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League Rules

Bedford & District Netball League Rules

The League Committee reserve the right to amend any League Rule or to incorporate a new rule if it is found to be necessary.

1. GOVERNANCE

At all times teams will be governed by England Netball Official Netball Rules.

2. PLAYERS

a) The League shall be confined to members of England Netball, except as allowed in Section 2 (d) for Guest Players.

b) Players may only play for one club participating in the Bedford and District Netball League. Any player wishing to transfer from one club to another within the League must notify the Match Secretary (and the Youth League match secretary if appropriate) and her current club before playing for her new Club. Notification to be given in writing (email will suffice). In the event of a team withdrawing from the League players from that team may transfer immediately to another team providing the Match Secretary is informed prior to her playing for a new team see rule 4 (e). Should a player from a team which disbands during the season wish to play for another team in the league during that season she can transfer to this team immediately, if all other rules permit, but she may not guest for a team.

c) School teams as such are not allowed to enter the League, but young players belonging to a Club may play in league matches. The minimum age to play is 14 years including the Summer League.

Playing Qualifications – Age Banding for Young Players
  • A player shall normally represent a team within her age group i.e. Years 5-8 Junior League and Years 9-11 Youth League.
  • If any young player is deemed sufficiently advanced to play in a higher age group team they will be re-registered as a member of that team.
  • No Player can take part in both the Youth and Senior Leagues. No player selected to play in the Youth League may then revert to the Junior League if her age permits.
  • No player from the Youth League can be used as a guest player in the Senior League, including within a Club structure.
  • At the completion of the Youth League a player aged 14 or over may play for a senior team. No player may then revert to the Youth League. Youth League players, aged 14 and over, may play in the Summer League but cannot revert back to the Youth League the following season even if their age permits.
  • If a team consists of players who are all under the age of 18 they must have an adult present with them at all matches. The umpire must be informed of the name of the responsible adult and their name then noted on the result card prior to the start of the match.
d) Guest Players:

A team may use a non-affiliated player for two matches for her club. A team must have at least 7 affiliated players before they can use a guest player. The name of the guest player must appear on the result card with Guest Player (GP) marked clearly by her name. A team may use 2 guest players per match.

A person may only play as a guest player TWICE in the league season i.e. twice for the same team or once for one team and once for another team. If she plays again for the same team or any other team, she must be affiliated before the match and the Match Secretary notified. A team using a guest player must ensure that she is eligible to play i.e. has not already played as a guest player for any other team.

The League Committee reserve the right, given at the AGM, to withdraw Section 2 (d) from the Rules if it is found to be abused by League teams.

e) No player aged 19 or over as at 31st August, selected to a Super League Franchise, may take part in the Bedford & District Netball League.

3. TEAMS

a) i) At least one representative from each Club must be present at the Annual General Meeting to enter the forthcoming playing season to hand in their League Entry form, together with the appropriate fee and completed League Handbook Details sheet. Failure to attend the Annual General Meeting by a Club representative will result in a deduction of 3 points from each team within that Club at the beginning of the season.

ii) At least one representative from each Team must be present at the Fixtures Meeting to arrange all fixtures for the forthcoming season. Failure to attend the Fixtures Meeting by a team representative will result in a deduction of 3 points from that team’s League points total at the beginning of the season.

b) Clubs may enter any number of teams in the League.

c) MULTI TEAM CLUBS:

All Clubs must specify before the first match to which team players are registered. Clubs with more than one team in a Division must notify the Match Secretary in writing before the beginning of the season, which is the higher ranking team.

d) No player may play for a lower rated team of her Club, unless she permanently transfers to this team, in which case the Match Secretary must be informed seven days prior to her playing a match for that team. Once a player transfers to a lower team Rule 3 (c) does not apply. (SHE MAY NOT PLAY UP DURING THE REMAINDER OF THE SEASON).

e) A player may play for a higher rated team of her club TWICE only, if she plays a THIRD time she will be re-registered as a member of that team (this includes ALL League, Cup Matches and Tournaments). Once a player transfers to a higher rated team Rule 3 (d) does not apply and she may not revert to a lower rated team in the same season. Only two players from a lower rated team may be used in any match including League and Cup/Plate matches.

