Randwick Rugby Netball Club pride ourselves in being a tolerant, good and fair sporting club and encourage all of our players, families and friends to support our policies and help us promote this culture through our sporting community.

We ask players and parents to remember that all Randwick Rugby Netball's officials and coaches are volunteers, giving up their time to allow you/your child to play netball. Netball is a team sport.  It takes a whole team working together to win a game. Work with your coach and teammates to build a strong team and a fun atmosphere to play in.

Our club fully supports the SHOOSH FOR KIDS program - see below for ideas on how parents can help create a more enjoyable environment for our young players - LET KIDS BE KIDS, PROMOTE FAIR PLAY AND BE POSITIVE.

For other great resources and information please click here to go to the PLAY BY THE RULES website.

Below are details on our club's policies Zero Tolerance, Grading & Team Selection, Court Time & Position Rotations as well as the Codes of Conduct.

 

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY

As a club we take the abuse of any official, player or spectator very seriously. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY to breaches of the codes of conduct.  Members of our Executive Committee will review any complaint against one of our players, officials or parents. If that person was deemed to have breached the Code of Conduct, they will receive one warning only and any repeated breach will see disciplinary action such as suspension and/or exclusion from future membership with our club.

SHOOSH FOR KIDS


AN INITIATIVE FROM THE NSW DEPT OF SPORT TO PROMOTE POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR AT JUNIOR SPORT

COURT TIME/POSITIONS

COURT PLAYING TIME / POSITIONS POLICY - COMPETITIVE TEAMS 10 YEARS & OLDER

Please be aware that unlike some other clubs, Randwick Rugby Netball Club has a strong tradition of having an EQUAL COURT TIME POLICY during the normal round games. For the semi finals - grand finals court time and positional rotations are at the coach's discretion.

  • This means we may manage our positional rotations different to other clubs that may play the same player in the same position all game each week or sit players off for half games most weeks. We aim to get all players on the court as much as possible.
  • Coaches will average this out best they can over the season, not necessarily each game.
  • Playing positions are decided by the coach based on the team’s requirement and player’s development not the player's or parent’s preferences (although this can be considered).
  • At training and in matches players will be asked to experience different positions. This is beneficial to the player’s overall development and necessary for the coach to be able to rotate players fairly on court in accordance with our Equal Court Time policy.
  • It is common practice for coaches of young teams and newly formed teams to try various positions for players while they assess what will work best for the team as well as for players working within our Equal Court Time Policy.
  • Players and parents are expected to accept and support the coach's decisions.
  • During semis finals to grand finals court time and positional rotations are solely at the coach’s discretion and coaches are encouraged to select the strongest roster.  Positional rotation will then be based on a variety of factors - commitment, effort, attitude, positions able to play, opposition match up etc, injuries in team etc. Unless there are only 7 players it is impossible for all players to get exactly the same court time. The whole team has worked hard as a squad to make it to the finals and all players should support each other whoever is on court and play to the best of their ability whenever they are on court.

 

COURT PLAYING TIME / POSITIONS POLICY - NET SET GO TEAMS 8 AND 9 YEARS

8 and 9 years play under the modified rules of Net Set Go and we follow the Net Set Go rules and guidelines for Court Time and Positional Rotations.

  • These teams can have unlimited substitution during the game and ALL players MUST experience playing ALL positions during the season. 
  • Coaches will draw up weekly rosters and rotate players through the positions during matches.
  • Coaches will also keep a record of positions played to check that all players have played in the various positions and positions have been shared as evenly as possible.

GRADING POLICY

With so many teams in our club it is important that team selections run smoothly and that everyone understands the process. Grading is the process of establishing the number and composition of Randwick Rugby Netball Club (RRNC) teams to compete in the Randwick Netball Association (RNA) competition and which division of competition to request for each team. Grading is influenced by the number and ages of players registered with RRNC and our team selection and grading process aims to achieve teams that have a balanced group of players in playing positions and ability levels. We are fortunate to have a Selection Committee with many years of coaching and selection experience.

