Netball Rules

GEELONG & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE

 

NETBALL  BYLAWS 2016

 

 

GEELONG & DISTRICT FOOTBALL LEAGUE – NETBALL DIVISION

 

All clubs in the competition shall follow the official netball rules as laid out by Netball Australia. and abide by the Policies for affiliated Associations, as set down by Netball Victoria. These competition by-laws are to be to be read in conjunction with Netball Australia’s Rules of Netball, and used by the GDFL Executive to resolve disputes and answer queries where uncertainty arises. Netball Co-ordinators are representatives of the GDFL and must administer these rules at their clubs.

 

  1. Players

 

a)       All players within the competition are to be registered with the Geelong & District Football   League and with the Victorian Netball Association (V.N.A).

If any player is found not to have a current VNA and they take the court, the player and club may both receive a fine. If the player has not received her card at that time, she must show a receipt from the association where the VNA was purchased. Copy to be included in the match day paperwork, the first time they play.

 

Penalty:          $50 fine per club and $50 fine per player

    

        Juniors

 

All juniors must be registered on registration sheets supplied by the league. Birth Certificates/Extracts to be sighted & confirmed by Club Netball Manager by signing registration sheets.

       G&DFL Netball registration sheets and V.N.A. registration sheets must be submitted before              the first game of the season.

 

Penalty:           $50 fine for every week thereafter that registration not complete

 

        A junior is 17 years of age and under as at 31st December in the year of the current season.

 

Penalty:                 In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                  points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the                                   league executive.

                                  In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals                                   and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                           The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                             scored goals.

 

        Ages for juniors to be as at the thirty first (31st) December in the year of current season.

 

                        Penalty:    In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                       points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the                                        league executive.

                                      In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                                       The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                                       scored goals.

 

b)    The league must receive all club affiliation and team registration money before the season commences.

 

        Penalty:            $50 fine per club per team registration not paid.

       

c)    Any new player not registered by the first game of season shall be registered on an official GDFNL Registration form and included in the match day paperwork, the first time they play.

 

        Penalty:             $50 fine per each player unregistered

       

d)       A player can only play in two (2) games per round of the GDFL Netball competition.

 

Penalty:                  In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                          points and scored goals.

In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals.

The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its goals

    e)   Juniors

 

A junior may play 1 junior and 1 senior game or 2 junior or 2 senior games during the home and away season per round in accordance with current rules 1f and 1g. The amount of junior quarters played will not affect the amount of senior quarters played.

 

                Penalty:              In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                    points and scored goals.

                                 In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals.                                  The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                                   scored goals.

 

f)        A player must play in at least sixteen (16) quarters with that team to qualify for finals. Where teams play less than 75% of the maximum number of fixture games, then a pro rata system will apply. Scoresheets must be filled in accordingly.

 

        Penalty                  Ineligibility to play finals.

 

g)       A player once qualified in a higher grade may not play in a lower grade ie. After twenty eight (28) quarters. (Example: a player once qualified in A grade may not play in B Grade). Once a player in a senior grade has played 12 quarters they are ineligible to play in a grade two (2) grades lower (ie A grade cannot drop to C grade, B grade cannot drop to D grade)

 

 

                Penalty:  In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match points and                           scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                         In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals and be                          subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                         The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its scored                          goals.

 

h)       All players, coaches and officials shall conduct themselves in a manner which is conducive to the required standard of the G&DFL Netball competition and Netball Victoria. Players, coaches & officials are to read the code of conduct supplied by the League prior to the start of each season & advise this has been conducted from each club by the way of a signed form by the club co-ordinator to the Netball Manager prior to the start of the season. If any person does not keep within the accepted code of conduct, that person maybe called to answer to their conduct or be reported by the umpire and therefore maybe required to face the independent tribunal. (See section 13 &14).

 

i)      All participants of the senior competition must be thirteen (13) years of age or older.

 

                                Penalty:    In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                       points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the                                       league executive.

                                      In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals                                        and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                                       The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                                          scored goals.

 

          j)   To be eligible for finals, all juniors must qualify as per 1 (f).

 

                                Penalty:     In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                                points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the                                                  league executive.

