Female Talent Identification (TID):
Each year Netball Victoria will appointment talent scouts who will conduct TID at Netball Victoria competitions and events, including Association Championships & State Titles. Scouts hold a minimum of an Intermediate Coaching Accreditation and have completed Netball Australia Select for Netball Success online learning. These scouts are viewing athletes in a match play setting and are assessing their talent currently as well as athlete potential in the future.
Should an athlete be TID’d they will then be invited to trial for the appropriate program (outlines below) where they will undergo an intensive selection progress.
Athletes / coaches/ leagues/ associations can also submit a Talented Player Nomination form, where athletes will then be screened (where possible, by an independent coach) before being invited to trial for any of the below programs.
Talent Identification nominations close on the 31st of August and are accepted for female athletes only.
Victorian Regional Academies of Sport
Dare to Develop a Diamond – female
Netball Victoria is pleased to announce a partnership with the Victorian Regional Academy of Sport (VRAS) that has seven regions throughout Victoria take part in a program that provides development for potential Zone Academy athletes transitioning into the 15/U female age group.
Barwon Sports Academy (Geelong), West Vic Academy of Sport (Ballarat), Gippsland Sports Academy (Newborough), Bendigo Academy of Sport (Bendigo), North East Academy (Shepparton), the South West Academy of Sport (Warrnambool) and Sunraysia Academy of Sport (Sunraysia) are the seven regional academies that participate in the program.
The program provides development for potential Talent Academy athletes transitioning into the 15U female age group. The program delivers components from the two Netball Australia Dare to Develop a Diamond Programs:
- Dare to Develop a Diamond 11-13yr old’s
- Dare to Develop Diamond Academy Program
Talent Identification – VRAS talent scouts (independent of Netball Victoria) attend Associations Championships to view athletes in the 13/U female competition to be invited to trial. Netball Victoria will also provide information to athletes, that trial for the Talent Academy that are successful in making the program.
Netball Victoria Talent Academy
17/U & 19/U age groups – female
The Netball Victoria Talent Academy (formerly Zone Academy) provides a holistic program that focuses on the development of individual athletes through three core components, physical preparation, technical and tactical skills and wellbeing/ off court development which will help begin their pathway journey.
|Age groups||15-16-year old and 17-19-year-old (regional academies only)|
|In-region training sessions||3x training (region based)|
|Metro-based high-performance camps||2 x High Performance Camps (Melb) – April & July School Holidays|
|Inter Academy weekend||September School Holidays|
|Athlete commitment||100% attendance
(compulsory camp attendance)
Exposure to VNL and pathway program coaches – Enabling coaches from the Victorian Netball League and other pathway programs to contribute to the delivery of the program as well as exposing the VNL competition and participating clubs to Talent Academy athletes.
Addition of a 17-19 age group for regional academies – To continue developing and maintaining our talent pool of athletes in regional areas.
Talent Identification – Netball Victoria Talent Scouts are appointed each year, to attend Netball Victoria competitions such as Association Championships and State Titles. Talent Scouts view athletes in the 15/U, 17/U and open age female divisions to be invited to trial for their local academy for the following year. Athletes can also be nominated using the Talented Player Nomination Form and be screened (where possible) prior to being invited to trial.
Victorian State Teams (17/U & 19/U - Female)
Each Year Netball Victoria selection 2 teams (1 in each age group) to compete at the National Netball Championships. This is a 12-week training program, before the teams compete in the week-long tournament.
Talent Identification – Netball Victoria Talent Scouts are appointed each year, to attend Netball Victoria competitions such as Association Championships and State Titles. Talent Scouts view athletes in the 15/U, 17/U and open age group to be invited to trial for their relevant age group. Athletes can also be nominated using the Talent Player Nomination Form and be screened (where possible) prior to being invited to trial.