Netball Australia will introduce a new tier to its junior entry netball programme, Suncorp NetSetGO, when the new GO tier will be implemented next year.
After four years under the current structure, the introduction of the new tier will see the participants, aged nine or 10, begin modified games to help the transition into junior competitions.
They will be introduced to more netball-specific skills, as well as refining their fundamental movement skills.
Head of community strategy and netball eevelopment, Anne-Marie Phippard, believes the addition to the programme will allow the easiest transition into junior netball competitions.
"NetSetGO’s modified match rules are adapted at this level to provide a smooth transition into junior netball whilst ensuring the participants are achieving success," she said.
She stressed that modified equipment, with a size four ball and 2.4 metre goal posts, were "still an important adaptation for this tier as it allows for correct technique to be executed with greater proficiency", adding “Consumer research and market benchmarking suggests that having multiple tiers increases the longevity of a junior programme for individual participants, as it creates greater variety in content and a stronger incentive to progress."
The Net tier remains unchanged and continues to introduce participants to a number of fundamental motor and netball skills in a netball environment.
Participants experience fun and success by participating in age and developmentally-appropriate activities and minor games that foster teamwork.
Modified matches will continue to form part of the Set tier programme, but the rules and equipment have been further adapted to help the participant build confidence and competency.