Trials FAQs

We have created this page to help you decide on whether to trial for our Elite & Academy Training Squads for the 2018/19 season. Note that some information remains subject to change throughout August; please check our website regularly for further updates as details become available.  Relevant information will be given to any athlete who applies to trial, with final training dates confirmed to any athletes selected through the trial process.

Performance Pathway Trials 2018/19 – Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE COACHING PHILOSOPHY OF LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL?

  • Enjoyment – Developing an environment where players and coaches feel challenged supported and gratified
  • Reflection – Emphasising challenge, awareness and discovery within practise; developing adaptable and self-organising performers
  • Problem-solving – Providing opportunities for players to solve problems and use their initiative; developing players who can respond to the constraints which arise from a variety of situations
  • Quality – Offering top-level, evidence-based coaching including basic and advanced technical skills together with a strong support programme for sports science, nutrition, education options and lifestyle, to maximise a player’s potential
  • Leadership – Developing skills which increase opportunities for players as tactical leaders through on-court and off- court activities

 

On court – Training and Playing:

·       Team-player

·       Relentless

·       Passion

·       Intensity

·       Leadership

Off court:

·       Reflection

·       Drive for improvement

·       Dedication

·       Self-managing

·       Team Player

 

WHAT ARE LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL ELITE SQUADS AND ACADEMY TRAINING SQUADS?

Our Elite Squads and Academy Training Squads are a performance programme for players identified as having potential as an elite athlete. Our aim is to create an environment where each athlete can be fully immersed in a tailored programme where they have the opportunity to maximise their potential through on-court and off-court support. On-court support includes technical, tactical and positional skills alongside strength and conditioning. Off-court support encompasses the likes of nutritional and lifestyle guidance, as well as mentor support and confidence building activities, and develops through the age groups with a greater emphasis on reaching the older age range.

To see a visual representation of the pathway including access points please refer to our standard FAQs

 

WHAT IS LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL LOOKING FOR IN AN ELITE OR ACADEMY PLAYER AND HOW ARE PLAYERS ASSESSED?

Experienced selectors (including Maggie Birkinshaw, a Roses Selector and Anna Carter, a previous Roses Academy selector) will assess athlete performance and potential at trials day. Selectors will be looking for athletic ability, technical skills and game sense as well as assessing an athlete’s potential to develop. We are looking for athletes who love the game, value teamwork, have a desire for hard work and the motivation to learn and improve. 

 

WHAT IS THE TRIAL PROCESS FOR LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL ELITE SQUADS AND ACADEMY TRAINING SQUADS?

Initial trials will be held on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September 2018 at Leeds Beckett University. Athletes can apply for trials on the Leeds Rhinos Netball website where athletes must complete and submit an online application form plus payment of £15 for the initial trial. All athletes will learn about proper warm up and cool down techniques as part of trials. All athletes will trial for their appropriate age group and the selectors will decide upon the best place to suit their individual development.  Initial trials will mostly involve match play. Selectors will choose more athletes than the required number on trials day, with additional screening to follow at the first couple of training sessions to help them make their final squad selection.  There will be a cost for the additional screening to cover the facilities.

 

 

HOW DOES TRIAL DAY LOOK?

Please bring water bottles and snacks; there are limited refreshments available onsite. Please ensure you have any medication you may need such as an inhaler. Please do not bring valuables or mobile phones on court; there are no locker facilities and we cannot be responsible for any items which are lost or stolen. Your trial kit should include black or navy shorts/skort/skirt, a plain white top and short white socks.  No school/club/county sponsored logos please. Hair should be tied back, nails trimmed, and absolutely no jewellery. Please bring warm outerwear (hoody/tracksuit) to wear between matches/drills.

 

Please arrive in time to register, at which point your number will be written on your leg and arm so that you can see which matches you’re playing in. Please arrive ready to play, ie make sure any strapping/supports are in place.  Trials will be very busy and there is no time for strapping in between the drills or matches. In line with the approach of England Netball trials, we will write the trial number on the athlete’s arm and leg with a Sharpie Pen, so that it is clear to see. Please notify us if you have an allergy to this and we will organise a number that can be pinned into clothes.

 

Once you have your trial number, look at the match schedule (there will be copies on the hall walls) and make sure you know which matches you are playing in and your position(s).  Bring a pen and paper to write these down. Make sure you listen carefully to the coaches/selectors, as there will only be short breaks between drills and matches and remember that you may be scheduled to play back to back matches in different positions. After each match, please leave your bib on court, ready for the next game. Trials are likely to be across two courts, so please pay attention!

 

We want this experience to be as positive as it can be for the athletes and we will try and ensure it runs smoothly, but inevitably, things are not always perfect or as expected. Our aim is to make the trial process as fair as possible, given this is not a science and therefore impossible for us to plan for every eventuality!  Parents and carers can play a really helpful role supporting and encouraging their athletes, keeping them calm and being positive regardless of the outcome.

