ball come to you, you are giving the defender a chance to make a play. Once the ball is in the air, its your job as the receiver to get to it and make sure no one else can.

Basketball Ball Handling Tips

The importance of ball handling skills cannot be overstated. Whether you are a guard, forward, or centre, playing pickup, college, or professionally, ball handling is (and always will be) the most important skill in the game.  With good ball handling the rest of the game comes to you, passing and shooting become natural because the ball is always where you want it. When you don’t have to think about physically holding or dribbling the ball, you will have no problems reading the defence and finding your open teammates.

Playing in pickup games does NOT improve ball handling. Improving your ball handling only comes from ball handling drills. If you were going to learn guitar, you wouldn’t join a band, instead you would practice chords and rhythm at home, so neither should you play basketball to learn the game. One great thing about ball handling is that you can practice at home! Just a few minutes a day will result in huge improvements on the court.

Below are the most effective drills:

  1. Tipping (do in your home!). Tip the ball back and forth from one hand to the next, starting with your hands straight up over your head. Then gradually move the ball down, while continuing to tip it back and forth. Go down to your chest, then your waist, knees, and ankles, and then back up again. Keep your elbows straight and only let the the ball touch fingertips, not the palms.
  2. Circles (do in your home!). Put your feet together and make circles around both legs. Then circle around the back. And then circle around the head. Then combine them and move the ball in circles around your head, then down your body, down around your knees, and then around your ankles (“candy cane”). Then come back up again. Try to only touch with the fingertips, not the palms.
  3. Around Each Leg and Figure Eights (do in your home!). Put one leg forward and move the ball in a circular motion around the leg. Then do the other leg. Finally, spread your legs out wide with the ball in front of you. Move the ball around through your legs in a figure-of-eight motion. Keep your eyes forward and don’t let the ball hit the floor. After 30 seconds, reverse the direction.
  4. Circle Dribbles (HIGHLY EFFECTIVE). Using only your right hand, dribble circles around your right foot with about 5 inch dribbles. Do ten clockwise then switch directions, then switch to your left hand and left leg.
  5. Figure 8 Dribbles (HIGHLY EFFECTIVE). Dribble the ball in and out between your legs in a figure eight motion, dribble should be about 5 inches high. When going between your legs your one hand will bounce the ball to the other.
  6. Power Dribble. Fifty power dribbles with the right hand, being sure to protect the ball with the off hand.  After completing fifty power dribbles the ball handler dribbles low for fifty more dribbles.  Then switch to the left hand and do fifty power dribbles and fifty low dribbles.
  7. Drops. Put the ball between your feet and grab it with both hands. Start with the left hand behind your left leg and your right hand in front of your right leg. Drop the ball and let it bounce once. Quickly, move your left hand in front of your left leg and your right hand behind your right leg, and catch the ball as it bounces up. Drop it again and switch your hands back to the original position (left behind, right in front) and catch it. Repeat this motion continuously. Finally, try catching the ball before it actually hits the floor.

Keep the following in mind when you practice:

  1. Head up, don’t look at the ball. You can’t afford to be looking down in a game, so don’t do it when you practice.
  2. Knees bent, back straight. The lower you are the safer the ball, practice as low as you can.
  3. Use your free hand to fend off defenders. Don’t forget that you are allowed to smack defenders away when they try to reach in, practice this when doing dribbling drills.
  4. Keep the ball on your finger tips. Good ball handlers control the ball with their fingertips, no palms.
  5. Increase your speed! Practice fast enough that you lose control, this will prepare you for game speed.

Why is ball handling important for all players? Ball handling skills are not just for players bringing the ball up the court, shooting guards, forwards, and centres all need ball handling skills. Ball handling even helps your shooting… many amateurs wonder why they can shoot well in practice and then miss easy shots in the game. This is usually because they are not great handling the ball, when they dribble into a shot they are not getting the ball on their finger tips or into their shooting pocket. And on a catch and shoot, they may fumble it slightly causing them not to get their fingertips in position, often causing an errant shot.

Like we mentioned earlier, the best way to improve ball handling is through drills. Practicing them every day will completely change your confidence on the court.

Basketball Defence Tips

Putting effort into your defence is the easiest way to impact the game. The key to good defence is staying between the hoop and your man, if they can’t get by you, they can’t score.

