Frequently Asked Questions

What if Ariels trials clash with other clubs?

We will do what we can on the day to accommodate anyone who leaves early or arrives later. Please let us know if this will apply to you – [email protected].

I/My child is injured but would still like to be considered for 2023, is that possible?

Yes, please still register for trials via https://netballtrials.com/clubs/ariels-vcna/ and email [email protected] to let us know. Include as much detail about the player’s netball experience if they are not a current Ariels player so selectors can make the most informed decision. If you have recent video footage of them playing that will also be helpful.

What are the age groups for 2023?

The age groups are based on the following:

Age Group Determining Factor
Under 11 Born in 2012 or later
Under 13 Born in 2010 & 2011
Under 15 Born in 2008 & 2009
Under 17 Born in 2006 & 2007
Open Born in 2005 or earlier
How many teams are selected each year?

The amount of teams selected will depend each year upon a range of different factors. In 2021 we had the following teams:

Age Group Amount of teams
Under 11 2 teams
Under 13 4 teams
Under 15 5 teams
Under 17 2 teams
Open 2 teams
VNL Development 4 teams (mix of 17&U and Open)
How many players are selected per team?


Where do teams play?

Ariels representative teams from 13&U to VNL Development play in the Waverley Netball Centre competitions from Monday-Thursday nights. 11&U teams are tournament only teams who play at various tournaments throughout the year and have the opportunity to play in the Spring season at Waverley.

Where do Ariels train?

Our two main training locations are Maroondah Nets (154 Heathmont Road, Heathmont 3135) & Yarra Valley Grammar (Sports Complex, entry off Plymouth Road only). All representative teams train on Sunday whereas VNL Development teams will train Sunday OR Monday depending on the team.

What teams have strength and conditioning training included?

Strength and conditioning training is compulsory for all VNL Development program athletes as well as 15&U/1 & 15&U/2 teams. Remaining 15&U teams, 17&U teams and Open teams are strongly encouraged to attend. All S&C sessions are run by a qualified instructor/s.

Can Ariels help with finding second hand uniform?

Yes, we have set up and our Committee moderate a private Facebook group. Postings are made by current and previous members looking to part with unused and unneeded uniform. Any sales are agreed to by the individuals, Ariels will only assist in mediating any issues that may arise. You must agree to the group rules before being accepted to the group.

Is Ariels on social media?

Yes! We are on Facebook & Instagram (ariels_vcna)

I have only had one game on trials day but I see other people going on multiple times, why am I am not going on?

Most of the time this is due to the positions you have given us. We generally get a lot of mid court athletes and less defenders meaning the defenders will be needed more often to get all the mid court athletes seen. We aim to get all athletes on court at least twice and we will announce the point where we believe all players should have been on at least 2 times, at this point you should then let Ariels organisers know that you haven’t been on.

I've been selected but it only says the age group, when do I find out my team and coach?

Selected players will get to meet their teammates and coach/es at our information session which follows the AGM. We select as squads at first as there are always changes throughout the acceptance process which can have a huge difference on teams.

Last reviewed: 1st September 2022