Netball is the most popular women’s sport in Australia with an estimated 1.2 million participants nationwide. Although traditionally identified as a sport for women, boys and men are becoming increasingly involved.
Netball is based on general movement and ball skills, and its structured format, which places restrictions on the areas of the court into which a player may go, means that it is truly a team game. With minor modifications to the rules with regard to mobility, equipment and decision-making, netball can offer the rewards of social connectedness, cooperation, fitness and fun to almost anyone who wants to take part.
The Netball Australia Junior Netball Policy has been developed to provide a framework for netball clubs and affiliated associations, schools, community sport service organisations and other groups responsible for the development, organisation and conduct of junior netball (participants aged 5–17 years).
The Junior Netball Policy has been designed to assist netball providers to:
- create safe and supportive environments for enjoyable participation to encourage lifelong involvement
- provide an environment for the development of skills, and cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health
- foster social benefits and encourage good sporting behaviour
- provide equal opportunities for all players to participate in netball programs and competitions
- encourage and actively cater for talented young sportspeople
- develop a consistent and coordinated approach to all netball programs in both the school and the community.
Adopting the guidelines in the Netball Australia Junior Netball Policy will ensure all young Australians have the opportunity to develop and enrich their lives through netball.
For further information on Netball Australia’s Junior development program please visit NetSetGO! webiste.