Team Selection Policy

Club Policy with respect to team selection

8's, 9's and 10's

With regard to the 9 years and 10 years teams, each year the Phoenix Netball Club ensures that there is a mix of returning players and new players in each team.  We DO NOT keep the same teams together from the previous year. We stress to both players and parents that when you join our club you become part of the Phoenix Family, which is not limited to school groups, or predeveloped friendship groups.

Playing netball is a team sport that allows players to solidify current friendships but also gives them the chance to expand their friendship base with other players within the club.  At different times in their netball career they will come in contact with a wide variety of players.  Our position on team allocations is an important part of the players development and transition to competitive netball.

We thank all parents for their understanding and support.

Trials 11 years or older (born 2010 or earlier)

In order to be graded, it is the club’s expectation that all players players born 2010 or earlier will trial. If players cannot participate in all sessions, they can only be graded on the sessions they do attend and the observations made at those times. Please make the coaching convenor aware as soon as possible after registration if a player is not available for the below dates:

Trial 1 - Saturday 30th January 2021

  • Session 1: Cadets, Inters & Opens (8:00am - 10.30am)
  • Break: Panel lunch and initial team sorting
  • Session 2: 11, 12 & 13 years (5:00pm – 7:30pm)

Trial 2 – Saturday 6th February 2021

  • Session 1: 11,12 & 13 years (8:00am – 10:30am)
  • Break: Panel lunch and initial team sorting
  • Session 2: Cadets, Inters & Opens (5:00pm – 7:30pm)

Wet Weather date (if needed) – Sunday 14th February 2021

Session times to be confirmed

Where: Phoenix courts @ Tramway Street, Ferny Grove

The process:

Transparency is our highest priority and we will have a rotating panel who will move across all age groups during trial sessions. We will be utilising all 3 courts to provide players the maximum amount of court time possible. 

Please understand that to respect all players and the integrity of the process, we’re unable to conduct trial discussions outside of the panel prior to finalising teams. 

On the day, we will also have assistance from other club members to facilitate admin duties and run on sheets, in addition to helping our players prep for their court time.

What we’re looking for:

To help you prepare for the trial process, here are some key areas that our selection panel will consider:

  • Skills and fitness
  • Age and experience
  • Game play
  • Level of commitment 
  • Attitude, motivation and drive
  • Goals and ambitions in netball
  • Matching players to teams and divisions that best suit player ability

These outcomes, when considered holistically, will create the highest level of enjoyment for our players. We want them to become netballers for life and always continue to enjoy the game we all love.

We understand that trials can be an anxious time for our players, so please be assured that we will do our very best to keep the environment as relaxed and equitable as possible. We want our players to feel confident in our commitment to support them, encourage them to improve and enjoy whichever level of netball they are at right now.

The great news is that our panel members also enjoy watching player development during the DPNA season, and they will have insights that can considered along with how our players perform on the day.

In addition to the above criteria, we will also need to consider team balance and player numbers so we can successfully field teams throughout the season. 

Pre-season fitness program

Unfortunately due to the tight turnaround of calendar events, we will be unable to run our usual pre-season fitness programs before trials. Ultimately our players will need to step up and take ownership of their own fitness regimes over the holidays. 

Rest assured that we are already working on ideas for support and motivation through our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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