Training and Playing

Teams train at Hilder Road State School on weekday afternoons and evenings, and players turning 8 and older play in the Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season at Windsor on Saturdays. The
Club also runs the NetSetGO introductory netball program on Monday afternoons during Terms 1 and 4. All players are registered with Netball Australia and insured against accidental injury.

Where and when is training?

Teams train at Hilder Road State School at The Gap on weekday afternoons and evenings from February to August.

NetSetGO players (5s to 10s) train at 3:30pm to 4:30pm on Monday afternoons at Hilder Road State School during weeks 2 to 9 of Term 1 (February to April) and Term 4 (October to December).

Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season players (8s and older) train on Tuesday to Thursday afternoons from February to August.

Modified Rules teams (8s to 10s) train at 3:30-4:30pm or 4:30pm-5:30pm on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, and they are asked for times they’re unable to train which we consider when organising teams and training times. We also ask about non-availability on Thursdays in case of future growth.

Competitive teams (11s and older) train for an hour per week on Tuesday to Thursday afternoons or evenings, with younger age grades training earlier.

Training times for some Competitive teams are extended by 30 minutes for fitness training.

Where and when are games?

Older NetSetGO players play mini-games as part of their Monday sessions at Hilder Road, and Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season players (8s and older) play matches at Downey Park at Windsor from late March/early April to late August/early
September.

Map location of Downey Park

Downey Park court plan

Modified Rules teams (8s to 10s) play matches on Saturdays at Downey Park at Windsor, with several extra rounds set aside in case scheduled fixtures are cancelled due to rain. Team in 6-team divisions play 15 rounds, and teams in 7- or 8-team divisions play 15 rounds.

Modified Rules teams play at the same time each Saturday at 8:40am, 9:40am or 10:40am with a small number of teams playing at 12:00noon.

Competitive teams play matches on Saturdays at Downey Park at Windsor with extra rounds scheduled in case of cancellations. The “home and away” rounds are followed by finals for Competitive teams that finish in the top half of their division. Teams in 6-team divisions play 15 rounds with 2 finals, and teams in 7- and 8-team divisions play 14 rounds with 3 finals.

Competitive teams have previously played at the following times:

  • 11s: 9:40am
  • 12s: 10:40am
  • 13s: 12:00noon
  • Cadets (14s and 15s): 12noon, 1:20pm or 2:40pm
  • Inters (16s to 19s): 1:20pm, 2:40pm or 4pm
  • Opens: 1:20pm, 2:40pm or 4pm

Fixture dates and times are in the Club’s calendar, and the Winter Season draw is posted on our News when it’s distributed about a week before fixtures start.

What do I wear?

NetSetGO

Players should wear comfortable clothing suitable for games and physical activity for training, and Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season players (8s and older) wear an official uniform for matches. Coaches and managers decide whether to train if it’s raining, and DPNA posts an announcement online if matches are cancelled.

NetSetGO participants should wear light-coloured, loose-fitting clothes of natural fibres providing adequate ventilation as the most appropriate clothing in the heat.

DPNA Winter

The Club has 2 official uniforms for Winter Season players (8s and older), both costing under $100:

  • 8s to 13s: Shirt and skort and socks
  • Cadets (14s-15s) and older: Dress and bike pants and socks

Ashgrove West Drapery at West Ashgrove is the exclusive supplier of the official uniform.

Second hand uniform is available for sale and this is facilitated through the secondhand Facebook page.

What if it’s raining?

NetSetGO

NetSetGO training on Mondays usually goes ahead regardless of weather because of the availability of covered areas, and an announcement is posted on the Club’s website by 2:30pm on Mondays to confirm either way.

DPNA Winter

Winter Season coaches and managers decide on a team-by-team basis whether to cancel training if it’s raining and they notify players if necessary. Training cancellations are NOT announced on the Club’s website.

Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) usually decides on Saturday mornings whether to cancel matches due to rain and, if so, posts an announcement to their website. The Club tries to notify coaches
and managers of teams playing in the first round if matches are cancelled.

How are teams organised?

Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Winter Season teams are placed in 6-, 7- or 8-team divisions with the aim of having comparable teams playing each other.

The Club nominates a division for each team, and all clubs meet about 10 days before matches start to negotiate changes and finalise the divisions.

Scores for Modified Rules matches (8s to 10s) were recorded in 2014 (unlike previously), but competition ladders were not produced. This is proposed to continue in 2015.

Modified Rules teams are placed into divisions on the basis of age and experience, and the Club uses round-robin competitions at the mini-carnivals at Posting (Sunday at the end of week 4 of Term 1) to guide nominations.

The Club can request regrading of Competitive teams in consultation with the coaches after the first round of games has been played (5 matches for 6-team divisions, and 7 matches for 7- and 8-team divisions).

What about injuries and insurance?

Netball is a limited contact sport conducted under rules set out by Netball Australia, and all players are registered with Netball Australia and insured against accidental injury due to playing netball.

The coach and manager provide first aid for injuries at training using the first aid kit in the shed. They also contact nominated main and emergency contacts, and arrange ambulance transport if required (VERY rare).

All training injuries should be reported by email to the Secretary for noting in the Club’s Injury Register.

The coach and manager provide first aid for match injuries using the first aid kit in the game bag issued to each team. They also contact nominated main and emergency contacts if required.

Additional first aid at matches is administered if needed by a qualified first aid person located in the first aid tent near court 3 in the main complex, and any match injuries should be recorded in the Downey Park Netball Association (DPNA) Injury
Register by the DPNA first aid person.

Netball Australia provides insurance cover from Willis for all registered players, and further details are available at Willis Netball, by calling 1300 945 547 or emailing V-Insurance Group.