The State Netball & Hockey Centre played host to the Inter Academy tournament on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 October.
The Inter Academy tournament is the culmination the Netball Victoria year long Zone Academy pathway which delivers the Netball Australia Dare to Develop a Diamond Program (DADA), the first step in athlete and coach High Performance pathway.
The Zone Academy system delivers a development program which includes the following:
- Technical and Tactical
- Strength and Conditioning (delivered by Netball Victoria partner EAPN- Elite Athlete Performance Network)
- Athlete wellbeing/curriculum
Athletes were selected in August/September last year via a talent identification (TID) process through Association Championships and attended a screening day. The Zone Academy system then kicked off at the end of February this year with each zone completing 8-10 sessions.
The Inter Academy weekend delivers the competition component of the DADA program and is the first element of selections for the Victorian State 17/U team. Selected athletes are then invited into Squad selections on Sunday 8 November.
Each Zone Fielded 2-3 teams and athletes were able to put the technical and tactical skills, conditioning and recovery methods they’ve spent the last 10 months developing into match situations. It is a fantastic opportunity for athletes, coaches and parents alike to see the growth each athlete has made throughout the program.
The weekend also provided an opportunity for Netball Victoria to screen 44 of the most talented up and coming umpires for the B grade Squad. The B grade Squad provides an opportunity for umpires to enter the Netball Victorian High Performance umpire pathway with induction being held in early December.
Netball Victorian High Performance Pathway Coordinator Hayley Van Den Boom, who coordinates the Zone Academy program would like to thank the efforts of the coaches, Zone Academy officials, selectors, umpires, athletes and parents for all their hard work throughout the year.