Note: A player cannot play twice for one higher rated team and then play twice for another higher rated team. If she plays up twice and then plays a third time she will be re-registered as a member of the team for whom she played last. Any player playing up for a higher rated team within their Club must be identified on the result card clearly by the use of letters “P.U.”

f) ILLEGAL PLAYERS:

Where a team has used an illegal player, regardless of the result, the offending team will not receive any points for that match and will be deemed to have lost the match by 35 goals. Six points will also be deducted from the offending team’s points score to date. Six points and 35 goals, or actual goal difference, whichever is more beneficial, will be awarded to the non offending team. If a team uses an illegal player during a Cup/Plate match the above will apply but they will lose 8 points from their cup/plate total and 35 goals will be awarded to the non offending team.

g) Changes in the Club/Team Secretary/Captain and name change on marriage must be made in writing to the League Secretary.

4. FEES

a) League Entry Fees must be paid to the League Treasurer, at the Annual General Meeting.

b) Affiliation fees due to England Netball must be paid before the commencement of the season.

c) Additional Affiliations:

Additional affiliation fees for new team members can be paid during the course of a season the full name of the player(s) must be sent to the League Match Secretary.

No points will be awarded to a team for any games played prior to affiliations being paid. These games will be classed as conceded matches.

d) The main Committee is empowered to decide any alterations in fees arising from any resolution at the England Netball AGM.

e) If a team withdraws from the League, or is withdrawn by the League, and any court/facility fees remain unpaid, all outstanding monies must be paid in full before any member of that team may play for another team in the League.

f) The League Committee do not require teams to pay a deposit for receipt of any League/Cup/Plate Trophy. If, however, the trophy is not returned by the required date, in good condition, the team, or any member of that team, will not be permitted to re-enter the League until the value of a placement trophy has been made to the League Committee.

5. DRESS

ALL TEAMS MUST WEAR "PLACE BIBS" clearly marked front and back (note England Netball Official Netball Rules - Page 9, Rule 1.4.2.).

If a team arrives at a match without a whole set of bibs, this must be noted on the Result Card by the two umpires. Should this occur a second time, 1 point will be deducted from that team's total league points.

6. NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS

Result cards will be provided and both Captains should fill in, sign and place in the box located in reception at the Bedford Academy during the allocated playing week. If a result is not received within the allotted time, from one or other team, NO POINTS OR GOALS will be awarded to the offending team.

Home Team captains are responsible for recording the score on the score sheet also located at Bedford Academy reception entrance.

If the card is incomplete or incorrectly completed in any way, 1 point will be deducted from the team's total league points.

If the Home Team Captain fails to record the score on the score sheet, then 1 point will be deducted from the team’s total league points

If no card is received from either team the game will be considered null and void, other than in exceptional circumstances at the League Committee's discretion.

7. TIMES OF PLAY

a) The start and finish of the league season will be decided by the League Committee.

b) MATCHES WILL BE PLAYED on the home team’s designated home night in the week specified in the fixtures table.

c) The HOME NIGHT can be any evening, Monday to Thursday.

d) The Home Team is responsible for the actual date of the fixture. Where a fixture falls on a Public Bank Holiday the match should be rearranged. The home teams should contact the Match Secretary within 48 hours of the Fixtures Meeting for court availability and the match must be played within 3 playing weeks of the original fixture.

e) If a game coincides with an Excel Talent Pathway training night, then where a team has 3 or more players or Excel Talent Pathway coaches who have training commitments, the match may be rearranged.