Note: Age group is the age turning in 2019; example: 10 years = born in 2009.RRNC GRADING DATES FOR 2019 WILL BE PUBLISHED HERE ONCE CONFIRMED 

7,8 & 9 YEAR OLD PLAYERS

NET SET GO COMPETITION PROGRAM

You must be turning 7, 8 or 9 in 2019 to play in the 8 and 9 years Net Set Go Competition (7 yr olds play in the 8Yrs teams). These teams are non-competitive and only play matches as an introduction to netball, so therefore are NOT graded, however playing experience/school year may be considered when grouping players into teams. Teams are formed depending on the number of players that register in each age. Requests to play with friends will be accommodated where possible, depending on overall registrations in that age group. Requests relating to team placement of players need to be made at registration stating reasons and will be considered by the committee. We are an inclusive club, so if necessary we will add players to existing "friend" groups to ensure an even, fair allocation of players.

Players turning 9 in 2019 who have experience playing in the Net Set Go Competition may request to play in the Junior 10 year competition with older friends or to be placed in the lowest division within that age group with other experienced 9 year olds. Requests need to be made when registering. Your request will be considered by the Grading Committee, and you will need to attend the 10 years grading session for assessment. Note that some  9 years may not be ready to play in the older competition for a variety of reasons – confidence, physical development etc - and our selectors will judge if any 9 year old is suitable for the 10 Yrs grade.  

JUNIOR PLAYERS AGED 10 YEARS - 15 YEARS

All juniors wishing to trial for the top competitive teams or are looking to move teams must attend the practical grading day - this is a compulsory requirement of our club. Failure to attend may result in disappointment, as positions in teams will not be held for absent players without prior warning. If a player is unable to attend the scheduled grading day, the player’s parent/guardian must advise the RRNC Secretary by email  with the explanation, or if a player is injured or sick on the day please contact the Secretary on 0438 774 654.

Playing in a friendship group requests - requests from players wanting to play together need to be made on your registration form and will be considered by the committee providing players are of a similar ability. Each player must make the request and parents cannot make requests on behalf of others.  We will advise if that team is needed to attend practical grading. Where possible we will “paper grade” those teams that want to stay together and are not looking to move divisions. Note if a much stronger player is identified we are obligated to offer that player a spot in a higher ranked team and they can decide whether to stay in the friendship team.

Please ensure you attend the date for the age the player is turning in 2019. If requesting to play a higher age group, the selectors will first consider this at your own age grading and you may be asked to attend the higher grading day. The exception to this policy is any junior player that already played up in Intermediates or Seniors in 2018 can attend Intermediates or Senior grading.

The decision to grade a player who is unable to attend practical grading day will be based on the RRNC grading policy and process, feedback from previous coach/manager, historical performance, player numbers and positions. 

The RRNC committee decision will be final.

INTERMEDIATE & SENIOR PLAYERS

Full teams and individuals may be registered within these groups. Practical Grading is held for new Intermediates and Senior players to the club so you can be placed in an appropriate team. If grading is required for any other players or grades, notification will be sent to the relevant players. Intermediate and Senior players are encouraged to get involved at the club with coaching, umpiring etc so please consider volunteering for a role with the club when registering. **This year players wishing to be considered for A1 and A2 need to attend grading as we have a number of young players moving up and new players to consider.

GRADING PROCESS

Players that requested to stay in friendship groups may be “paper graded” or we may ask the team to attend practical grading to assess which grade within the competition to request for the team.

In forming teams, the selectors take into consideration the Coaches' reports, independent assessment reports, paper grading and play observed at practical grading, while keeping in mind that a netball team requires a balance of height, agility and ball skills, as well as defences, centre court and shooters.

