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futureFERNS Year 1-8 offered by each Junior Satellite
futureFERNS Netball Philosophy
In 2012 a major review of junior netball was undertaken. The review identified that children are not mini adults and that their sport should be modified accordingly. Modified junior netball has now been introduced to support fundamental skill development for players as well as clearer guidelines and improved support for coaching and umpiring. The focus of futureFERNS netball for year 1 to year 4 players is on passing, catching and shooting from day 1, while providing maximum participation and fun for all.
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In 2013 Netball Wellington Centre initially ran a pilot of the Year 1-4 junior netball programme as an interim measure until our Junior Netball Satellites were confident of running the programme themselves given they cater to the vast primary and intermediate level netballers within the Wellington area.
Since 2016, each of our three Satellites established their own futureFERNS programmes in their local areas. To find out what's on offer in your area please approach the relevant contacts listed below:
Motu Kairangi (South East Suburbs)Website: www.mknetball.co.nz Email: email@example.comFERNS for Year 1-4 runs off-season in Term 1 and 4 (terms may be subject to change from year to year).Year 5&6 and Year 7&8 game format included as part of regular Saturday Winter Competition.
The following schools are members of this satellite:
Northern Suburbs NetballWebsite: www.nsnetball.co.nzContacts:Yvonne Hill - Year 1&2 Junior Netball ConvenorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Year 3&4 Junior Netball ConvenorEmail: email@example.com
futureFERNS for Year 1-4 runs in Term 2 & 3. Year 1&2, Year 3&4 and Year 5&6 game format included as part of regular Saturday Winter Competition.
Wellington West NetballWebsite: www.sporty.co.nz/wwnetballContact: Maria Nunns - Junior Netball CoordinatorEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgFERNS for Year 1-4 runs in Term 2 & 3. Year 1&2, Year 3&4, Year 5&6 & Year 7&8 game format included as part of regular Saturday Winter Competition.
Coach Development OpportunityAlong with the player programme there is an extensive coach support, education and develpment component attached to futureFERNS. Junior Coordinators are recruited leaders trained to oversee and deliver the programme content and receive special Junior Coordinator Training in order to be signed off by Netball NZ.
Parents/coaches/team organisers who accompany Year 1&2 teams are given the name "Star Helpers" and are able to attend a handy 1.5 hour Star Helper Workshop which gives them the confidence and necessary knowledge to assist their team throughout the programme and beyond.
Coaches who accompany Year 3&4 teams are encouraged to attend a handy 2 hour Year 3&4 Coach Workshop which enables them to fully comprehend the philsophy, activities, delivery methods and focus so they can engage their players and themselves as much as possible.
With the launch of the Year 5&6 and Year 7&8 programmes there are now new coaching workshops available to these age groups complete with a fantastic helpful resource full of warm up and cool-down activities, training activities, detailed skill breakdown and error-correction and drills. In turn there is a Year 5&6 Coach Workshop and a Year 7&8 Coach Workshop (at times combined) where coaches obtain the valuable resource featuring 10 weeks of ready-made progressive session plans and learn how to make the most of it.
Coach Training Dates:Preceeding the start of the futureFERNS programmes, each of our three Junior Netball Satellites arrange their own workshop dates and invite affiliated coaches as well as promote dates via their website. Please register through your local Satellite if keen to attend.
Should you wish to find out more about the futureFERNS programme your first port of call should be one of the contacts above.
Please find links to access helpful PDF reference documents for each age group located down the top right hand side of this page as provided by Netball New Zealand for easy reference and understanding.
If wishing to initiate a futureFERNS programme in your area or school information is also provided down the top right hand side of this page.
If unsure where to start feel free to email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Evolution of the futureFERNS programme in New ZealandIn 2013 Netball Wellington Centre proudly took part in the pilot of Netball New Zealand's Junior Netball Programme for players in Year 1-4. It was received with much excitement and to this day we are seeing the progression of some very junior netballers displaying an impressive grasp of core basic skills which puts them in good stead on their journey to continue playing the sport they now love. A new-look Year 1&2, Year 3&4, Year 5&6 and Year 7&8 netball has been rolled out complete with modified equipment, rules and court size. Traditional 7-a-side netball is no longer played by Year 1-6.futureFERNS netball now looks as follows:
Year 1&2 - launched in 2012Game time of up to 2 x 8 minute halves (format varies per Satellite)4 players per teamPlayed lengthways on one third of a netball courtRubber 20cm grip ball usedHula-hoops held by helpful parents act as goals or where able goal posts are set no higher than 2.1m to increase likelihood of successNo fixed playing positionsRolling substitutionsPass or shoot within 5 secondsNo defending passers or shootersNo umpires, no whistleCoaches are allowed on court to guide and assist playersNo score kept
Year 3&4 - launched in 2013Game time of up to 4 x 8 minute quarters (format varies per Satellite)5 players per team - 2x Attack, 1 x Centre, 2 x DefencePlayed across two thirds of a netball courtSize 4 ball usedGoal posts are set between 2.1m and no higher than 2.6m higher to increase likelihood of successRolling substitutionsPass or shoot within 5 secondsDefenders must be 1m from passer or shooterNo umpires, no whistleCoaches are allowed in their attacking end to guide both teamsNo score kept
Year 5&6 - launched in 2016Game time up to 4 x 8 minute quarters (format varies per Satellite)6 players per team - 2 x Attack, 2 x Centre, 2 x DefencePlayed on full size netball courtSize 4 ball usedGoal posts are set at 2.6mSubstitutions at an interval or stoppage for injury/illnessPlayers must rotate to ensure equal opportunities in all positionsMinimum court time of half a game per playerPass or shoot within 5 secondsDefenders must be 1m from passer or shooterUmpire present, whistle usedCoaches not allowed on courtNo competition ranking or results tablesNo representative teams
Year 7&8 - launched in 2016Game time up to 4 x 10 minute quarters (format varies per Satellite)7 players per team - GS, GA, WA, C, WD, GD, GKPlayed on full size netball courtSize 5 ball usedGoal posts set at 3.05m (standard size)Substitutions can be made an an interval or stoppage for injury/illnessPlayers should continue to be rotated to ensure equal opportunities in all positionsMinimum court time of half a game per playerPass or shoot within 3 secondsDefenders must be 0.9m from passer or shooterTwo umpires present, whistles usedCoaches not allowed on courtTraining time should not exceed competition time - approx 60 minutes per sessionOnly two to three sessions (including game time) per week
Infographic outlining initial futureFERNS research
Variations of futureFERNS game for Year 1-8
futureFERNS introductory information...
futureFERNS Code of Behaviour
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