                                              In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals                                                 and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                                 The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and                                                  retains its scored goals.




k) Our 13 & under section is a modified mixed competition and boys eligible for 13 and       Under may play. (ie. allows 12 & 13 year boys to participate).

Teams may have up to 3 boys on court at any one time. If three (3) are on court at one time they must play in separate thirds of the court. If two (2) or more boys are on court at one time they must play in separate thirds of the court, ie one as GS or GA, one as C, WA or WD, one as GD or GK

 

                      Penalty:    In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                              points and scored goals.

                              In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals                               The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                                 scored goals.

 

l) No ANL squad named player can qualify for finals unless having played 36 “A Grade “ quarters in the current GDFL Home and Away season.  

 

m) ANL players cannot play lower than A Grade throughout the entire Home and Away Season and finals.

 

n) VNL (championship level) players cannot play lower than A Grade unless:

 

1. The player is home grown (i.e. already playing at the club prior to being selected or have come up through juniors of the club.

2. The player is coming back from injury (approval must be gained FIRST from the Netball Manager). The player cannot play lower than “B Grade”. Each case will be looked at individually on its merits.

Penalty: In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match points and scored goals. Fine $200.00

Penalty.: In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its scored goals. Fine $200.00

 

2.             Teams

 

(a)                 All clubs must endeavour to field their senior sections from A grade down eg. A grade and then B grade and then C Grade and then D Grade. All clubs must Endeavour to field three junior sides e.g. 17& Under, 15 & Under and 13 & Under.

 

(b)                 If Clubs are struggling to field any of these teams, then a letter explaining their situation should be forwarded to the Netball Manager as soon as the situation arises. Until the Netball Manager acknowledges receipt of the letter and a course of action has been agreed, all clubs are expected to field their registered teams.

 

Penalty:                Fine $100 to offending club

 

  1. Transfers

 

(a)           A clearance is required if a player wishes to transfer to another Club/Team within the GDFL during the current season.

(b)           No player will be granted more than one (1) clearance per season.

(c)           Transfers close on 30th June, each year.

(d)           Players who owe outstanding playing fees or are in possession of Club/Team property (uniform, equipment) will not be granted a clearance.

(e)           A player must have received notification in writing from the League before playing  for a new Club/Team.

                               

Penalty:  In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                              points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

              In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goalsand be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

              The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its  scored goals.

(f)           The player must complete all details on the top section of the clearance form and                              send to the GDFL Netball Manager.

(g)           The GDFL Netball Division to forward the clearance request to the existing

Club/Team for approval.

 

(h)          The existing Club/Team has 7 days to complete the clearance or the GDFL Netball Division will automatically clear the player to the new Club/Team.

(i)            If the Club/Team refuses to clear the player (refer: conditions of clearance), the Division/League will write to the player advising the reason why and forward a copy to both Clubs. Any dispute arising from clearance restrictions will be dealt with according to the Netball Victoria grievance procedure.

(j)            The existing Club/Team to advise the GDFL Netball Division when clearance is approved.

(k)           The player will then receive a letter advising that the clearance has been approved and copy is forwarded to both Clubs/Teams.

 

  1. Uniforms

 

NB:   The Netball Manager must be notified (in writing) of any difficulty in complying with uniform standards. Permission (in writing) must be obtained by the clubs before the commencement of the first round or next round played.

 

(a)                 Teams must be in club colors.

 

(b)           All players to be in correct uniform by the first match.

 

Penalty:                                May not take the court until rectified.

 

(c)           Teams are permitted to wear sports briefs matching their uniforms if the whole club compiles, otherwise black sports briefs are to be worn.

 

                                Penalty                  May not take the court until rectified.

 

(d)           No bikini pants, ,leggins see through pants, slacks, bike pants or tracksuit pants   permitted, except on the grounds of medical condition upon receipt of a doctor’s certificate signed by a qualified medical practitioner, or religious and cultural reasons upon application to the committee of management in writing..

 

Penalty:                                May not take the court until rectified.

               

(d)            Bibs must display Worksafe patches on the front and back.

 

Penalty    May not take the court until rectified.

 

           (f)  Windcheaters in club colours may be worn. Coloured socks, if the whole club complies, may be worn.

