Running your team trials

Running trials can be a complex process especially if you have not done it before. Whether it’s for school or club, junior or senior there are certain processes that can make it much more streamlined.

We have compiled a helpful outline and some key resources to help you run your team trials. It includes trial sheets, examples of selection policies and details of Auckland Netball approved Community Selectors.

It is important to recognise that trials are not the only way to sort players into teams, and that in many instances facilitating players to simply be grouped with their friends is completely fine. Other alternatives to ‘trials’ that may work for you could be:
– friendship groups or players make up their own team
– having a larger group train/practice together over multiple weeks and sorting them
into teams over time
– self-assessment of their playing level or identifying their motivations to play

Selection Policies

It is essential to have a clear selection process and policy in place for your school or club.
A well-defined selection process ensures:

  • the process is clear and transparent
  • the process can be easily communicated
  • players understand what they must do to be selected
  • provision of an objective document for player selection

Here are examples of selection policies:


Useful Trial Templates

Please find the templates below for your use:

We highly recommend attending the NNZ Community Coaching Module ‘Selecting’ for personnel involved in trials and selecting.

For more detailed information and tips, see Netball New Zealand’s 2010 resource: A Guide to running selection workshops for Centres and Regions

We hope your trials go well and wish you all the best for the season ahead!

Independent Community Selectors

Most schools (and clubs) utilise the services of volunteer selectors, however there is a list of independent selectors below if schools (or clubs) are seeking this service.

Although schools mostly involve selectors as volunteers, when schools have a budget for an independent selector, a common rate is $50 per 2-hour trial.

Schools are to connect directly with the independent selectors with the understanding that Auckland Netball will not be involved in coordinating selectors for schools. The school is ultimately responsible for the organising and running of the trials, please see the tips and
templates above to help.

Our criteria when recommending the selectors below is that they have attended the NNZ Selecting module, have strong coaching or playing history and a high degree of professionalism.

The selector is responsible for communication and clarity establishing expectations prior, attending trials as agreed on-time, upholding a high standard of delivery on the day(s), documenting scores/rankings clearly, providing summary information to the school in the agreed format, and all responsibilities around invoicing/payment.


Selector Details

Please note, availability is a guideline only and not guaranteed.
Aleisha Boyes
(Primary/ Intermediate)
Availability: During School or 0276262668
Caryanne Roberts
Availability: or 0211865690
Debbie Edwards
(All levels)
Availability: Weekdays during school or 021 838604
Julie Bennett (Primary/Intermediate/Secondary)Availability: or 0272790123
Fale Malifa
(Primary/ Intermediate/ Secondary)
Availability: or 02102311022
Leanne Barrett
(All levels)
Availability: or 021 1611070
Louise Hartstone
(All levels)
Availabilty: or 021 575054
Kelly Wieczorek (Primary/Intermediate/Secondary)Availability: or 0274834279
Michelle Parsons (Intermediate/Secondary)Availability: Friday or 0275688670