NetSetGo is a modified form of netball, played by girls aged 7-9. The game is a fun introduction to the basics of netball, but with less emphasis on the rules (scores are not recorded, for instance). The girls play with lower netball posts and rotate through all netball positions during the season. The season finishes with a gala day and medal presentation.
When determining what age group your child should play in, the relevant date for calculating the child’s age is 1 January. That means if your daughter is turning 8 sometime between 1 January and 31 December encompassing the current season, they will be eligible for the 8yrs NetSetGo team. If there are insufficient players to create a team in each age group, the players may be consolidated in one age group.
Girls turning 10 and older in the current calendar year will be playing netball. You don’t need to have played NetSetGo in order to play Netball.
Girls cannot play in a lower age division but it is possible to play in a higher age division. The one exception to the playing up rule in 2017 will be for 10 year olds - in 2017, the NSNA has determined that only children born in 2007 may play in the 10 year old competition. Any children born in 2008 must continue in the NetSetGo competition.
What Age Groups do we have?
Depending on registrations, we aim to field teams in the following age groups:
- 8 year olds
- 9 year olds
What are the player fees?
The Club prides itself on maintaining membership fees that are fair and reasonable. For current fees and payment policies, please refer to the Club’s fee policy.
When and where are the games played?
NetSetGo games are played on Saturday mornings between 7.45am and 1pm on grass courts at ‘Club Willoughby’ (Willoughby Legions), Crabbes Ave, Willoughby.
Games are not generally scheduled in the school holidays.
The Club provides jerseys which are returned at the end of the season. Players provide their own black skirt, black netball knickers (smaller than bike shorts), non-court-marking sandshoes and white ankle socks. No jewellery should be worn during matches.
How many players are in a team?
A team must have at least 8 and no more than 12 players in order to register. Eight or nine players is an ideal number to allow a good amount of game time while allowing for unavoidable absences.
The actual makeup of the teams cannot be finalised until registration with the Club is completed. As Greenwich Sports Club only fields a small number of netball teams, we have to be flexible as to how the teams are formed. Every effort will be made to give every registered child a chance to play. If after all attempts have been made to field a team this is not possible in a particular age group, we shall let you know promptly.
Please be aware that players are allocated to a team based on their age in a calendar year, not by school year. If you wish your child to be allocated to a team in a higher age group so that she can remain with girls in her school year, you can request for her to play in a higher age group when you register (but not a lower age group), except for in U10s - see introduction above. However, we may not be able to accommodate this request if that age group is oversubscribed (see Player Selection to Age Groups - order of preference).
For new members to the club, when registering you may nominate preferences as to how your child might be teamed together with other children in the "comments" section, for example your preferred days for training or 1-2 friends you would like in your child's team. Please understand these are preferences and they may not be accommodated.
Player Selection to Age Groups - order of preference
Many teams have a limit on player numbers and sometimes there will be more players than places available in an age group. In these circumstances, players will be allocated to age groups based on the criteria set forth in GSC’s Netball Player Selection and Grading.
After registrations have been finalised, the Netball Convenor will determine the teams and you will be advised via email of your child's team.
Each team will be required to source their own umpire, manager and coach. The success of your team will depend on your ability to fill these roles. For insurance purposes, the team cannot be registered without these roles being allocated.
The coach, manager and umpire can be a parent or sibling or a friend. We have had a few parents who have coached very successfully without any previous netball experience. The Club has a list of a small number of local high school students who are interested in umpiring or coaching, and can allocate these students to teams who are unable to source their own coach or umpire, depending on availability. Please refer to the "Umpires and Coaches" section, however, as there are minimum age restrictions for NetSetGo umpires.
NetSetGo teams train at Greenwich Public School. The Netball Convenor will advise of time slots available at both sites after team formation. Teams must discuss amongst themselves which training slots are the most suitable for the majority of the girls, although the coach's preference is usually the determining factor. A list of preferences for court times should then be provided to the Convenor, although we cannot guarantee that you will receive your preference.
How Are The Teams Managed?
The manager role is usually taken by a parent for juniors and a player for seniors and encompasses the following:
- Passing on communications to the team from the NSNA and GSC
- Advising GSC of team officials and training preferences
- Weekly updates to players re. game times and rostering
- Management of team kit and the match equipment (match ball, bibs, first aid kit) and ensuring all players are in the appropriate uniform
- Ensuring the team has an umpire for each game required
- Ensuring the team collects the score sheet prior to the match and provides a scorer during the match, and that scoresheets are properly completed and returned at the end of the match
- Ensuring parents and players act within the Code of Conduct and the NSNA's guidelines with respect to umpires
- For NetSetGo managers, ensuring that the NSNA's rotation requirements are met during matches and during the season
- Updating parents and players on wet weather cancellations for training and match days
- Ensuring children are adequately supervised during training at Greenwich Public School
The Club is proud of the many people who volunteer to support our players in roles such as Manager, Coach, Umpire, and other support functions.
At the team level, we encourage you to note on your registration if you are interested in being a Coach, Manager or Referee. For Club level volunteer opportunities, please click here.
Key dates and important information notifications
Round 1 Competition is usually scheduled to commence the first Friday/Saturday of April.
Online registration begins in mid January/early February each year—details are available by clicking here.
Any questions regarding your online registration please contact email@example.com.
Finally, we wish you a great season. Your child will really enjoy the fitness, camaraderie and team spirit which comes from playing NetSetGo and Netball. Parents will enjoy meeting new families and sipping on a coffee which is available at the coffee cart at the courts! There is also a barbeque on Friday nights.
For any further enquiries please contact the GSC Netball Convener: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other GSC Club contacts click here.