1. TEAM ORGANISER
1.1 It is the responsibility of the team organiser to ensure that the team is ready to play at the scheduled time each week and that every member of the team is aware of and will abide by the rules herein.
1.2 A player wishing to question any of the League terms and conditions, must inform their team organiser – who is required to make their views known in writing to Netball Fun League Ltd via the contact link below.
1.3 If a team wishes to change their team organiser at any point, a request must be sent in writing to Netball Fun League Ltd. This request must be dated and accompanied by the signatures of both the former and new organiser, along with confirmation that the new organiser will accept responsibility to fulfil and pay for all fixtures as required, and agree to abide by the league rules.
2.1 All players must be 16 or over and team organiser must be 18 or over. All players must wear appropriate footwear and must not wear anything that is potentially harmful to her or others. Netball Fun League advise that anyone over 12 weeks pregnant do not play.
2.2. Players under the age of 18 are required to fill out a parental consent form before they start playing. These can be obtained from your league coordinator.
2.3 An unlimited number of players are allowed to ‘register’ with each team; and players can join a team at any point during the season. In order for a game to commence however, a minimum of five players is required in each team.
2.4 A player can only be registered for one team in any given league.
2.5 If a team does not have enough players, then they can ask to borrow a player from another team – A “ringer”. However, if they are unable to find players, then the team may either play with the minimum of 5 players or concede the game 15 – 0 (See paragraph 5.2 for details of the fees applied). Please ensure you are adhering to the ringers rule when you are looking for players.
2.6 If a team plays a match with more than 5 ringers, then for the purposes of the match result, this would be deemed a “conceded” match, and the opposition would win the match 15:0.
2.7 If a team fields an illegal ringer then they will be deducted 5 points from their league table, and the team they were playing against for that fixture will be awarded 5 points.
2.8 Players should be of an appropriate standard for the division they are playing in, and Netball Fun League reserve the right to ask a player to leave a team, if their skill level is deemed too high for the league they are playing in.
3.1 Each match is controlled by two umpires. The umpires are on court to ensure safe and fair play, through enforcing the official rules of netball. The umpire’s decision is final. Please respect their decisions.
3.2 The umpires also keep track of the score, whether a team arrives late, and any disciplinary issues that arise – all of which will be fed back to the organisers of Netball Fun League Ltd.
4. START OF PLAY
4.1 Please ensure that all players arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes in advance of their start time. The team needs to have their nails checked by an umpire, hair tied back, jewellery removed and bibs on – ready to start on time – as this enables maximum playing time for all teams.
NB: Each Netball Fun League kit bag includes a Nail Care Kit – Nail Files, nail clippers and nail scissors.
4.2 Team organisers need to find one another and do the toss in advance. The winner decides whether to have the first centre pass or choose an end to shoot at first. If they choose the centre pass, then the other team picks which end to shoot – and vice versa.
4.3 The games commence on the umpire’s whistle, and the official England Netball rules apply. These are summarised on our website.
5. LATE ARRIVALS AND CANCELLATIONS
5.1 If a team arrives late, but before the end of the first break late team starts FIVE goals down. If a team arrives after the first break the game is conceded 15 – 0 and the late team must pay both the umpire and opposition’s match fee, in addition to their own match fees.
5.2 If a team cannot find enough players for a particular match and have to concede, then they will be charged the match fees of £29.00 (as of Autumn/Winter 2019-20 Season) and the game is conceded 15 – 0. If a conceding team gives less than 24 hours’ notice, they will charged the oppositions match fees in addition to their own match fees.
5.3 Should a team need to concede their match then they must email Netball Fun League via our contact page on the website. Teams SHOULD NOT POST ON FACEBOOK. This causes all sorts of confusion. Netball Fun League will then make appropriate arrangements for the cancelled match.
5.4 A team may only concede one match in any one season at Netball Fun League, and will incur a £30 fine if they concede more than one in a season.
6. DURATION OF A MATCH
6.1 Each match consists of three 13-minute thirds, three 12-minute thirds or two 20-minute halves, depending on the venue. The start and finish of play will be signalled by the umpires whistle, and there will be a one-minute break between thirds/halves, during which teams swap ends.
6.2 Substitutions can only be made during breaks, unless replacing an injured player.
7.1 There is no injury time. Therefore, if a player is injured the clock will not stop, although every effort will be made to resume play as soon as possible. If an injured player is unable to continue playing, a substitution should be made without further delay. If the injured player’s team does not have any substitutes, then the players on court, from both teams, can swap positions.
7.2 In the event of serious injury Netball Fun League Ltd will decide whether the time remaining will be played at a later date. If more than half the match has been played then the score at time of injury will stand.
7.3 There are First Aid Kits in every Netball Fun League kit bag, at every venue. PLEASE NOTE: If a player is injured during a match, it is the teams responsibility to look after their players. Umpires are not there to administer First Aid. Most of our venues have a first aider on hand, who can be contacted by the team if necessary.
8. SCORING AND FIXTURES
8.1 5 points are awarded for a win, 3 points are awarded for a draw, 2 points if you get within 5 of opponents, 1 point if you get more than half of opponents
8.2 Up-to-date fixture lists and league tables will be displayed online at www.netballfunleague.co.uk.
8.3 The length of each season is dependent on the number of teams in each division and would either be 20, 21 or 22 weeks.