Due to the structure of the Excel Training Pathway programme games may need to be rearranged at short notice, but every effort must be made for the rearranged game to be played as quickly as possible. Matches which need to be rearranged in the first half of the season must be completed prior to recommencement of ply after Christmas so as not to distort the tables when calculating places for the cup and plate competition.

f) Where three or more players from a team are involved in the organisation on the Youth League Cup Final evening their match may be rearranged. Due to the format of the Youth League any such games may need to be rearranged at short notice but every effort must be made for the rearranged game to be played as quickly as possible.

7. POSTPONEMENT OF MATCHES

Matches may only be postponed for Ice, Snow or Fog. A team unable to play a match for any other reason will forfeit the points. The Match Secretary must be notified of these postponed matches and be contacted within 48 hours by the Home team for court availability. Postponed matches should be played within 3 playing weeks of the original fixture.

This period may now include the playing of the match on a Friday/Saturday/Sunday, but only when both teams are in agreement.

The Home Team is responsible for the re-arrangement of the postponed match and must give at least two additional dates within the 3 playing weeks of the original fixture. The two dates offered must not include any dates on which the other team already has a fixture. Where this proves impossible, because either team is already playing two matches in each of the 3 playing weeks, the matter should be referred to the League Committee.

Where it has been necessary to rearrange a game due to bad weather or another reason approved by the committee, once the date for the rearranged game has been agreed both teams must confirm this with the Match Secretary. If either team is then unable to fulfil the commitment they will be regarded as having conceded the game and the relevant points and goals will be awarded to the other team according to whether the match is a league fixture or a cup/plate fixture.

8. ABANDONED MATCHES

Matches may only be abandoned in exceptional circumstances. The decision to abandon will rest with the match umpires. If a match is abandoned before half time the match will be rearranged, without reference to the League Committee provided that the Match Secretary is informed by the home team within 48 hours. Should the losing team not wish to rearrange the match the result will stand at the time of abandonment.

If the match is abandoned after half time the score will stand at he time of abandonment unless an appeal is made within 48 hours for a replay and this is upheld by the League committee. When such an appeal is received the Match Secretary will notify the opposing team that an appeal has been lodged.

If a cup/plate match has to be abandoned for any reason other than for disciplinary issues the match will be replayed. If a team fails to agree to a replay they will be regarded as having conceded the match and rule 3 (f) will apply.

9. LATE ARRIVALS

In the event of one team being incomplete because of the late arrival of players, the complete team shall wait a maximum of 10 minutes from the original starting time and may then claim 6 points if the offending team is unready or unwilling to play as an incomplete team.

In the event of the umpire arriving late and the match unable to commence at the correct start time, the match may, with the agreement of both teams, be played at the later time when the umpire arrives. If the team with the umpire refuses to play at the later time or court time is unavailable, the late umpire must report the facts to the League Committee immediately. The League Committee will then adjudicate.

Scorers are regarded as match officials and in the event of a scorer arriving late the match may commence but both the umpires and the scorer who is present will score. If the scorer has not arrived by the start of the 2nd quarter the offending team will be penalised by 1 point but the match will continue.

10. FACILITIES FOR PLAY

All matches must be played at the Bedford Academy other than in exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the League Committee.

11. MATCHES

Matches shall be played according to the Rules of England Netball, that is 4 x 15 minutes with intervals of 3 minutes at the end of the first and third quarters with a maximum of 5 minutes at half time.

12. POINTS AWARDED:

a) Six points for a win, four points for a draw, three points for a team being within five goals of winning team’s total, two points for reaching 50% or over winning team’s total, one point for a loss and NO POINTS for conceding a match.

b) Teams conceding matches will be deemed to have lost that game by 35 goals and be awarded no points. Six points and 35 goals will be awarded to the non-offending team.

c) All Clubs must ensure their team(s) fulfil their fixture commitments. Teams may only concede 3 matches, which includes both cup and league matches, during any one season. Any further conceded matches will result in the team being withdrawn from the League. Re-entry to the League for any future season will be at the League Committee's discretion.

d) If the AWAY team concedes a League/Cup Match they will become liable to pay any cost of the Home Team's court fee for that evening.

e) Teams conceding Cup/Plate matches will be deemed to have lost that game by 35 goals and be awarded no points. 8 points and 35 goals will be awarded to the non-offending team.

