R&R

Team Captains will be emailed and asked to confirm, that on behalf of their team they have read, understood and will adhere to all The Leagues rules and regulations as stated below.

THE League COVID-19 Rules and Regulations & Code of Conduct - September 2020

The aim for our restart is October 2020 when risk and mitigation plans are discussed, agreed and in place with all the participating venues. 

  1. The League Netball Game Modifications

Whilst our comprehensive measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, there is an increased risk associated with taking part in netball activity and whilst using indoor venues.

All match play and competition will play to these rules until social distancing is relaxed

For full clarification please see attached - An Introduction to Stage 4 Netball Modifications Video.

 An introduction to Stage 4 Netball - Modifications video.

https://youtu.be/PWehcDeTh_A

  • 4ft spacing for the start of play – GS and GK are required to start inside their respective goal circles, GA, GD, WA and WD on the transverse line and the centres in the centre third. The modification requires all players to position themselves a minimum of 4ft away from their opposing players and teammates at the start of play. This will be managed by umpires at the start of play.
  • 4ft marking – the defending distance has been increased from 3ft to 4ft. Particular attention must be paid in the goal circle when defending or waiting for a rebound under the goal post. This will be blown as distance.
  • 4ft position of penalised player – penalised players for major infringements are required to position beside the player they infringed but from a distance of 4ft away. This will be managed by umpires when an infringement occurs.
  • Removal of Toss Ups – No toss ups are permitted, the team who had the ball directly before the action that caused the toss up to be awarded will retain possession. The umpire will briefly hold time, instruct the ball to be returned to the relevant team and play will be restarted on the umpire’s whistle.
  • Removal of idle interactions – Players not engaged in play or who are stood still are required to be positioned 4ft away from another player. This frequently happens on the circle edge, on the transverse line, whilst walking back to centre pass and returning to the team bench at the end of a quarter. Managed by umpires and supported by players and coaches.

2.  Personal Risk Assesment and Opting In

     Opt-In Procedure

The ‘Opt In’ Process and Confirmations as advised by England Netball and adapted by The League Netball.

This process is designed to make sure that the risks of netball and COVID-19 are understood, and the information is readily available for all individuals and ensures choice with regard to joining netball activity as provided by THE League.

This information is for all The League members, players, coaches, officials, umpires, and volunteers.

The risks associated with Netball activity related to COVID-19 and providing information to enable your choice re 'Opt In' is available and explained by the:

Netball Medical Information video - Understanding the risk of netball.

https://youtu.be/9qYJrHfXzZ0

All players/officials/umpires please read the Personal Risk assesment (Form 1 attached below) and Opt In document (Form 2 attached below.) as part of the first stage towards your informed safe return. Please consider your personal circumstances when making your decision to return.

There is no pressure from anyone within THE League and our netball family to return if they are uncomfortable with the risks due to their own personal situation, or that of a close family member that they live with.

To those who do not feel comfortable to return at this time, please be assured that a place will be available back with us at THE League and in the meantime you very much remain a member of our netball family. Please contact us at any time further down the line.

For current resuming teams, THE League will not take payment for cancelled matches due to ill players and the score will be allocated as a 1 v 1 draw for the first returning season. We all hope this will not be the norm but we want to emphasise we will work together to keep everyone safe.

3. THE League COVID 19-Leads

COVID-19 Lead - Janice Enright 07875738959   leaguenetball@yahoo.co.uk

COVID-19 Lead - Jessica Enright 07891891237  leaguenetball@yahoo.co.uk

As self-designated COVID-19 Leads on behalf of our organisation THE League, we are following England Netball and www.gov.uk guidelines.

www.englandnetball.co.uk

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/return-to-recreational-team-sport-framework

To ensure fast and smooth communication each team Captain is our designated COVID-19 Link and any named other as deemed by the Captain.

4. The League Pre-Game Process

a) Track and trace

The League will support test and trace efforts by asking the captains/COVID-19 links to collect written/electronically written information on participants who are attending their matches. This must be detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact all participants if a player becomes ill with COVID-19.

Any attendee who develops COVID-19 symptoms up to 48hours after any netball activity must report to NHS Test and Trace and notify their Team Captain if the test is positive. The Team Captain then informs THE League COVID-19 Leads.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person/

The records must be kept by the captain/ COVID-19 links for 21 days.

