Ball Skills Critical to Player Development

| June 17, 2015

The national Under 17 footballcoach has aised teacher-coaches to drill students on critical ball skills to develop them into fully fledged players.

Ditiro Motshegare said this in an interview during schools sub-zonal competitions in Kanye on Monday (June 15). He said children must be taught to first enjoy the ball.

The showpiece pit together junior secondary schools from Kanye and Kgalagadi south. He stated that teacher-coaches should concentrate more on development and less on results.

Although some teams won, he said it would be difficult to pick some of their winning players to don national colours as they did not have fundamental ball skills.

“The development aspect of the game is still lagging behind and that usually creates a problem for us when we want to select players from winning teams for national duty,” he said.

Mr Motshegare also cautioned schools to treat First Aid Treatment (FAT) with the urgency it deserved, particularly for contact sports such as soccer. He decried that some schools had little regard for FAT.

Another coach and sub zone organiser, Petros Khundu, conceded that most of the schools were still far behind in terms of FAD.

“In most cases, the first aid kit is either not there at all or not equipped. Even some coaches don’t even know how to handle an injured player,” he observed. He said teachers should be empowered to administer FAD to avoid exacerbating injuries.

Netball coach, Kegaisamang Bokadi, also acknowledged that FAD was not being prioritised by schools. She said schools were not provided with stretchers to carry injured players, which she feared could exacerbate injuries.

Meanwhile, Mookami and Kgolagano under 15 boys have aanced to the regional stage of the competition to be held in Lobatse in due course.

Ntebogang and Tapologo under 15 girls have also progressed to the zonal level while Tsabong and Kgolagano under 17 boys claimed first and second spot respectively to book themselves a place. Ntebogang and Mookami girls have also joined their male counterparts for the zonals.

Source : BOPA

Source : Botswana Daily News

Category: Sports

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