Kidzplay Netball FAQs
The answers to the questions we get asked most frequently will be posted here.
Q. What happens if it is raining? Where do I find out about cancellations?

We do not cancel any netball games due to the weather. Auckland weather is very fickle. It can be raining at 7.00am and bright sunshine by 8.00am. For this reason we play regardless. If conditions become too difficult we may hold, break or curtail a game.

Individual team managements can decide to default if they consider conditions are unsuitable. However, we do ask that you advise us as early as possible so that we can contact the other team or make alternative arrangements. We can be contacted on Saturdays on 021 172 9644.

Note that netball is primarily a winter sport and rain is not considered a safety hazard.

If the Met Service have issued a Severe Weather Warning we will review the situation on Saturday morning and post a message on this website and/or our Facebook page as soon after 7.00am as possible.

Players can wrap up warm with school jerseys or thermals. As long as the bibs are visible we are happy for extra layers to be worn.

If you are on court during a downpour your coach in consultation with the opposition coach has the right to decide to withdraw the team to shelter until rain stops/eases. However, please note that due to time restrictions (and other games continuing to play) the clock will continue to run and games kept to schedule.

Q. My daughter wants to play netball, how do I register her?
Registration to play netball is through schools or clubs. Please contact your child’s school for information.
Q. Do the Year 5 teams play “Kiwi” netball?
The Year 5 teams will play under the same rules as the Year 2 – 4 teams. Games will consist of two 15-minute halves and players will play the same position for the whole game. Teams are required to rotate players through all positions on a game by game basis.
Q. Year 1 six-a-side format

The Year 1 teams play a modified form of netball with six players in each team.  Click here to download the Guidelines for this format.

A handy spreadsheet for working out Year 1 player rotations can be downloaded here.

Q. Bibs for the 6-a-side format

Bibs to suit the Year 1 players participating in the 6-a-side format are available from Sports Distributors. Call Wayne Quedley on 021 280 4999 for information and orders.

Q. What time will my games be?

All games are played on Saturdays. For Winter League the first game starts at 8.45 am and play continues to mid-afternoon. The time of the last game depends on the number of teams playing.

Game times are random and players must be available to play during these times. No dispensation can be given for players involved in other sports or cultural activities.

Q. How long are the games?
The Year 2 – Year 6 games are played as two 15-minute halves with a two minute half time break. There is a three minute changeover between games.
The Year 1 games are two 10 minute halves with a two minute half time break.
Q. How many players can I have in my team?

The standard number of players on court is seven, although the game can start with a minimum of five.

We recommend a maximum of nine players per team. Any number larger than this makes it very difficult to maintain correct player rotation and give all players a fair amount of court time

Q. How do I work out my player rotations?

We require all players in a team to rotate positions each week so that each player gains experience in all aspects of the game. When a team has seven members each player will play in each of the positions once in a seven week period. When a team has 8 or 9 members some will play half a game some weeks.

To ensure everyone gets equitable court time we have developed a handy chart that can be downloaded here.  

Q. What uniform should my players wear?

We recommend that players wear shorts and a t-shirt and that team members wear similar clothing to each other. If your school has a PE uniform then that is perfect, especially for the younger players. We don’t expect players to be wearing skirts or netball dresses.

Q. How strictly are the rules enforced?

We have developed a set of Umpiring Guidelines that can be found on the Umpires page. The aim is to allow players to develop from novice to skilled in a fun and friendly environment.

Q. Completed an Umpiring Course and want to take the next step?

Click here for more information.

Q. Want to become a Pool Umpire? 

To find out how to become a Kidzplay Netball Pool Umpire, please click here.

Q. What type/size ball do we use?

All Year 1 – 5 teams play with a standard Size 4 netball (Our match ball is Sports Distributors code NB156). Year 6 play with a Size 5 netball.

For Year 1 and Year 2 teams we recommend slightly under-inflating the ball to make it softer and easier to handle.

Q. What are the season dates for 2021?

The 2021 Winter League will run from 15 May to 3 July (excluding 5 June – Queen’s Birthday) and from 31 July to 11 September (14 weeks). 

The Winter League runs during Terms 2 & 3. There will not be any games on the Saturday of Queen’s Birthday weekend or the Saturdays of the Term 2 School Holidays. Please note that some games are played in some school holidays.

The Spring League runs during Term 4, from 30 October to 4 December (6 weeks).

There will not be any games on the Saturday of Labour Weekend.

All games are played on Saturdays at Pinehurst School.

NB:  All 2021 dates subject to Auckland being in COVID-19 Alert Level 1.

Q. Prizegiving 2021

The Kidzplay Netball 2021 Prizegiving will be held on Saturday 25 September 2021. More details will be published closer to the day.

NB: Subject to Auckland being in COVID-19 Alert Level 1.