The HOME team is responsible for contacting the League Representative and informing them of the cancellation of the match.

13. UMPIRES

Umpires aged under 16 may not umpire senior matches, including those in the Summer League.

Umpires aged 16 to 18 years of age may only umpire senior matches in the 3rd 4th & 5th divisions (please see umpires’ handbook for further guidance). If either of these rules is disregarded points and goals will be deducted as detailed in Rule 3(f). Umpires aged under 18 years of age cannot umpire more than 2 games on the same evening without a break of at least one hour before undertaking a third umpiring commitment. This includes both the Youth and Senior Leagues. If this rule is disregarded the tem who booked the umpire for the third commitment in the evening will be deducted points and have goals awarded against them as detailed in Rule 3 (f).

a) Current teams in the league must have a minimum of one qualified umpire registered with their team by the lst September each year, or at the discretion of the League Committee.

b) Thereafter, current teams not complying cannot re-enter the League.

c) Thereafter, multi-team clubs must show that they have a minimum of one qualified umpire per team as (a).

d) New teams/multi-team clubs entering the league will be given one season in which to establish themselves. Thereafter, all the above applies.

e) i) All currently qualified new England Netball Beginner Award umpires will have two playing seasons to take the England Netball C Award.

This rule will be enforced at the discretion of the League Committee

ii) Beginner Award Umpires failing to comply with i) will not be allowed to umpire in the Bedford and District Netball League for the next playing season. After such time the Umpiring Sub-Committee will determine whether the Beginner Umpire should be allowed to umpire in the Bedford and District Netball League.

This rule will be enforced at the discretion of the League Committee.

iii) Umpires failing their C Award at the end of the second playing season will be given an extension of a further playing season to obtain their C Award. After such time the League Committee will determine whether the Beginner Umpire should be allowed to umpire in the Bedford & District Netball League.

iv) In the event of exceptional circumstances e.g. pregnancy, broken limbs, long term illness i) will be administered at the discretion of the League Committee.

f) Both teams must provide an umpire for League and Cup/Plate matches All Premier Division and lst Division games must be umpired by an England Netball C or above award umpire (or until 31st August 2012 a Preliminary Award umpire). England Netball Beginner Award umpires will not be allowed to umpire these matches. For all other matches an umpire must hold at least the England Netball Beginner Award. If either team cannot fulfil these obligations, then the same penalty as set out in paragraph 3 (f) will apply.

If an umpire notifies a team that he/she cannot umpire a previously agreed match, then the umpire/team concerned are responsible for finding a replacement umpire. If one cannot be found the team must use their own umpire or concede the match. If the team does not have a registered umpire of the right standard, or their own umpire is not available or use of their umpire would result in the team having to play with less than 7 players, then the team can appeal to the committee for a replay, providing that they can produce evidence that they have made a significant effort to find a replacement.

Teams must check their pre-booked umpire for all matches 7 days before the fixture. Failure to do so will result in a team forfeiting their right to appeal for a replay should the umpire fail to arrive for the fixture. However, if a pre-booked umpire fails to arrive at a game the team without an umpire may drop a player to umpire if that player is of the correct standard required for the fixture. In this case a reserve player may be used to fill the vacant position. If an umpire of the correct standard cannot be provided, or if the provision of such an umpire requires a team to play with only 6 players, and this is not acceptable to them, then the fixture shall not be played and the team unable to provide the umpire shall contact that umpire who, together with the team involved, will report the facts to the League Committee within 48 hours.

g) No player is allowed to argue with the umpire, or question decisions at any time. Only the Captains have the right to approach an umpire during an interval or after the game for clarification of any rule (England Netball Page 18 Rule 3.5.2.). THE UMPIRE'S WORD IS FINAL. Violation of this rule will be referred to the county Disciplinary Committee.

