Netball WA is pleased to provide the following information for Associations competing in the 2018 Smarter than Smoking Association Championships.

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Age Eligibility



AGE (as at 31 December in year of competition)


Open – Women 18 & Over 2000 and before
17U – Girls 17, 16 2001 – 2002

15U – Girls

15 2003
14U – Girls 14


13U – Girls

13 2005
12U – Girls/Boys 12

2006, (2007 by req only)

#Masters – Women

35 & Over 1983 and before
No Limits – Mixed Open

2006 and before (2007 by req only)

#Open – Men

18 & Over 2000 and before
#18U – Boys 18, 17, 16, 15

2000 – 2003

#14U – Boys

14, 13, 12

2004 – 2006


# Subject to number of teams entered

  1. Proof of age will be requested if deemed necessary;
  2. Any team playing an ineligible aged player will be penalised two (2) point and the ineligible player will not be permitted to participate in the remainder of the STSAC;
  3. Associations may grade a player in a team up to 2 age groups higher than their current age group with exception of 11-year olds.
  4. Girls and Boys turning 11 years of age (in year of competition) are not permitted to play in the 12U age group unless prior approval has been sought from NWA;
  5. Requests for Girls and Boys turning 11 years of age (in year of competition) to play in the 12U Girls/Boys age group or the No Limits age group must be submitted to NWA on the online request form by COB Friday 20 April 2018. “Association Champs Age Exemption Request Form” link in table on page 20.
  6. Boys turning 12 as at 31 December (in year of competition) are eligible to compete in the 12U Girls/Boys age group or in the 14U Boys age group;
  7. If required, an Association player from a younger age group may play up in a higher age group during the STSAC. Players are only permitted to play in:
    – a higher division of the same age group, or
    – a team up to two age groups higher, with the exception of boys/girls turning 11 in the year of competition who may not play higher as per point 4. e)
  8. Players are permitted to play up into an older age group or division three times. On the fourth occasion they are deemed a member of the highest team they played up for and can no longer play in the team they were initially nominated to;
  9. Associations are not permitted to play a player down during the STSAC;
  10. The No Limits division is open to mixed teams. At all times a minimum of two females must be on the court. Please note, this is an open age division, catering for players 12 years and over (as at 31 December in the year of competition). Refer to point 4. e) for information;
  11. Associations that have extenuating circumstances in relation to any of the age eligibility rules must submit exemption requests by completing the “Association Champs Age Exemption Request Form” link in table on page 20. Closing date for requests is Friday 20 April 2018. All submissions will be considered, with a decision confirmed by NWA by COB Friday 27 April 2018. NWA’s decision will be final.

Opening Ceremony


  1. The Opening Ceremony will be held on Saturday 2 June 2018 at Perth Arena prior to the commencement of the SSN Game (approximately 6:30pm);
  2. Associations will be required to provide one representative dressed in their Association uniform to represent them courtside at the opening ceremony. Further details will be supplied closer to the date.
  3. Each Association is to send the name of One representative for the Opening Ceremony to by C.O.B 30 Wednesday 2018.

  4. There will be no banners or flags during the Opening Ceremony this year.

  5. The representative will be required to meet at Perth Arena between 5:45pm – 5:50pm at Entry B, in full playing uniform with sandshoes on.

  6. The representative must bring their ticket with them to gain entry. No ticket will mean no entry. Please try to leave your bag with someone else as this cannot be taken onto the court with you and there is no safe storage area. 

  7. Opening ceremony will commence at 6:30pm so please be seated early.

Perth Arena & Event Security


People attending the West Coast Fever match are advised not to bring any bags greater than an A4 sized piece of paper with them.

Any bags greater than this will be required to be admitted to the cloak room, slowing down the entry process for patrons.

Please note all bags go through a security check point and will be inspected.

Perth Arena Doors will open at 6:00pm.

Perth Netball Association and State Netball Centre Gates/Doors Open

Gates & doors will open at the following times:

  • Saturday 7:00am
  • Sunday 7:30am
  • Monday 7:00am

No entry will be allowed prior to this time. 

Team Packs, Match Balls and Umpire Uniforms

Umpire uniforms, team packs, scorecards, match balls and fever tickets can be collected from the Programs Room inside the State Netball Centre on Saturday from 7:00am until 9:30am. The Association representative collecting the pack will have to sign on collection.

Association Team Entry


  1. Associations may enter teams in one or all age groups of the STSAC. Teams are entered via the Association with all players and officials affiliated with NWA and meeting the Association’s selection criteria.
  2. Associations may nominate more than one team into the same age group.

International Team Entry


  1. International teams are welcome to participate in the STSAC however they are subject to all requirements of this document, payment of a fee as outlined below, and the competition rules.
  2. International teams will be eligible to compete in finals (please refer to Competition Rules – Finals on page 18)
  3. All team nominations, umpire payments, travel (including travel insurance), accommodation and meals are at the expense of the visiting team. NWA may assist in providing contacts for accommodation and assistance with sourcing umpires on request.

No Limits Team Entry


The No Limits Division at the STSAC will be held on Sunday 3 June 2018. This division is for male and female participants 12 years and older* with an intellectual disability.

  1. Entry is open to teams (NWA will connect interested individuals to current No Limits Programs) and are subject to all requirements of the 2018 Smarter than Smoking Association Championships Competition Information Regulations Rules, payment of a fee as outlined within, and the competition rules. Please note that the No Limits Team Fee does notinclude West Coast Fever Ticket offer due to the No Limits competition being held on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at the discount STSAC price of $15.50 GST incl. by clicking on the “Additional West Coast Fever Ticket” link in the table on page 21.
  2. Information regarding any available subsidies for travel, accommodation and meals will be conveyed directly to the No Limits Teams.
  3. For further information on the No Limits please contact Liz Chetkovich, NWA Community Manager on 9380 3743 or

* 2006 and before (2007 by request only)

Boys School Team Entry


  1. Boys’ teams are encouraged to participate in the STSAC however they are subject to all requirements of this document, payment of a fee as outlined below, and the competition rules.
  2. Boys’ competition rounds and finals will be played on Saturday 2 June 2018.
  3. Boys’ School Teams, team entry fee includes NWA one day carnival membership and West Coast Fever Ticket offer.



The STSAC Team Registration Fees are as follows:

All fees GST inclusive 12U to Open Masters No Limits

(No West Coast Fever Tickets Included)

Metro $490.00 GST incl. per team $470.00 GST incl.  per team $80.00 GST incl. per team
Small Country $490.00 GST incl.  per team $470.00 GST incl. per team $80.00 GST incl. per team
Country $465.00 GST incl. per team $445.00 GST incl. per team $80.00 GST incl. per team
International $995.00 GST incl. per team N/A N/A

(1 day comp only)


$355 GST incl. per team N/A N/A


  1. Please note that all team fees, (with the exception of No Limits team fees) include the ticket offer for the Suncorp Super Netball – West Coast Fever vs Giants Netball match to be held at Perth Arena on Saturday 2 June 2018;
  2. Additional tickets to the match can be purchased for $15.50 per ticket. The link to order additional tickets can be found in the table on page 21;
  3. West Coast Fever Game tickets are to be collected at the NWA marquee when collecting team packs;
  4. On receipt of the Entry Forms, NWA will invoice each Association and Visiting/International Teams. Invoices must be paid promptly and by the due date;
  5. Single game vouchers (valid for one playing date) are not permitted, unless advised otherwise;
  6. Team registrations will not be accepted until the Association is financial with NWA and has completed and signed its Annual Affiliation Renewal Agreement. This includes payment of the Association Affiliation Fee, $165 (GST incl.) which was due 15 March 2018 and payment of the 50% Affiliation Fee deposit which was due 1 April 2018.

Check in on Arrival


  1. One official from each Association must check in at the Programs Room inside the State Netball Centre between 7am until 9:30am on Saturday June 3 to collect fixture books, score cards, West Coast Fever Tickets and other relevant information and distribute to all of their participating teams;
  2. A Smarter than Smoking branded match ball will be provided to each team and MUST be used during each game at the STSAC.



  1. Associations and Visiting/International Teams will be able to pre-order a marquee for their teams to call home over the STSAC weekend. Open space is restricted at the Matthews’ Netball Centre and as a result all marquees are placed on the grass playing court surfaces. In order to maintain the integrity of the grass surface a plan for a ‘Tent City’ will be developed which will provide a carnival experience whilst protecting the courts;
  2. Associations can book trestle tables and chairs which have been chosen to reduce the risk of court damage. NWA requests that only these tables and chairs are used in the marquees. Marquees on the grass area will have shade cloth flooring avoiding the need for tarps;
  3. For details on costs please refer to the Marquee Order information located on page 22. Orders must be placed via the online order form on page 21;
  4. On receipt of order a confirmation email will be sent to you. If you do not receive this email after placing your order, please contact Caitlin Speirs, NWA Membership and Events Coordinator at or on +61 8 9380 3708. All orders for marquees, tables and chairs are to be submitted by Wednesday 9 May 2018.
Size (Meters)


Price (GST inclusive)


3×3 $177.00
3×6 $285.00
6×6 $475.00
6×9 $625.00
6×12 $870.00
Other sizes available on request
Chairs $2.20
1.8m Trestle $12.00
2.4m Trestle $13.00

Umpire Criteria


Please note that National B & C Badges must have been achieved in either 2017 or years prior to 2017.

  1. All teams must supply a competent umpire who will umpire their own team’s games throughout the STSAC;
  2. Umpire criteria and competencies as outlined below:
    – Open 1 and 2 umpires must hold a minimum National B Badge
    – All other divisions Open 3 to 12/U must hold a minimum National C Badge
    – All umpires participating MUST be a NWA registered affiliated member prior to the commencement of the STSAC.
  3. NWA will allocate umpires for the finals from those umpires registered by each Association. All umpires participating MUST be available to umpire finals if allocated, this includes all country umpires. NWA Sport Development Umpiring personnel will confirm and contact all umpires required for finals matches. Associations are required to make all umpires aware of this point as last year there were a number of umpires who indicated that they were not available to umpire finals;
  4. Umpires may be reallocated to other games to assist with the assessment of candidates being tested for badges. The NWA Sport Development Umpire personnel will control this process and we thank you for your cooperation in advance;
  5. Association Umpire Development Officers (AUDO’s) are required to nominate their umpires in MyNetball via the online form: Umpires for Association Champs and submit this by the required date. If Associations need an umpire, in the first instance please contact your Regional Umpire Development Officer (RUDO), and then another Association/Region. Netball WA will not assist in finding umpires for your teams. The exception is International teams who have advised NWA of their umpire requirements on this form: STSAC Visitor Registration Form – link is in table on page 20.
  6. There will be an umpires briefing with all AUDOs held in the lead up to the STSAC. A teleconference will be scheduled for the week beginning 21 May.

Coach Criteria & Mentoring


  1. All coaches must have a minimum current National Development Coaching Accreditation. It is a Netball WA recommendation that assistant coaches hold a current National Foundation Coaching Accreditation.
  2. In 2018 for Boys division teams, all coaches must have a minimum current National Foundation Coaching Accreditation. In 2019 this minimum coaching qualification will revert to a current National Development Coaching Accreditation;
  3. For information on coaching courses being held prior to STSAC please go to the NWA website In the event that you require further information contact Mhairi Stroud, NWA Sport Development Coordinator – Coach on +61 8 9380 3796;
  4. Coach mentoring is available for regionally based Association coaches on Saturday and Sunday. Please note that availability for coach mentoring is limited and not all requests for coach mentoring may be met depending on demand. Once fixtures have been distributed the ADO’s need to supply the day, time, court and team by completing the online “Coach Mentoring request form” in the table on page 20. Coach mentoring requests are due by 9am Wednesday 23 May 2018 (note this could change depending on when fixtures are distributed).
  5. All participating coaches and managers must be a NWA registered and affiliated member prior to the commencement of the STSAC.

Car Parking & Traffic Management


Click here to view a comprehensive overview of the Car Parking & Traffic Management information.

Scoring & Timing Procedures


  1. Please ensure that personnel allocated to these duties are competent in the procedures;
  2. Each Team will be required to supply a Scorer/Timer for their games;
  3. For further details please refer to the SCORE CARD section under “Competition Rules”.

Key Dates


Age Eligibility Exemption Request

Online form to be completed  

Association Champs Age Exemption request


Age Eligibility Exemption Requests finalised by NWA FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018
Uniform Photographs FRIDAY 27 APRIL 2018
Association Entry Form

MyNetball Team Nomination (including Coaches & Managers) 



Visiting Team Entry Form

Online form link Visiting Team Registration Form

Associations Individual Team Nomination, including players list to be completed on MyNetball FRIDAY 4 MAY 2018


Umpire Nomination form

Online form link  STSAC Umpires



Umpire Testing Requests

Online form link Umpire Test/ Coach Request



Coach Mentoring Requests

Online form to be completed  

Association Champs Coach Mentor




Marquees, Tables & Chairs Order to NWA

Online form Link  Marquee Request Form



Additional West Coast Fever ticket order

Online form to be completed  

Association Champs WCF Ticket Offer




Grading Completed FRIDAY 12 MAY 2018
Withdrawal of a Team

Associations withdrawing teams after 4.00pm AWST on this date will forfeit the full team registration fee

FRIDAY 18 MAY 2018
Umpire Coaching Requests

Online form Link Umpire Test/ Coach Request

9:00am WEDNESDAY 23 MAY 2018


Team Player Updates

Any player changes must be entered on MyNetball and email notification to  – no additions permitted after this date.

12.00pm MONDAY 21 MAY 2018


Lunch Orders Due

No orders will be accepted after this date.

MONDAY 21 MAY 2018


Lunch Order Payments Due to NWA THURSDAY 24 MAY 2018
Photography Opt-Out Form

Online form Link 2018 STS Assoc Champs Photography Opt-Out

MONDAY 28 MAY 2018

Court Times


Court Time – Recommendation

Netball WA have not stipulated minimum court time during STSAC in our documentation as many Associations have their own guidelines/recommendations on court time during STSAC.

However, Netball WA as a Member Organisation of Netball Australia (Netball’s National body) do recommend that all Associations, Clubs and Teams refer to information in Netball Australia’s various Policies and Guidelines and the references to “Fair Play”.

Netball WA strongly recommend Associations display due diligence in:

  • Reading these Policies and Guidelines before deciding on minimum court time for their athletes.  
  • Communicating to coaches, players and parents information with regards to court time and “Codes of Conduct” prior to the event.

 Please refer to the following Netball Australia Policies and Guidelines when determining court time for your Associations Athletes:

Lunch Order Form


Please click here to download the lunch order form.



  1. The Strapping service for the 2018 Smarter than Association Championships will be conducted by Darch Physio. Darch Physio provide the Physio for the West Coast Fever team and the WA State 17U team.

  2. The price list can be found here.