With so many players and teams hitting the court, we both rely and thrive on the support of our volunteers. The extent of involvement is left to the individual but we can always find room for helping hands and a warm heart! The range of skills and time required is broad from annual roles on the committee, seasonal roles for a team or particular discipline (managing, coaching, umpiring, social events etc) through to an occasional hour on the barbie or behind the tuckshop counter. And it’s not just a girl thing – the more guys who are involved, the better. The Kisso community is a special one and the netball club is a great way to meet new people. Here are some areas to think about:
All coaches at Kissing Point are volunteers. Some are parents; some are talented players; some are enthusiasts without kids playing in the competition; all are spectacular! We do our best to ensure they are well prepared and in a position to develop the players in their charge:
- The Club supports completion of at least the Foundation Coaching course (if not the Level 1 as well) through Netball NSW
- We do our best to match experience with the appropriate age group
- We hold sessions throughout the season for coaches to confer and share difficulties and successes
- KNA makes additional training available throughout the season and shares a range of online resources
If you’re interested in coaching in the coming season or taking some training to become a better coach, contact our Coaching Coordinator – Rosie Dahdah.
Click here to go through to our coaching resources’ page for links to some great online videos for various skills and drills.
Working with Children Check
It is now a requirement of NSW state law that all coaches who don’t have their own child playing in the team they are coaching are certified with a Working With Children Check. This is done online via the Office of the Children’s Guardian and after completing the straightforward form, you then need to take your driver’s licence into a Service NSW branch for verification. There is no charge for volunteers to be certified and the check takes anything from a few days to four weeks to be processed and lasts for five years. The club then must keep each coach’s certification number on file. It’s not that arduous at all and is in the best interest of the kids.
Managers play an important role in supporting the coach and players. Most are parents of players in the team and do a great job making sure everyone knows where they need to be and at what time. Some responsibilities include:
- Preparing a team contact list
- Finding a mutually convenient training time (one of THE hardest tasks all season!)
- Supporting the coach
- Finding reserves if requested by the Coach – which means understanding KNA’s borrowing policy
- Passing on notices from the club to team members regarding social events, rep trials, holiday camps etc
- Organising occasional team gatherings
If you are interested in managing a team please select the box in the registration form (yours or your child’s) or contact anyone from the KP committee for more information.
It’s quite possible there can never be too many volunteers! If managing or coaching is not your thing, there are plenty of other opportunities:
- Join the committee
- Share your specialist skills in a special or one-off capacity – you might be surprised what you could do to help!
- Put your hand up when it’s the club’s turn to do grounds’ duty – help out on the barbie or the canteen; install the lower rings for the young ones playing NetSetGo ….
- Come up with your own way to contribute