 

Penalty:     May not take the court until rectified.

 

             (g)           Shirts must be tucked in skirts.

 

Penalty:        May not take the court until rectified.

 

(h)     Club uniforms may not contain badges. One major sponsor is permitted on uniforms After approval in writing from the league.

 

Penalty:  May not take the court until rectified.

 

(i)       Nails must be short and smooth or taped over and around with suitable tape, to umpire’s satisfaction.

 

Penalty:    May not take the court until rectified.

 

(j)            Appropriate sport shoes must be worn.

 

Penalty:    May not take the court until rectified.

 

                


(k)           Gloves may be worn only if the player has a Doctor’s certificate and nails still need to be short and smooth or taped underneath the gloves. The doctor’s certificate must be shown to the umpire for approval and included in the match day paperwork for the Netball Manager.Notification to all Clubs of who has been given permission to wear gloves.

 

(l)            Sunglasses may be worn but you need to keep in mind that the Rules of Netball state   that: “No adornment that may endanger safety shall be worn”, when selecting your   sunglasses. Choose a pair that has minimal protruding frames and lenses, and always           consider the safety of all participants when selecting a pair. Common sense should           always prevail.

 

*** NOTE *** The style of sunglasses should also be considered; wrap-around, close fitting styles prevent more UV from reaching the eyes. Lenses to be used when playing sport should be made of polycarbonate or CR39 material, and not glass. This material is virtually unbreakable and will sustain any impact, such as a netball, or body parts from another player. In comparison, glass will often shatter upon impact and has the potential to cause serious damage to players.

 

  1. Coaching

 

(a)                 All Coaches and Assistant Coaches, (Junior and Senior) must have obtained, or be in the process of obtaining a Coaches Accreditation & Umpires Theory Exam during the season in which they first coach in the GDFL. All coaches must maintain a current V.N.A. membership card and coaches accreditation.

 

Penalty:    Unable to coach in the GDFL Netball League.

 

(b)                 All coaches & assistant coaches names, addresses, accreditation no & expiry date, VNA numbers to be handed to the Netball Manager prior to first game of the season & signed by Club Co-Ordinator to be true and correct.

 

Penalty:      Ineligible to coach until details received by League

 

(c)                 At no time during a match (including intervals) are coaches to approach umpires. Any discussion made with the umpires must be made by the captain.

 

Penalty:  $100 fine to offending coach.

 

  1. Scoring

 

(a)                  All on court changes and ¼ played for each player must be shown on the scoreboards and must be signed by the umpires, scorers and captains at the end of the match.

 

Penalty:           $20 to umpire or club

 

(b)                 A scorer from each club must be supplied for each team playing prior to the commencement of the game, a timekeeper also to be provided by home team.

 

Penalty:           $20 fine to offending club

 

(c)                 The Time keeper will sit with the official scorer. The timekeeper must walk behind the umpire no less than 15 seconds before the end of each quarter including the end of the game.

 

(d)                 Scorecards must be legible with correct spelling and full names.

 

Penalty:           $20 to offending club

 

(e)                 Scorers and Timekeepers must be 14 years or over.

 

Penalty:             $10 to offending club    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(f)                  Four (4) Premiership points will be awarded for a win in the Home & Away matches.

Two (2) Premiership points will be awarded to each side in the event of drawn home & away matches.

Four (4) Premiership points will be awarded for a Bye.

Two (2) Premiership points will be awarded to each side in the event of abandoned due to weather, or equipment fault before half time.

Four (4) Premiership points will be awarded to the team in front (ie. score will stand) in the event of a game abandoned due to weather or equipment fault after half time.

 

(g)                 On match day the Home club is responsible for entering game results ie. Scores & their own stats on database by 6pm the same evening. All other clubs are to complete their own playing stats by this time also. Clubs are to forward A Grade Press Report to Match Day Press Co-Ordinator by 6pm match day by fax or email.

 

Penalty:                $20 if not completed by required time

 

(h)                 ALL Score cards and Best &Fairest votes to be delivered by midday the Monday after each game to: G&DFL Office, Fellmongers Road, Breakwater. Home clubs are responsible for getting the necessary paperwork to the venue on time.

