Trials Handbook

1. Trials/Grading Procedures
1.1 Trials/Grading at HNC are conducted in a similar manner to those conducted by Netball WA, as this format is a very fair and efficient way to view players. The Development Unit convenes trials.

1.2 Phases
Trials/Grading consists of two phases.
  • 1.2.1 Phase 1 ‘Trials’ - new players will trial for a position at the club alongside existing members.

    • Existing club members (i.e. played the previous year) retain their position at the club for the next season.
    • Former club members (i.e. played previously for the club, but not in the prior season), siblings of an existing member and daughter / granddaughter / niece / cousin of a current / former member will be given preference for a position at the club, subject to positions available and position suitability (team balance), however a position is not guaranteed.
    • New players will trial for a position at the club. Selectors consider new players based on ability, development potential, and position suitability (team balance).

  • 1.2.2 Phase 2 ‘Grading’ - all club members, including new members successful from Phase 1, will be graded by selectors into teams. Graders consider ability, development potential and position suitability (team balance).

1.3 Trial Attendance
If a player is unable to attend a trial/grading session for any reason they must fill out the Trial Non-Attendance form no later than two hours prior to the session start time. Any other communication from players and/or parents should be directed to the relevant coordinator; Junior Coordinator (11U, 12U, 13U, 15U) or Open Coordinator (18U and Open).
1.4 Leg Numbers
Players will be issued with a leg number; the numbers will be available at the first trial. For Phase 1, new players trialling must use a RED marker pen, returning members must use a BLACK marker pen. Leg numbers must be written down the outside of each calf and must be at least 10cm high. For Phase 2, all players are to have their leg number written in BLACK marker pen.
1.5 Trials/Grading Attire
Players are to wear a white shirt, black or navy netball skirt or sports shorts, and appropriate netball shoes to all sessions.
1.6 Players Must Bring to Trials/Grading
  • Whistle (as may be required to umpire)
  • At least two water bottles (as the weather during trials is usually extremely hot)
  • Small healthy snack or a piece of fruit
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Jacket

1.7 Court Time at Trials/Grading
Players need to be aware some positions have significantly more players vying for positions than others. For example, a centre court player may receive less court time at trials than a circle defender or goal shooter. All players will still have ample opportunity to be seen by selectors. Occasionally you will be required to play out of position; however the selectors will note this on their grading paperwork.
2. Trials/Grading Policies
2.1 Trial Attendance
Players must endeavour to attend all trials/grading sessions. Phase 1 trials are compulsory, and we are unable to accept registrations for new players that cannot attend the first trial. If two consecutive sessions are missed, players cannot be guaranteed a position at the club for that particular season, this policy is for existing members and new players trialling.
2.2 Trial Fees
  • 2.2.1 New players to the club must pay a $100 “new player trial” fee. Once placed in a team, the $100 will be applied towards full registration fees.
  • 2.2.2 Existing players must pay full fees in accordance with registration process to be eligible to trail.

2.3 Released Players
  • 2.3.1 If the club is unable to place a player in a team all fees paid will be refunded.
  • 2.3.2 Assistance will be given to players in finding a new club if requested.

2.4 Players Withdrawing
  • 2.4.1 If a player withdraws during the trialling process or once the teams have been announced a $100.00 administration fee will be retained by the club. Any remaining fees paid will be refunded.

2.5 Number of players per team
  • 2.5.1 Teams usually consist of up to ten players.
  • 2.5.2 When teams consist of Western Australian Netball League and/or State Representatives, it may be necessary for teams to have more than 10 players.

2.6 Financial Payments Policy
  • 2.6.1 All fees must be paid by the due date specified by HNC during registration process.
  • 2.6.2 Contact may be made to the Registrar if a payment plan for fees is required.
3. Selector Policy
3.1 Selectors shall
  • 3.1.1 Attend trials and grading session, and select players under the direction of the Development Unit.
  • 3.1.2 Work collaboratively with fellow selectors, grading coordinators, team coaches, and Development Unit to ensure teams are well balanced position, age and ability wise.
  • 3.1.3 Remain neutral, confidential and transparent in the grading process.
  • 3.1.4 Parent selectors cannot select for their own child’s age group.
4. Codes of Behaviour
4.1 All members and new players involved with HNC trials/grading must abide by the Hamersley Netball Club Inc. Constitution, and the Netball Australia National Codes of Behaviour.