Unit of competency details

SISSNTB204A - Teach foundation netball skills (Release 2)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by SISSNTB001 - Conduct netball coaching sessions with foundation level participantsNot equivalent. Title changed. Unit updated to the Standards for Training Package 2012. 10/Sep/2019
Supersedes and is equivalent to SRSNTB004A - Teach and develop the fundamental skills of netballE Updated and equivalent to SRSNTB004A Teach and develop the fundamental skills of netball 06/Jun/2011

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
2 (this release) 28/Nov/2011
(View details for release 1) 07/Jun/2011


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 092103 Sports Coaching, Officiating And Instruction  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 092103 Sports Coaching, Officiating And Instruction  18/Nov/2011 
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Modification History

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Unit Descriptor

This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to teach players fundamental netball skills. It requires the ability to plan, conduct and evaluate drills, activities and games which focus on player development of the foundation skills of netball.

Application of the Unit

This unit applies to those netball coaches known as Foundation Coaches who work with guidance from more senior coaches. They work at a local level to plan and implement training sessions and games to develop fundamental netball skills for players at a junior or beginner's level.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Netball Australia governs the game of Netball in Australia through its affiliated network of member organisations. The netball sector recommends that teams engage only accredited coaches who participate in Netball Australia's National Coaching Accreditation Scheme (NCAS).

Netball Australia has specific training and assessment requirements for the industry accreditation of coaches. Those developing training and assessment to support this unit should undertake consultation with Netball Australia, acting as the industry occupational registration body, to determine any specific arrangements for courses, trainers and assessors and any partnership arrangements which will facilitate RPL for candidates to achieve coach registration status as a Foundation Coach.



Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements and Performance Criteria



Elements describe the essential outcomes of a unit of competency.

Performance criteria describe the performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised text is used, further information is detailed in the required skills and knowledge section and the range statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the evidence guide.

1. Plan fundamental level netball sessions.

1.1. Identify and assess participants' needs and characteristics  to plan tailored netball sessions.

1.2. Identify and assess participants' readiness  and current knowledge of netball to determine session aims and objectives .

1.3. Develop a plan  to meet participants' needs in accordance with relevant regulations , organisational policies and procedures 

1.4. Identify risks and incorporate safety procedures  to manage the risks associated with fundamental netball drills , activities  and games .

1.5. Access and select location , equipment  and resources  and check to ensure safety and suitability.

2. Brief participants.

2.1. Communicate instructions and relevant information  about the fundamental netball session in a manner understandable to junior or beginner participants.

2.2. Inform participants of known and anticipated risks , safety procedures, responsible, safe and appropriate behaviour and fundamental netball rules .

2.3. Discuss, clarify and establish a suitable communication system  to promote teamwork while participating in drills, activities and games.

2.4. Advise procedures for dealing with emergency and non-routine situations.

2.5. Encourage participants to ask questions and seek feedback during the briefing and the session.

3. Conduct fundamental netball sessions.

3.1. Use teaching and coaching techniques  appropriate to the needs of junior or beginner participants to develop players' fundamental netball skills  in attack and defence and to impart required player knowledge .

3.2. Conduct the coaching session according to accepted best practice in netball coaching  and endorsed standards  promoted by sporting organisations.

3.3. Conduct warm-up and introductory activities for participants to reduce the risk of injury.

3.4. Use netball drills and activities in practice sessions to progress player skills to game situations.

3.5. Modify, as required, the game and rules for junior players.

3.6. Monitor individual participant's performance  and maintain effective communication during fundamental netball drills, activities and games.

3.7. Observe participants during fundamental netball drills, activities and games, and adjust or refine individual or group technique as required.

3.8. Allow time for and conduct cool down activities at the end of the session.

4. Complete post-session responsibilities.

4.1. Talk to junior or beginner participants about opportunities to further develop their fundamental netball skills.

4.2. Provide opportunities for participants to identify their personal progress and satisfaction with the session, and encourage their feedback and questioning.

4.3. Evaluate relevant aspects  of netball session and determine the level of learning achieved.

4.4. Identify areas of improvement for future fundamental netball sessions.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This section describes the skills and knowledge required for this unit.

Required skills 

  • communication skills to:
  • consult with participants to plan a fundamental netball session that meets their needs
  • fully brief participants in all aspects of the session
  • interact with participants to create a safe and positive team environment
  • give and receive feedback
  • literacy skills to:
  • produce basic written plans for netball sessions
  • complete simple written post-session evaluation reports on the quality of player and self participation in the session
  • complete forms to apply for permission or permits to use a suitable location or court
  • numeracy skills to manage time within session timeframes when delivering a series of drills, activities and games
  • problem-solving skills to:
  • plan suitable netball sessions according to participant's needs and characteristics
  • address participant difficulties in developing fundamental skills and techniques
  • anticipate and respond appropriately to non-routine situations
  • resolve disputes related to the conduct or outcome of a game
  • planning and organisational skills to:
  • source, allocate and coordinate resources, equipment and a suitable location
  • organise participants into manageable groups for netball drills, activities and games
  • analytical skills to:
  • monitor and evaluate player and self progression
  • teaching and coaching techniques to suit a range of junior or beginner participant's needs, characteristics and learning styles
  • personal netball skills to a high level of technical correctness to:
  • understand progressive fundamental skill acquisition
  • demonstrate, explain and break down fundamental skills and techniques to participants
  • first aid and emergency response skills appropriate to the location.

Required knowledge 

  • regulations that apply to the use of private and public netball facilities and gyms
  • site-specific information to assist in the planning process and enable management of potential risks and any special restrictions applying to the location
  • the existence and basic aspects of occupational health and safety legislation
  • risks associated with training for and playing netball and techniques to manage these
  • emergency response and rescue procedures appropriate for netball to ensure risk minimisation to self and group
  • the key content of endorsed standards promoted by sporting organisations
  • organisational policies and procedures for conducting coaching sessions
  • the complete content of rules applicable to the game of netball and modified rules for junior players
  • the on court roles and responsibilities of all netball positions
  • the key features of netball related injuries, a range of physical and motor performance abilities and player fitness levels to analyse the readiness of participants to engage in progressive skills acquisition
  • formats, styles for and inclusions of basic plans used by netball coaches and the organisation in particular
  • the key features and usage of accepted best practice techniques for coaching netball
  • fundamental teaching and coaching techniques and practices applicable to a range of ages and learning abilities
  • fundamental netball skills and specific drills, activities and games that promote progressive skill acquisition in individuals and groups
  • the key characteristics and use of equipment and technological aids used in the development of fundamental netball skills
  • the essential elements and appropriate use of communication systems used by players, coaches, support staff and umpires during fundamental netball drills, activities and games.

Evidence Guide

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for the Training Package.

Overview of assessment 

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Evidence of the following is essential:

  • conducts multiple and diverse safe drills, activities and games that reflect the needs and characteristics of a diverse range of junior or beginner participants and are of sufficient duration and breadth to demonstrate competency and consistency of performance
  • plans and delivers information, explanations and demonstrations for netball sessions to ensure activities are conducted safely and according to junior or beginner participant's needs and characteristics
  • observes and monitors the progress of participants and provides constructive feedback and intervention to improve and develop the fundamental skills of netball
  • uses netball drills and activities in practice sessions to progress player skills to game situations
  • uses and modifies teaching and coaching techniques and drills, activities and games to cater for a range of individual learning styles
  • evaluates and reflects on own coaching performance to identify strengths, weaknesses and areas that need improvement.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Assessment must ensure access to:

  • resources and information on participants and location to accurately plan, coach and document netball sessions for a variety of participants
  • netball training and competition facilities
  • equipment such as netballs, uniforms, bibs, appropriate footwear and goal posts
  • a group of junior or beginner participants to take part in the netball sessions
  • umpires qualified to manage at least a junior, fundamental or beginner's game
  • support staff and scorers
  • rules of netball
  • current relevant regulations, policies, procedures and codes that apply to coaching in fundamental netball skills.

Method of assessment 

A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:

  • observation of planning processes, such as such as talking with junior or beginner participants to determine their needs and characteristics
  • oral or written questioning to assess knowledge of relevant rules, regulations and policies
  • observation of safe netball coaching at a fundamental level and monitoring and adjusting activities that meet participant's needs, characteristics and responses
  • evaluation of portfolio of session plans, player and self-evaluations
  • evaluation of third-party reports from coaches or umpires detailing performance.

Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended.

Range Statement

The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording, if used in the performance criteria, is detailed below. Essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment (depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts) may also be included.

Participants' needs and characteristics  may relate to :

  • age
  • maturity for age
  • preferences or protocols of different cultures, nationalities and religions
  • player motivation for participation
  • compatibility between players in match situations.

Readiness  may involve:

  • previous experience in team sports, especially netball
  • netball skills and knowledge of applicable rules
  • emotional capability to deal with competing in a game
  • fitness levels and physical capabilities
  • motor performance factors
  • current or recurring injuries and illnesses.

Session aims and objectives  may include:

  • progressive skill acquisition during drills, activities and games
  • improvement of individual player skills
  • improvement of teamwork skills
  • improvement of player fitness
  • management of player injury.

Plan  may include:

  • session aims and objectives
  • date, time and duration
  • location
  • coach and participant ratios
  • resources required
  • equipment required
  • tailored drills, activities and games
  • activities to progress playing skills to game situations.

Regulations  may relate to:

  • occupational health and safety (OHS) legislation
  • permits from land management authorities or local council
  • authority or permission from netball clubs or associations
  • privacy legislation
  • working with children checks
  • environmental protection regulations.

Organisational policies and procedures  may involve:

  • risk management
  • safety
  • management of players' current or recurring injuries and illnesses
  • conflict resolution
  • in game communication procedure
  • use, care and maintenance of equipment and court
  • training and scheduling commitments
  • code of ethics
  • harassment-free sports policies.

Safety procedures  may include:

  • group management in emergency situations
  • prevention, symptoms and first aid treatment of common netball injuries
  • management of players' current or recurring injuries and illnesses
  • equipment checking and usage
  • court safety
  • safe and clear communication systems.

Drills , activities  may involve:

  • developing skills through appropriate sequencing of skills
  • progressive skill acquisition
  • breaking down skills
  • modifying skill drills
  • coordinated positional plays
  • warm ups and cool downs.

Games  may include:

  • simulated games to develop fundamental skills
  • competition games
  • modified games to meet specific player and team needs
  • practice matches to develop fundamental skills.

Location  may include:

  • netball courts:
  • indoor
  • outdoor
  • off court locations such as gyms.

Equipment  may include:

  • netballs including modified balls for junior players
  • uniforms
  • appropriate footwear
  • positional bibs
  • stop watches
  • whistles
  • cones
  • goal posts.

Resources  may include:

  • teaching and coaching tools
  • visual media equipment
  • food and water
  • first aid kit.

Relevant information  may relate to:

  • objectives of the session
  • skills focus of the session
  • equipment and resource requirements, selection and use
  • responsible and safe behaviour.

Risks  may include:

  • collisions
  • injuries including:
  • fractures
  • dislocations
  • sprains
  • strains
  • exhaustion
  • dehydration.

Rules  may include:

  • International Federation of Netball Associations' Rules of Netball
  • Netball Australia's Netta Netball rules for junior players.

Communication systems  may include:

  • calls
  • hand signals
  • eye signals.

Teaching and coaching techniques  may include:

  • demonstration
  • breaking down fundamental skills into components
  • progressing through and linking skills
  • monitoring and observing progress
  • fault detection
  • assessment of participants' skills
  • providing positive reinforcement and feedback during and after drills, activities and games.

Fundamental netball skills  may include:

  • game sense and decision making at a fundamental level
  • two hand catch
  • throwing:
  • shoulder pass
  • chest pass
  • bounce pass
  • movement skills:
  • take off
  • sprint
  • one and two foot landing
  • jump
  • leap
  • outside pivot
  • attacking skills:
  • straight lead
  • single dodge
  • change of direction
  • defending skills:
  • one on one
  • interception
  • hands over the ball
  • recovery to 0.9 metres
  • goal shooting
  • toss ups
  • patterns of play.

Required player knowledge  may include:

  • rules of netball
  • organisational policies and procedures and those promoted by sporting organisations
  • when to apply different netball skills
  • role of player positions
  • basic biomechanical principles
  • strengths and weaknesses of opposition and own team
  • equipment selection, use and maintenance
  • communication systems used in netball.

Accepted best practice in netball coaching  may include:

  • positive role modelling
  • good sportsmanship
  • preventative practice to minimise safety risks and hazards
  • positivity when providing constructive feedback on player performance.

Endorsed standards  may include:

  • Australian Sports Commission Harassment-free Sport policy
  • Netball Australia's Member Protection Policy
  • Netball Australia's Junior Policy
  • Netball Australia Anti-doping policy.

Participant's performance  may include:

  • use of appropriate communication systems
  • accuracy of skill
  • team participation
  • attitude and behaviour
  • ability to link and use the fundamental skills of netball.

Relevant aspects  may include:

  • the quality of own performance in the coaching session
  • effectiveness of the teaching and coaching session
  • suitability of teaching and coaching methods
  • feedback provided to or by participants
  • initial and final assessment of participants' abilities
  • validity and reliability of coaching and assessment tools.

Unit Sector(s)


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