Emerging Talent Program

Purpose & Background

The purpose of the Emerging Talent Program (ETP) is to identify and develop players, coaches, umpires and selectors across Queensland to improve the depth of talent across all areas of the game.  In 2020, Netball Queensland will run 1 day ETP Clinics across 12 regions in July – August 2020.

At these clinics, the twelve 16U teams will be selected from each region to compete at the Nissan 16U State Titles.  Teams will assemble in Brisbane for the Nissan State 16U Titles to be held at the Nissan Arena from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd September.  This event also provides development opportunities for the appointed coaches, managers and umpires.

The 2021 Queensland 17U Squad will be selected and announced at the end of this event.

The Emerging Talent Program has its own app. Download the app to stay up to date with all the latest information. CLICK HERE for download instructions

For more information, download the Emerging Talent Program Handbook

ETP Clinic Details 

Dates for 2021 clinics coming soon. 

2020 Nissan 16U State Titles

16U Teams announced on the Nissan 16U & 18U State titles page

Click here for more information about Nissan State Titles

FAQs - Players

This change has come about for a number of reasons including:
• The NQ High Performance program operates other programs at the same time as the first phase
clinics resulting in increasing challenges to provide high quality presenters at first phase.
• Having State selectors and talent scouts attend a number of competitions and events across
Queensland during the season has helped to ensure talented emerging players have already been
identified by Phase 2, lessening the need to run Phase 1.
• NQ is transitioning to a new model of operating with Delivery Network Leads appointed by NQ who
will be working to develop netball across Queensland.
• The participant survey has highlighted that for many the first phase has been at a time that netball
across the State has not started and difficult for many to ensure their participants are registered in
the program.
• Because we have not required players to attend both phases previously, some choose to just attend
the 2nd phase and while numbers for both phases have grown steadily over the last 3 years, a number
of participants just attend the 2nd phase.

Selections continue to be the most contentious aspect of the Emerging Talent Program. Netball
Queensland (NQ) appoints the selection panels for each team which includes the 16U Head Coach, the
Sapphire Series and/or Ruby Series Head Coach and an NQ appointed selector who convenes the
Selection Panel and whose role it is to ensure the selection policy is adhered to and to manage any real or
perceived conflict of interest on the panel, e.g. where a coach/selector has a daughter involved.
The selectors endeavour to select the very best available players and for the team to do as well as it can
do at the State Titles. Selections will always be subjective with the selectors opinion at times differing
from that of a parent or coach of a player who misses out on selection. It is the selectors role to consider
all criteria when considering players for selection.
While attendance at the clinic gives players the best chance of being selected, the selection of players is
not solely based on these performances. Some players may be granted exemptions due to conflicting
events and selected even if they have not attended the ETP clinic. It is therefore important that most of
the selectors are aware of, and have seen the majority of players vying for selection in other competitions
as well. Hence the reason why it is important to use local selectors as well as other experienced NQ

If one of the selectors is related to a player or has had extensive dealings with any player that may be
considered a conflict, this is declared at the outset and the NQ appointed selector then documents
the conflict of interest.
The selector with the conflict then has no say in the selection of not only the player concerned but the
area of court that the player competes in.

Suggested Do’s…
• Help develop their resilience by questioning the player on why she thinks she may have missed out?
What did she identify as her strengths and areas to work on and how she is going to improve those
areas; and
• Avoid engaging in blaming others, criticism of selectors or perceived unfairness of court as this will
not assist the player to develop their self-awareness or resilience, or help them to push for future
• Suggest that she sit down with her own coach and discuss her strengths and work ons to get her
coaches views and recommendations on development priorities.

• Players are not guaranteed equal court time, but they are guaranteed a minimum of 3 periods of play
and two of these in their preferred positions. This is outlined at the start of the clinic to players and
• Where there are more players in one area of court, (usually the midcourt), these players will not get
as much court time as players competing in an area of court where there are fewer players competing
for selection (usually shooters or circle defenders).
• Towards the end of the selection phase, and once all players have had their minimum 3 periods of
play, the selectors may wish to put players on court who they need to make a selection decision on.
Some panels may also use a ‘possibles’ v ‘probables’ approach before making their final decision.
• Each selector needs to have viewed every player trialling and where there were 2 courts operating,
the selectors may require some players to play extra time to ensure they have been seen by each

• Yes, the player needs to contact the NQ Performance Pathways Manager to apply for an exemption to
still be considered for selection.
• If approved, the selection panel for that team will be notified and selectors asked to sight that player
prior to the Clinic.
• There are no guarantees of selection for a player that cannot attend, unless the player was in the
State team at the start of that year

• A key attribute of successful players is ‘self – awareness’ and Netball Queensland is targeting this as
an area for players to develop further. All players are asked to bring a pen and notebook to the clinics
and advised to note down any relevant feedback they receive during sessions and to also include
aspects of their game they identify themselves.
• While some clinics have a small number of players, others have over 50 and for selectors to provide
meaningful feedback to all players would compromise the priority of the clinic which is to identify and
select talented players for the 16U Team.
• Players are asked to do some pre-work on their strengths and priority work on areas to bring to the
Clinic to continue the development emphasis in this area. Players are then encouraged to work with
their own coach to continue their development.

