Is your child interested in playing netball? If you’re unsure, they can join a netball team to find out. Your child can learn how to play netball, develop the skills required to play netball and (hopefully) have a lot of fun all at the same time!

What types of netball can my child play?

It all depends on the age of your child. While they’re young and as they grow older, the different types of netball for kids are as follows:

Fun-Net

It is a chance for children ages 5 – 6 to join a netball team and start learning the basic skills of netball. The season is shorter than the typical netball season; games are often held mid morning and on grass courts. Fun-Net games last 1 hour and the children are not required to wear specific club uniforms. Your child is simply required to wear a basic sports shirt, shorts or skirt and sports shoes. Fun-Net is a “see if your child likes playing netball” trial period.

Netta Netball

Between ages 8 and 9, your child can play Netta, a non-competitive, modified version of netball. The netball post height is lowered to 2.4 metres and it is played on a grass court. Players swap positions during the breaks to give each player the opportunity to try a bit of everything! A session of Netta lasts for a total of 40 minutes and is split into four 10 minute quarters with short breaks between play.

Netta uniforms consist of a netball club polo shirt (can be ordered on registration day), a pleated wrap around skirt (purchased from a local sports store) and sport shoes. Netta is also an opportunity to a “see if your child likes playing netball” trial period.

Competitive Netball

From ages 10 and up, games are 60 minutes, netball posts are 3.05 metres high and teams play on a hard-court surface. A game consists of four 15 minute quarters. There is a 3 minute break between the first and second quarter and third and fourth quarter and a 5 minute break between halves. Netball teams may consist of up to 12 players with 7 players on the court at any one time. Each player has a specific position with a defined role and a defined court space. There is no limit to the number of substitutions provided players do not exceed the 12 players named for the match. Substitution occurs during structured breaks in play, either quarter, half or three quarter time or during an injury timeout.

Social Netball

If you’re between competitive netball seasons, looking to play netball again after a break, or wanting to try netball for the first time, then social netball is your answer. Social Netball caters for both new and inexperience players aged 14 and up. You can join a ladies, mens, or mixed team and enjoy weekly competition playing amongst your friends. It is also an opportunity to meet new people in the community; you can join as an individual and be allocated a team. The duration of the game may vary, for example some clubs have 40 minute games and they can typically last for 12 weeks. If it is an indoor competition teams might be 6 aside, but if it is an outdoor comp then there is likely to be 7 aside.