The Surf Coast Netball Association JUNIORS competition gives players the opportunity to compete in an organised competition with scoring, ladders and finals. It is a great stepping stone from Beginners, and will help players cement their understanding of the game.
This competition includes the following age groups:
12 & Under - Players must be at least 10 years old one week prior to round 1, and cannot turn 13 until at least one week after the final round.
14 & Under - Players must be at least 12 years old one week prior to round 1, and cannot turn 15 until at least one week after the final round.
16 & Under - Players must be at least 14 years old one week prior to round 1, and cannot turn 17 until at least one week after the final round.
18 & Under - Players must be at least 16 years old one week prior to round 1, and cannot turn 19 until at least one week after the final round.
The focus of this competition is to assist players with their game development, so umpires will be including all netball rules. As with all SCNA competitions, good sportsmanship will always be a priority.
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In keeping with Netball Victoria policies, the 12 & Under competition will be mixed. All genders and non-binary players will be welcome, without restrictions. However the remaining Junior competitions (14 & Under, 16 & Under, 18 & Under) will be female only, unless SCNA introduces mixed competitions. If this happens, all competitions will be clearly marked in relation to inclusivity
All Junior games will consist of 4 x 8 minute quarters with a 1 min break at ¼ and ¾ time and a 2 min break at ½ time.
Size 5 balls will be used for all Junior games.
Where possible and dependent on team numbers, junior games will be conducted indoors between 4pm and 7pm on Thursdays at Wurdi Baierr Stadium. All game information (teams, times and courts) will be available on NetballConnect.
All junior games will be scored, using the on-site scoreboard and live scoring through NetballConnect. Each team must provide a suitable scorer for every game (16+ years).
All teams must have matching/similar outfits in the same colours. Players can wear a skirt, shorts or leggings as long as there are no pockets. Bibs will be provided by SCNA, although teams are welcome to bring their own
A minimum of five (5) junior teams per season is required in a given age group in order for the competition to proceed. If there are 10 or more teams in one age group, we will conduct grading during rounds 1-3 of the new season and teams will be divided into A grade and B grade.
Every player must have current VNA insurance, either by registering as an SCNA player through NetballConnect and paying the required $66 for VNA, or by purchasing Single Game Vouchers each week for $3. All player names must appear on the team list on NetballConnect prior to the game. Any player whose name does not appear must show proof of Single Game Voucher and/or VNA or they are ineligible to take the court.
If a junior team requires a fill-in player, they can borrow an existing SCNA player from a lower age group or find a player from outside SCNA who must provide evidence of current VNA or purchase a Single Game Voucher. Junior players are not allowed to fill in for another team in the same age division.
Junior teams are not required to have a designated coach, however every team requires at least one guardian to be on-site at all times. If a team does have a coach, as per Netball Victoria requirements, all Coaches must provide evidence of a current Working With Children Check and must read Netball Victoria Child Safety in Netball Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct and return a signed declaration form.
Every SCNA team is required to have a nominated Team Manager, who will be the official point of contact between the Association and the Team. As per Netball Victoria requirements, all Team Managers must provide evidence of a current Working With Children Check and must read Netball Victoria Child Safety in Netball Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct and return a signed declaration form.
Finals for juniors will be conducted in the last two rounds of the season. Week 1 of finals will be Semi Final (1 v 4 and 2 v 3), followed by Grand Finals in the last week. Each player must have played a minimum of five (5) games with one team during the season to be eligible for finals.