Hi Everyone. Just a few things to catch up on before the season gets underway.
ChCh Netball have advised that as a result of resealing some courts, they have reduced the total number of courts to 35 - this is 3 less than last year. The resealed courts will not be ready for Round 1 (April 28 to May 26), therefore they have introduced an additional time of 4.00pm. This time will only apply for the first round.
The Draw is now available on the ChCh Netball website. We will send email you a copy of the draw each week - the list will contain only details on Technical teams.
Also, no lighted courts will be allocated to Clubs until after the end of Round 1, due to the courts not being ready. Therefore first in first served if you are practising at Hagley. We are looking into nabbing 2 or 3 courts early on the night and keeping them for Technical teams. You probably have had it easy so far while school holidays are on, but it is likely to become a bit of a problem and patience will be required. I recommend that you share a court where possible to allow fair use for all teams and clubs.
We are still being advised of some withdrawals, balanced by new queries. I will send a full list of coaches and contact details very soon - just waiting for a couple of coaches to confirm their details back. If you need to use a player from another team, you MUST ask the Coach first and be quite clear about how much on court time the player can expect. If they are required to play most of the game before they play for their own team, then this may disadvantage their home team. Think about the impact if you were the other coach and team. If you are just wanting sideline cover, then the player should know this too.
Please ensure that all your players have purchased a uniform, and have picked up their backpack and jacket. Remind them that the last day is this Sunday - 22 April, 3pm at Avonhead School.
Still need a couple of umpires - either for Under 12 (who play 9.35, 10.30 or 11.25) or for Club Umpire. Keep asking if players or family/friends would be interested.