Below are some tips that will help:

  1. Keep your feet wide apart. Always be moving your feet but make sure you are in good position, never let your feet cross or get close together because your man will drive by you.
  2. Keep your legs bent. As if you were sitting on a chair, you should play defence from a low position. Staying low enables you to jump high, steel balls, and gain leverage in the post.
  3. Watch the player not the ball. Your opponent may try and get you off balance by using ball fakes, by watching their body you will not get tricked or off balance.
  4. Active Hands. Always be using your hands to get in the way of what your opponent is trying to do whether it be jabbing at the ball, filling passing lanes, face guarding.
  5. Always box out. Your job in defensive rebounding is to make sure your man does not get the ball, when you box out you are almost guarantying that they do not have a play on the ball.
  6. Don’t let your man drive baseline. If you are having trouble stopping dribble penetration then you should force the player to the front of the rim. There is more likely to be teammates there to help then if you allow them to go baseline for a potential easy layup.
  7. Never look away from the player you are guarding. It is good to keep an eye on who has the ball, but not at the expense of losing your man. Stand at an angle to that you can see your man and the ball without moving your head.

Reference:
http://basketballtipsandtricks.com/shooting/
http://basketballtipsandtricks.com/passing/
http://basketballtipsandtricks.com/ball-handling/
http://basketballtipsandtricks.com/defense/

Nellakir Supports Junior Netball

‘Netta’ is a version of Netball adapted for juniors aged 5 and upwards to learn Netball and enjoy competitive sport.

It’s recognised that Netball and junior sports participation offers a range of benefits both health wise and socially.

Socially, Netball assists in:

  • Life skills development – commitment, concentration, communication
  • Responsibility in learning and self discipline
  • Learning team dynamics
  • Coping with success and failure
  • Developing a sense of belonging, community, loyalty and fraternity
  • Assisting gifted children in adapting to use their skills to assist others

Netball Australia has formulated Junior Netball policy and the first step for many children is in playing ‘Netta’.

Here are the rules and differentiation from Competition Netball.

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Netball rules compared to Netta (Junior Netball) rules. Source

At Nellakir with major effort being placed on the sound construction and maintenance of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in School and Community facilities where junior teams compete weekly, we commend Netball Australia and ensure all courts constructed meet the standards required and demanded by the governing body of the sport – Netball Australia

4 ways to have the most fun playing Basketball

There has been a growing concern in my heart about the state of youth competitive basketball. 

Remember how much fun it used to be when you first started playing?

Where did the fun go?

A 1992 study of 8,000 youth athletes in the USA found that “having fun” was their primary reason for participating in a sport and yet more and more frequently, we see this primary reason slowly begin to fade.  In many cases, the fun factor of a sport will take a backseat to factors such as getting a sports scholarship, winning, pleasing parents or coaches; the list can go on and on.  In the worst cases, the fun factor of a sport is replaced by stress inducing factors that eliminate the fun altogether.

How can we prevent this from occurring and keep the fun in the games we love?

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Identify the Problem

We live in a culture of instant gratification.  We want success and we want it NOW! This mindset has created a problem in the way we view of mistakes; an obstacle to stop us instead of an opportunity to rise above.  We can solve this problem by changing our mindset.

In Carol Dweck’s book Mindset, she shares a story about children trying to complete difficult puzzles.  When confronted with the puzzles, the children were excited.  They asked questions and attacked them with an eager ferocity that had no fear of possible failure.  She states, “Not only weren’t they discouraged by failure, they didn’t even think they were failing.  They thought they were learning.”

The most successful people have a growth mindset that does not fear failure.  They do not fear because they see opportunity in disappointment.

Do not fear failure.  Do not fear mistakes.  They are opportunities to learn and get better.  A growth mindset will be one of the most valuable weapons in your arsenal for life.

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Don’t confuse Capability with Mastery

Can’t Shoot= No Fun

Making shots in games is probably the most fun you can have on the basketball court.  The crowd erupts.  The adrenaline pumps through your veins. That feeling is amazing.

Do you want to have more fun playing basketball?  Make more shots. Notice I did not say “Take more shots.”  You do have to be able to make a high percentage of your shots without getting a warm seat on the bench.

