Junior Netball Pathway

Key Words:

Non-Competitive  no ladders, finals 
Motor Skill Development  the focus in JuniorNet G2   
Netball Skill Development          the focus in JuniorNet G3
FUN! the ultimate aim.

Our junior sport philosophy:

"To encourage players to play in a cooperative way without the pressures of a "win at all costs" competition. The emphasis is on skill development, team participation and commitment, applying good sporting behaviour and, above all, enjoyment, ie) Non-competitive, Skill development, FUN!"

The Boroondara Netball Association accepts and abides by the Netball Australia Junior Sport Policy (Note: see our own 2015 Netta Netballers featured in this document!). Netball Australia Junior Netball Policy

Research by Netball Australia has shown that provision of an age appropriate, staged progression for Netball participation is an essential element in developing confident, happy and skilled participants. "Fun" is the most common reason children give for playing sport.

 

Introduction to any sport should be:

  • Age appropriate: recognising that a child's physiology, size, skeletal maturity, movement mechanics and cognitive development differ significantly from adults.
  • Non-competitive: allowing children to develop their skills at their own pace and without competitive stress.
  • Positive: ensuring that children experience a feeling of success and confidence.
  • Gender neutral: equal gender opportunites for young children (primary school age) 

BNA History:

The Boroondara Netball Association has coordinated a specific Junior Development Program since 1990. Originally the program was called Netta Netball, an "untiered" program catering for all age groups in young children. In 2004, we introduced the Netball Australia FunNet program which catered specifically for children aged 5 - 7yrs with Netta catering for the older level.

In 2014 Netball Australia introduced the NetSetGo program, incorporating both Funnet and Netta Netball in a tiered program:

  • NET (Tier 1 / Funnet) = motor skills for children aged 5 - 7 
  • SET (Tier 2 / Netta Netball ) = modified netball for children aged 8 - 10 
  • GO = non-competitive transition to junior competition

In 2015 we introduced our JuniorNet program based on Netball Australia's NetSetGo program and the Australian Sports Commission "Play for Life" and "Change It" programs. The main differences are that our program is based on school year level rather than specific age groups. We have our own sponsors, uniform, participant insurance and coach development / mentor program.

Boroondara Junior Netball Pathway:

Our JuniorNet program comprises:

  1. Participation in skill development programs using modified rules & equipment for children in yrs2/3.
  2. Participation in a non-competitive, no ladders/finals program for children in yr 4 
  3. Equal gender opportunites for children in Yr6 & below - no restrictions on male / female playing ratios

Boroondara Netball Association Recommended Pathway:

  1. School year 2 > JuniorNet G2 : basic motor skill development 
  2. School year 3 > JuniorNet G3: netball specific skill development program 
  3. School year 4 > JuniorNet G4: non-competitive netball matches,no ladders or finals 
  4. School year 5 & above > Junior Competition: competitive netball matches, ladders and finals