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Netball New Zealand Resources​​​​​​​

Netball New Zealand have released a number of helpful resources have been released to help outline what to coach to specific age and skill levels. Click images or links below to access full PDFs.
Covid-19 Care Framework & Omicron to Play transition
​​​​​​​Coaching Diary 
Team Formation and Selecting Resource
Tournament Resource for Coaches
Community Coach Starter Resource - for college & lower club level coaches providing 12 training session plans
Year 9 & 10 Season Starter Programme - for Year 9 & 10 players.  Includes 8 session plans and specialist sessions
futureFERNS Prepare to Play Resource - assists with returning to netball after Covid Alert Level transitions
​​​​​​​YouTube video links for activities featured in the futureFERNS Year 1-8 resources

Covid-19 Care Framework and Omicron to Play (OTP) transition

The Covid-19 Omicron variant is prevalent in New Zealand, particularly with the young population. It is vital we support our Netball players’ transition from Omicron to Play (OTP) safely.

Omicron to Play is very individual, cannot be rushed, and is a process. Covid-19 Care provides a framework to help guide and support the coach, whānau and participant transition from Omicron to Play.

Please share this NetballSmart resource far and wide to look after our communities.

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Coaching Diary
​​​​​​​A one-stop free resource comprising 166 pages designed to help coaches start their season off in the most organised way.  Download a copy of Netball NZ's Coach Diary which includes a training plan template, tips on goal setting, record of attendance, statistics and more.

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Team Formation and Selecting Resource
This resource is to support coaches, Centres, clubs and schools in the formation of teams. It covers both the placement and selection of players. More support is available for coaches, club, school, Centre administrators and trial co-ordinators by participating in the Community Coach Award Selecting workshop.  Check for upcoming workshop dates here.

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Tournament Resource for Coaches
For many players, coaches, managers and umpires, tournament can be one of their most unforgettable and enjoyable netball experiences, where they get to not only test their skills against other teams, but make friendships, grow in self-confidence, enhance their sense of belonging and build special memories for life. This resource aims to help you and your team get the most out of tournament week so that it has a positive impact on everyone’s love for Netball.​​​​​​​

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Community Coach Starter Resource
​​​​​​​The above Netball New Zealand resource for college & lower club level coaches provides coaches with 12 session plans for use at team practices.  It comprises 76 pages.  Each session plan introduces players to a different skill and tactical aspect.  The skills and tactics are introduced in a progressive manner, building on the foundation skills. Focus on the skills and tactics taught each week during game time. It is important to avoid reacting to something that wasn’t working during last week’s game and spend the next practice focusing on improving that.  Within each session plan, there are several skill development activities, progressing from easy to more challenging. Choose the two to four activities that best match the players’ abilities. Each skill has a number of coaching points listed. It is important to focus on only two or three coaching points when players are learning a new skill.  For each tactical situation, there are also related game principles. Focus only on the one or two game principles which are most pertinent for the player or team.  
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Year 9 & 10 Season Starter Programme Resource
A 60 page resource with 8 session plans plus an additional three specialist sessions targeting shooting, mid-court and defence.  The above Netball New Zealand Year 9 & 10 Season Starter Resource targets any Year 9 & 10 players and aims to provide a foundation to be used within secondary schools and at Centre level to enhance participation, skill level and development.  The target time for schools and centres to implement this resource is prior to trials or at the beginning of the season once teams are frst named.  
The resource includes:
◊ Technical, tactical and physical development skills
◊ Specialised area skills
◊ Player Well-Being
◊ Strength training
◊ Balance and landing skills
◊ Education
The resource can be adapted to suit the needs of the players and team in terms of their skill level requirements.

Who will deliver the programme?
◊ Year 11-13 students supported by school staff/Netball Centres
◊ Parents
◊ School staff
◊ Netball Leaders Programme
◊ CCA coaches

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Netball NZ futureFERNS YouTube playlist
Videos for Year 1-8 age-specific activities

​​​​​​​A helpful range of video resources that allow futureFERNS coaches to view each weekly activity in action prior to delivery.  Whether 'Tiger Tiger' for Year 1&2, 'Goal Bounce' for Year 3&4, 'Around the World' for Year 5&6 or 'Race Ball' for Year 7&8... check them out & give them a go with your team!