NOTE: Violation of matters as defined by the County Disciplinary Committee will result in action being taken by that Committee.

h) Umpires must be offered a minimum of £10.00 for travelling expenses. Teams should take into account the distance an umpire has travelled to officiate at the match.

i) All England Netball Beginner Award umpires must umpire at least 6 matches per year, lst September - 3lst August. Three of these matches must be before 3lst January and three from lst February, both dates inclusive. Failure to carry out this ruling will result in that person being ineligible to umpire in the Bedford & District Netball League.

j) Any team using an England Netball qualified umpire who obtained their award from outside the County must provide a copy of the umpire's current award pass certificate, to the Umpiring Secretary. All Umpires must be affiliated to England Netball.

k) Umpires Who Are Ill/Injured During the Course of a Match.

NOTE: This is not to be confused with the situation of a team arriving to play with no umpire (Rule 14.f) of the League Rules will stand on this matter). In this situation one of the following should apply:

i) A team may, if they wish, drop a player in order that she may umpire PROVIDING she is of the required standard for the fixture. In this case a reserve player may be used to fill the vacant place.

ii) If another umpire of the required standard is available to replace the injured umpire she/he may be used to complete the match. This should be clearly indicated on the result card.

iii) If neither of these options is available, the match must be abandoned and normal rules for abandonment applied.

l) Umpires are expected to conform to a standard of physical fitness which allows them to keep pace with the speed and variability of the game, if age, injury, illness or pregnancy is likely to affect the umpire’s movements and positioning to the detriment of the game, she/he is required to withdraw from officiating.

m) An umpire may not umpire more than 12 games for the same team in any one season (excluding the Summer League). If this limit is exceeded the offending team will be deemed as using an illegal umpire and have points deducted and goals awarded against as detailed in Rule 3 (f).

14. SCORERS

Each Premier division team will supply a scorer for all their league and cup/plate matches. Each lst Division team must supply a scorer for all their cup/plate matches and will endeavour to supply them for league matches also. Scorers can change at half time only, with the exception of illness. Scorers must be an EN umpire (minimum beginner award) or have attended a county Scorer’s workshop The minimum age for Scorers is 14 years.

Scorers must not be involved with their team bench during the match.

Scorers must neither coach nor encourage their team during the match.

Both Scorers will stand and work together at a place designated by the Umpires.

Before the start of play, each team will provide their Scorer with their official results card, on which will be recorded the names of the players for that match.

Both Scorers will record each goal scored as they occur.

One Scorer will call the score after each goal. Who this will be, shall be agreed by both scorers at the start of the match.

The Scorers will also keep note of the Centre Pass and shall call it, if appealed to by an Umpire.

Scorers will notify the team Captains of the final score and sign the official results card at the end of the match

In the event of a team not supplying a scorer, 2 points will be deducted from their league or cup/plate total.

The offending team needs to contact the opposition, prior to the start of the match, so the opposition can cancel their scorer. In this instance, both Umpires will need to score the match. The Umpires will need to be notified of this prior to the start of the match.

Teams need to check their pre-booked Scorer is still available to score 7 days before the match. Failure to do so will result in the team forfeiting the right to appeal over loss of points should the scorer fail to arrive for the match. If a scorer does not arrive for a match and the opposition have supplied a scorer, the offending team will pay the opposition’s scorer.

Scorers must be offered a minimum of £5 for travelling expenses. It is hoped teams will use Scorers from within their team or club. A lift can be offered, so no expenses are incurred. If a Scorer travels to a match in their own car, expenses must be offered.

15. HEALTH & SAFETY

a) No item of jewellery except wedding rings or medical alert bracelets shall be worn. If either or both are worn each shall be taped to the satisfaction of the umpires. No ear/nose or body piercing can be worn at any time whilst playing. The umpire will not permit the player to participate in the game until these items are removed. Taping will not be permitted.

Hats may be worn at the discretion of the umpire as long as they do not represent a health and safety hazard to other players or umpires. Hats should be of a soft material, preferably fleece and should not be peaked or used to conceal any sharp objects.

No form of glove may be worm when playing netball. If, for medical reasons, gloves are required, the player involved must produce an appropriate medical certificate for the League Committee who will then determine whether to allow gloves to be worn. If permission is granted the player is advised to take out relevant personal insurance. Gloves must be plain, soft leather type, seamless or with internal seams and umpires must be satisfied that they do not present an obvious hazard to other players.

Fitbits are not to be worn.

b) Fingernails shall be cut short. (England Netball Page 10 Rule l.4.5.).

Guidance on acrylic nails – the rule clearly states that finger nails shall be short and smooth. If fingernails conform to this rule the player may participate whether their nails are square or round. If a player is wearing acrylic nails which do not conform to this rule, then they cannot participate. If the acrylic nails do conform to the rule and the player subsequently suffers damage to their nail(s) then they must understand that their participation is at their own risk and they would not be covered by England Netball insurance.

c) Sunglasses should not normally be worn when participating in Netball activities. However, sunglasses may be worn for genuine medical reasons but an appropriate medical certificate must be supplied. As with acrylic nails any damage due to a netball accident would not be covered by England Netball insurance.

d) Pregnant Players: Pregnant players must not take part in match play beyond the 12th week of pregnancy.

e) Smoking is not permitted once you are within the Bedford Academy Car Park or on the courts themselves.

16. APPEALS COMMITTEE

The League Committee may appoint an Appeals Committee to adjudicate on any appeal received against a decision taken by the League Committee. Any such appeal must be received in writing by the League Secretary within 28 days of notification of the League decision.

17. BOOKING COURTS

The League Committee will book all courts for League/Cup/Plate matches, but teams will be fully responsible for payment direct to the Bedford Academy.

Once courts have been booked no amendment/cancellation can be made to the booking and payment will still be required from teams for the bookings (Also see note 12 (d) of the Handbook).

If a match cannot take place due to adverse weather conditions teams will not be charged for the re-arranged game. The decision to cancel matches due to weather conditions will be made in conjunction with the Bunyan Academy.

In the event of a team withdrawing from the League they will still be liable for any outstanding charges for bookings made on their behalf together with any costs payable by their opposition for outstanding away games. Also see Rule 4 (e) of the handbook.

To minimise problems for teams and to satisfy the Bunyan Academy’s block booking requirements, courts will be booked over 5 sessions (1) start of the season to October half term (2) October half term until Christmas (3) Christmas until February half term (4) February half term until Easter and (5) Easter until the end of the season. You will be still be required to notify the League Secretary prior to the start of the season of the dates for all your home matches.

18. CUP/PLATE COMPETITION REGULATIONS

EACH DIVISION WILL BE SPLIT INTO 2 GROUPS OF 6 TEAMS A & B. WITHIN THESE GROUPS TEAMS WILL PLAY EACH OTHER DURING DESIGNATED WEEKS THROUGHOUT THE PLAYING SEASON. THE TOP TWO TEAMS FROM EACH GROUP WILL PLAY IN THE SEMI-FINALS DURING APRIL/MAY. WINNER GROUP A VS RUNNER-UP GROUP B & WINNER GROUP B VS RUNNER-UP GROUP A. THESE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED OUTDOORS WITH NEUTRAL UMPIRES ALLOCATED TO THEM. THE WINNERS WILL QUALIFY FOR THE CUP FINALS. TEAMS FINISHING 4th IN EACH GROUP WILL PLAY OFF FOR THE PLATE TROPHIES. THESE GAMES WILL BE PLAYED OUTDOORS WITH NEUTRAL UMPIRES ALLOCATED TO THEM.

ADDITIONAL PLAYERS MAY BE AFFILIATED DURING THE COMPETITIONS UP TO QUALIFYING FOR THE CUP SEMI FINALS OR PLATE FINALS. TO BE ELIGIBLE TO PLAY IN THE CUP SEMI FINALS,, FINALS OR PLATE FINALS A PLAYER MUST BE AFFILIATED PRIOR TO QUALIFYING FOR THE CUP SEMI FINALS, FINALS OR PLATE FINAL AND MUST HAVE PLAYED AT LEAST TWICE FOR THAT TEAM IN THAT SEASON. BOTH THE CUP AND PLATE COMPETITIONS WILL PLAY TO CUP RULES AND WILL BE ON A LEAGUE BASIS.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER ACCEPTING THEIR POSITION IN THE CUP SEMI FINALS, FINALS OR PLATE FINALS, TEAMS WILL SEND A PROPOSED SQUAD LIST OF PLAYERS FROM WHOM THEIR TEAM WILL BE SELECTED TO PLAY IN THE SEMI FINALS, FINALS OR PLATE FINALS TO THE LEAGUE SECRETARY. ANY DEVIATIONS FROM THIS LIST AT THE TIME OF THE CUP SEMI FINALS, FINALS OR PLATE FINALS WILL HAVE TO BE JUSTIFIED TO, AND AGREED BY, THE LEAGUE COMMITTEE.

IF A PLAYER HAS PARTICIPATED IN THE CUP OR PLATE COMPETITIONS AND THEN TRANSFERS TO A TEAM IN A LOWER DIVISION SHE IS NOT PERMITTED TO TAKE ANY FURTHER PART IN THE CUP OR PLATE COMPETITION FOR THE REMAINDER OF THAT SEASON.

IN THE EVENT OF A TEAM BEING UNABLE TO FULFILL THE COMMITMENT TO COMPETE IN A CUP OR PLATE FINAL, THEN THE NEXT HIGHEST PLACED TEAM IN THE RELEVANT DIVISION WILL BE INVITED TO FILL THE POSITION.

The finals will be played at venues to be decided by the League Committee.

Teams must read the following Cup/Plate regulations to ensure that they play their matches in the correct manner. Particular note should be made of Number 7.

1. All League Rules apply, except as stated below:

2. Matches shall be played to the rules of England Netball, except as laid out in these regulations.

3. Matches shall be of four 15 minute periods, each period to be known as a SET.

4. Each set must be played as a straight game.

5. Teams will change ends at the completion of a set.

6. The score at the end of each set must be recorded in the Cup Round Section of the Result Card. Teams will start the next set with a ZERO score.

7. The centre pass will be taken as in a normal game, i.e. Centre passes to be taken alternately throughout the four sets with the following proviso:

The team captain winning the toss shall decide and tell the umpires, and opposing team, that out of the four (4) sets to be played, her team shall have the choice of Centre Pass or Goal ends in any two of the four sets. This will mean that the Umpires will mark on their score cards, at the beginning of the Cup Match, who will be taking the first Centre Pass in each of the 4 sets, irrespective of the score.
This rule is not to be confused with the taking of centre passes in a normal league game.
8. SCORING: Points will be awarded as follows:
  • 2 points for winning a set
  • 1 point for drawing a set
  • 0 points for losing a set

At the end of the competition in the event of a tie on points, goal average will decide all placing (goals for divided by goals against). If goal average is drawn, then goal difference will be applied. If goal difference is drawn the result of the last match between the two teams will be the decider. In the event of a further draw the team with the most goals ‘for’ will be adjudged the winner.

19. CUP/PLATE FINALS

If at the end of normal time of a match, both points and goals are even, there will be an extension of 5 minutes. Teams will toss for the centre pass. If the scores are still tied at the end of 5 minutes, then play will continue until one team scores – that team will be the winner.

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