  • Coach's Evaluation - At the end of each season, coaches provide a report of each player's positions played, ability, attendance at training and games, attitude etc.
  • Individual Player Assessments - During the season, selectors may observe player's skill levels during games or receive reports from other sources e.g. Representative coaches
  • Practical Grading - Due to the large numbers attending practical grading it is not always possible for players to play much time in their preferred position. Players will be observed doing drills and match play and assessed on their overall skill level, agility, ball handling, passing and footwork as well as potential and physical development.

On completion of the RRNC grading process, teams and our requested divisions are submitted to the RNA.  RNA then has a Competition Grading Committee who finalise age groups and divisions for the whole competition. Note:  that as a club we request certain divisions for teams however the final decision of team placement within divisions is made by the RNA.

Our 2019 team selections will commence after the registration closing date. All teams will be finalised after the completion of all grading days when the grading committee will meet and sort teams. Team lists will then be collated and summaries published on the website by TBA. We then submit the team lists to RNA on TBA and RNA grades all teams into the competition divisions and time slots. Coaches are appointed while teams are being finalised and then sent team contacts. Coaches will contact team members to arrange training.

 

CODES OF CONDUCT

All members must abide by the Codes of Conduct and agree to support our efforts to promote good sportsmanship and abolish inappropriate behaviour. The codes of conduct apply to social media postings, emails, phone calls as well as behaviour at the courts. The codes of conduct also apply to all officials, spectators and players, whether representing RRNC, Randwick Netball Association or another club.

PLAYER'S

Players' Code of Behaviour

  1. Play by the rules.
  2. Never argue with an official. If you disagree, have your captain, coach or manager approach the official during a break or after the competition.
  3. Control your temper. Verbal abuse of officials or other players, deliberately distracting or provoking an opponent is not acceptable or permitted in any sport.
  4. Work equally hard for yourself and/or your team. Your team's performance will benefit, so will you.
  5. Be a good sport. Applaud all good plays whether they be by your team or the opposition.
  6. Treat all players as you would like to be treated. Do not interfere with, bully or take unfair advantage of another player.
  7. Co-operate with your coach, teammates and opponents. Without them there would be no competition.
  8. Play for the fun of it, and not just to please parents and coaches.

PARENTS/SPECTATORS

Parents' and Spectators' Code of Behaviour

  1. Remember that children and adults play sport for their enjoyment, not yours.
  2. Encourage people to participate, do not force them.
  3. Focus on the player's efforts and performance rather than winning and losing.
  4. Encourage players to always participate according to the rules.
  5. Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing a game.
  6. Remember that all people, children and adults, learn best by example. Applaud good plays by all teams.
  7. Support all efforts to remove verbal and physical abuse from sporting activities.
  8. Respect officials' decisions and teach players to do likewise.
  9. Show appreciation of volunteer coaches, officials and administrators. Without them, your child/friend/partner could not participate.

COACHES'

Coaches' Code of Behaviour

  1. Remember that children and adults participate for pleasure and that winning is only part of the fun.
  2. Never ridicule or yell at a player for making a mistake or losing.
  3. Be reasonable in your demands on players' time, energy and enthusiasm.
  4. Teach your players to follow the rules.
  5. Whenever possible, group players to ensure that everyone has a reasonable chance at success.
  6. Avoid overplaying the talented players. The just-average need and deserve equal time.
  7. Ensure that equipment and facilities meet safety standards and are appropriate for the age and ability of the players.
  8. Develop team respect for the ability of opponents and for the judgement of officials and opposing coaches.
  9. Follow the advice of a physician when determining when an injured player is ready to commence training or competition.
  10. Keep up to date with the latest coaching practices, physiological knowledge, and the principles of growth and development of children.

OFFICIAL'S

Officials' Code of Behaviour

  1. Compliment and encourage all participants.
  2. Be consistent, objective and courteous when making decisions.
  3. Condemn unsporting behaviour and promote respect for all opponents.
  4. Emphasise the spirit of the game rather than errors.
  5. Be a good sport yourself. Actions speak louder than words.
  6. Remember, you set an example. Your behaviour and comments should be positive and supportive.

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