Netball Victoria Information Update

Netball Victoria Information Update

Here at Netball Victoria, we will continue to listen to the Government and take advice from health experts.  We are in constant communication with Sport and Recreation Victoria, VicSport and other State Sporting Associations, which enables us to share information and build a collective voice for community sport across Victoria.   


At this stage all community netball is suspended until May 31, 2020.  This date will be reviewed and updated as the impacts of the government directions, such as physical distancing, evolve.  We thank you for your understanding and the support you have shown throughout this time.  The health, safety and well being of our community is the most important thing right now and you are playing a major role in helping Australia fight through this pandemic.

We are very optimistic that community netball will return sometime this year.  Netball Victoria is working on a Return to Play strategy to ensure the best possible chance to deliver competitions and programs when it is safe.  We do expect that some restrictions will continue through to the end of the year and we will provide advice when we know more about those potential restrictions.

We are doing everything we can to make sure that competitions can be delivered in 2020.  We are lucky that our sport has flexibility in how we deliver competitions and programs and we are lucky that so many of our facilities are available all year round, on weekends and weeknights.  We are lucky that our sport is affordable and most of all we are lucky that we have so many people dedicated to and involved in the organisation and administration of community netball.

To assist the netball community to get back to participating in the sport we love, think about downloading the Federal Government’s COVIDSafe App. The quicker we get on top of COVID-19, the quicker we hit the court.


Staying connected today is vital to our social and emotional wellbeing.  Stay connected to your Association and club members, let them know you are still around and how they can connect with you.  We know you can’t be at the courts, but provide your contact details and include when it’s best for people to contact you.

Online programs and events - if you had to postpone or cancel an event or program, try hosting something different online.  Get a small group of people together and connect.  We see a lot of associations and clubs keeping in touch with their representative teams and their coaches. Connect and have a chat.  Find a webinar or online education session that you can all dial in to.  Throw out a challenge on social media.  Share some fun work out at home activities.  Post regular up-dates on your social media channels.  


Every Netball Victoria member has access to a reward and benefit program that can save you real money.  Log in with your Netball Victoria membership details and gain percentage off and cash back options at Woolworths, Dan Murphys, Caltex, iTunes and heaps more.  Check it out here


SALT Sport and Life Training have announced a program of interactive webinars to help you groups and individuals with the unique and difficult times that we are in.  These are free online sessions held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm.  The webinars will include topics such as – emotional agility, resilient thinking, overcoming stress and anxiety, having kids home 24/7, maintaining friendships and many, many more.  The sessions will be positive and interactive and you can tune in by following this link


So much is happening so quickly, it’s hard to stay up-to-date with current thinking.  Here are a few items that you might find beneficial.

Women of Sport – An Interview with Rosie King

See attached.  Read this open and honest interview with Rosie King, CEO, Netball Victoria.  Hear about how Rosie is leading Netball Victoria through this time, what keeps her awake at night and what she is looking forward to when sport can resume. 

Offsiders ABC

An interesting episode of Offsiders aired on Sunday 12 April.  The episode focused on community sport, the significance of sport to local communities and the value of junior participation.  You can catch up on iview here

Should Our Goal Be To Return to Normal?

What is the future for sport after COVID-19?  What choices do we need to make now to best prepare us for the future?

Impact on Community Sport

The impact on community sport is somewhat unknown?  What should we be looking for in the short-term and in the long-term?

Netball's Ability To Survive On Little Will See Them Through Covid-19 Uncertainty

As a sport we have always been resourceful and innovative.

A Call for State Government Support

Netball Victoria CEO Rosie King is calling for Government to support Associations to get back to netball.  Read about it here


Netball Victoria’s Annual General Meeting was held on Sunday 26 April.  It was terrific to see so many people dial in.  The meeting saw the election of two new board members; Carol Cathcart and Kylie Spears.  Gayle Lambert was re-elected for another term.  Netball Victoria recognise long-serving board members Marlene Elliott and Wendy Frost who did not stand for re-election. 

A copy of Netball Victoria’s 2019 Annual Report can be found here


Now is the time to do all of those things we usually don’t have time to do.


Now is the perfect time to check the status of your volunteer’s Working with Children Checks.  Head to this website and download the status checker spreadsheet (or see attached).  Input the Surname and Working with Children Check Number of your staff and volunteers.  Click Start Search and this template will check the status of multiple cards at the one time.  It is super simple and will save you a mountain of time.  Click here for more details:-


Now is the time to jump on MyNetball.  You can record and download player contact information, player and match statistics and other important historical data.  You can download, record and file data without too much effort.  The attached document MyNetball Administration Tasks provides a step-by-step guide showing how to complete the following three tasks.  

  1. Player History, Matches Played Report - download that all important player history data.  Keep track of how many games someone played for your club or association.
  2. Participant Contact and Membership Information - download copies of your registered members from the current or previous years. 
  3. Email Communication - MyNetball has a free and very simple email communication function.  You can use this to email all members, or you can break it down an email a team or membership type such as NetSetGO or juniors.


Netball Australia are currently working on a train at home program specifically designed for NetSetGOers.  The digital playbook will provide an opportunity for your NetSetGO members to stay active and continue to work on their netball skills.  Stay tuned for more information.

Due to COVID-19 there is currently a 5-week delay on participant pack delivery.  This applies to participants that registered before 23 March.  The distribution for participant packs for anyone that registered after 23 March has been deferred indefinitely, or until freight and travel restrictions are eased. 


There are so many opportunities to develop your coaching and umpiring knowledge online.  A number of the courses are free and can be completed in your own time.  Follow these steps to start learning.

Go to and log in using your Netball Victoria membership details.  Find Learning – Online Learning – Browse Available Courses.

A fast and fee online course outlining everything you need to know about NetSetGO.

The course is aimed at first time and beginner coaches, it contains four modules focusing on a general introduction to coaching.

Targeted at beginner coaches, this course outlines introductory coaching information and basic netball techniques. The Course is the first step in the national coaching accreditation framework and is an important step along the knowledge pathway for a coach.

Complete the online component of the Development Coaching course and build on the fundamental coaching principles.  This course provides a good introduction to skill progression and fault detection and correction.

A player-centred coaching approach is central to the Netball Australia Coaching Blueprint.  This course will help you to use this approach in your coaching, no matter what level you coach at.

Designed for coaches of all levels to upskill their knowledge in Injury Prevention and Performance Enhancement strategies specific to netball.  This course outlines Netball Australia’s KNEE Program, which, when used consistently, has the potential to improve how players move on court and reduce the risk of injury.  

This course is aimed at first time and beginner umpires and officials. The course contains three modules and focuses on a general introduction to umpiring.

This course will give you the necessary skills and knowledge to be an effective umpire.  The course looks at being a good umpire, getting started, umpiring techniques and rules in action.

This is an excellent course developed for people who work with coaches, umpires and officials at all levels.  The course covers 7 modules; how does mentoring work, know yourself as a mentor, initial meeting, know your mentee, giving feedback, improving performance and dealing with challenging situations.

Stay well

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