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Last updated 9 Jul 2021
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  1. June 2024

    1. Sat 15

      [FIXTURES] DPNA Winter Fixtures - Round 9

    2. Tue 18

      [REP TRAINING] DPNA Junior Rep (12-14yrs) Training

      6:00 PM
    3. Tue 18

      [MEETING] DPNA Management Committee Meeting (DPNA Exec only)

      7:30 PM
    4. Tue 18

      [REP TRAINING] DPNA GBNL (All Teams) Training

      7:30 PM
    5. Sat 22

      [COMMUNITY] School Holidays start

Full calendar

Rules of Netball & Modified Netball

The World Netball Congress took place at the 2023 Netball World Cup, with the Rules Advisory Panel meeting as part of this for a Rules Review. The Rules Advisory Panel (RAP) received 244 rules proposals from member countries, World Netball panels, and other stakeholders. 

The rules changes focus specifically on player safety and game management along with clarification and streamlining of existing rules such as contact and advantage. The layout of the Rules has also been updated to simplify and encourage use by all of the Netball Family, not just umpires.

The over-arching principle established for the Rules Review, as fully endorsed by the World Netball (WN) Board is player safety. This area is increasingly a priority in other contact and collision sports as a result of long-term consequences of injuries, particularly concussion, and has significant legal and liability implications. The most pressing concerns involve head, neck and concussion incidents where there is an urgent need to treat injured players without undue delay, and to ensure appropriate action is taken to manage and address instances of reckless and dangerous play which endanger player safety. As a consequence, RAP has rewritten the text to make substantive changes to relevant rules, including game management, contact and advantage, to assist umpires in the accurate and consistent assessment of infringements.

The Rules of Netball App has been updated with the rule changes. The app can be downloaded for free for iOS here and for Android here. A hard-copy of the book can be purchased through the DPNA Shop HERE




In Use at DPNA?

Short Pass

When a player passes the ball there must be sufficient space for an opposing player on the court to be able to intercept the ball with a hand as it moves from the hands of the thrower to those of the receiver.

When a player passes the ball there must be sufficient space on the court for an opposing player to be able to deflect or intercept the ball as it moves from the hands of the passer to those of the receiver.


Goal After Whistle

If the whistle to end play or hold time is blown before the ball has passed completely through the ring, no goal is scored.

If the whistle to end play or hold time is blown after the ball has left the hands of the GS or GA and the shot is successful, the goal will be scored.


Game Management

Caution à Warning à Suspension à Ordering Off

Proactive Advice à Advance/Escalate a Sanction à Warning à Suspension à Ordering Off


Toss Up Removal

A toss-up was previously used if an infringement occurred simultaneously.

If a simultaneous infringement occurs the umpire awards possession to the team that last had possession of the ball, where the ball was when play stopped.


Throw Ins

The player taking the throw in must ensure all players are on court before releasing the ball.

Players no longer have to wait for all players to be on court before releasing the ball.


Retrieving the Ball

A player is offside when the player enters a court area not designated for that player’s position.

A player is offside when the player enters a court area not designated for that player’s position except when solely to retrieve a ball to set a sanction or action.


Tactical Changes

Both teams have the right to make substitutions and/or team changes during intervals or when play is stopped for injury/illness or blood.

As per old rule AND both teams can request time be held for a ‘tactical change’ immediately after a goal has been scored. Players being substituted must leave the court without delay so the umpire can restart play quickly.

NO x

As DPNA runs a centrally-timed competition, we will not be using this rule.



In Use at DPNA?

Contact vs Contest

CONTACT: Physical contact with an opponent that unfairly interferes with the opponent’s play (accidental or deliberate), resulting in the loss of the ball or a change in the opponent’s body position, which limits their ability to move freely

CONTEST: Incidental physical contact between opposing players which does not interfere is deemed fair contest and is not penalised.


Causing Contact

PLAYERS IN THE AIR: Whether the ball is touched or caught, a player who has jumped into the air and gained possession of the ball from an on-court position must be permitted to land on court safely. However, attacking players may not intentionally move into a stationary opponent when jumping and catching.

MOVING PLAYERS: A player must not position so near to and/or so quickly in the path of a moving opponent that the opponent does not have sufficient time or distance to stop or change direction.



Advantage will be applied where the non-infringing team has a clear and real opportunity to play the ball:

·         to a territorial advantage (towards the non-infringing team’s scoring end)

·         to a tactical advantage (the non-infringing team is able to play the ball as they wish)

·         to a combined territorial or tactical advantage


Centre Pass Checks

If a team believes the centre pass is being signaled incorrectly, an on-court player may appeal to the umpires before the centre pass is taken. The umpires will then check with the scorers who will confirm the correct centre pass.