• Netball Queensland pays facilitators and selectors a fee, along with their travel and associated
expenses. Netball Queensland also pays the venue hire and first aid support. The registration fee
payable is a contribution towards the overall costs of running the clinics.
• We place a high value on the ETP Clinics and from the feedback received, so too do the majority of
participants who consider the cost to be appropriate for the value received. 

• This would require 3 specialist coaches for each of the 12 clinics. It would not be possible to do this
without significantly increasing the costs to participants and Netball Queensland.
• Due to the number of players involved in the clinics, the skill development component needs to factor
in maximising the numbers of players actively involved rather than waiting for their turn.

• Players must attend the clinic in their region and if not possible, they need to apply for an exemption
to Jenny Brazel at Netball Queensland (jenny.brazel@netballq.org.au) citing reasons. 

As above, please apply to Jenny Brazel (jenny.brazel@netballq.org.au)
early for an exemption

The Netball Queensland coach facilitators look to apply coaching best practice within ETP with an
emphasis on game like activities which are designed to challenge and develop players decision making
abilities and self-awareness. 

FAQs - Coaches

• Coaches who have their Development coaching accreditation or above.
• Coaches who are already coaching rep netball, particularly those coaching 14s, 15, 16s or those who
have talented players in these age groups.
• Coaches who want to continue to develop their own coaching skills and be considered for higher level
coaching opportunities, e.g. appointed to 16U Teams.

• ETP coaching clinics will be facilitated by leading coaches in Netball Queensland and it is opportunity
to learn from and work with these high-level coaches.
• Opportunity to learn from and network with other coaches.
• Learn about the coaching practices and expectations for players, coaches and umpires in the NQ State
Team environment.
• Develop understanding, implementation, progression and modification of skill activities across
technical, tactical, decision-making areas required for players to advance to State team environment.
• Develop their own skills to provide relevant, specific and timely feedback to players within a positive
framework with guidance from the Coach Facilitator.

• The NQ appointed Coach Facilitator will lead the skill sessions throughout the clinic with coaches
participating in the clinic following the Coach Facilitator’s lead and coaching smaller groups with
support and feedback from the Coach Facilitator.
• Coach Facilitators will include coaches in discussion about progression and modification of activities
to increase challenge to players.
• Coaches will provide feedback to players during skill activities and game play where appropriate with
the guidance of the Coach Facilitator.
• Coaches will be involved in group discussion with the Coach Facilitator and other coaches about their
observations and experiences during the activities.
• Coaches will be observing during match play, recording relevant notes and statistics and providing
relevant feedback to players where appropriate.
• Coaches will self-reflect on their learnings throughout the clinic.

• Notebook and pen – you will also be provided with a workbook
• Lunch, snacks, water bottle
• Come dressed to coach on court

Yes, attendance at this clinic contributes towards continuing education points required for updating
coaching accreditation and will be recorded in your MyNetball learning records.

FAQs - Umpires

All umpires who have achieved their National C Badge (or currently undertaking the process of
achieving) and would benefit in continuing to learn from umpire facilitators in a concentrated
development program. The players are striving for State 16’s selection, and development umpires are
also encouraged to apply themselves, as there will be on-court umpiring of potential State 16 players.

• Umpires receive an Individual Umpire Development Program set by Netball Queensland.
• On-court experience of umpiring players vying for State 16U rep team, and umpire coach feedback set
by Netball Queensland.
• Possible appointment to umpire at the 16U State Titles.

Yes. Umpires can attend the following year. Netball Queensland are especially mindful that regional
locations do not gain frequent access to talent programs coordinated by our staff, therefore, all
development umpires are welcome to attend.

• Umpire uniform and whistle;
• Note Book and pen;
• Water Bottle and towel; and
• Any snacks.

Terms & Definitions

The name given to the overall program which consists of 12 clinics delivered across Queensland.

In 2020 the 16U State Titles will follow the same format as in 2019, and the 18U State Titles will include 18U teams under each of the Hart Sapphire Series clubs. NQ also proposes to invite additional team/s to compete at this event in 2020 and beyond.

These are the groups of approximately 25-30 players chosen (in each squad) following the Nissan 16U and 18U State Titles. These two squads will attend training sessions and camps in early 2021 before the final Queensland 17U and 19U teams for the 2021 National Netball Championships are selected.

Persons who assist in the coordination of the Emerging Talent clinics around Queensland.

The term “talent” refers to those players, coaches, umpires and selectors who demonstrate the potential for higher honours not only through their current level of performance, but also their willingness to take on board feedback, their high level of self-awareness and commitment to their own development.