New courts, new teams and record numbers of juniors are set to propel Maitland netball into another huge year.
The 2020 season starts on March 28, irrespective of how many of the new courts are online.
"They are running a little bit behind schedule for the completion of all 17 brand new courts. But we are forging ahead and are going to stick to our start date at this moment," Maitland Netball Association president Kim Starkey said.
"We have two rounds and then an extended break through April, coming back in May.
"It's expected that we will have eight of the new courts available, which will give us 23 for the first two rounds and everything completed when we return for round three.
"If we have 23 courts we can fit everything into a normal Saturday.
"However, we have planned for the worst contingency of not having the eight courts and we can get through the first two rounds.
"We may possibly look at playing either earlier starting games at 8am instead of 9am and also possibly having Friday night matches for those two weeks.
"The courts look fantastic. They are going to look an absolute treat once they are all one, they really are world class."
Starkey said there were 240 teams, an extra 15 teams, registered to play this season.
"We have really, really high numbers in our juniors which is fantastic," she said.
"With the growth of league tag, AFL and other sporting options girls now have, it is really positive to see we have had such growth in our juniors and that netball is still such a prominent women's sport.
"The interest is really high, we had almost 70 girls try out for the under-11s which was just amazing.
"For the first time we have chosen three development teams in those age groups to give the girls the best opportunity at training and developing their skills."
Representative teams have also been selected for under-12, 13, 14, 15 and 17 age groups.
The squads are training twice a week in a program which culminates at state titles over the June long-weekend.
Anyone who is still interested in playing netball can contact the Maitland Netball Association via their Facebook Page.