Please see attached below Document 3 The League Players Test & Trace Form

b) Symptom check/Self-assessment

Our aim is to promote and maintain the health & safety of all our Netball family. Please help us by answering the questions on the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form before attending each game. 

If you feel like you are displaying any of the symptoms listed, please do NOT attend the game.

Captains please ensure this check is performed prior to game attendance/mixing with others.

Please see attached below Document 4 The Self Health Declaration.

c) Travel to matches

Participants are encouraged to follow best practice for travel including minimising use of public transport and limiting car sharing. Walk or cycle if you can. People from a household or support bubble can travel together in a vehicle.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

d) Arrival & Exit from the venues

This will be venue specific, current available venues are,

Outdoor Venues

1. Westfield Sports Centre S20 1HQ

There is a large Warm up area at the side of the courts, please socially distance use this are until you are called onto the courts. Please sanitise your hands on entry to the courts, then prior to the match start, then at the end of each quarter, then on completion of your match and as you are leaving the courts. Please leave via the bottom exit, when the courts are clear the next group will socially distance enter the courts via the top entrance.

Indoor Venues

1. Goals – ALL Saints Sports Centre.

a. Court 1 procedure - TBC

b. Court 2 procedure - TBC

c. Court 3 procedure - TBC

2. Park Academy - TBC

3. Killamarsh Leisure Centre. - TBC

We are in close contact with; Springs & Meadowhead Academy, Chaucer, Mercia and Netherthorpe Schools, and are waiting for confirmation of their restart.

5. The Game – Arrival and During

a) Arrival

The League will now only provide match balls, bibs in case of colour clash and position change, first aid including PPE equipment and sanitising products.

Please arrive ready to play, the policy is ‘Get in,’ Play Safe, Get out!'

Changing facilities should not be used.

Do not arrive too early.

Maintain social distancing at all times during off court activity.

Use your own training ball for personal use.

Keep all your personal belongings 2 metres away from others.

If possible, arrive wearing your own bibs as provided by yourselves. 

Nails short and jewellery removed or taped by yourselves.

Hands must be sanitised upon arrival at the venue.

If paying on the night please pay prior to start of the match with prepared monies

b) Play Safe

Safety within matches must be taken seriously by all and is the responsibility of everyone. Players should encourage and remind one another of the COVID-19 rule modifications and protocols as much as officials and umpires do.

Positions for the start of play

  • All players must not position within 4ft (1.2m) of any other player
  • GA/GD/WA/WD can position as normal at any point along the transverse line but must maintain 4ft (1.2m) from each other
  • GS/GK are required to start inside the Goal Circle 4ft/1.2m apart
  • Centres can position as normal but must maintain a distance of 4ft (1.2m) either at the Centre Circle or if the Centre decides to mark at the transverse line

Players are required to sanitise hands at the start and end of each quarter

Players are actively discouraged from touching the post

Team talks to be conducted in socially distanced circles.

No handshaking, goal celebrations, high 5’s

No shouting or cheering

Substitutes maintain social distancing along the long walls of the sports halls.

No sharing of water bottles, place 2 metres away from other water bottles.

c) Get Out

Hands sanitised at the end of the match.

At the end of the match all players should clear the court straight away and should not congregate at the edge of the courts at the venue.

Pllease shower/change at home.

6. The Post-Game Process

Please leave as soon as the game is completed, if payment is to be made at the venue, please pay on arrival using the correct monies.

Changing facilities should not be used, sanitise hands on exit.

All venues will have entry and exit points that ensures social distancing can be maintained.

Venues will display the appropriate signage to facilitate entry and exit at all points throughout the facility.

Ensure test and trace is completed and stored safely and destroyed after 21 days.

Contact THE League Covid-19 Leads if any attendee develops COVID-19 symptoms which leads to a positive test via NHS Test and Trace within 48 hours of dated The League netball activity. After 2 positive cases per game within a 14 day period we will then report to England NHS Test and Trace and take advice.

7. General Rules and Guidance

a) Payments

1. Preferred option - Team Payment. 

If possible, a per team selected individual pays £35.00 weekly online stating their team name.

2. Individual payments. 

For individual online payments, please state the team name. 

