Rules

Rules

FREE PASSES AND PENALTY PASSES 

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

21a) 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.

21b) 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

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

22a) A centre pass will start each half or is used to start play after a goal is scored.

22b) The centre pass must be caught inside the centre third

22c) Footwork still applies in the centre circle

OBSTRUCTION

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

23a) Contact to any player will result in a penalty pass to the opposition 

23b) 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. 

23c) Obstructing a player will result in a penalty pass to the other team.

THE THREE SECOND RULE

24) 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 

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

25a) 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 

26) 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 

27) 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.

27a) 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

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

28a) The GS or GA may not attempt to score from a free pass.

28b) The GS or GA can attempt to score from a penalty pass if it is inside the circle.

28c) 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

29) 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.

29a) The two players must stand with their arms by their sides until the umpire releases the ball.

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

MATCH REGULATIONS 

31) Teams consist of 7 players- GK, GD, WD, C, WA, GA, GS

32) 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.

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

34) 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.

35) Bibs and balls will be provided where necessary.

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

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