 

Penalty:               $100 if not delivered on time

 

(i)                   The official score card and timing device must, at all times, be placed in full view of the persons acting as scorers and time-keepers during matches.

 

7.           Matches

(All playing rules will be those of the Australian Netball Association rules unless stated in these bylaws).

(a)                 Junior matches are to consist of four (4) ten (10) minute quarters, with one (1) minute intervals between first (1st) and second (2nd) quarters and third (3rd) and fourth (4th) quarters, and with two (2) minutes between second (2nd) and (3rd) quarter.

D, C and B Grade matches are to consist of four (4) twelve (12) minute quarters, with one (1) minute intervals between first (1st) and second (2nd) quarters and third (3rd) and fourth (4th) quarters, and with three (3) minutes between second (2nd) and (3rd) quarter.

A Grade matches are to consist of four (4) fifteen (15) minute quarters, with two (2) minute intervals between first (1st) and second (2nd) quarters and third (3rd) and fourth (4th) quarters, and with four (4) minutes between second (2nd) and (3rd) quarter.

 

(b)                 Matches are to be played at the following times:

 

13 & Under :         8.45a.m.

                               15 & Under :          9.30a.m.

                               17 & Under :         10.30a.m.

                                D Grade:             11.30a.m.             

                                C Grade:             12.30p.m.

                                B Grade     :          1.30p.m.

                    A Grade     :          2.30p.m.

 

(c)                 All games must be played on a Netball Victoria approved outdoor court.

 

(d)                 The Home Captain shall do the tossing of the coin, visiting Captain shall call.


(e)                 The names up to 12 players, one of whom shall be the Captain, must be provided to the scorers before the start of the game. Players who are not named on the score sheet before the start of the game cannot be added and cannot take the court once the game has commenced. 
 

                                Penalty:         In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                            points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the                                             league executive.

                                           In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals                                             and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                                          The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                                              scored goals.

 

If a player is on the team sheet but either the christian name or surname is wrong – a fine only decided by league executive.

 

(f)            Any team failing to be ready to start play on time, after five (5) minutes, forfeit five (5) goals to the opposition, and a further goal per minute until ten (10) minutes. A walkover shall then be declared, providing the opposing team has five (5) or more players present.

 

-Players who umpire MUST be given time to change between games, conditions of a walkover do not apply. Players who umpire MUST not delay between games.

 

(g)           In the event of a walkover, a ten (10) goal to nil (0) score will stand in favour of the

non-offending team. The offending side cannot submit a team sheet however the non offending side can submit a team sheet with a minimum of five (5) and maximum of seven (7) players.

 

                Penalty:                                $20 fine will be imposed on offending club

 

(h)           If conditions are considered dangerous, then the umpires shall call a ten (10) minute break. Then after the break, the umpires shall consult with members of the Executive of both clubs as to their opinion. A decision will then be made by the two (2) umpires as to the future of the game.

**         NOTE: CLUBS DO NOT MAKE THE FINAL DECISION AS TO

WHETHER THE GAME IS ABANDONED.

If only one match is being played at the time and there are two courts available, the other court can be considered.

- A decision made by two (2) umpires to abandon a game due to weather, must be recorded on the Score card as to when and at which stage of the game.

 

(h)       In the event of equipment fault the umpires shall consult with Club Co-Ordinators as to whether the game can be continued on the adjacent court or abandoned.

A decision made by two (2) umpires to abandon a game due to equipment fault, must be recorded on the Score card as to when and at which stage of the game. The game may need to be replayed at the discretion of the league.

 

(i)         Each club is responsible for supplying netballs (regulation size) to each of its teams.

 

(j)        Home clubs to have ice available, at courtside.

 

(k)       Playing Area Safety Checklist

                                Checklist to be completed before any games played. There may be a need to review this checklist throughout the day. Playing Area Safety Checklist forms are provided                                 to each club by the GDFL.

                                A copy of the completed checklist must be submitted in the Match Day paper work                          envelope.

                                Penalty:                                $20 to home club

 


8.             Rescheduled Matches.

 

(a)                 Times of Home & Away matches can only be changed after seeking approval from the Executive Committee. If approval is not given set times must be adhered to.

