Sixty participants representing schools from Gardnersville, Paynesville, Central Monrovia and Bushrod Island are expected to participate in a two-day coaching workshop of the country’s newest sport – netball.The Liberia Netball Association (LNA) organizes the netball coaching training, and Gibson Otis Nyanneh – former basketball and volleyball player, is expected to serve as facilitator. Mr. Nyanneh is also physical education instructor at the AME Zion College University.The two-day training is scheduled from Friday, June 19 to Saturday, June 20, in the auditorium of the Jimmy Jolocon High School, located on the Somalia Drive, beginning at 10:00am.The LNA was established and subsequently accredited by the Ministry of Youth and Sports on Thursday, December 4, 2014.The Sports Bureau of the Ministry of Youth and Sports in consultation with Deputy Sports Minister Henry B. Yonton, Jr. assigned Clara Tue as focus person over the newly established sport.LNA president Wallace G. Weiah said the association is currently processing its official membership with the International Netball Federation (INF) – the global governing body of netball. INF is based in the United Kingdom and it is also committed to developing grassroots netball throughout the world, including Liberia.Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Its development, derived from early versions of basketball. It is played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring.Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long. Variations have been developed to increase the game’s pace and appeal to a wider audience, according to an official netball document in the possession of the Daily Observer.Netball was brought to the country through the kind courtesy of Football to Development Destitute (FODEDE), a local sports organization operating in the country.The Executive Director of FODEDE, Madam Rochell D. G. Woodson, during the 6th edition of the IWG World Conference on Women and Sport held in Helsinki, Finland applied for membership owing to an interaction with the Executive Director of INF.According to Madam Woodson, the INF Executive Director said, “Netball is a unique game for girls and a force for women’s empowerment, offering women and girls the opportunity to participate in sport, even in places and cultures where women’s roles are constrained.“Over 20 million people play netball around the world. We have 73 national netball association members grouped into five regions – Africa, Asia, Americas, Europe and Oceania.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
There’s not a third-year collegiate baseball player who doesn’t think of it from time to time. But for now, Sean Dovel will put Major League Baseball’s first-year player draft on the back burner. He has other sights on the horizon, mainly putting his Loyola Marymount University team in the NCAA postseason playoffs. “I’m definitely looking at the draft this year, but I’m not worried about it right now,” said Dovel, a former two-time All-CIF-Southern Section catcher from La Mirada High School. “I’ll worry about the draft when it gets here. “The biggest adjustment for me was the pitching,” Dovel said. “That was the most difficult adjustment. “I’ve definitely improved defensively (since 2005). I was so raw behind the plate my freshman year. I’m more solid now. Offensively, my batting is much better. I go to all fields now, and my power has improved.” The Lions struggled from the gate this season at 7-11-1. But Dovel is confident they can regroup and make a run at the WCC championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. “We’re just a little slow right now,” Dovel said. “We’ll get out of it. “We have some freshman guys who are playing a lot. They are just getting used to playing at this level. But we’ll settle down.” Dreshawn Vance, a former All-CIF-SS basketball player from Walnut, is having a solid first season at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. Vance, a transfer from the University of Portland, is averaging 6.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in helping the Mustangs earn the No. 2 seed at this weekend’s Big West postseason tournament. The junior forward came to Cal Poly after earning a spot on the All-WCC freshmen team in 2004-05 for Portland. Nolan Bruyninckx, a former Pacific League MVP from Arcadia, has found a niche at middle relief for the Cal State Fullerton baseball team. Bruyninckx has a 1.12 ERA in eight appearances for the Titans this season. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3061 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Right now, it’s all about the season. I’ll worry about the draft later, because it will take care of itself.” Especially the way Dovel has performed in his three seasons at LMU. The junior is considered one of the top catching prospects in the country after three solid campaigns. Dovel has earned back-to-back All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selections the past two seasons. And he’s off to a solid start this season. The former Matadores star ranks third on the team with a .324 batting average. He also leads the team in home runs (3), and is tied for the lead in RBIs with 13. That followed up solid freshman and sophomore seasons, in which he batted .311 and .289, respectively. He also had a .469 slugging percentage with 22 doubles last season.