Activities For Netball Players With Dogs

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Introduction

Do you dream of hitting the courts and just playing netball all day? Do you also wish you could hang out with your favorite dog all day? How could you possibly do both things? You can easily combine your love of netball with your love for your dog! These fun activities will allow you to play your favorite sport while involving your best furry buddy in the fun. So grab your dog's leash and your ball and get ready to play!

Shoot and Retrieve

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Sunny Day
Cheap
Easy
1 hr
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Dog Treats
Net
Netball
Activity description
The key to the entire game of netball is to get your ball into the net at the end of the court. This can be quite a tricky thing to do as, unlike in basketball, there is no backboard to bounce the ball of - you have to get it directly into the small net. That takes skill! Of course, you will need to practice shooting your ball into the net and your dog will absolutely love helping you. For the small price of a netball and a few dog treats, you will be ready to play! Head out on a sunny day with your dog to practice your shots.
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Court finder
Look for a netball court near you where you can bring your dog. While most outdoor courts will allow pups, indoor courts may not. You can also set up your own net in your yard and practice right at home - wouldn't that be the most convenient option for serious netball players?
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Shoot
Plan to practice shooting the ball from a variety of areas on the court. You need to learn to shoot from every side so you are ready in your next game no matter where on the court you are shooting from. Start on the left side and work your way all around. Get your pup excited to play with you by tossing them a few treats and letting them play with the netball a little.
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Retrieve
Shoot your netball and then instruct your pup to get the ball. Your excited dog will likely go right for the ball, no instruction needed! Encourage your pup to bring the ball back to you and then give them a treat. Throw the ball again and let your dog chase and retrieve it. Keep practicing until you are making one shot after another and until your official ball retrieval pup is exhausted!
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Sprints

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Any Day
Free
Easy
30 min
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Netball Court
Activity description
A typical netball game lasts sixty minutes and during that time, you are likely to be running around a lot. Running over the court for that long can make anyone pretty tired! The best way to get your body used to running so much is to practice. Running on a regular basis, especially running quickly, will get you in shape for those fast-paced games of netball. Luckily, your dog can be right by your side to help you run. Running is a fun, free activity that you can do with your dog and while you can definitely run in any weather, you may want to wait for a sunny day!
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Home set up
Look for a netball court near you where you can bring your dog. Or, you can also opt to set up a few court lines in your home or yard. Place a piece of tape on the ground and then measure ten meters and put another line on the ground. Do one more, ten more meters away and you have your court lines all set up and spaced just like a real netball court.
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Sprint
Start at the endline with your dog by your side. Get your pup excited to run and try to get excited yourself! Sprint to the first line (the first one third of the court), touch the line on the ground, say "One" and sprint back to the endline. Turn around and now sprint to the second goal line, touch it say "Two" and run back to the beginning. Sprint back to the first line and again say "One", back to the beginning and rest. If your dog out of breath just like you? Probably!
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Race
After a few of these sprinting drills with your dog, your pup likely knows where the "One" line is as you say it every time you are there. Now it is time to race your dog. Start with your pup by your side and then yell "One" or "Two" and start running. Who will get there first? After all this sprinting practice, it is hard to tell who will be faster.
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Aiming Drills

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Any Day
Cheap
Easy
30 min
Items needed
Dog Treats
Netball
Activity description
Having good aim when you are a netball player is an essential skill to have. Not only do you need good aim to get the ball inside the net but you also need to be able to accurately pass the ball to the other players on your team. This is something you can easily practice at home; however, you will need your dog's help! You can practice your aim outside when the weather is nice or inside your home when you and your pup would rather stay inside. As long as you have a netball or two on hand, this activity is completely free!
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Targets
Set up a few targets for you to aim for when you are practicing. If you have several actual netball nets, that is ideal to place around your yard or house. However, something like a big tree or a nice rock outside will also work as a target.
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Ready, aim, run
Show your dog the ball that you will be tossing and let them get a good sniff. Get your pup excited to run after the ball and then, look for your target, throw the ball in that direction and tell your pup to go, go, go! Hopefully you hit your target and your dog gets their ball!
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Farther
Aim for the next target that is farther away and let your dog retrieve the ball again. If you are inside, move your targets around your house to make it more difficult for you to aim. You can even put obstacles in between yourself and the targets (just like a person may be in front of you in a game!). Keep aiming and throwing until your pup is too tired to chase the ball any longer.
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More Fun Ideas...

Cone Runs

Set up a few cones in your yard to weave in and out of as you run (just like you will need to run around your opponent's on the netball court). Have your dog chase you around the cones, weaving in and out just like you!

Jumping

Jumping and shooting are essential in netball and the higher you can jump, the more likely you are to be able to shoot over your opponent's head. Hold a dog treat up as you do a few jump reps and see if your dog will jump up too.

Conclusion

Netball is a fun game that requires a lot of skill. Since you will need to practice netball frequently in order to become a great netball player (and if you just want to play a fun netball game), you should definitely bring your dog with you as frequently as possible. Your pup will have fun running, chasing the netball and doing those netball drills by your side and you will get better and better at playing the game!