Netball Australia Coaching Resources

The coaching framework is a six-tier progression with each stage being accredited.

The Coaching Blueprint allows coaches to employ strategies that will enhance their application of their already consolidated netball specific knowledge and continue to improve on this.

Equal opportunity, fair play and respect for an opponent’s skill and safety.
Those are the core values that the Rules of Netball are based on. To respect these values, it is the responsibility of:

- Players to make sure they are physically and technically prepared to play the game, comply with the rules and take part safely and fairly
- Coaches or teachers of the game to make sure that players are prepared in way that complies with the rules, as well as having an understanding of sporting behaviour and safe practices
- Umpires to apply the rules of the game with impartiality, fairness and consistency
- Controlling bodies, at all levels, to make sure the game is conducted and developed in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour.

Knees and ankles are the most commonly injured body parts of netballers and most of these injuries occur when landing.

Injury to one of the major stabilisers of the knee, the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), is a common problem, annually representing approximately 25% of serious injuries (Netball Australia National Insurance Data).

Netball Australia’s KNEE Program is designed to prevent these injuries occurring.

Whether you are a coach to your child’s netball team, high performance coach, support staff or parent, this program is designed to keep your players on the court for longer and moving more efficiently when there.

As an athlete this program aims to keep you playing the sport you love without being sidelined by injury.

Coaching is a complex, yet rewarding business.
It requires the ability to understand and work successfully with a range of stakeholders combined with the know-how to teach skills and tactical awareness in a positive, safe and engaging environment.

Grassroots and volunteer coaches play a vital role in keeping kids engaged and passionate about sport.  Good coaching goes beyond physical skills training; it involves the development of life skills, confidence, resilience and social participation, all of which are critical skills on and off the court.

Team Girls was established in response to an alarming statistic - almost 50% of teenage girls stop playing sport by the time they leave high school (2019 Suncorp Australian Youth and Confidence Report). We are committed to promoting the benefits associated with ongoing sports participation.  By remaining engaged in sport, girls are able to equip themselves with skills, knowledge and confidence that transfer beyond the sporting environment and into better performance in the classroom, the boardroom and wellbeing in their general life.

Ultimately, we all have a role to play in building our future generations of confident girls, regardless of our level of experience as a coach, and that’s why Team Girls Ambassador, Clare Ferguson in association with Sport Australia has developed ‘In Their Corner: A Guide for parents coaching young athletes’.  This resource is designed to introduce you to Sport Australia’s Physical Literacy Framework and help you get the ball rolling with ideas around how you could use it in your coaching.

Everybody has heard the old saying that a picture paints a thousand words.
Demonstration is a very important component coaching and coaches need to
be aware of some important guidelines when attempting demonstrations.

The Netball Skills Development Framework (formerly the National Core Curriculum of Netball Skills) has been developed as a guide for coaches of NetSetGO! through to elite levels

An 8 step checklist for coaches.

The following competencies can be shown through a combination of practical demonstration and theory learnings as
part of the online activities throughout the course. A practical demonstration of coaching skills is required, by teaching
KNEE Program exercises and a skill to a group of players. The coaching task will consist of coaching activities over
a 2-hour on court session in small coaching groups. Players aged 14 years and over must be utilised and course
participants should preferably not be used as the athletes

The following competencies can be shown through a combination of practical demonstration and theory / worksheet
as part of the theory activities throughout the course. A practical demonstration of coaching skills is required, by
teaching a skill to a group of athletes. The coaching task should be of least 30-40 minutes duration. Any level of
athlete may be involved, and course participants should not be used as the athletes.

A 60-minute practical demonstration of coaching skills (excluding the warm-up) is required within a training
environment. To successfully attain the Advanced Coach Accreditation the participant must be rated as competent on
all aspects of the performance criteria.

A practical demonstration of coaching skills within a competition environment.