Videos of Year 1&2 futureFERNS resource activities
Videos of Year 3&4 futureFERNS resource activities
Videos of Year 5&6 futureFERNS resource activities
Videos of Year 7&8 futureFERNS resource activities

NetballSmart futureFERNS YouTube playlist
Videos of Year 1-8 age-specific warm-up activities

Compilation of all NetballSmart videos relevant to each age group in one spot for easy reference. At this age it is good to start to become familiar with the formal NetballSmart routine and establish a team routine as it plays a big part in injury prevention for those continuing to play netball into adulthood.
Year 1&2 futureFERNS warm-up activities
Year 3&4 futureFERNS warm-up activities
Year 5&6 futureFERNS warm-up activities
Year 7&8 futureFERNS warm-up activities

futureFERNS Prepare to Play resource for Year 1-6
A specifically designed programme of training sessions for Year 1-6 that can be implemented during or coming out of Covid Alert Level transitions.  Focuses on fun non-contact skill development while returning to play netball.  Click the image to the left to view.

Resources of interest that make a coaches life easier...

​​​​​​​* Player rotation templates for Year 3-8 for 5-a-side, 6-a-side, 7-a-side versions of the game
* Link to the free Yo-Yo Test audio download
* Link to the Sport Tutor online learning portal endorsed by Netball New Zealand which features freely accessible online resources, webinars and test banks.

Year 3-8 player rotation templates
If you're a coach who would appreciate a little help with how to work out fair player rotations to adhere with Netball NZ recommendations then these free Year 3-8 player rotation templates may be of help to you. Click the button above and download the relevant spreadsheet. Then all you need to do is enter player names and let the formulas do the rest. Includes templates for Year 3&4 (5v5 game), Year 5&6 (6v6 game) and Year 7&8 (7v7 game).

Yo-Yo Test free audio download
The Yo-Yo intermittent recovery test is the standardised fitness test of choice within the netball code used to test player and umpire fitness levels. It combines short intensive runs with brief recovery periods giving a solid level of realism to the fitness requirements of intermittent sports as it mirrors the fitness required to play netball. Click the button above to access a free Yo-Yo Test mp3 audio download.

Sport Tutor online learning portal
Netball New Zealand's new online learning portal, Sport Tutor, is ready for use from 15 March 2021.  Sport Tutor is a tried and tested online learning management tool in the sports industry, used by many codes and managed through Sport New Zealand.  Three familiar modules from the old Bracken online learning system have been retained:
•    Community Coaching
•    Umpire and Player 
•    NetballSmart
A couple of the key benefits our community will notice immediately, it is a more user intuitive system and they have their own personal learning space. ​​​​​​​Check out the system via:​​​​​​​
Sport Tutor - Netball NZ Public Catalogue
NetballSmart website NetballSmart Workshops page.

Manager resources

Netball NZ are excited to release four resources specifically for team managers.

It’s great to be able to provide support and tips to this incredible group of volunteers. The resources focus on the fundamental skills and elements required of the role and then branch out into more specific aspects of a Netball season.   

Visit Netball NZ's Manager Resource website page for more templates including core values exercise, team pre-season questionnaire, score sheet, general game statistics, shooting statistics, team contacts and team expenses.

NetballSmart Resources

NetballSmart Website
​​​​​​​More than just a warm-up... NetballSmart is made up of six principles that collectively ensure a stronger fitter athlete who is able to avoid injury and perform at their peak for longer.  The six principles include:

  • Smart preparation
  • Dynamic warm-up, cool down and recovery
  • Smart development - correct skill & technique
  • Smart training - loading, endurance, strength, power & flexibility
  • Well-being/welfare
  • Smart injury management​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

NetballSmart Coach support for schools & clubs
​​​​​​​Our local NetballSmart Development Officer, Carla van der Merwe is dedicated to sharing her wealth of NetballSmart knowledge with our wider netball community.  A key way in which she can spread the word is through upskilling all coaches given you're the hands-on trusty guiding players at grassroots.  Click the button above to find out more about what resources and practical sessions she has to offer.  To enquire further or book, please email her at NetballSmart@netballcentral.co.nz


NetballSmart SmartPlayer resource
​​​​​​​At times it is challenging to make the right decisions for you and your sport.  Netball NZ have proudly developed this new resource full of simple strategies and great ideas to support your secondary school netball journey including how to:

• Get fit, strong and stay healthy
• Reduce risk of serious injury
• Grow and extend your performance
• Set goals and challenge yourself to achieve them
• Enjoy Netball to the fullest for a lifetime
• Gain practical off court tips to get the most out of trainings and prepare for games

NetballSmart SmartParent resource
Want to help your kids enjoy, perform and stay healthy this Netball season? SmartParent has been specifically designed for you with tips and strategies to help grow your child’s love for the sport whilst reducing their injury risk.  Find on how to decrease injury risk & manage physical workload, nutrition, and how puberty effect your child’s movement.

