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AIBU To Think That Hi-Five Netball Is Rubbish?

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LaQueen Sat 16-Mar-13 18:27:28

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manticlimactic Sun 17-Mar-13 20:40:24

Arms lifted at no more than waist height? What's the point of lifting them at all?

LaQueen Sun 17-Mar-13 20:42:07

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Gumps Sun 17-Mar-13 21:08:22

high 5s

Gumps Sun 17-Mar-13 21:15:46

laqueen not rude at all. It's a debate I have had many times with schools and parents and if you have seen it done poorly I can understand your frustration.
I linked the rules above in case people are interested. It might explain the reasons for the adapted game more eloquently than I can.
My husband and I both work in elite sport and the research behind adapted games is positive to elite players. Those that specialise too early often lose out from those that have taken a more varied approach.
I do believe at primary level children should experience as much variety in physical activity as possible. At secondary they then hone their skills and learn the more technical versions of games. Away from the elite side life long participation is of course a vital aim and games like high 5s are more likely to give a positive experience.

Gumps Sun 17-Mar-13 21:21:10

Also just to add another reason for the adapted games. The quality of primary school PE is quite often poor (unless you are in my borough where it's excellent 😄). The easier versions of the games and the resources available make it easier for an unconfident teacher to attempt. I'm not having a go at primary staff but the level of training they receive at university regarding PE is totally inadequate compared to other areas. Hopefully the announcement in increased funding yesterday will help to change this.
The national competition structure for schools also takes the form of the adapted games so all children in all schools SHOULD be following the same format.

Butkin Sun 17-Mar-13 22:45:16

Our school has played hockey and netball competitively against other schools since Yr3. Certainly never seen or heard of this form of netball before and pleased that we've missed this trend. How will get children learn to play the proper game if they don't start out that way. I know in rugby they start with the non-tackling version but surely the whole point of netball is working with defensive tactics. Some of the larger, less mobile girls, find their sporting outlet in netball and it seems far more inclusive than just rewarding the speedier ones.

whois Sun 17-Mar-13 23:09:56

To all those who think netball is ponsy, you have never played a real game of netball in your life. It's fast paced and very physical when played with any degree of skill.

It is an advantage to be tall and have a good reach for some positions but not essential. I'd rather have a short player with good skills than a dopey tall girl standing around with her arms up as my GK!

The game the OPs DD played sounds utter crap tho. I don't understand why they don't just play normal netball but on a smaller court with lower posts in junior school? That's what we did until Y6 when we moved onto full sized.

TheSeniorWrangler Sun 17-Mar-13 23:23:44

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