The Junior Netball Policy ensures all young Australians have the opportunity to develop and enrich their lives through netball. It’s been adopted by Netball Australia’s board and is available by clicking here to view the policy.
The policy also provides netball clubs, associations, coaches, parents and schools with guidelines to assist them to deliver age appropriate netball programs and competitions.
“Netball has traditionally been a popular sport in Australian society but the sport must offer a varied range of activities to suit the needs of our current society,” Netball Australia’s Head of Sport Development AnneMarie Phippard said.
“Participating in junior sport has many social and health benefits. The Junior Netball Policy is designed to assist netball providers to create a safe and supportive environment to encourage youngsters into the sport and turn that into a lifelong involvement.
“Promoting and encouraging youngsters into taking on volunteer roles such as umpiring, becoming a bench official or coaching within their clubs or associations is also another way that will assist to retaining players within the sport.”
The policy also outlines the new Netball Australia Long Term Athlete Development Pathway program and how that is designed for players to progress through the sport.