3. Cash payments.

Please pay cash into your provided designated team envelope on the night of play. (apart from Sheffield Division 5 based at Chaucer School which will be cashless - option 1 & 2 only.

Bank Account Details: The League

33728941

60-40-09.

PAYPAL Number and email - 07875738959, leaguenetball@yahoo.co.uk

b) Equipment

A freshly cleaned/sanitised ball per match will be provided and used for each quarter (same ball can be used but must be cleaned at quarter times).

A spare ‘clean’ ball will be kept in reserve if the match ball enters a spectator area.

The post at each goal end will be sanitised prior to the start of the match, and if/when contacted during the game and on game completion.

A clean set of bibs will be provided by each team, however there will be a spare clean set at each venue in case of colour clashes. Changing positions during a game should be limited to as less position changes as possible, however if a player is to change position, a clean bib from the sets provided at each venue can be used.

Participants should take their kit home to wash it themselves, rather than have one person handling a large quantity of soiled materials. Where kit absolutely has to be shared or kept together (for example last minute stand-in players, shortage of kit, or an essential club function), each person handling it must wash or sanitise their hands immediately after.

c) Shouting

There is an additional risk of infection in close proximity situations where people are shouting or conversing loudly. This particularly applies indoors and when face to face. Players will therefore avoid shouting or raising their voices when facing each other during, before and after games.

d) Umpires

Umpires are our greatest asset and must be treated with respect, if you need to approach umpires at quarter times, please maintain social distancing and speak normally.

2 umpires must be used during match play

Will ensure players are adhering to the rule modifications and will instigate the appropriate game management protocol as per;

The Netball Rule Book Manual 2020.

https://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/englandnetball/wp-content/uploads/...

Summary of the main rule changes

https://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/englandnetball/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/03111803/Main-Changes.pdf

Initially manage the modifications by verbal reminders, if persistent use whistle, stop the game and remind. If a persistent serious issue use England Netball game management guidelines - caution, warning and suspension.

Stage 4 Officiating Forum – Gary Burgess

https://youtu.be/LaO_nnI6_HA

Will check nails from 2m away.

Will keep 2m away from netball activity, can stay in front or behind play if the court has a short run off.

Will sanitise the match ball prior to match start and at the end of each quarter. Will place the sanitised match ball on game completion in the designated 1 per ball bag. Sanitise hands prior and post ball cleaning. Place antibacterial wipe in the bin.

Will sanitise the netball posts prior to game start, after any physical post contact during the game and post-game completion. Sanitise hands prior and post netball post cleaning. Place antibacterial wipe in the bin.

Provide their own record keeping and score cards and pens. Will email all match information through to The League.

Umpires can umpire and play 1 game per evening if they so wish.

Will complete the onsite The League Test & Trace form stating how many games umpired, which court and timings.

Please see attached Document 5 The League Umpires Test and Trace form

e) Pool Players

Pool players and Play up players are to play 1 game per 1 team per night of play only.

When the player is booked please inform The League and we will sign the player in, on the relevant division pool/play up player sign in sheet. Captains please add the pool/play up player onto your Test and Trace form. There will be a backup Test & Trace form available at the venues.

Captains please ensure that the player is symptom free via the COVID-19 Health Declaration Form and is aware of the current risks and game modifications via https://www.leaguenetball.co.uk/node/339

Captains please ensure the booked player is aware of the venue/court entry and exit guidelines and time of match arrival.

If a pool/play up player develops symptoms which lead to a positive test within 48hrs of the dated The League netball activity, the player must inform the captain of the team. The team captain must then inform The League.

Pool players must play in the Divisions relevant to their ability. For example a Division 1 standard player should not be playing in lower divisions. The umpires will monitor this aiming to maintain fairness to all teams. Regional players play/play up into Division 1 only unless they are registered to a team.  Pool players can play 8 times per team per outdoor season. (4 for indoor seasons)

f)  Injury treatment

Injuries during play will be treated with the participants wellbeing as paramount. The League will endeavour to protect you and others through rigorous sanitising, PPE and distancing. face coverings, gloves and apron will be worn when providing assistance.

First Aid kit will be provided.

A designated area will be provided at each venue for unwell/injured participants. – TBC.

After contact with an injured participant, first aiders must clean their hands thoroughly with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser at the earliest opportunity and avoid touching mouth eyes and nose.