​​​​​​​Covid-19 Care

The Covid-19 Omicron variant is prevalent in New Zealand and in particular with the young population. It is vital we support our Netball Players’ transition from Omicron to Play (OTP) safely. Omicron to Play is very individual, cannot be rushed, and is a process. Covid-19 Care provides a framework to help guide and support the coach, whanau and the participant transition from Omicron to Play.

NetballSmart have complied this new resource to assist  - please click on image to open PDF and share far & wide.

​​​​​​​Landing Skills

NetballSmart Landing Skills
Level 1, 2 & 3

Completing 10 minutes of this Landing Skills module after a NetballSmart Dynamic Warm-Up (NSDWU) or during skills and activity sessions helps reduce injuries and improve performance.
There are three levels within Landing Skills, they are as follows:
* Level One: Core Foundation * Level Two: Multi-Directional * Level Three: Plyometrics (Landing on uneven surfaces and balance).


Player’s welfare and wellbeing is always a priority. With this in mind, Netball NZ launched their NetballSmart Concussion Guidelines. This is a great resource and we encourage all coaches and administrators to read through these guidelines. While the incidence of a concussion in Netball is low, it is increasing and it is all our responsibility to protect players.  
NetballSmart Community Concussion Guidelines
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Netball New Zealand has developed Community Concussion Guidelines and resources to help direct actions, responses and treatment of concussion.  While the incidence of a concussion in Netball is low, it is increasing and these guidelines are important to protect the wellbeing and welfare of our players.  Concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The highest volume of concussion occurs among those aged 10-19 years old.  Concussion (and player wellbeing and welfare in general) is everyone's responsibility. Players, parents, coaches and officials need to act in the best interests of the player by taking responsibility for referring and removing, recognising to a medical doctor any player who is suspected to have sustained a concussion.​​​​​​​
NetballSmart Concussion Management Guide
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NetballSmart Concussion on Court - Top Tips to Keep Your Head in the Game!
6 Rs...
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Pre-Season Preparation

NetballSmart Preparation Programme - pre-season training resource
NetballSmart has some fantastic training programmes available for pre-season training.  This resource outlines self-sufficient exercises designed to help you prepare for netball.  Included is a weekly calendar to help you to plan your preparation.  Length of programme is 4 - 6 weeks.  Developed for secondary school players in mind however with modification, can be useful for all netball players who want to prepare well for a season and get the most out of their netball.

NetballSmart Prepare to Play Programme
​​​​​​​A skill based programme to aid transition to Game Play.  This coaching programme aims to prepare netballers for game play by developing great movement and netball skills to improve performance and minimise injuries. It also offers ideas for important team preparation – to help build a positive, connected and motivating environment. Coaches of every level can deliver this programme and Netball Central's NetballSmart Development Officer Carla van der Merwe is available to guide, upskill and assist coaches should you seek support.  Enquiries to NetballSmart@netballcentral.co.nz

NetballSmart Home Based Programme - running, biking & body weight circuits
NetballSmart has some fantastic training programmes available for pre-season training.  This resource outlines running, biking & body weight activities.  Over a 4-6 week period, this home-based programme will increase fitness. NetballSmart encourage you to aim to do at least 30 minutes of exercise per day and incorporate these running, biking and bodyweight circuits into your training.  Above all enjoy!


NetballSmart Warm-Up Variations


For after trainings and games or part of a recovery session.
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Roller Recovery
For after trainings and games or part of a recovery session. 
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Combined Roller Recovery & Stretches
For after trainings and games or part of a recovery session

My Smart Roadmap
Designed to help players take responsibility for their own wellbeing and recovery to ensure they are keeping a good training/life balance. In each section check in on yourself by marking either a 1, 2, or 3.  ​​​​​​​
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Pool Recovery
For reducing muscle tension and post exercise oedema (swelling). Click to access full resource

Smart Ankle

10 Top Prevention Tips
1. Ankle Exercises
2. Tape or Brace
3. Warm Up
4. Shoes
5. Act on Ankle Sprains
6. Find a Physio
7. Graduated Return To Sport
8. Train Netball Landings
9. Train Reactive Footwork
10. Sleep​​​​​​​

Taping & Bracing
After a significant ankle sprain, the ligament will be stretched and heal with scar tissue. Therefore, it is no longer as effective at protecting the ankle from extremes of movement that cause injury. Wearing a brace or tape will help prevent the ankle from moving into such extremes of movement.​​​​​​​

Netball Shoes
A Netball shoe is designed to support the foot for 100% of the game; during quick movements, side-ways movements, stopping, starting, pivoting, planting, cutting and landings. A running shoe supports the foot during forward movement only. The average Netball player only moves in a forward direction for 28% of the game.​​​​​​​