Pool Player Rules

Pool Players and Play Up Players Rules & Regulations

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.


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

La Liga Division 1 and 2

Division 3 4 and 5

Division 5 6 and 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.