The League accident book will be completed at the earliest opportunity.

g) Spectators and Substitutes

We request spectators are kept to a minimum, and the preferred option is no spectators at this time. Please see the following venue ‘allowance’.

As venue specific, where allowed spectators are to remain socially distanced whilst attending games. Spectator groups must be restricted to a 6 persons (3 persons per team) or less gathering and spread out, in line, maintaining social distancing.  All spectators must wear a face covering.

When spectators attend, there will be a named person or persons with responsibility for ensuring adherence with these guidelines and ensuring the facility is COVID-19 Secure. The League has carried out a risk assessment for the activity which limits the number of spectators and focuses on the need to maintain social distancing on arrival, for the duration of the activity, and on departure.

A Test and Trace form will be at designated venues where we will collect information from spectators which is detailed enough to allow NHS Test and Trace to contact them if necessary. THE League will hold the information for 21 days post the dated netball activity.

 Venue 'allowance' -  spectators.

Outdoor Venues

1. Westfield Sports Centre S20 1HQ 

Spectators - A maximum of 3 supporters per team, to stand off the courts behind the fence. To maintain social distancing at all times and no shouting.

Substitutes - Team substitutes are allowed court side and please be ready for play. To maintain social distancing at all times whilst court side. To sanitise hands on arrival, prior to play and after each quarter and at the end of the match and on exiting the courts. 

Indoor Venues

1. Goals All Saints Sports Centre

Court 1 2 and 3 – If spectators are a necessity they will be allowed around the long sides of the courts. Maximum of 3 per team

2. Park Academy – No spectators allowed in the Sports Hall.

3. Killamarsh Leisure Centre – If spectators are a necessity they will be allowed in the top area of the court. Maximum of 3 per te

Substitutes - Team substitutes are allowed court side and please be ready for play. To maintain social distancing at all times whilst court side. To sanitise hands on arrival, prior to play and after each quarter and at the end of the match and on exiting the courts. 

h) Insurance

The League does not provide any Insurance including Personal risk or COVID-19 related. THE League will not be responsible for attendees who develop COVID-19 symptoms or illness after any netball activity/involvement as organised by THE League Netball.

Please source and organise insurance on a personal or team basis as you see fit.

i) Compliance - Please see the Disciplinary section in The League Standared Rules and Regulations for further guidance.

All who take part in this version of netball have a responsibility for ensuring that they adhere to the modifications put in place.

These modifications have been introduced to significantly reduce the number of face to face interactions that may occur and players must ensure that they actively seek to remove these from the game.

Any persistent breaches of these modifications will result in incidents being investigated and could lead to removal from play within THE League.

Investigations will consist of, verbal and written statements obtained from umpires, players/persons involved and witnesses.

 Based on all facts/information received The League may decide on game bans, removal and/or permanent removal from play within the league.

8. Outdoor Netball

Sheffield Monday and  Chesterfield Thursday - Outdoor at Westfield Sports Centre, Eckington Road, Sothall, S20 1HQ

From the car park please make your way straight to the courts, there is a separate warm up area at the side of the courts.

All the above COVID-19 expectations apply as do our Standard Rules and Regulations.

https://www.leaguenetball.co.uk/node/318

Court 1 is nearest to the car park, Court 2 - middle and Court 3 at the end. There is a one way system in place for entry and exit. 

We will cancel by 5pm due to poor weather.

First Aider onsite and contactable via reception.

Toilets are thru main reception, please wear a mask when indoors.

Beanie hats, snug fitting to the head can be worn. No gloves - sorry.

Spectators - To stand socially distanced off the courts behind the wire fence, a maximum of 3 supporters per team

Substitutes - Team substitutes are allowed court side and please be ready for play. To maintain social distancing at all times whilst court side. To sanitise hands on arrival, prior to play and after each quarter and at the end of the match and on exiting the courts. 

THE League Standard Rules & Regulations are applicable and work within the COVID-19 Rules & Regulations.

THE League Standard Rules & Regulations

Players

Teams are allowed 7 players on the court at any one time. All players must be registered with The League prior to a match commencing.  A team can have a maximum of 15 players registered at any one time. Players can be registered and deregistered at any point throughout the season.  A player can only be registered to play for one team at any one time. Your registered list of players is visible in League Stats, your results table, team name. To register a new player please contact Janice or Jess via the contact us page on the website.