 

Games are allocated based on each player’s number, so that they remain anonymous. Positions are then filled to give each athlete a similar number of games, ideally giving them both their first and second position. Given the popularity of certain positions, especially at a young age, it is not possible for everyone to have games in all of their favoured positions. Selectors are looking for general skills, not just positional play, so don’t worry where playing ‘favourite’ positions is not possible. Trials will often involve a significant amount of time on drills. Sometimes selectors will ask girls to change positions, because they think someone has potential at a different position. Towards the end of play, selectors may also switch some players around or ask an athlete to play an extra game if they need to see more from a specific player. We cannot guarantee that you will always be playing in your requested position(s), but if you think there has been a mistake in what has been asked of you, please speak to the people on the registration desk – not the coaches/selectors, – and we will try to resolve the issue. Inevitably there will be some change on the day, as some people who have registered will not turn up.

The outcome of trials will be announced by email within 48 hours of the trial (or faster, where training is due to commence asap). Depending upon the number of athletes at trials, we may not be able to provide individual player feedback for every athlete.

 

WHAT IS THE COST FOR ELITE AND ACADEMY TRAINING SQUAD PROGRAMMES IN 2018/19?

The costs will be in line with previous and similar programmes and will be announced towards the end of August.

 

HOW DO LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL AGE GROUPINGS WORK?

Our age groups follow the national approach, so that we fit with NPL competition regulations and entry requirements. This means we run U19s, U17s, U15s, and U13s using the age at the end December as the cut-off point. If we didn’t do this, we wouldn’t be able to meet the competition regulations.

In simple terms, here are the age groups for our Pathway.

U19s born 2000 or 2001 

U17s born 2002 or 2003

U15s born 2004 or 2005

U13s born 2006 or 2007

Two-year age groupings can mean that athletes sometimes have a year when they are in the younger end of an age group and forms more of a “developmental year”. It is the same for everyone and very much in line with other Performance sports.  Selectors are aware of the age of each athlete and look for potential as well as current skill level.

 

WHAT TIME IS EACH AGE GROUP’S TRIAL?

U19 – Sept 8, 9am registration

U17 – Sept 8, 1pm registration

U13 – Sept 9, 9am registration

U15 – Sept 9, 1pm registration

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO TRIALS?
Please email info@leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk with your details, and the reason you are unable to make trials, and we will consider your circumstance.

CAN I BE IN TWO ACADEMIES SIMULTANEOUSLY, E.G. RHINOS AND LIGHTNING? 

This is unlikely now that Rhinos has the pathway, for a few reasons. Firstly, the teams compete in the same competitions, and an athlete would only be able to play for one team at competition level. Secondly, there will likely be clashes to training times and/or overloading on the body/travel. Thirdly, Leeds Rhinos Netball is part of the larger Rhinos Club, which prides itself on a commitment to being a Rhino and part of the Rhinos family. We are keen to draw on this culture for Netball and so wouldn’t expect an athlete to be in two franchises.

 

CAN I BE IN A RHINOS ACADEMY AND A COUNTY/SATELLITE GROUP? 

This is possible because it is most likely at U13/15 the training commitment as a Rhino is less and the Competition entries don’t clash. We would advise parents to think about loading and travel commitments to ensure an athlete doesn’t overcommit. There will sometimes be practical issues due to time clashes and this may mean choices have to be made. If this is the case talk to your coach to see what is best for your development.

 

CAN I BE IN A CLUB AND RHINOS? 

Yes, we would expect most athletes to be playing club netball as well as Pathway. There will sometimes be practical issues due to time clashes and this may mean choices have to be made. If this is the case talk to your coach to see what is best for your development.

 

WHAT KIT WILL LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL PLAYERS WEAR IN 2018/19?

We are currently working to secure appropriate kit for both Elite & Academy Training squad players, and also for our Hubs. We expect to announce further details at the trials. Note that Elite and Academy squad players are expected to purchase a full set of kit, whilst Hub members will have access to a smaller kit bundle.

 

WHAT WILL LEEDS RHINOS NETBALL ENGAGEMENT WITH SCHOOLS LOOK LIKE?

In the first instance, engagement will be focussed on Leeds schools drawing on the links and relationships through the Leeds Rhinos Foundation, and where there exists a relationship with a school in another area.

 

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

If you are interested in coaching or support coaching, please email Anna Carter- info@leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk

If you are a school interested in any other activity, please email Anna Carter directly.

 

FURTHER ENQUIRIES AND QUESTIONS?

If you have a question which is not covered here, please email info@leedsrhinosnetball.co.uk

 

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