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Rules and Regulations


LEAGUE RULES 

i) Teams must arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes before your match starts.

ii) Matches must start on time. This means all warming up, nail cutting, hair tying, bibs on etc. should be done prior to your starting time. 

iii) A minimum of 5 players must be on court for the match to be played 

iv) Borrowing players is allowed as long as the opposition agree. You must only borrow players when you are short on players to make up your basic squad. If you do not ask your opposition you risk forfeiting the match 18 – 0. 

v) Injury time is not permitted due to venue time. An injured player must be immediately substituted. If there is no sub, the team is allowed to move around the players already on court. The opposing team cannot substitute but are allowed to move their players already on court. In the event of a serious injury in which the player cannot vacate the court, the umpires will submit a report to Netball-Leagues who will decide whether the remaining time will be played at a later date or not. Netball-Leagues decision is final.

vi) First Aid. Teams are responsible for bringing/administering their own first aid and should not expect the umpires, venue or Netball-Leagues to provide this for them. (Plasters, ice packs etc). 

vii) Substitutions can only be made at the break.

viii) Late players can only come on after either team has scored a goal.

ix) Player of the Match is nominated by each team for their opposition. The umpires will ask each team whom they are nominating at the end of the match. Player of The Season is announced at presentation night. 

x) If more than half the game has been played the result will stand. If it has not then the whole/part match may be replayed depending on circumstances. Netball-Leagues' decision is final. 

xi) The correct procedure for any queries for umpire is for the Captain to approach the umpires at half time or after the game, NOT during. Our leagues have a reputation for being friendly, so lets keep it that way!

xii) If applicable, the umpire’s scoring overrules the scoreboard.

xiii) Teams must not alter or move equipment to gain an advantage.

xiv) If a team fails to turn up for a scheduled fixture, they lose the fixture 18-0 and will be charged the full match fee for the missed game. Teams who wish to withdraw from the league need to give two weeks’ notice of their intent to withdraw from the league and are required to pay for and play two full matches prior to withdrawal; failure to adhere to this will result in the Team Captain being charged their full two weeks match fees for both missed fixtures.

xv) Please note that teams are automatically entered into a new league season unless they provide us with the required two weeks withdrawal notice prior to the end of the season. If a team wishes to withdraw from the league and only notifies us of this at the beginning of the new season then they will be required to play the first two matches of the new season before being able to withdraw, failure to adhere to this will result in the team being charged their match fees for these two fixtures.

 

PAYMENT RULES

i) Each team will pay a set weekly fee of £35. 

PLEASE HAVE YOUR MATCH FEE IN A MONEY BAG/SEALED ENVELOPE WITH YOUR TEAM NAME AND AMOUNT PAID CLEARLY VISIBLE AND HAND TO AN UMPIRE BEFORE YOUR GAME.

 

TEAMS FAILING TO SHOW

i) If teams wish to cancel a match, they automatically lose 18-0 (Netball-Leagues allow a flexible squad system) and their opponents will play a friendly arranged by Netball-Leagues.

ii) If a team fails to turn up for a scheduled fixture without giving Netball-Leagues 7 days’ notice, they lose the fixture 18-0 and will be charged the full match fee for the missed game. Teams who wish to withdraw from the league need to give two weeks’ notice of their intent to withdraw from the league and are required to pay for and play two full matches prior to withdrawal; failure to adhere to this will result in the Team Captain being charged their full two weeks match fees for both missed fixtures.

THIS FINE HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE TO PREVENT TEAMS FROM LETTING DOWN THEIR OPPOSITION. THE CHARGES ARE PUT IN PLACE AS NETBALL-LEAGUES STILL NEEDS TO PAY FOR THE VENUE AND THE UMPIRES. FIXTURES CANNOT BE REARRANGED FOR DIFFERENT DATES.


TEAMS TURNING UP LATE

i) Teams will start 1 goal down for every 2 minutes they delay the match once the umpires have made clear time has started.

ii) If a team shows up in the 1st half/1st quarter both teams pay their full match fee and the result will stand.

iii) If a team shows in the 2nd half/2nd quarter the late team will be charged their full match fee plus their oppositions umpire fee (extra £7 = £41) while the other team pays £7 less (£27) and the result will stand.

iv) If a team shows up in the 3rd or 4th quarter of the match, the late team will be charged a double match fee while the other team pays £0 and the result will stand.

 


FREE PASSES AND PENATLY PASSES 

i) A free pass is taken from the same spot where the rule was broken.

ii) A penalty pass is also taken from the same spot where the rule was broken but the player who broke the rule must beside and away from the player taking the penalty and be out of play until the ball leaves the hands of that person taking the penalty pass.

iii) Whether in possession of the ball or not, a player cannot move into an area of the court that is not designated for their position and if a player does do this, a free pass will be awarded to the opposing team.