 *For Mixed Netball Only

There can be a maximum of 3 males on the court at any one time (per team). Only one male is allowed in each third of the court, for example, one male playing either GS or GA (in the attacking third), one male playing either WD, WA or C (in the centre third), one male playing either GK or GD (in the defensive third).*

Substitutes are allowed for injured / ill players or at the end of each quarter. The umpire must be notified of all substitutions made. Injured players who have been substituted off will not be allowed back on court until the next interval. An injured player who has not been substituted may return to play only after a goal has been scored.  Players can change positions at the end of each quarter.

 A team needs a least 5 players to start a match. Any less than 5 and the team will not be allowed to start play. The situation will be treated as a late arrival and incur the punishment applicable for late arriving teams.

All players must be 16 or over. Captains must be 18 or over. Please contact leaguenetball@yahoo.co.uk if your players are younger, to discuss and sign a waiver.

Players who are 12 weeks pregnant (or more) may not take part in any league matches.

Nails should be kept short and smooth.  They should not be able to be seen when showing your palms. No form of glove may be worn by players during a match.

All players must wear suitable trainers and netball kit including bibs. No jewellery is allowed to be worn when playing, including earrings, hard headbands and facial piercings. If jewellery cannot be removed we will allow you to tape it up, as long as it is safe. It is the umpires and leagues direction if we deem it to be safe.  If players need to wear glasses or contact lens – please read and sign our waiver form and return a copy to The League (form available in Downloads page).

The League will provide bibs and balls. These must be returned after the match, if this is not done the team responsible will be charged for the items.

Players must not use equipment or wear anything which could be deemed dangerous to themselves or to any other players.

Pool and Play Up Players

Individual players who are not registered to a specific team may register as a pool player. Please contact The Facebook group - Sheffield Netball Clique to be added, this is classed as the Pool List.

https://www.facebook.com/netballclique/

The play up system allows a registered The League player to play for other teams within The League, only if that team plays in a division higher than the registered players own team.

Pool players must play in the Divisions relevant to their ability. *(please see below) For example a Division 1 standard player should not be playing in lower divisions. The umpires will monitor this aiming to maintain fairness to all teams. Regional players play/play up into Division La Liga only unless they are registered to a team.

*Pool Players play in one of the following groups of divisions only - Pre- COVID-19 Groupings

La Liga Division 1 and 2

Division 3 4 and 5

Division 5 6 and 7

Registered Division 6 players can 'play down' into Division 7.

 Pool / Play Up players must be present for a match at start of play.  Should a pool / play up player arrive early for a match, they may not be used as a substitute or an additional player for other teams already on court.  Pool / Play Up players can play more than one match per night as long as this has been pre-arranged with the appropriate team captains. (If, on the night of play a Pool / Play Up player is on site and you need a Pool / Play Up player you can ask the coordinator to approach the player to play for your team prior to the start of your game.

 If on the rare occasion a team goes down to 6 players or below due to injury and a Pool/Play up player is on site, with both Team Captains agreement the pool/play up player can step into the injured player’s position for the remainder of the match.

Should a pool player decide to register for a team - please inform The League organisors @ leaguenetball@yahoo.co.uk so your team sheet can be updated accordingly.

A pool/play up player can play for a team a maximum of 4 times during a season.

 Pool/play up players are to make themselves known to the umpire / coordinator before the start of each match that they play and complete the sign in sheet available at each venue.

Pool / Play Up players are NOT to be used to strengthen your team and are not to be booked if you have a full squad which consists of a starting 7. They are to be used ONLY if you are short – to make your team up to 7. The penalty for not adhering to the rules is a match loss score of 15-0 and the normal match fees for the offending team will apply.

The Play Up Players are to be used as well as the pool players not instead of.

 If, at the start of the match more than 7 players including the booked pool / play up player arrive, your match starting 7 including the booked pool player stays on for the full match.

If you have a starting 7 as well as the Play Up Player - you do not use the Play Up Player.  

Umpires

Each match is controlled by two umpires who have full authority to enforce the rules in connection with the match to which they have been appointed. The two umpires shall have control of the match and give decisions. They shall umpire according to the Rules and decide on any matter not covered by the Rules (refer to rule 19 in the Official Netball Rules). The umpire’s decision is final on all issues during a match. The umpires will be fully supported by The League Organiser’s.

