Scone and District Netball Association 2019 season kicks off

THE Bill Rose Sports Complex was a sea of colour on Saturday as the Scone and District Netball Association officially began its 2019 season.

With more than 200 players taking to the courts, registration numbers are up, particularly in the junior divisions where there has been new teams added in 2019.

The club ran grading sessions for all players in the weeks leading up to the season to ensure an even playing field.

Scone and District Netball Association president Nat Smith said they are looking forward to yet another successful season.

"This year there are five teams in each of our junior age groups," she said.

"We have a seven to nine years age group, a 10-11 years and a 12-14 years.

"So we have three in the junior age groups, which makes 15 teams in total across those age groups.

"Participation is good, last year in some of those age groups we only had four teams so we've got an extra group this year which we are quite happy with.

"We're looking forward to even further growth in the future."

While teams are finalised and registrations are closed, registrations are still open for NetSetGo which is run to teach five to six-year-olds the basic skills of netball.

The association will also embrace the Shoosh for Kids awareness week for winter sports which runs from May 20 to 26.

"Shoosh is a promotional activity across children's sport and it is about making sure that sport is enjoyable for everybody," Nat Smith said.

"It's about respecting umpires, respecting players, respecting everybody on the court.

"And basically it's saying 'let them play' unless you're giving positive feedback."

Smith said while the club will run Shoosh week next weekend, it's a great message to carry on across the whole season.

"We love that it's at the beginning of the season because it reminds everyone what they should be doing," she said.

The season runs for 13 weeks finishing in two weeks of semis, finals and then grand finals.

A talented group of players will also represent Scone at the Netball NSW State Age Titles in June and July.

"We have five teams this year competing in state titles," Smith added.

"This year Netball NSW has changed and there's now a senior state titles and a junior state titles.

"The senior state titles is in the long weekend in June and this year it involves 15s, 17s and Opens and we have both a 15s and a 17s team going down to that.

"Junior state titles is the first weekend of the school holidays in July and we have a 12s, 13s and a 14s team representing there."