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Grading Policy

OLOR Netball Club (OLORNC) has implemented a grading policy to ensure that the grading of players and teams is conducted fairly; based on a player’s ability, skill level and attitude.

Grading is carried out on nominated days prior to season commencement to provide Baulkham Hills Netball Association (BHSNA) an indication of the number of teams and prospective grades for the Winter Competition.

The aim of grading players is to set teams, which have a balanced group of players, both in ability levels and playing positions. Grading is influenced by the number and ages of players registered with OLORNC.

Players will be graded into their own age group i.e. the age they turn in the playing season. A player may be selected by the Grading Committee for an older aged team if considered necessary due to numbers of players registered. This will only occur after discussion with the player and player’s parent/guardian. Requests to be graded into a specific team/age group will not be considered.

Net Set Go Saturday (7 and 8 years): Players will be placed in teams with their friends where possible within their age group. These requests must be received at the time of registration and will only be accommodated if numbers for an age group permit.

9 years to 14 years: Players will be graded in these age groups according to their ability. This will ensure that players are playing at an appropriate skill level.

The BHSNA Grading Committee not OLORNC determines the final grading of a team in the BHSNA Winter competition.


Grading Committee:

A Grading co-ordinator should be appointed with a minimum of five (5) appropriate graders selected from within OLOR Netball Club to form a grading committee. Nominations for the Grading Committee are to be received prior to the first meeting of the Netball year. External graders can be included if necessary at the discretion of the Committee. The Grading Committee will conduct grading as per the description below.



Grading Criteria:

When assessing the overall skill of a player, the Grading committee will take into account:

  • Ball Handling
  • Footwork
  • Positional Skills
  • Sportsmanship
  • Attitude


Grading will consist of several processes and these are to include:

  • A detailed coach’s evaluation report at the end of the season,
  • An assessment to be carried out towards the end of the season by the previous year’s Grading committee or appropriate club executive who will attend several games and provide a written report
  • Paper grading to be carried out prior to practical grading taking into account the above reports and place players into teams for practical grading
  • Practical grading will take place with a minimum of three (3) graders per age group. Graders will take into consideration the coaches’ report, previous years grading committee members’ reports, paper grading and play observed at practical grading.


Grading Appeals:

OLOR Netball Club endeavours to ensure team grading is conducted fairly with balanced teams selected.  Players and parents are asked to be reasonable and objective in their expectations and to encourage their children to accept their team selection.  Ideally eight (8) will be selected per team however, due to numbers registered some teams may have nine (9) players.  Teams will be announced via the club website at a time advised by the grading committee.

Whilst it is hoped that players and parents appreciate the difficulty of grading and accept the decision of the committee an appeal may be made. Any appeal must be made in writing within seven (7) days of the team’s announcement.  All appeals are to be sent to: 

The Grading Committee OLORNC

The Grading committee will discuss all correspondence and the decision reached will be final.