One of the most common mistakes that athletes make is confusing capability with mastery.  Just because a seventh grader can make a three point shot does not mean that he is a good shooter.

So, what does it take to achieve some level of mastery at a certain skill?  The clear answer is practice and repetition.  We must understand the difference between real, focused work on your game and just being in the gym getting up shots or playing.  A serious player has fun, actively striving toward mastery.

  • They find joy in the process of correcting fundamentals 
  • They take pride in the consistency of their practice sessions
  • They thrive on pushing themselves to the point of uncomfortable growth.

The fun for great players is the process of mastering their craft because they understand that is the only way they will be able to enjoy making shots in games. So take the time to master your craft and as you rain 3’s, the fun will rain down on you.  Better bring an umbrella.

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Comparison is the thief of all joy

Not all basketball players are created equal.  Some have to work much harder than others to achieve their desired level of success.  What takes the joy out of the game, for some players, is the fact that they never come to grips with this concept.  They put in work but they are not athletically built like Andrew Bogut, or they do not have the natural innate ability of Mathew Dellanova and so do not get the exact same results. That is okay.  You have to be comfortable with you.

Players have a tendency to compare themselves to players around them.  You are constantly bombarded with rankings, message boards, and social media telling you who is better and where you stand.  This can be very discouraging.

Players, Please! Stop comparing yourselves.  It’s not you against them.  It’s you against you.  You must understand that none of that stuff matters.  The only thing that matters is becoming as good as YOU can possibly be.  Let me ask you this, what is your end game? To be ranked ahead of someone else?  If so, you are putting a ceiling on your own game. Stop comparing yourself to others. If your sole focus in life is a relentless, unwavering pursuit of the best version of yourself, great things in LIFE will pursue you.  

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Avoid the ‘Next Level’ Trap

A big reason why so many of today’s high school basketball players play the game is to get a college scholarship. There is a problem with this mindset.  When getting scholarship is in the forefront of your mind, it makes it impossible for you to be the best teammate you can be.  Simply put, you have an agenda. You want to further your own career.  You want to be seen.  Your innermost desire is to be recruited resulting in the fact that you are playing for yourself, even if only subconsciously. You may not notice it.  Coach may not even notice it.  But you cannot be the best high school player you can be if your main goal is anything other than being better than you yesterday and giving yourself completely to the team.

So when do we expect a mindset like this to stop?  It is human nature to want more.  The freshman player just wants to make varsity.  The varsity player just wants to play college basketball.  Okay.  Let’s say he works hard and things happen to work out for him and now he is playing Junior College Ball.  Now he just wants to get a D1 scholarship.  Would he rather win a JUCO national championship or get a D1 scholarship?  In most cases, the latter will be true.  You may think that once a player is playing college basketball they drop any agenda and completely give themselves to the team and their coaches.  Think again.

I was asked to speak to an NCAA Division II team last year.  This team was full of delusion and battling turmoil in the locker room.  The coach reached out to me for help.  He wanted me to give them objective insight on what it takes to truly be part of a TEAM.  I looked all the guys in the eyes and asked them why they played basketball.  The majority of them said to get a job playing overseas or possibly get drafted.  This was a Division II team!  I could not believe what I was hearing.  Their team chemistry problems made complete sense to me.  It is no wonder that they had such a cancerous locker room environment.  Half of the team was playing for their own agenda.  When does it stop?  There is no place for agenda driven ambition in team sports.  Misery will follow.  Drop your agenda and find the fun in simply striving to get better every day.

Still not convinced?

The simple fact of the matter is the odds of getting a college scholarship are not in your favor.  Ability doesn’t always equal opportunity.  Some things are just out of your control.  It is extremely difficult to get a college basketball scholarship.  There is also a certain amount of luck involved.  Look at some numbers put together by Pro Shot Shooting Systems.

There are currently 351 Division 1 teams that each offer 13 scholarships a year.

  • On average, that means there are 1141 available new scholarships each year.
  • However, 30% of Junior College/Prep School players take those scholarships (342 total) that leaves us with 800.
  • Additionally, 10% of all scholarships go to overseas players which means we need to take off another 114.
  • That leaves us with 686 players that Division 1 schools can sign directly out of High School in the US.
  • There are 38,400 public and private high schools in the US that offer a basketball program.
  • On average, there are 4 seniors that play for each varsity team.
  • There are 154,600 High School Seniors, give or take, trying to get 686 scholarships.
  • 0.4%. Yes, as an American High School Senior you have a 0.4% chance of getting an NCAA Division 1 scholarship.
  • Half of these scholarships will go to players 6’5″ or taller. So if you’re under 6’5″, reduce your chances to about 0.2%.

