A few parents have inquired about how grading works, and why we don't keep the exact same teams every year. Please refer to the below.
Every year, Titans Netball grades all Junior players based on our Grading Policy.
As a club, we are forced to change our teams every year
Each year, we are forced to change our teams, based on:1 - We get many new players joining the club which need to be put in teams2 - A few girls leave Titans so we are short numbers for some age groups3 - Representative Players (not development) must play two divisions higher then they normally would (ie 12's play in 14A's)4 - Grading purposes with St George - For example, If a team wins B grade, they will be put in A's the following year so we would have to make the team stronger for a stronger competition, ensuring the team has a competitive year in their new division.5 - Ability - Some players are new to netball in one year, and may be placed in a lower grade team. The following year, they may have the potential to develop further, only if they are in a team of the same ability. 6 - A team may be made up of 13/14 year olds in 2017, but in 2018 some players will be in the 13/14 years age group, whereas other players will be in the 15/16 years age group.
Purpose of Grading
The purpose of grading is to grade girls based on their ability, to form multiple teams in each age group so each team have a successful year with enough shooters, defence and mid-courters. Usually, in Titans Netball Club we are lucky enough to have at least two teams per age group, allowing us to create, for example, an A grade team, and a B grade team.
This ensures all players have fair court time each week and are the same level of their team and their competition. This allows each individual player, to enjoy netball better.
Playing with Friends
We do understand that friendships have been formed within our club, and outside our club, eg School. This is why before grading day each year, we do accept requests from players to play with one other friend. However, if friend 'Olivia' would like to play with 'Amy' and Amy is graded in the 13/14A team, however Olivia is graded into the 13/14D team, both Olivia and Amy will be placed in the 13/14D team. The reasoning behind this is the following:
Every year, we do have players who are graded away from their friends, however at the end of the season, they normally enjoy their new team more, as new friendships are made and they are now a stronger player which allows them to get the ball more, thus allowing them to enjoy the game more. Requests to play with friends can only be with one other friend (e.g. not a group of 5 players) and must not be a representative or development player. At the time of registration, on our Club Website it does state the following:
"Junior requests from both players need to be in writing at registration stating reasons and will be considered by the committee providing they are of a similar ability. Stronger players always enjoy the challenge of harder, faster competition and do not develop to their potential if graded lower to be kept with a friend. Please bear in mind that netball is a graded, competitive sport after the age of 10 with representative opportunities."
Grading Players based on what team they played in the previous year
My daughters team won the grand final, but are being split up the following year?Some teams may take out the division they are placed in, and we may split up the team the following year. We understand that parents and players may feel this is unfair but we do this for the best interest of the players. When grading teams, we have to think of how St George will grade our teams. If a team takes out the 12B division, they will be forced to move up a grade when St George makes the divisions. Therefore, if we keep the same 12B team (or at least 5 players of the 12B team), the team will be entered into the 13/14A division. The 13/14A divison is highly competitive with 12 and 13 year representative players. If we keep the same '12B' team, they will not have a competitive year.
Based on experience.Based on experience, we find that the players themselves are happy to accept their new team after their first training session. We encourage that all parents support our decision and encourage their daughter to accept their new team.