 

(b)                 All rescheduled games for the current season will be played within fifteen (15) days of the scheduled game OR premiership points will be shared.

 

(c)                 Umpires’ must be advised immediately of rescheduled matches.

 

9.             Awards

 

(a)                 All Best & Fairest votes shall be awarded by the umpires on the G&DFL Netball supplied card. The vote card is to signed by both umpires. Placed in the envelope provided and signed again across the seal. Votes must be given as 3,2 and 1 followed by the full name of the player and club.

-               Failure to do so may result in an invalid vote.

 

(b)                 All Best & Fairest votes shall be included in the same envelope as the score cards.

 

Penalty:                                $20 fine to home club

                               

(c)                 Best & Fairest trophies shall be awarded to the player who receives the highest number of votes in each section. Players suspended during the season are ineligible.

Runner-up trophies shall be awarded to the player who receives the second highest number of votes in each section.

In the event of a draw for either trophies, joint trophies shall be awarded.

The Executive Committee shall be responsible for the counting

of Best & Fairest votes.

The Executive Committee shall be responsible for awarding Best & Fairest trophies.

 

(d)                 Best & Fairest votes transfer with a player who transfers from one club to another.

 

(e)                 A Club Championship trophy shall be awarded to the netball club who wins the most Home & Away games over all grades.

 

(f)                  A team who remains undefeated during the season including finals shall be declared Champions.

 

(g)                 A trophy will be awarded to the player who throws the most goals in the home and

               away season in each grade.   In the event of a draw for either trophies, joint trophies

               shall be awarded

 

(h)                 A trophy will be awarded to the player voted by the umpires as the Best in the Final

series for each grade. In the event of a draw for either trophies, joint trophies shall be

awarded.

 

(i)                   A trophy will be awarded to the player voted by the umpires as the Best in the Grand Final for each grade. In the event of a draw for either trophies, joint trophies shall be

awarded.

 

(j)                  A premiership/championship cup will be presented to the winning team on Grand

Final day. All players and coaches in the winning side will receive a medallion on

the day.

 

10.          Umpires.

 

(a)                 Panel Umpires will be allocated to A and B grade matches each week. All other matches one umpire from each club to officiate.

 

(b)                 Club umpires are not permitted to coach the team for which they are umpiring. If, in

an emergency, a coach needs to umpire his/her team then a substitute coach must take over.

 

Club umpires are not permitted to umpire any games in which their children (ie sons and daughters) are playing in. In extreme circumstances, permission must be obtained from the Netball Manager prior to the commencement of the game.

 

Penalty:                 In the event of it winning the game they will, forfeit all match                                  points and scored goals and be subject to a fine to be set by the                               league executive.

                                In the event of it losing the game they will, forfeit all scored goals                           and be subject to a fine to be set by the league executive.

                                The opposing club shall be awarded the match points and retains its                      scored goals.

 

(c)                 Must have or do a Theory exam / Introduction to umpiring during season.

 

(d)                 Umpires shall not be changed during a game, except in exceptional circumstances.

 

(e)                 Trainee umpires may have a badged umpire running with them, in junior games ONLY.

 

(f)                  Shall ensure that teams abide by the Competition Rules-

-          Correct Uniform

-          No Jewellery. Wedding bands and/or medic alert bracelets and studs are allowed but must be taped to umpires discretion.

-          Nails short and smooth or taped

 

(g)                 Shall register votes on official competition vote cards. The vote card is to be signed by both umpires, placed in a sealed envelope and signed again across the seal. Votes must be given as 3, 2 or 1. Umpires to complete & sign & have club co-ordinators sign the Umpires Report Form if a player or official is to be reported or for any incidents that are to be reported to the Netball Manager.

 

(h)                 If the game is abandoned or cancelled before half time no votes or goals will be given. If the game is abandoned or cancelled after half time, votes must be given and goals included.

 

(i)                   Umpires must sign any corrections or alterations to the score card.

 

(j)                  Umpires must sign the Score card after the game when scorers and captains have signed.

 

Penalty:                                                $20 fine to umpires

 

(k)                 Must supply their own whistles and clubs must have a current rule book and spare white skirt at the court.