8.4 If a team joins the league late, or a team for whatever reason has played less games than the rest of the league, then Netball Fun League will calculate that teams points using our average score spreadsheet. The spreadsheet takes into account the number of games played against the number of games in the season, and averages out the points scored for the games played. This will be done at the end of the season, and the league table adjusted accordingly.
9.1 All teams/players sign up to our Code of Conduct when they agree to play in Netball Fun League. This code of conduct can be found on our website in the Members support area, and is also emailed direct to the team organiser at the time of registration. Players that do not adhere to this code of conduct, could be subject to disciplinary action as detailed below. It is the team organisers responsibility to ensure that their team members are aware of this code of conduct. This is available by clicking here
9.2 All infringements and misconduct will be dealt with by the umpires accordingly. The umpire’s decision is final.
9.3 In the case of serious misconduct or persistent rule breaking, an umpire may order a player off court. It is at the umpire’s discretion the length of time they must remain off. The offending player can only return on court: i) immediately after a goal has been scored, or ii) after an interval, following the end of their sending-off period.
9.4 If a report is submitted by an umpire regarding the behaviour / attitude of a player, Netball Fun League may find it necessary to suspend that player.
10. MATCH FEES/UMPIRE FEES
10.1 Match fees are £29.00 (Autumn/Winter 2019 Season onwards) per team per game, plus £8 umpiring fees per team per game. Umpiring fees are paid to one of the umpires before each game. Match fees should be paid to Netball Fun League online after each match and no later than 2 weeks after the match date.
10.2 Umpire fees are paid to one of the umpires before each game. In the event of there being one umpire for a match, then each team is still required to pay the umpire £8.
10.3 Match fees should be paid to Netball Fun League online after each match and no later than 2 weeks after the match date.
10.4 If a team owes money to Netball Fun League Ltd for any reason, the team organiser has the legal responsibility for the debt.
10.5 If a team owes money to Netball Fun League Ltd at the end of a season, Netball Fun league reserves the right to withhold League Winners or League Runners Up prizes (if applicable).
11. TEAM REGISTRATION FEE
11.1 There is a £24.50 Team Registration fee/team/season. This should be paid at the time of registration to ensure your place in the league. We only accept payment via the Netball Fun League website by Stripe. Full instructions are available by clicking here.
13. WITHDRAWAL FROM THE LEAGUE
13.1 Leagues run for 21 or 22 weeks, and when a team registers they are committing to the whole season. If a team decides to withdraw from the league mid-season, they shall be liable for payment of the whole seasons match fees.
14. PERSONAL ACCIDENT AND LIABILITY INSURANCE
14.1 All players take part in the leagues entirely at their own risk. Netball Fun League Ltd do not accept liability for any personal injury or loss/damage to property howsoever caused.
14.2 We recommend that players/teams take out their own insurance policies to cover such eventualities.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are already affiliated to England Netball, you ARE covered to play in our leagues, up to their Silver Level – For further details, visit England Netball’s website: http://www.englandnetball.co.uk
15. OUTDOOR NETBALL / WEATHER + CANCELLATIONS
Over the summer months, some of our netball leagues will be played outdoors. As we all know the English weather can be a little unpredictable and long hot summer nights for netball is one thing we cannot guarantee. However a spot of rain will not make us cancel a match! During winter months occasionally bad weather can also present problems for indoor venues/access etc. Should the weather cause problems here is how Netball Fun League communicate any match cancellations:
MATCH CANCELLATION PROCEDURE:
In the run up to match days and on match days themselves we monitor the weather at our venues very carefully via BBC, Accuweather and local radio, and are in contact with the venues themselves PLUS friends in the locality for weather updates. Should the decision be taken to cancel a whole evening of matches:
15.1 Team Organisers are sent an SMS Text message informing them of the cancellation (the number used will be 07486 691223 or 07473 123952) Please can Team Organisers add these phone numbers to their address book. The Team Organiser should then communicate with their team.
15.2 The same message will simultaneously be posted on the main Netball Fun League Facebook page + Ringers Groups and Team Organisers will be tagged.
15.3 If the whole evenings matches are cancelled then these matches will be rescheduled at the end of the season if possible.
If the Umpires deem a change in the weather or any other situation warrants the cancellation of a match during play on the day then:
15.4 If more than half of the match has been played, then the score at the time of stoppage will be the final match result – full match fees and umpire fees apply.
15.5 If less than half of the match has been played, then that match will be rescheduled at the end of the season – teams do not have to pay umpire fees or match fees.
15.6 Netball Fun League will SMS Text Team Organisers and use the Facebook page informing about the cancellation for any remaining matches on the evening, and those matches will be aim to be rescheduled at the end of the season.
16. FURTHER INFORMATION
16.1 Netball Fun League reserves the right to alter these rules at any time during a season, and will notify all Team Managers of the amendments, via email. We may also need to change the match night, time or venue where necessary. It is the team organisers responsibility to make their team aware of the changes.
16.3 Any complaints must be submitted in writing to Netball Fun League Ltd via the contact link below.