I am not trying to stress you out.  My desire is for you to let go of your worry about getting a college scholarship.  You cannot control that.  The source of joy in sports cannot be on a goal that is out of your control.  You must strive to be the best possible version of yourself.  That is the only way to have the most fun playing this game. 

To this day, I still think about how great it would be to have one more chance to play in a basketball game. Why?  For Glory?  For a chance to play at the next level?  To prove something?  Not even close.  FOR FUN.  That is the only reason why I wish I could play in one more game. Forget the other reasons.  Watch the pressure of the moment fall away. You will be more likely to peak-perform. Pure hearted basketball is played for one reason and one reason only- because a basketball player simply loves to play the game.

Source: PGC Basketball

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The Sporting Schools program – Helping Kids become Champions

In Australia, no matter where you live there is a great opportunity for your kids to play competitive basketball. The Australian Government through its Sporting Schools program provides funding and support for a range of programs suitable for the introduction of young children to the game. It does this through programs like ‘Aussie Hoops’ in co-operation with Basketball Australia.

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Here are the details, courtesy of the Sporting Schools website…

Essentials for Schools

Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official junior game development program for 5-10 year olds.  Adapted for the school setting, Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops introduces children to basketball with a nationally accredited coaching curriculum and a program consisting of warm-up games, skill activities and modified games all delivered by accredited coaches.

Program Details

Basketball Australia has assembled a network of experienced, passionate local coaches from clubs and associations who will deliver Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops programs in your school.

Programs include:

  • A fun and engaging basketball program, delivered by accredited coaches
  • Offers to students for continued basketball involvement at a local club
  • Nationally endorsed curriculum linked to F-10 outcomes
  • State/Territory and National service and administration fee

Registered school contacts can login to their Sporting Schools account to access the Booking System and view all the packages available in more detail. You can also visit the Sporting Schools Help Centre for further information.

Can Teachers Deliver?

Yes, teachers can deliver basketball in Sporting Schools by meeting the requirements below.

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You will need to:

  • Hold a valid state and/or territory teacher registration
  • Confirm adequacy of insurance

And meet the following requirements:

  • Basketball Australia Community Coach Accreditation
  • Contact State Sporting Organisation for Endorsement

Equipment

After having booked a program or receiving approval for a teacher delivered program, schools can purchase an array of Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops Sporting Schools Resources. Download your order form here.

Contact

For booking enquiries please visit the contacts page of the Sporting Schools website to find your state contact.

Optional Extras

Contact your State/Territory Aussie Hoops Coordinator about the following Sporting Schools basketball experiences:

  • Professional player visits
  • Stadium visits

Additionally, once your students have had a taste of Aussie Hoops through Sporting Schools, they are invited to join one of over 250 Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops programs delivered nationally each Term, where they receive a participant pack including:

  • Green/Gold Aussie Hoops reversible singlet
  • Spalding Aussie Hoops size-5 basketball, modified to suit small hands
  • Aussie Hoops backpack

Contact your coaching provider or State/Territory Aussie Hoops Coordinator about your school hosting an Vicinity Centres Aussie Hoops program after-school each term, for either your own students or the general community.

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Ultimately, some kids develop into sensational athletes and get the opportunity to create real careers playing the game they love. And they get to play that game for their country in the Olympic Games! What an honour.

Here’s some good advice from Rachel Jarry, Dual Olympian and Australian Opal.

School Yard to Sports Star: Rachel Jarry

What are your memories of playing sport at school? Did you play any other sports?

I remember playing many different sports at school. I always loved being part of a team and playing with friends. As well as basketball I played netball, softball, newcombe/volleyball, AFL and lacrosse. There were probably more that I’m forgetting!

How did you get started in the sport of basketball?

I started playing at school and then my Mum started a domestic club out of my primary school so some other friends and I could play. My first team was an Under 8 mixed team where the boys on my team played ‘keepings off’ with the girls! Fair to say I learnt to play defence pretty quickly so I could get the ball back off my own team mates.

