performance pillars

Performance Pillars in Sport

Here at Elite Netball Academy, we’re committed to training our athletes smartly and working hard to make a difference in the sport of netball.

We’ve recognised the need for access to quality training environments to develop technical, tactical, physical and psychological competencies within the sport. To develop these areas, we have made them official Performance Pillars for athletes here at Elite Netball Academy.

What are Performance Pillars in sport?

Performance pillars in sport can be used to roadmap the route to achieving a team or athlete’s overarching aim, whether that be pathway selection for Country, a Superleague club or excelling at local club level netball. Pillars are constructed using a mix of short, mid, and long-term goals, these are surrounded by process and performance goals needed that are required to achieve them.

performance pillars in sport

Technical Performance Pillar

The technical performance pillar refers to the fundamental and more advanced skills of the sport. In netball, for example, these would include passing, catching, landing, shooting, turning, positional responsibilities and so on.

Elite Netball Academy has a curriculum of competencies that have been developed for delivery and built up over a number of years by Anna Carter and other World Class coaches. The curriculum ensures that players are hitting a level of expectation at each age and stage that would ensure they move forward to being better players with a good foundation to build on. Each player is different and will have different competencies that need more attention and that’s why we often revisit the curriculum every six weeks to adapt or change for the needs of the group.

Tactical Performance Pillar

This performance pillar refers to strategies and decision making. In netball, it would include decisions about centre passes, attack setups, centre pass defence setups, man to man defence or zonal, set plays and so forth. While we don’t touch on lots of this at Elite Netball Academy due to us not being a presentational team, we share principles of what good looks like and common knowledge of what players would be expected to know and understand at a certain level.

In training, we try to ensure that all skills, drills and development of understanding are put out on the court in some kind of gameplay, setups or scenarios.

Physical Performance Pillar

It is important to us at Elite Netball Academy that players, parents and coaches understand that physical development is based upon a foundation of movement skill and mobility development. We will spend a lot of time developing a generic physical base for all athletes such as movement skills (e.g. locomotor, stability and object control), sport-specific skills, mobility, agility, speed, power, strength, hypertrophy, endurance and metabolic conditioning with an emphasis on age and stage of development. The body must be built on strong foundations.

In the physical part, we also include nutrition referring to a generally balanced diet, nutrition specifics to training and competition, assessment of body composition and hydration strategies. Basically, great life advice and a firm direction on what we need as athletes to make sure we stay injury-free; we fuel our bodies appropriately for what is needed and have a healthy relationship with food.

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Psychological Performance Pillar

This mental pillar refers to a wide range of psychological variables that influence performance and are influenced by it. The typical list of mental skills associated with elite athletes includes control, arousal, mental imagery, high self-motivation, absolute self-confidence, good concentration, and effective management of emotion and moods. At Elite we aim to offer the girls varied workshops and resources throughout the season to support their understanding of these areas.

What can high-performance centre athletes expect from Elite Netball Academy in relation to these Performance Pillars:

Here’s how our High-Performance Centre athletes will get support in terms of our four performance pillars:

  • Well organised sessions with intensity
  • Effective communication
  • Three player 1-2-1 a year measured against targets and expectations
  • Support and development plans to support the player’s progress
  • Three fitness tests a year with feedback, actions and a bespoke programme based on results
  • Two sessions a year with Elite Netball Academy ambassadors Natalie Metcalf and Natalie Panagarry
  • Education on pillars throughout the year
  • Support with any outside feedback being received and how we can support that
  • Access to and an understanding on Hudl, our performance analysis software.

What are High-Performance Centre netball classes?

Our High-Performance Centres are for young athletes who have the passion and drive to achieve their netball dreams. Elite Netball Academy coaches have a wealth of experience in improving netball skills and getting the best from players who want to take their netball to the next level. You will work with coaches and players at the highest level of the sport who have experience with the England Roses, Pathway programmes and Super League clubs. These classes are ideal for anyone aiming towards Super League selection and the England Netball Regional Pathway. Together we can help you go far.

If you have any further questions about our Performance Pillars, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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