 

(l)                   Club & Panel umpires shall be dressed appropriately in umpires’ attire; white t/shirt or jumper, white socks, skirts, Shorts (men) correct sports shoes. White wet weather gear is permitted in rain.

 

Penalty:                                                $20 fine to umpire

 

(m)               Umpires are only allowed to umpire 2 consecutive games on any given match day. An umpire is allowed to have a one match break and then return and umpire another match. Maximum 3 games per day in the GDFL competition

 

Penalty:                                                $20 fine to umpire

 

(n)                 A minimum of two umpires from each club must attend the umpires meetings/training during the season.
 
Penalty:                                  $50 per umpire for non attendance (Max $100)

 





11
.          General Meetings

 

(a)                 There will be at least six meetings, to be held on the first Wednesday of delegated months unless notified. At least one (preferably two) representatives from each club must attend. Each affiliated club is entitled to one vote.

                                (Meeting Months: January, February, March, June, August and October).

 

Penalty $100 fine for non – attendance.

 

(b)                 If a Special General Meeting is necessary 25% off all affiliated clubs need to call it as per the GDFL Constitution.

 

(c)                 Any recommendations for rule changes or amendments are to be made at the October meeting only. Recommendations must be sent to the Netball Manager fourteen (14) days before the October meeting. All recommendations approved will then be forwarded to the GDFL League Executive for ratification at there AGM in November.

12.          Finals

 

(a)                 The coin shall be tossed by the Captain whose team finished highest at the end of the Home & Away games. Winner of the toss shall have choice of end or centre pass.

 

(b)                 If any final is drawn, there shall be a break of two (2) minutes, during which time there    may be substitutions and/or team changes with 7minutes each end for 15 minutequarter matches. For 10 or 12 minute quarter matches there shall be a break of two minutes during which time there may be substitutions and/or team changes with 5 minutes each end. (Netball Victoria rule change).

If the game is still drawn, play continues, with no change of ends or players until one team is two (2) clear goals ahead.

 

(c)           A senior player is only permitted to play one game per final weekend. A player, if qualified as in 1(f) and (g), may play a different grade on the following weekend.

a junior player is eligible to play in two finals, 1 junior & 1 senior or 2 juniors on the same weekend, as long as they are qualified as per 1(f) and 1(g).

 

                                Juniors can play 1 junior and one senior or 2 junior grand finals in same day if qualified as per 1 (f) and 1 (g).

 

(d)                 Presentations will be made at the conclusion of each game.

 

(f)             Finals -                   i)              One – week off

                Qualifying             ii)             Two v Three

                Elimination           iii)            Four v Five

    Semi Finals           iv)           Winner of ii) v One

(v)            Loser of ii) v Winner of iii)

     Preliminary            iv)           Loser of iv) v Winner of v)

    Grand Final                           Winner of (iv) v Winner of (iv)

 

(g)           All clubs will be responsible for various duties (as advised by the Netball Manager) during the finals.

               

                Penalty:                                $50 per club/per person

 

(h)                 Playing times for finals are to be determined by the GDFL Executive.

 

(i)                   No alcohol is permitted at the courts.

 

(j)                   In the event of a team not being able to contest in a final – a walk-over will be declared.

 

(k)                 Team officials are responsible for filling in

-          Score card

-          Player information for finals series form (fifteen (15) minutes prior to commencement of game).

 

(l)                   Finals matches will be played regardless of weather conditions, although time delays may occur. If conditions are considered too dangerous, then the umpires shall call a ten (10) minute break. Then after the break, the umpires shall consult with the Executive Committee as to their opinion.

 

A decision will then be made by the two (2) umpires as to the future of the game. A decision made by the two (2) umpires to abandon a game due to weather, must be recorded on the score sheet as to when and at which stage of the game.

 

Alternative arrangements will then be made by the GDFL Executive.

 

(m)               Each game will be individually timed. The timekeeper shall indicate the completion of the quarters by walking behind the umpire 15 seconds before the end of each quarter and at the end of the game. At no time are the scorers or timekeepers to be approached during a match to clarify scores. It is the responsibility of the captain ONLY to approach officials at the intervals or after the match.