 

  


CENTRE PASSES

i) The first centre pass of the game is decided by a coin toss

ii) A centre pass will start each half or is used to start play after a goal is scored.

iii) The centre pass must be caught inside the centre third

iv) Footwork still applies in the centre circle

 


OBSTRUCTION

i) A player can only attempt to win back the ball when the ball is in the air.

ii) Contact to any player will result in a penalty pass to the opposition

iii) A player must be 3 feet away while attempting to defend. This is measured from the passing players grounded foot and the nearest foot of the defender. If the defender comes within three feet of the player while they still have the ball, obstruction may occur.

iv) Obstructing a player will result in a penalty pass to the other team.

 

THE THREE SECOND RULE

i) To make sure the game stays up to pace the three second rule Netball-Leagues adopts the three second rule meaning a player has only three seconds between catching the ball and passing it.



THROWING 

i) The ball must be thrown from a standing up position. A player cannot throw the ball while they are kneeling or on the floor.

ii) The ball cannot be thrown over a complete third of a court (two transverse lines). A free pass will be awarded to the opposing team from the second transverse line. The ball must be handled in each third.


CATCHING 

i) A player may not catch the ball, drop the ball and then catch it again. In this instance a free pass is awarded to the other team from that spot.


FOOTWORK

i) If a player catches the ball with one foot on the ground (the landing foot) or jumps to catch the ball and lands on one foot, the landing foot must not move other than to help pivot. They may step with the other foot. If they lift their landing foot then the ball must be thrown before the foot is re-grounded.

ii) If a player lands with both feet on the ground, simultaneously, they may take a step in any direction with either foot or which ever foot they pivot from then becomes the landing foot. In the same way as before they can step and pivot as many times as they wish but if they lift the landing foot then the ball must be released before being re-grounded.



SHOOTING

i) The GS and GA are the only two players able to score for the team and must be fully inside the goal circle.

ii) The GS or GA may not attempt to score from a free pass.

iii) The GS or GA can attempt to score from a penalty pass if it is inside the circle.

iv) A player must not attempt to score if they catch a rebound from a shot on goal if the ball has not touched the post or another player. If this happens a free pass will be awarded to the other team.


TOSS UPS

i) If there is simultaneous contact for the ball, the umpire will use a toss up to restart the game. The two players must face opposite each other with the umpire in between.

ii) The two players must stand with their arms by their sides until the umpire releases the ball.

Players must not lean against the goal posts; this will result in a free pass to the opposition


MATCH REGULATIONS  

i) A player must not wear or use equipment that is dangerous to herself or another player, including any kind of jewellery. Only medical bracelets are permitted, although they must be taped down. 

ii) Nails must be short. If not, umpires may refuse a player the right to play. 


iii) Players who are more than 12 weeks pregnant may not take part in any Netball-Leagues sports leagues. Players less than 12 weeks MUST have doctors approval. Netball-Leagues is not liable for any injuries caused. 

iv) Bibs and balls will be provided where necessary. 


v) Appropriate footwear (indoor trainers – not pumps!) must be worn. Appropriate clothing (sports attire only) must be worn. 

vi) Each match is controlled by two qualified umpires who have full authority to enforce the laws of the game. Their decision is final.

 

DISCIPLINARY ACTION 

i) The umpire will deal with all infringements and misconduct and the umpire’s decision is final. Dissent and or misconduct may be punished by sin binning the offending player. The umpire must inform the sin-binned player of the duration of the sin bin at the time they are sent off court. The offending player will be able to return to the court at the next centre pass following the end of their sin bin period. The sin bin period does not include half time. The umpire will instruct the sin-binned player when they are able to return to the court. In the event that the sin binned player is the centre, one of the teams other players already on court may become centre for the duration of the sin bin period. When the sin-binned player returns to the court all player must return to their original positions. 


ii) Serious misconduct during a match may result in an individual being sent off for the remainder of the match and incurring bans for subsequent matches. In the event that then sent off player is the centre, one of the teams others players may become the centre for the remainder of the game. In the event of serious misconduct from more than two players in a team, the match will be abandoned and awarded as a walkover to the opposition. The offending team will be required to pay a one match fee fine (£35) to Netball-Leagues in addition to their normal match fee, which will be used to reimburse the opposition.

iii) Serious misconduct may result in the individual or club being excluded from the league. 

iv) Netball-Leagues reserves the right to ban or expel any player or team from the league. There is no opportunity to appeal.

v) Players can only play for one team in any given season unless Netball-Leagues gives permission. 

vi) All players must be 16 or over.


SCORING SYSTEM

• WIN = 5 points
• DRAW = 3 points
• LOSE WITHIN 5 GOALS = 2 points
• LOSE WITH HALF GOALS OR MORE = 1 point
• LOSE WITH LESS THAN HALF GOALS = 0 points

 

RELEGATION/PROMOTION

The bottom two teams in each division will be relegated. The top two teams in each division will be promoted and will apply from the following season which will start the following week. 

 

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