When did you realise that you could compete at the highest level?

I always had that goal and once I was in my late teens I realised it was a possibility. However, I probably never really believed I would until I actually got the call up to the Opals squad at age 19.

What was it like being selected for the Australian squad at such a young age with many older team mates?

It was a bit intimidating but also very humbling. I had played for the Bulleen Boomers in the WNBL with some amazing veteran team mates so I knew how valuable learning from experienced players would be. The older Opals girls really helped me find my feet and were always so supportive. I’m very grateful for the team mates I had as they made me feel so comfortable in a very intense environment.

What are your top 3 tips to children about playing sport?

  1. Play a range of different sports. It’s fun to try different things and you might find something you like that you wouldn’t expect!
  2. Always have good sportsmanship. Whether you win or lose, make sure you shake your opponent’s hand and thank the referees.
  3. Enjoy yourself! Sport is fun and you should always be having a good time.

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So from that humble asphalt school yard court in suburban or country Victoria, the sprung timber sports flooring of Olympic competition awaits every five year old who starts to play the beautiful game of Basketball.

Whether it’s a huge stadium in Tokyo in 2020 in front of an audience of millions or simply that new court at the Geelong Special School on a Saturday afternoon – play the game – Basketball – and enjoy it.

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Time to Recoat and Undertake Annual Maintenance.

For Nellakir this is a very busy time of year. With school holidays upon us it’s time to address cyclical maintenance issues – annual recoats and ancilliary works in over 30 locations.

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But as well, the team have been given the go-ahead on the construction of a new half court sporting floor at the Frankston Special Development School. This will be part of the new Gym and staffroom upgrades being undertaken by builders The Adma Group. The Architects on the project are Kneeler Design Architects. Nellakir are contracted to supply the half court size sprung timber flooring for the new Gymnasium.

Nellakir over the next few weeks have a series of major annual maintenance projects to ensure sprung timber sports flooring continues to perform at its optimum.

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St Francis Xavier College in Beaconsfield has 3 separate campuses. The maintenance work will be occuring at the main campus on the basketball court surface.

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Similar works (recoating) will be occurring at the Roxburgh Homestead Primary School in Roxburgh Park, on that school’s sprung timber floored sports courts.

The courts at Truscott Reserve in Long Gully Eaglehawk Reserve near Bendigo will also be recoated.

Other locations include St Brigid’s College Horsham, St Josephs College Ferntree Gully, Carranballach College in Point Cook with two facilities where one will also include a line changeover as well as the recoating maintenance procedure and Mentone Girls Secondary School where Nellakir will also be adding 4 Badminton Courts on one Basketball court as well as recoating a second court.

All in all Nellakir will provide cyclical maintenance on these locations and others totalling 30 sports and educational venues over the next month, providing cyclical maintenance on the sports flooring sprung timber courts at each.

Nellakir are the recognised experts in Sprung Timber Sports Flooring throughout Victoria and Tasmania. When the job needs to be done right don’t hesitate to call Nellakir and take advantage of real master craftsmen. For Expert Construction and Programmed Maintenance call now on 9467 6126.

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Olympic Recognition of Netball

When children take up a sport, they like to dream of the future. Young guys become Test Cricketers, AFL and NBA stars. In 1995 young girls could finally aspire to the Olympic dream. It took over 25 years of lobbying the Olympic IOC for this recognition but in granting it, an important formal requirement for recognition has now been met. So now young Netballers can truly aspire to become Olympians.

Still it is a slow process. In 2016 Rugby Sevens and Golf, games primarily played by men, were included before Netball. Netball has to date never been played at the Summer Olympics. Predominantly a game played in Commonwealth countries, Olympic recognition provides impetus, and more importantly funding for faster global growth of the game.

According to some pundits, the slow acceptance of Netball is in line with the overall slow acceptance of women’s sports or sports predominantly played by women. As late as 1996, 26 countries sent no women to the Olympics. Olympic recognition opened up funding through the International Olympic Committee (IOC), national Olympic committees and sports organisations through State and Federal Governments.

