Rules of Netball & NetSetGO

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

INF  Rule  Book 2020


INF 2020 Rule Book

Official Rules of Netball by International Netball Federation (INF). 

A copy of this book can be purchased from DPNA Canteen each Saturday.


2020 Rules Update

Netball Australia have provided a memo on the 2020 rules updates. The 2020 version incorporates the protocols and expected game management. 


VIDEO: The Official Rules of Netball

Netball Australia have created these video updates to help clarify the Rules of Netball.


Non-Competitive Rules

DPNA uses modified rules for Non-Competitive fixtures (ages 7.5-10).

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.


Rule

7, 8 & 9-year-old divisions

10-year-old divisions

Match duration

4 x 10-minute quarters

4 x 10-minute quarters

Goal post

2.4m

3.05m

Ball

Size 4

Size 4

Time to pass ball

Up to 5 seconds

Up to 4 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.

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.

While the usual rules for replayed ball apply, consideration must be given to the age and skill level of the players in determining whether a player has control of the ball.

Footwork

1-2 steps to regain balance allowed.

Shuffling on the spot to regain balance allowed, without moving down the court.

Offside

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.

Usual offside rule applies, with consideration given to the age and skill level of the players.

Players may “play on” in the case of simultaneous offside (one player touches the ball), rather than a toss-up being taken.

If a player regularly goes offside (and does not seem aware that they are breaking the rules), they should be given guidance about the correct playing area/s for their position when penalised.

Breaking

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

Players should be given guidance if they break on the centre pass and should not be penalised at the first instance. If a player regularly breaks, even after guidance is given, they may be penalised.

Defending

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

Strict one-on-one defence. Players may defend a shot at goal.

Obstruction

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

A player must defend from a distance of no less than 1.2m. A player who is within 1.2m of an opponent cannot use movements that take the arms away from the body so as to limit the possible movement of an opponent.

Centre Pass

Centre pass taken by the non-scoring team.

Alternate centre pass.

Substitutions

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.

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.

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

Advantage

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

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

Game Management

Game Management section does not apply.

Game Management section does not apply.

Coaching

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.

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, resting more skilled players or giving the centre pass to the non-scoring team.

Awards and scoring

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

Scores may be kept but no ladder produced – no finals are played. No best and fairest awards should be awarded.


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