The umpire will record information on all matches they have been officiating and report this to The League Coordinator. Information recorded will be, name of any pool players, name of teams playing, score of the match, player of the match (from each team) and disciplinary issues or teams absent.

The Match

The match will consist of 4 quarters of 10 minutes each. The teams will change ends after each quarter.  No time will be added to the match in the event of stoppages.

The home team will have the first centre pass. The away team will select in which direction they would like to shoot during the first quarte

The All England Netball Rules shall apply during the match.

https://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/englandnetball/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/03111758/INF_NETBALL-RULE-BOOK-MANUAL-2020.pdf

September 2020 Summary of rule changes

https://d2cx26qpfwuhvu.cloudfront.net/englandnetball/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/03111803/Main-Changes.pdf

Whilst Netball is still classed as a non-contact sport, the League Organiser’s are aware that there is a potential for contact to take place. The level of contact will be determined and monitored by the umpires and appropriate actions will be taken in accordance with the Rules of the Game. If the umpire deems it necessary – players can be warned, suspended or ordered off court.

Disciplinary Regulations and Action

All infringements and misconduct will be dealt with by the umpire and the umpire’s decision is final.

Any misconduct from a player or team that results in the game being abandoned will result in the match being awarded as a walk over to the opposition. Further action may also be taken against the team or player.

Serious misconduct may also result in the individual or team being excluded for The League. In the event of serious misconduct by a player or team, the team captain will receive written notification from The League as to the punishment.

The League reserves the right to ban or expel a player or team from the League. There is no opportunity to appeal.

Any team found to be playing an unregistered player will forfeit the match 15 - 0 unless the final score is greater.

Players are not allowed to use social media technology to bring the game into disrepute or make an inappropriate comment about a fellow player, umpire or official. If The League feels that this has happened, then it will be treated as serious misconduct.

A The League attendee/player/umpire shall be liable to Disciplinary Action if their conduct is inappropriate, incorrect, improper, unlawful or unsporting and/or has the potential to bring the Sport, Members, Connected Participants or officials into disrepute.

While it is not possible to set out a definitive list of the types of conduct this applies to, each of the following types of behaviour is an example:-

Any conduct that is disgraceful or opposed to the general interests of THE League Netball.

Behaviour that is otherwise considered unacceptable and contrary to the standards of behaviour or conduct expected.

In the main, on-court behaviour is dealt with by the officiating umpire during the game or under the rules and regulations of the Competition following the game.

However, certain on-court offences may also be the subject of action under the Disciplinary Regulations

Examples of on-court misconduct which may be heard under THE League Disciplinary Regulations are:

 A player has been suspended, under the rules or regulations of the game or competition, on three occasions in any league or tournament during a season;

Where the behaviour is repeated or serious;

An umpire or match official suffers any form of abuse or coercion (including intimidation, threats or violence) from anyone (including but not limited to a player, team

official or Club official); this applies to both on- and off-court incidents;

A player, umpire or official has used obscene, offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures, or used violent conduct, or has violated the principles of fair play,

or whose behaviour is unsporting in any other way;

Any act of discrimination through words or actions concerning but not limited to, race, marriage, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability;

An Officiating Umpire may submit a Complaint if they have ordered a player off the court and they believe the incident was so serious further action is warranted.

Disciplinary issues will be assessed by The League and all outcomes will be communicated to the involved team captains.

Time Keeping and Fixtures

The League runs on time. Matches will start at the time stated on the fixture list.

There are no excuses for arriving late for a match.  If a team is late for a match no extra time allowances will be made for the match.  The team arriving late will be penalised 2 goals for every 5 minutes they are late.  If they are more than 20 minutes late, the match will be cancelled and will be awarded 15-0 to the team that has arrived.

There is a 5-minute grace period. If a team is late, yet the game starts within the first 5 minutes, the game will be played in full and there will be no penalty.

The League cannot offer to rearrange any matches during the season, including changing match times.

If a team cannot play a fixture, they must inform The League Organiser’s in advance.  The game will be awarded as a walk over result and the team will still be liable for their match fee and an extra £15.00 to help with payment towards umpires and venue. The opposition will be refunded their match fee and offered use of the court free of charge for the allotted match time.