The appeal can only come from an on-court player, not the bench or coach and must be made before the centre pass is taken.


Foul Play

Unfair Play: This includes any instance of delaying play, intentional infringing, repeated infringing, disputed ruling or intimidation.

Sanction: Penalty Pass - advanced

Unsporting Behaviour: This includes retaliation, abusive behaviour and other actions contrary to good sporting behaviour.

Sanction: Penalty Pass + warning or suspension.

Dangerous Play: This specifically includes (but is not limited to) any action that results in either head or neck contact.

Sanction: Penalty Pass + suspension or ordering off.


Playing the Ball

To gain possession, a player may:

·         Catch the ball with one or both hands.

·         Roll the ball to oneself.

·         Catch the ball if it rebounds from the goalpost.

·         Bat the ball once, then catch it.

·         Bounce the ball once, then catch it.

·         Touch the ball in an uncontrolled manner once or more than once, then catch it

Without possession, a play may:

·         Bat or bounce the ball to another player.

·         Bat the ball once, and then either bat or bounce the ball to another player.

·         Bounce the ball once, and then either bat or bounce the ball to another player.

Touch the ball in an uncontrolled manner once or more than once, and then either bat or bounce the ball to another player.


Player Safety

INJURY TIME: The new rule clarifies that as well as umpires holding time for injury or illness following a verifiable request by an on-court player, they may also hold time without a request being made if there is an obvious or serious injury which would include an injury to the head or neck and/or suspected concussion.

BLOOD: Players who are bleeding, have an open wound or bloodstained clothing must leave the court and be substituted but we no longer require a player with dried blood on them to be substituted. Players with dried blood are now permitted to clean up quickly and continue playing.




NQ Rules Update Webinar: Tuesday 12 March 2024 6:00pm

More info HERE

Rules of Netball

Equal opportunity, fair play and respect for an opponent's skill and safety. 

Those are the core values that the Rules of Netball are based on. To respect these values, it is the responsibility of:

* Players to make sure they are physically and technically prepared to play the game, comply with the rules and take part safely and fairly

* Coaches or teachers of the game to make sure that players are prepared in a way that complies with the rules, as well as having an understanding of sporting behaviour and safe practices

* Umpires to apply the rules of the game with impartiality, fairness and consistency

* Controlling bodies, at all levels, to make sure the game is conducted and developed in accordance with disciplined and sporting behaviour


7/8/9s Non-Competitive Rules

DPNA uses modified rules for the 7/8/9 Non-Competitive fixtures.

Modified games are a great way for participants to learn the technical and tactical skills of netball. This enables greater involvement of participants and provides more opportunity to execute skills and make decisions. 

Modified Matches look like a traditional game of netball and use the full sized court and normal playing positions however the goal post height and ball size are modified. The rules and playing positions of a modified game are explained below.


7, 8 & 9-year-old divisions

Match duration

4 x 10-minute quarters

Goal post



Size 4

Time to pass ball

Up to 5 seconds

Short pass

Ball must be thrown (not handed) to another player.

If two players from the same team gain possession of the ball in quick succession, this is not considered a short pass.

Replayed ball

A player who fumbles while gaining possession of the ball will not be considered to have replayed the ball.

A player may bat or bounce the ball up to 2 times to gain possession.


1-2 steps to regain balance allowed.


A player who moves into an incorrect playing area and self-corrects should not be penalised for offside. Players may “play on” in the case of simultaneous offside (one player touches the ball), rather than a toss-up being taken. Players should be given guidance if they move into offside areas and should not be penalised at the first instance. If a player regularly goes offside, even after guidance is given, they may be penalised.


A player who breaks on the centre pass should not be penalised for breaking.


Strict one-on-one defence. Players may not defend a shot at goal.


Players should be given guidance if they are obstructing (1.2m) and should not be penalised at the first instance. If a player regularly obstructs, even after guidance is given, they may be penalised

Centre Pass

Centre pass taken by the non-scoring team.


The game time should be evenly distributed amongst all players. A team can make unlimited substitutions. Players should experience all positions over the course of the season.

Penalty Pass

Player taking the penalty pass must stand in the correct position and wait for the offending player to stand out of play before passing. 


The advantage rule should not be applied, with the exception of advantage goal.

Game Management

Game Management section does not apply.


The coach may enter the field of play to provide players with immediate feedback as required. If the game is one-sided, coaches should use any means necessary to ensure a good experience for all players. This could include rotating players into new positions or resting more skilled players.

Awards and scoring

No scores should be kept and no finals are played. No best and fairest awards should be awarded.




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