Currently Nellakir is contracted on a number of Victorian State Government Private Public Partnership projects which see new high standard sprung timber sports floored Netball courts supplied and built in many new Primary and Secondary schools. These Netball courts are also used by the local community for weekend and weeknight competition and by the schools themselves as Assembly Halls and as Gymnasiums, with other competitive sports such as Basketball and Volleyball also being played on these superb surfaces.

Netball has become a permanent Olympic recognised sport as of 1995. Recognition has ensured that Netball’s national associations worldwide can become full members of their nation’s national Olympics committees. The All Australian Netball Association is one of these national organisations and it has become a full member of Australia’s national Olympic committee.

The International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA) recognition by the IOC was renewed in 2004. IFNA has made Olympic recognition part of its long term strategy to grow the game.

Netball remains the most popular women’s spectator sport in Australia, but recently this has been challenged with the emergence of the AFLWC. Needless to say that whilst a young girl from Mill Park or Belmont in Geelong can dream of donning her country’s National colours at the Olympic Games, the game of Netball has now created a solid foundation. Let’s look forward to some more Aussie Glory in 2020 in Tokyo – in Netball!

New Sprung Timber Flooring Projects

Nellakir are proud to announce several new projects focussed around cyclical maintenance and refurbishment of Sprung Timber Flooring.

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Sprung Timber playing surface

Nellakir are the leading provider of Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania and provide an excellent ongoing and scheduled maintenance program for all competitive and high value sprung timber flooring surfaces.

Recently Nellakir have been awarded maintenance contracts with Glen Eira City Council and with Moonee Valley City Council.

At Glen Eira, the Bentleigh and McKinnon Youth Centre, the Caulfield Senior Citizens Centre and the Town Hall Auditorium will all undergo re-coating and maintenance at a higher level than usual with floors being treated to a two coat recoating procedure.

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With the Moonee Valley Council, the Doutta Galla Youth Club is undergoing a fulsome refurbishment with a full resanding with associated works.

The surfaces prepared, maintained and finished by Nellakir are utilised for both Netball and Basketball’s highest levels of competition.

We wish the Netball Victoria Association the very best in staging its 2017 Championships, with regional associations enabling the best young talent to profile their skills on the best possible surfaces with many of these games being played on Nellakir prepared surfaces.

Locations announced for popular Association Championships tournament

The host venues for the 2017 Netball Victoria Association Championships, proudly presented by Lumo Energy and WM Loud, have been announced! With seven new associations across Victoria selected for this year’s tournament.

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This year as part of the Association Championships tournament some of the best young netball talent, from associations and leagues right across the state, will battle it out at their selected regional location.

The 2017 host associations are as follows: Traralgon Netball Association (Eastern Region); Wyndham Netball Association (Central West Region); Echuca Netball Association (Northern Region); Frankston & District Netball Association (13/U Central East Region); Warrnambool City Netball Association (Western Region); Albury Netball Association (North East); Knox City Council Netball Association (15/U & 17/U Central East Region).

Netball Victoria, Chief Executive Officer, Rosie King said the annual tournament is a vital part of the Netball Victoria pathway

“The Netball Victoria Association Championships tournament is a vital part of our athlete development pathway,” said King.

“At each location talent scouts watch those participating in the 15-and-under and 17-and-under age groups, with a view to invite selected talent to Zone Academy and State Team screening days.”

“There are numerous past and present Melbourne Vixens, who have participated and been recognised through Association Championships, including Emma Ryde and Chloe Watson, so I’d encourage associations and leagues with budding young netballers to join the tournament. Registrations are now open – visit vic.netball.com.au to find out more,” said King.

The Association Championships tournament includes three junior age groups 13-and-under, 15-and-under and 17-and-under, and an Open division. Each of the three junior age group categories is separated into two divisions. The ‘Reserve Division’ is focused on development and participation, whilst the ‘Championship Division’ will progress to the Finals Day, which will be held on Sunday 25 June 2017 at the State Netball Hockey Centre. The Open division goes straight through to the Finals Day to compete.

“In 2016 more than 360 teams from 106 associations/leagues took part in this standout tournament and in 2017 we’d love to see even more talented young netballers participating,” said King.

The Netball Victoria Association Championships is proudly presented by Lumo Energy and WM Loud.

For further details around host locations, competition dates and registrations visit: http://vic.netball.com.au/get-involved/pathway/association-champs

Source: vic.netball.com.au