If a team does not show up to a fixture without contacting The League Organiser’s first the game will be awarded as a walkover to the opposition and the team may have points deducted - plus as well as their match fee they will be fined an additional £15.00.

In the case of a game being awarded as a walk over or conceded during play, the score will be determined by either the current or last result between the two teams – be that in the current season or a previous season, or 15-0 whichever is most favourable to the opposition.  If the two teams have never played before, the game will be awarded 15-0.

Any team which does not show up for a fixture without contacting The League first, on more than 3 occasions in any season may be expelled from The League without compensation. Any match fees due for the remaining season must be paid in full at the time of expulsion.

If a match has to be cancelled due to a serious injury the match will be awarded as a walk over against the team who suffered the injury. If 50% or more of the game has been played, the score and result will stand at the point it was cancelled, if the team that cancelled are losing the game. There will be no refunds of match fees.

Points System

5 points will be awarded for a win and 3 for a draw.  1 point will be awarded to a losing team if they score 50% or more of the opponents score.  0 points will be awarded to a losing team if they score less than 50% of the opponents score.

A two up two down promotion and relegation system is in operation for all divisions. Teams equal on points at the end of the season will be separated by goal difference, followed by goals scored, followed by goals against.

In your first season The League Organiser’s will decide which division to enter your team.  Where possible we will try to match your team’s ability to the right division.

A most valuable player of the season award will be presented to the player with the most player of the match nominations in each division at the end of the season.  Nominations are awarded by the umpires. Umpires can nominate as many players as they wish per game and they also do not have to nominate anyone.

Payment

Payment for match fees and registration fees will be made in full before the season starts.  Alternatively, match fees can be paid in advance on a monthly basis or weekly before each match.

If for any reason a team has fees outstanding, the team will not be allowed to play its fixtures and the team will be treated as if it had failed to turn up for a match without notifying The League Organiser’s. In this situation, the team will only be allowed to resume its fixtures once the fees have been paid.

Any outstanding debt owed to The League is the team captain’s responsibility.

If a team cancels a fixture – the cancellation fees are £35.00 match fee plus £15.00 to allow payment for the venue and umpires.

Other Important Information

The League Organiser’s reserve the right to alter these rules at any time during a season.  Any changes will be notified to the team captain via email and the team captain must make their team aware of the changes.

The League reserves the right to use our discretion when implementing any of The League rules and will ensure all factors are taken into consideration to ensure fairness to teams and players.

As team captain, you are required to confirm via email sent via the website that on behalf of yourself and your team that you have read, understood and will adhere to the rules stated and this will signify your agreement to fulfil your fixtures in accordance with these rules and to pay for all fixtures and any outstanding team debt.

If a team wishes to leave The League at the end of the current season, it must give 2 weeks’ notice before the end of the current season.  The team must fulfil all its fixtures for the current season. If a team wishes to withdraw from The League during the course of a season, they will be liable for payment of all remaining match fees, unless a replacement team can be found.

If at the end of the season a team decides not to continue in The League, a new team will join The League in their place. The League will attempt to ensure new teams start at the right level and division. In order to achieve this The League may ask teams that have been relegated to remain in their division or promote a third-place team. In this situation we will ask a team finishing seventh or the third-place team first and then the eighth placed team.

If any accidents occur during play, they will be reported to The League coordinator at the venue immediately after the accident. Where no league coordinator is present please report to the umpire.

This is a rolling contractual agreement and will cover this season and every subsequent season your team enter. Therefore when each team captain including when a team changes a captain confirms that they have read, understood and will adhere to these rules on behalf of themselves and their team, it will cover all future seasons your team agrees to participate in.

If a team wishes to change their captain at any stage during the season, this can only be done by emailing The League Organiser’s. 

Team Registration Lists are also available on The League website. It is the captain’s responsibility to keep this list up to date.

As team captain, you must agree that you and all your players take part in this league known as 'THE League' at your own risk and accept that THE League will take no responsibility for injury or loss however caused.  It is the player’s / team’s responsibility to obtain personal insurance. - Please see our link in relation to insurance, we have been made aware that if England Netball affiliated you may have insurance cover. Please speak to Team Foxes netballer Jade for all information.