 

(n)     Final Teams: All team lists must be submitted to the GDFL Netball Manager by 8pm the Thursday before. No further additions are allowed to the team sheets after the above deadline. Players not submitted on the team sheets will not be allowed to take the court or sit on the player’s bench.

 

(o)     A list of officials and their VNA numbers, who will make up the bench during finals must be lodged with the Netball Manager, before the start of the finals for all teams participating. Bench can consist of Coach, Assistant Coach, Manager and up to two medical staff (i.e. qualified doctors or trainers). Managers and medical staff do not need VNA Memberships.

 

13.          Reports/Tribunals/Appeals.

 

(a)          The Netball Manager and/or Netball Committee will impose the prescribed penalty or any other penalty to any member that fails to adhere to this By-law.

 

(b)           Any member of a team or Club that was party to the original report, which does not agree with a penalty or action of the Netball Manager/Netball Committee made under this By-law, may advise the Netball Manager within 48 hours of the penalty or decision being made.

 

(c)          The Independent Tribunal (Independent meaning not the Netball Manger/Netball Committee) may then:

(i)            discuss the issue with the relevant team or Club and make a decision

regarding the matter. The Committee shall inform the party/ies

involved of their decision either verbally or in writing; or

(ii)           have an informal meeting with the relevant party/ies in order to

discuss and resolve the dispute.

Penalty:                 Suspension and/or fine at discretion of tribunal.

                                                (Automatic suspension for non-appearance)

 

The Independent Tribunal’s decision is then final. The Independent Tribunal may increase the penalty beyond what is stated in the by-law.

 

14.          Risk Management.

 

(a)           Injury Reporting.

                All Clubs are responsible for recording all injuries at the discretion of the injured player or                 players’ guardian (if aged under 18) on an Injury Reporting Sheet. Clubs are to store the             sheets.

 

(b)           Codes of Behaviour – The GDFL Netball will adopt Codes of Behaviour as prescribed in the Netball Victoria Member Protection Regulation. Where silent refer to Netball Victoria Code of Conduct & GDFL Code of Conduct which will be supplied to each club prior to each season.

 

(c)          Heat Policy

                In the event of extreme weather conditions above 28 degrees, the following steps must be                taken:

                All quarters will be reduced and breaks extended by the following:

                13, 15 & 17 & Under -        7 minute quarters, 3 minute ¼ & ¾ Breaks, 5 minute ½ time break

                C & D Grade         -             7 Minutes quarters, 3 minute ¼ & ¾ Breaks, 5 minute ½ time break

                B Grade                 -               9 minute quarters, 4 minute ¼ & ¾ Breaks, 5 minute ½ time break

                A Grade                 -               12 minute quarters, 5 minute ¼ & ¾ Breaks, 7 minute ½ time break

 

                In the event of weather conditions of over 35 degrees, it will be up to the discretion of the two         clubs and umpires as to weather games will go ahead.

                Please ensure that sunscreen is readily available courtside for players and umpires.

 

(d)           Photography / Video Footage

                No photographs or video footage is to be taken at junior matches without the consent of the           opposing coach or team manager.

                Clubs will be given a list of teams within the League that may not be photographed under any        circumstances.

 

15.         Interleague

 

                Players selected by the league or who are named in the Team of the year at the end of the season must participate the following year in the Interleague Netball Match if they are still part of the league. Exceptions for non-participation that would be accepted are: an injury or illness accompanied with a certified medical certificate. In this case the player must accompany the team to sit on the bench as a supporter and you will be excluded to play with your club the following week, Any variance from this rule must be approved by the GDFL Netball Manager.   The League has the right to invite other players to participate.

 

                Penalty: 2 weeks suspension for the following two weeks after the interleague game

 

16.          Miscellaneous

 

(a)                 G&DFL shall not be held liable for any injury to any player/s, official/s or spectator/s. All players, coaches, officials and spectators participate at their own risk.

 

17.          Special Circumstances/Provisions Clause

 

                Where the bylaw is silent, a decision can be made that ensures the integrity of the GDFL is maintained at all times.

               

The Netball Manager/Netball Committee/Independent Tribunal may in using discretion, in exceptional or extenuating circumstances, alter, vary or waive the requirements set out in this bylaw relating to the GDFL Netball Division.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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