The various age divisions and grades covered by KPN allow players to reach their full potential as they grow and develop. The biggest improvement for players comes from them regularly attending and working hard at training sessions and being available for as many games throughout the season as possible. And if you’re a shooter, extra shooting practice (at least a couple of times a week) will make a HUGE difference.
Other avenues for player development include:
- For the very young – KPNC stages a NetSetGO! skills-based program in Term 4 each year for boys and girls aged 5-10. Developed by Netball Australia, it’s a great way to develop motor skills and be introduced to netball.
- Clinics – in 2016 we plan to stage two clinics of our own, to be led by specialist trainers Quickfeet Netball, in each of Term 2 (attack and defence) and Term 3 (around the circle and using the court). Stay tuned for further details.
KNA will work with providers such as Liz Ellis to stage clinics throughout the school holidays. These are typically targeted at players aged 12 and under but can be open to older girls if those older girls gather some friends and put a group together. In this case, you’ll get your own coach and be given special attention!
- Special opportunities – Foxtel sometimes stages special clinics with Liz Ellis for older players, notice of which is shared via email when received by the Club.
- Exhibition matches – occasionally, visiting clubs ask to play KP teams for a “friendly” and the Club selects a special team of players for the game.
- Substitution – teams in higher or older age divisions often need to borrow players from lower teams, always obeying the guidelines set by KNA. This is an exciting opportunity for younger players to show what they can do.
- Training games – training often sees several teams training alongside each other on nearby courts. Coaches often ask for a practice game at the end of their session – and this can be against another KP team or even against a team from another club.
Representative play is the pinnacle for young talented players in KNA’s ranks. Trials are held each year for players aged 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 years of age from all clubs in the KNA zone. The youngest group is a talent identification squad that operates as a pre-cursor to the proper Reps’ competition. From each of the remaining squads come two teams – a State Age and a Development team. The former trains twice each week and the latter, once and compete in various competitions throughout winter.
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