Information

On this page you will find the following information, or use the shortcuts on the left: 
  • About Kidzplay Netball
  • Competition Information
  • Rules of Participation
  • General Guidelines
  • Games
  • Safety
  • Winter League Grading
  • Spring League Grading
  • Draws and Notices
  • Communication Guidelines
  • Time Requests
  • Lost Property
  • Scorecards
  • Behaviour On and Off the Court
  • Code of Conduct

ABOUT KIDZPLAY NETBALL

Founded in 1999, Kidzplay Netball is an open netball league for Year 1 – 5 Primary School players based in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore.   We offer an environment for children to take part in a team sport, to have the opportunity to have fun while learning ball skills, teamwork, fair play and the pure enjoyment of playing a sport.

Kidzplay Netball offers the following programs:

 

Kidzplay Netball offers netball variants to suit each year level.  Year 1 children play a non-competitive league 6-a-side version of netball and Year 2 upwards play 7-a-side netball with a variance to rules that ensure the players grow into the full game as they mature.

All netball takes place at Pinehurst School, 75 Bush Road, Albany. Your school team, or group of friends (not connected to a school) is invited to take part in our league. We look forward to your involvement.

Please note this league does not cater for individual players, only registrations of teams are accepted.

Year 1

Year 1 children play a non-competitive league 6-a-side version of netball. They have two centres, two attackers and two defenders (bibs are provided). They play on a 3/4 size court (10m x 23m), with a size 4 netball and shoot at 1.8m (6ft) goal post. If providing your own umpire for this age group they must be an adult willing to work with our mentors.

Year 2 

Year 2 play on a full size court, with a size 4 netball and shoot at 2.3m goals. These children are placed into the traditional positions of netball but the main emphasis is on the understanding of passing of the ball down the court towards their goal and then shooting a goal.

Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5

Years 3 - Year 5 play on a full size court with a size 4 netball and shoot at 2.6m goal posts. The players quickly develop their skill and understanding of netball.

Year 5/6 Mix

Years 5/6 play on a full size court with a size 4 netball and shoot at 2.6m goal posts. The players quickly develop their skill and understanding of netball.

COMPETITION INFORMATION

  • The 2017 Winter League will run from 13 May to 1 July (excluding 3 June - Queen’s Birthday) and from 29 July to 9 September (14 weeks). Further details can be found here.
  • The 2017 Spring League will run from 28 October to 2 December. Games are non-competitive. Further details can be found here.
  • All games are played on Saturdays at Pinehurst School, Bush Road, Albany from 8.45am until mid-afternoon. Time for the final game depends on the number of teams involved in the league. 

RULES OF PARTICIPATION

  1. Year 1 - Year 5 teams MUST rotate positions each week ensuring that over 7 weeks each position is played. Year 1 will rotate fully in six weeks. This is to ensure that all players have the opportunity to learn all the positions. Substitutions cannot be made except when players are on a half game. Then the new player must go into the position vacated at half time. NO players can be moved around during the game.
  2. Year 5/6 Mix teams play straight netball with no compulsory rotations of positions. Players may be swapped at half time. A maximum of three Year 6 players per team allowed on the court at any given time. Please note: If it is deemed necessary for a Year 5/6 team to be graded into a Year 5 grade, they will play to that grade's rotation rules. The maximum of 3 x Year 6 players will be enforced.
  3. Each team is to supply their own umpire or pay $7.00 per game to use a pool umpire. Umpires must be over the age of 10 years (Year 6) and must have completed an umpiring course. Two umpires control the game in the Netball NZ format, with some small variance based on age group and ability. Refer to our Umpiring Guidelines on the Umpires page.
    Please note: Year 5/6, Year 5 and Year 4 Grade A netball will have qualified umpires (Junior Badge or higher qualification) for the competition round.
  4. Players are NOT allowed on court wearing earrings of any kind (including keepers), watches or other jewellery. Taping of ears or bangles is NOT allowed. No exceptions will be made.
  5. Players' fingernails must be short and smooth and long hair must be tied back.
  6. Teams are required to list their players on the back of the scorecards in their playing positions.
  7. One person from each team on the scorecard at all times. NO disputes are accepted and cards cannot be changed after the game.
  8. Players CAN NOT play down a grade or a Year/Grade. (Some exemptions for teams in lower grades may be approved.)
  9. Teams may enter combined teams, e.g. Year 1 may play in a Year 2 team, Year 2 in a Year 3 team, etc.
  10. A maximum of two boys may play per team. They must play in different thirds of the court.
  11. We expect supporters on the sideline to leave the coaching of the teams to the coaches, umpiring to the umpires and ask that they give only positive support to all.
  12. We expect teams and their supporters to respect the Kidzplay Netball officials, all umpires, all players and all coaches.
  13. Games will not be cancelled due to the weather. In the case of extreme weather warnings this decision may be changed. If an Extreme Weather warning has been issued by the Met Service a notice will be posted on this website if games are cancelled. See the FAQs page for further detail.
  14. Have fun!
During the competition round it is imperative that the rules are adhered to “in the spirit of the game”.

Changes to these rules may be made at any time by the Kidzplay Netball management at their discretion.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  1. Coaches must ensure teams are on the court and ready to play when the bell commences play. If a team cannot field 5 registered players within 5 minutes of the commencement of the game the team will lose by default. (A Kidzplay Netball Umpire Mentor must be present to declare/confirm the win as allowances may be made in extenuating circumstances.)
  2. Game balls are supplied. These need to be left on court for the following game. 
  3. Uniforms can be matching shorts and T shirts, with bibs being the team colour.
  4. Players’ fingernails must be short and long hair must be tied back.
  5. Players must wear suitable footwear (sports shoes).
  6. Supporters are not allowed to stand at either goal/base lines, but are welcome along the court sideline.
  7. Please ensure that at the end of each game the scorecard is returned to the control table – without it there will be no result recorded.
  8. NO disputes are accepted and scorecards cannot be changed after the game.
  9. Basic First Aid supplies are available.
  10. The Kidzplay Netball league is a learning experience for players, coaches and umpires.

GAMES

Year 1 
  • These players play a Six-a-Side version of netball.
  • Play on a 3/4 size court (10m x 23m) with a size 4 netball and shoot at 1.8m (6ft) goal posts.
  • Games are two 10 minute halves with a 2 minute half time break.
  • Bibs are provided for the Year 1 6-a-side games.
  • If the team is using their own umpire this person must be an adult willing to work with our mentors.
  • Year 1 games are non-competitive.
  • Players must rotate every second week. (That is they will play Centre twice, Defence twice and Attack twice, over six weeks.)
    A handy spreadsheet for working out player rotations can be downloaded here.
  • Substitutions can only be made at half time when a player is on a half game. Substitution players must go into the position vacated by the person leaving the court. Players cannot move positions during a game.
Year 1 Six-a-Side Guidelines:
  • Six players make up a team: 2 x centres; 2 x defence; 2 x attackers.
  • The centres play anywhere on the court except for the goal circles.
    (One centre stand in the centre circle for the centre pass or to defend the centre pass, the other stands in the traditional WA area for centre passes. In the second week the centres would swap between being the person who throws the ball from the centre and that playing in the 'WA' position.)
  • Attackers and defenders can play in the goal circle, goal 1/3 and centre 1/3.
  • Normal netball rules will apply with the following allowances for Year 1 players (the umpire must be an adult who can support both teams to learn the basics of netball):
    • Stepping (no travelling, balancing allowed)
    • Held Ball (allow 5 seconds)
    • All short passes
    • Replay ball (be lenient, but must always call an attempt at goal that has not touched any part of the goal post)
    • All contact
    • Obstruction (give a warning but penalise if no attempt is being made to correct)
Year 2 
  • These players are placed into the traditional positions of netball.
  • Play on a full size court, with a size 4 netball and shoot at 2.3m (7ft 6inch) goals. 
  • Games are two 15 minute halves with a 2 minute half time break. 
  • Teams provide their own bibs.
  • All players MUST rotate positions each week. Click here to download the templates for working out rotations.
  • Substitutions cannot be made except when players are on a half game. Then the new player must go into the position vacated at half time. NO players can be moved around during the game.
Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5
  • Play with a size 4 netball and shoot at 2.6m (8ft 6inch) goal posts.
  • Games are two 15 minute halves with a 2 minute half time break.
  • Teams provide their own bibs.
  • All players MUST rotate positions each week. Click here to download the templates for working out rotations.
  • Substitutions cannot be made except when players are on a half game. Then the new player must go into the position vacated at half time. NO players can be moved around during the game.
  • Year 5 and Year 4 Grade A teams will have qualified umpires (Junior Badge or higher qualification) for the competition round.
  • Kidzplay Netball will allocate neutral umpires for Year 5 Grade A and Year 4 Grade A in the competition round.
Year 5/6 Mix
  • Play with a size 4 netball and shoot at 2.6m goal posts.
  • Games are two 15 minute halves with a 2 minute half time break.
  • Teams provide their own bibs.
  • Rotations are not necessary.
  • Players may be swapped and substitutions may be made at half time.
  • If it is deemed necessary for a Year 5/6 team to be graded into a Year 5 grade, they will play to that grade's rotation, goal post and ball size rules. The maximum of 3 x Year 6 players will be enforced.
  • All Year 5/6 teams will have qualified umpires (Junior Badge or higher qualification).
  • Kidzplay Netball will allocate neutral umpires for the Year 5/6 Grade A in the competition round.

SAFETY

  1. Allow extra time to park safely. The council will issue parking tickets to those parking illegally.
  2. Dogs (other than guide dogs) are not permitted on the school grounds. Please advise all supporters of this.
  3. All Pinehurst School buildings and grounds are Smoke Free. Smoking is forbidden in ALL areas.
  4. Bicycles, skates, skateboards, scooters or anything similar are not permitted in the court enclosure.
  5. Parents are responsible for young siblings at all times. Please ensure children do not climb over the tennis nets.

WINTER LEAGUE GRADING 

Grading will be run over the first four - six weeks of the league (this is dependent on the team numbers and combinations). Year 1 games are non-competitive.

After grading has finished all teams will be put into a section and a draw will be issued for the remainder of the competition. Where possible we will not play semi-final and final games but this will be dependent on the number of teams in each section. Please note that we do not enter into discussion over grading decisions.

SPRING LEAGUE GRADING 

The Spring League is non-competitive. Depending on the number of registrations teams will be informally grouped to match skills and experience

DRAWS AND NOTICES

All draws and related information will be posted on this website. We do our best to get the draws out as quickly as possible each week. If you have not received the information by Thursday morning please contact us.

When necessary teams will be contacted by email or telephone using the information provided on the registration form.

COMMUNICATION

All teams must direct any questions directly to their School Co-ordinators, Coaches or Managers in the first instance. The School Co-ordinator, Coach or Manager shall be the only person to make communication with the Kidzplay Netball Co-ordinator on the school's behalf regarding any team changes or queries. All requests and complaints should be made by the School Co-ordinator or Coach and not by parents/team umpires/supporters.

TIME REQUESTS

Time requests are accepted for specific netball reasons. That is to assist in handling coach/umpire/player conflicts. They are NOT for teams who wish to elect a preferred playing time for non netball reasons.

Please note: Whilst every effort is made to meet time requests these cannot always be guaranteed due to conflicting opposition requests and/or other draw considerations. When an opposition time request conflicts, Kidzplay Netball will honour the request that best fits the draw at that time. We will do our best to ensure the draw is scheduled fairly.

LOST PROPERTY

Every term there is a considerable amount of lost property left around the courts. We collect this property and put it on display each week at the control tables. Please check for anything that might be yours.

Anything not claimed, or able to be identified, by the end of the league will be given to charity or otherwise disposed of.

SCORECARDS

Scorecards are picked up from the timing table closest to the game. Even though this is the responsibility of the umpire, we do ask each team to confirm the card has been uplifted prior to the commencement of the game. Please ensure that at the end of each game the score card is returned to the control table – without it there will be no result recorded.

 

Very important:  Before the scorecard is returned to the control table at the end of the game, we ask all teams to please ensure that the score is recorded at the bottom of the card, both scorers have signed in the appropriate place and that the coaches have completed the back of the card.

 

Please note: One person from each team shall stand together and ensure that the score is recorded on the scorecard. At the end of the game the scorecard must be signed by the scorer from each team and this is the only result that will be recognised by Kidzplay Netball.

NO disputes are accepted and cards cannot be changed after the game.

 

If you are experiencing problems please send for an Umpire Mentor to sort it out during the game. 

BEHAVIOUR ON AND OFF THE COURT

The objective of the Kidzplay Netball league is to introduce the basic concept of netball to all players. Just as importantly we strive to provide enjoyable netball for all players, coaches, umpires and parents in a safe and friendly environment. 

Unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated in any form as Kidzplay Netball has a Zero Tolerance Policy towards unacceptable behaviour at all its venues for all participating in our competition. This includes all players, teams, umpires, coaches, managers, volunteers, and spectators and any other persons participating in any activity held at the Kidzplay Netball's facilities. 

All those involved are strongly encouraged to display and support fair play and sportsmanlike behaviour at all times.

Acceptable Behaviour:
  • Respect others at all times
  • Be fair and honest at all times
  • Encourage all players
  • Respect the umpire’s decision at all times
  • Be safety conscious for yourself and others at all times
  • Be responsible for your own actions
  • Be an exemplary role model
  • Encourage sportsmanship both on and off the court regardless whether your team win or lose
Unacceptable Behaviour:
  • Parent pressure on the sideline
  • Intimidation towards players, officials, umpires or other parents
  • Verbal abuse by any member or spectator towards any other member or spectator
  • Violence in any form

In sports, kids just want to have FUN. Please, for the sake of the children, relax, enjoy the game and support all children participating with positive feedback, praise and encouragement.

Your support would be greatly appreciated.

CODE OF CONDUCT

To view the Kidzplay Netball Code of Conduct for Coaches, Umpires, Players and Supporters, please click here.

Changes to these guidelines/rules may be made at any time by the Kidzplay Netball management at their discretion.