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- 1. I haven't played netball since school - will I still be able to play?
Anyone can play netball - whether you are a complete beginner, an experienced player or someone who hasn't played since school. The best way to get back into netball is to visit our CLUBS page and find the nearest club to you. Our clubs welcome everyone and the language isn't a problem too as the majority of our clubs speak at least two languages.
- 2. How do I become an umpire?
Swiss Netball holds umpiring courses exclusively for Swiss Netball Individual Members. Courses will be advertised through the Netball member clubs and schools and social media platforms.
- 3. Do learner umpires have to be an individual member of Swiss Netball to attend umpiring courses?
Yes, all learner umpires must hold Swiss Netball Individual Membership to attend an officiating course.
- 4. Is there a lower age limit to becoming an umpire?
All learners must be at least 14 years of age at the time of taking an umpiring course.
- 5. Is the Introduction to Umpiring Award Course a compulsory part of the Officiating Pathway?
Not currently but it is the first step towards becoming an umpire and Swiss Netball highly recommend that anyone interested in umpiring compete this award before moving onto the C Award course.
- 6. What is the youngest age to trial for the U17 National Squad?
You have to be at least 13 years old on the 31 December prior to competition.
- 7. How good are the leagues? Will the standard be too high for me?
Swiss Netball works hard to create opportunities for its Members to obtain access to coaching and officiating training and awards. We aim to increase the number of officials within Switzerland holding internationally recognised qualifications, which will in turn support the improvement of Netball standards.
- 8. Where can I find my Individual Member benefits?
You can find all the Individual Member benefits on our Sponsorship page.
- 9. When is the deadline to submit applications to trial?
The deadline is in the trial information sent out to our Members.
- 10. What is the eligibility criteria to trial for any Squad?
The eligibility criteria is clearly set out on our website. To be able to represent Switzerland in any official comptetiton, the athlete must:
a) Hold a CH passport and/or
b) Have lived in CH for at least 24 months prior to the Championships.
- 11. How much does it cost to participate in the European Championships or anything netball competition which is not in this country?
The costs vary depending on the destination, the duration of the trip, tournament costs payable to the host country amongst other things. An estimated amount is quoted prior to accepting the place so the athletes are aware of the required commitment.
- 12. I was in the National Squad last year, do I need to submit another application form?
Yes, being in the National Squad one year does not guarantee automatic entry the following year. The selectors need to know how many athletes will trial so confirmation to trial needs to be submitted by your club or school.
- 13. What are the training times for the National Squad?
Training is usually from 10h00 - 16h00 on Saturdays and 09h00 - 15h00 on Sundays. Usually once a month for 3 or 4 months prior to competition. This can of course change depending on the age group and also facilities.
- 14. Do coaches and umpires have to be individual members of Swiss Netball?
Coaches and umpires are not required, at the moment, to be Individual members of Swiss Netball if they only coach or umpire throughout the year. They need to be an individual member if they wish to participate in any of the workshops or courses on offer. However, we strongly encourage anyone who is involved in netball in our country to become an individual member so they receive the latest news and can benefit from our sponsors offers that can be seen on our Sponsorship page.
- 14. Where can I find the rules of netball?
The rules of netball can be downloaded from the World Netball in several languages including FR and DE. There is also an App for the rules.