Getting started

Netball is the leading women’s participation sport and the top team-based sport in Australia for 15 to 24 year olds. The Gap Netball Club is the biggest netball club in Queensland with playing options such as NetSetGO and Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season for girls and women aged 5 and older, and for boys aged 5 to 12.

Who can play netball?

Netball ages are based on a player’s age in a calendar year (January to December), and The Gap Netball Club has playing options for girls and women aged 5 years and older, and for boys aged 5 to 12.

The Club competes in the Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season from March to August, and teams are comprised of girls and boys turning 8 to 12, and girls and women turning 13 and older.

11s and older play a 14- or 15-week season (plus finals) under standard competitive netball rules in age grades decided by Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA):

  • 11s
  • 12s
  • 13s
  • Cadets (14s and 15s)
  • Intermediate (16s to 19s)
  • Opens (20 and older)

8s to 10s play a 14- or 15-week season (without finals) under NetSetGO Modified Rules in age grades decided by Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA):

  • 8s and 9s
  • 10s

Each year we have a very small number of Winter Season players who play in a lower age grade on medical grounds.

The Club also runs NetSetGO, an 8-week introductory program at Hilder Road State School for 5 to 7 year old boys and girls after school on Monday afternoons during Term 1 (February-April) and again during Term
4 (October-December) for 5 to 10 year olds. NetSetGO is a great introduction to netball for 5s to 7s, and is available off-season for 8s to 10s in Term 4.

What’s expected of players?

The Gap Netball Club expects players, volunteers and supporters to meet Netball Australia codes of behaviour.

Codes of behaviour are provided as appendices to the Netball Australia Member Protection Policy, underpinned by the following core values:

  • To act within the rules and spirit of netball.
  • To display respect and courtesy towards everyone involved in in netball and prevent discrimination and harassment.
  • To prioritise the safety and well-being of children and young people involved in netball.
  • To encourage and support opportunities for participation in all aspects of netball

Links to Netball Australia’s applicable codes of behaviour are provided below.

When does netball happen?

The Club’s Winter Season starts with registrations opening in in early December, and teams are formed during February for matches played from March to August. NetSetGO runs during Term 1 (February-April) and Term
4 (October-December).

The Club’s calendar at http://thegapnetball.org/calendar provides details of dates and times.

How much does netball cost in 2019?

Registration is now open for the 2019 winter netball season. Please register via the relevant MyNetball link.

No increase to registration fees in 2019

In recognition of the administrative costs arising from the introduction of MyNetball in 2018, the Club determined at the 2018 AGM to absorb the 2019 increases from Netball Queensland. The fees continue to include a $100 volunteer levy per family which can be redeemed at the end of the season by volunteering.

Costs:

Players Born in 2008 or EARLIER
  • Fees:
    • $400 – 1st player in family (includes $100 volunteer levy)
    • $300 – subsequent players from same family
Players Born 2009 – 30/6/2011 (1/7/11 onwards are not eligible for DPNA modified competition)
  • Fees: $385
  • Winter Season players are required to wear the official Club uniform which costs under $100.

Winter Season players pay a Volunteer Levy which can be claimed back at the end of the season after a volunteer contribution such as:

  • Coaching a team
  • Managing a team
  • Umpiring a NetSetGO 8s to 10s team
  • Taking on a Convenor role
  • Working shifts in the canteen at Saturday matches or the Club Carnival
  • Helping out at Club events such as breakups and sausage sizzles
  • Coming along to working bees at Hilder Road to maintain the courts

The Club runs fundraising activities during Winter Season and households can opt out by paying extra at registration.

The Gap Netball Club is a Get Started registered club, enabling eligible kids to apply for a Queensland Government voucher valued at up to $150 to help pay their fees.

Due to insurance requirements all fees must be paid before taking the court for training or grading or matches.

How do I register and pay?

Visit our Registration page. There are options to pay fees by credit card, direct debit, cash or cheque at Sign-On.

The online form collects information needed to organise players into teams and also to register players with Netball Australia for insurance.

Personal details for Competitive players (11s and older) are sent to Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA), who send it on to Netball Queensland and Netball Australia.

Personal details for Winter Season NetSetGO 8s to 10s players and NetSetGO Term 1 and 4 players are entered directly into Netball Australia’s mynetball system.

New players under 18 are required to provide proof of age, such as a birth certificate or passport, which can be presented at Sign-On or scanned and emailed to the Club’s Registrar

Fees can be paid by card or direct debit online, or by cash or cheque at Sign-On.

Due to insurance requirements all fees must be paid before taking the court for training or grading or matches.

What is Sign-On and should I go?

Sign-On was traditionally the day players signed up with the Club for the Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season, but there’s no requirement to come to Sign-On if you’ve registered
and paid online (although there are some good reasons to come along).

The Club moved registrations online in 2012 to cope with continuing growth, and there’s no need to come to Sign-On if you’ve registered and paid online.

Sign-On is an opportunity to pay fees by cash or cheque, buy or sell secondhand uniform, find out more about the Club, volunteer to coach or umpire, or to just have a chat and catch up with friends.

Registration fees can be paid by cash or cheque at Sign-On, but register online beforehand to reduce queues. Computers are available at Sign-On for anyone who hasn’t registered online beforehand.

Uniform fittings and orders were previously taken at Sign-On, but uniforms are now sold exclusively by SPORTF1RST at The Gap, with some secondhand uniform still sold at Sign-On.

Sign-On Day for 2019 is on Saturday 2 February 2019 at Hilder Road State School from 9am – 10am.

What other netball is available?

Teams and players involved with the Club also register for the Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Club Carnival and the Queensland Catholic Netball Association (QCNA) Summer Seasons, and about 10% of the Club’s players are selected for DPNA or QCNA representative teams each year.

A large number of Club teams register for the Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Club Carnival, normally held on a Sunday in late May, and some also register for Club Carnivals held by other
associations, such as Pine Rivers (PRNA), Brisbane (BNA), and Metropolitan Districts (MDNA).

About half of the Club’s teams and players compete in the team-based Queensland Catholic Netball Association (QCNA) Summer Seasons:

  • Junior: 10s to 13s on Tuesday evenings during September to November
  • 10-Week Challenge: 14s to 16s on Wednesday evenings during September to November
  • Senior: 17s and older on Wednesday evenings during October-November and January-February

About 10% of the Club’s players also compete during winter in teams representing Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) or Queensland Catholic Netball Association (QCNA) at Association Carnivals in South East Queensland, and in the statewide State Age and Challenge Carnivals. DPNA trials are in November and early February, and QCNA trials are in October and February. Both associations also run player development
programs during September to November.

How can I find out more?

Email these Convenors if you have any questions or feedback: