Playing FormatGame formatGoal heightBall sizeGame day formatUmpireUse of whistle
Year 1 & 2 4 v 4 2.1m or hula hoops Modified ball – 20cm textured surface ball 20 minute skill session
2 x 8 minute halves
Junior Co-ordinator or Star Helper No whistle
Year 3 & 4 5 v 5 2.6m Size 4 ball 15 minute skill session
4 x 8 minute quarters
Coach No whistle
Year 5 & 6 6 v 6 2.6m Size 4 ball 4 x 8 minute quarters Umpire Whistle
Year 7 & 8 7 v 7 3.05m Size 5 ball 4 x 10 minute quarters Umpire Whistle

Rules of Play - Key Differences

Year 1 & 2

RuleKey Difference
Time with the ball Ball can be held for up to five seconds before pass or shot
Footwork Players encouraged to stop after receiving the ball but no footwork rule
Defending player No marking the player with the ball
Substitutions Rolling substitutions – players should have equal time on court
Rotations No rotations required
Court size One third of a full sized court
Court set up No goal circles, two posts or hula hoops
Competition set up No competition ranking or results tables

Year 3 & 4

RuleKey Difference
Time with the ball Ball can be held for up to five seconds
Footwork Players encouraged to stop
Defending player Must retreat 1m
Substitutions Rolling substitutions – players should have equal time on court
Rotations Players to rotate to ensure equal opportunities in all positions
Court size Two third’s of one full sized court
Court set up Each third has a goal circle with a goal post Centre pass from the centre of the middle of the court
Competition set up No competition ranking or results tables
Positions 2 x A, 2 x D, 1 x C

Year 5 & 6*

RuleKey Difference
Time with the ball Ball can be held for up to five seconds
Footwork May not reground the first grounded foot 
Defending player Must retreat 1m
Rotations Players to rotate to ensure equal opportunities in all positions
Court size Full court
Competition set up Scores are taken but no competition tables
Substitutions Rolling substitutions - players should have equal time on court
Positions 2 x A, 2 x D, 2 x C

Year 7 & 8

RuleKey Difference
Time with the ball Three seconds
Footwork May not reground the first grounded foot
Defending player Must retreat 0.9m
Substitutions Substitutions can be made at an interval or when play has stopped for injury or illness
Court size Full court
Competition set up Local Netball Centre rules apply
Substitutions Rolling substitutions - players should have equal time on cour
Positions GS, GA, WA, C, WD, GD, GK 

 

Please Note: * Year 5 – 8 junior Netball is currently under review with 33 Netball Centres piloting 6 v 6 in 2016. Any changes will be phased in from 2017.