Net Set Go

Woolworths NetSetGO is a fun, safe, social and active program for girls and boys aged 5 to 10. It gives kids of all abilities a positive introduction to netball and teaches them the basic skills of the sport.

Woolworths NetSetGO is divided into three tiers; Net, Set and GO, meaning that your child will learn at a pace that’s right for their age and ability.

Each week your child will take part in skill based activities, minor games, music, dance and modified matches that will help them develop fundamental movement skills, as well as important social skills like team work. Each session will be lead by an accredited coach, using modified equipment.

NetsetGO games are non-competitive and no score is recorded for Net and Set. For GO scores are recorded but no ladder produced and no finals are played.

Each participant gets a pack which includes:

  • a size 4 netball
  • Woolworths NetSetGO t-shirt
  • Our Healthy Habits activity book
  • Suncorp Super Netball collectable player cards

NetSetGO NET Tier (for 5-6 year olds)

Is a play-based motor skills program. The emphasis is on the acquisition of basic motor skills, in a fun environment of games and activities.

Research from a number of areas has highlighted the need for young Australians to develop motor skills both in and out of the school environment. Provision of an age appropriate, staged progression for Netball participation is an essential element in developing confident and skilled participants. NetSetGO Net Tier has an important role to play in preparing young children for involvement in Netball, ensuring life-long participation.

The introduction of activities to NetSetGO Net Tier provides a fun way to develop a range of fundamental motor skills that are used in netball including twisting, turning, bending, leaping, dodging, skipping and sliding.

Children who do not develop these basic fundamental motors skills are more likely to experience frustration and difficulty in learning advanced skills which reduces their enjoyment. Motor skill activities are a great way to engage young children who are just starting netball.

NetSetGO Net Tier provides:

  • A program appropriate to the age and ability of the participants.
  • All children with the opportunity to participate and experience a feeling of success from their participation.
  • An opportunity for children to develop and expand their motor skills in a non-competitive environment.
  • Participants with better basic motor skills when they enter NetSetGO SET Tier.
  • Opportunities for parents to be involved.

The guidelines of NetSetGO NET Tier state:

  • Players are arranged into small groups with a coach.
  • Players are put through a 30-45 minute fun training session.
  • Focus is on fundamental motor skills development, using netball activities, minor games, dance and music.
  • Modified equipment is used (size 4 netballs).

NetSetGO SET Tier (for 7-8 year olds)

Provides children with the best possible learning environment and enables them to develop a positive introduction to Netball, ensuring enjoyment and continued participation within the sport. 

  • A program appropriate to the age and ability of the players.
  • All children with the opportunity to participate and experience a feeling of success from their participation.
  • An opportunity for children to play in a cooperative way and to develop their skills in a non-competitive environment.
  • An environment where the emphasis is not on “win at all costs” but rather on the development of skills, the discovery of new ones and sharing the play with other team mates.

NetSetGO SET Tier has been designed to meet the needs of children and gives them a chance to be successful and feel good about themselves. Other sports that have taken a similar approach include Australian Football League (Auskick), Hockey (Hook in2 Hockey), Rugby League (Kids to Kangaroos), Rugby Union (Try Rugby), Cricket (Milo in2 Cricket) and Basketball (Aussie Hoops).

The rules and equipment for NetSetGO Competition have been designed to align the game with the psychological and physical capabilities of young children. The program has been developed under the guidelines of the Netball Australia Junior Sports Policy, which emphasizes “The introduction of children to organised competitive Netball should be gradual and is best achieved through minor games/activities and modified rules.”

NetSetGO GO Tier (for 9-10 year olds)

Has been introduced to ensure a smooth transition for participants into Junior Netball. The modified rules and equipment allow for participants to experience success while learning the correct technique and executing skills with greater proficiency.

NetSetGO GO Tier provides:

  • A program where the participants are introduced to more netball-specific skills as well as refining their fundamental movement skills.
  • Participants have a chance to enjoy practicing skills they learn and seeing their own improvement.
  • Competitive elements, however the focus should not be on winning
  • Each participant with equal court time and exposure to a variety of positions so they are gaining the full experience on court.

The rules are still modified in the GO tier but there is a gradual introduction of regular rules throughout the season in order to prepare players for the transition into the next level of competition.