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 one of 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 7 and older, and for boys aged 7 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 7 years and older, and for boys aged 7 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.

11 years 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):

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

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

  • 7 to 8 years
  • 9 to 10 years

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

Dependant on demand the Club 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.

If demand permits, the club runs NetSetGO during Term 1 (February-April) and Term 4 (October-December).

 

How much does netball cost in 2020?

Registration is now open for the 2020 winter netball season.

NetSetGo  (Born 2009 – 30 June 2012)

  • $395 First Player (including $100 refundable family household volunteer levy)
  • $295 for 2nd and subsequent players from the same family household

Competitive Player Membership (Born 2009 and earlier)

  • $410 First Player (including $100 refundable family household volunteer levy)
  • $310 for 2nd and subsequent players from the same family household

Please register via the relevant MyNetball link.

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. Payment is via credit card however payment by direct debit or part payments may be requested.

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 (11 years 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 7 to 10 years 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

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

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).

How can I find out more?

Email these Convenors if you have any questions or feedback: