The ANZ Premiership is the pinnacle domestic competition in New Zealand. It is a significant platform for players aspiring to play netball semi-professionally and it provides opportunities for selected players to gain international representation.
The Pulse programme is jointly led by NNZ and CNZ. The alignment of Pulse and NNZ protocols is critical in ensuring a ‘one player-one plan’ approach enhances and supports individual player development.
The NZNPA (NZ Players Association) are engaged with NNZ to ensure player contracts and conditions align to professional work standards and expectations. High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) are contracted by CNZ to provide athlete services in nutrition, athlete life, conditioning, mental skills and physiotherapy. Each players’ individual performance plan (IPP) reflects her broad spectrum of on and off court needs identified to assist the player to enhance both her life and netball performances. Standards in conditioning are measured and checked against NNZ national performance guidelines and protocols.
The Pulse programme begins in December, the ANZ Premiership runs from March to June and the programme concludes in July with a Super Tournament between the top 3 New Zealand ANZ Premiership teams and international invited teams of the same level.
Each ANZ Premiership team comprises of 10 contracted players, up to 4 wider squad members (WSM) and an allowance of training partners. All Pulse contracted athletes are committed to a professional netball environment from December to July during which time they are expected to reside in Wellington for the duration of the programme season.
Selection of contracted Pulse players takes into consideration appropriate skill, positional roles, attitude, experience and commitment to the Pulse performance culture and expectations. Being a Pulse player requires strong role modelling, an element of service to our game and community and a genuine commitment to self- responsibility for the betterment of performance outcomes. Training partners are contracted for varied periods (pre and in season) and are expected to commit to all team conditioning, netball, recovery and review sessions as directed by the Head Coach. WSM’s are an option for inclusion into a Pulse team roster at any given time.
All Pulse players complete an induction process, which includes physical screenings along with life management skills to ensure transitions into the performance environment are well managed and successful for Pulse and the player. Following inductions, all players are engaged in off-season training programmes with regular monitoring to ensure they enter the season in the best physical condition to perform.
Seasonal plans are developed to reflect the demands of professional netballers and as such conditioning and netball practices occur daily relative to the competition schedule. One ‘player day off’ day per working week is included in the schedule along with recovery, analysis, IPP reviews and specialist sessions to ensure a performance culture and environment is sustained.
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