Dover & District Netball League
RULES & REGULATIONS
WINTER | 2017/2018
CONTENTS
1. NAME
2. AFFILIATION
3. MEMBERSHIP
4. COMMITTEE
5. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
6. FINANCE
7. MATCH RULES
8. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINS
9. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETINGS
10. REGISTRATION MEETINGS
11. PLAYERS
12. YOUTH TEAMS
13. FLOATERS
14. KIT
15. FIRST AID KIT
16. JEWELLERY & FINGERNAILS
17. PRE-MATCH
18. SCORECARDS
19. UMPIRES
20. UMPIRING COURSES
21. WEATHER CONDITIONS
22. CANCELLATIONS & ABANDONMENTS
23. PREGNANCY
24. TEAM COACHING
25. SUPPORTERS
26. SOCIAL MEDIA
27. DISCIPLINE
28. DISPUTES & COMPLAINTS
29. TOURNAMENTS
30. TROPHIES
31. COACHING SESSIONS
32. SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING
33. GENERAL
34. UMPIRE CONTACTS
35. TEAM CONTACTS
36. NEW RULES – WHAT’S CHANGED

1. NAME
The league shall be called the ‘Dover & District Netball League’ (hereinafter called the DDNL)
2. AFFILIATION
The DDNL is not affiliated with England Netball (EN) and do not require it’s team/players to be affiliated to EN.
3. MEMBERSHIP
Membership of the DDNL is open to all. Those wishing to participate as a team are to send a representative to the pre-season registration meeting whichever is sooner. Those wishing to participate as a floater are to contact the Secretary/Assistant Secretary to express their interest.
4. COMMITTEE
The DDNL shall be run by a Committee;
 Chair Person Ronel Edgington nellyton@hotmail.co.uk
 Vice Chair & Fixtures/Tournament Debbie Sutton deb.sutton@hotmail.co.uk
 Secretary & Trophy Officer Tracy Lyng tracylyng@gmail.com
 Assistant Secretary Lisa Smith lisaandkayleigh@yahoo.co.uk
 Coaching & Development Kerrie Fisher keza252@virginmedia.com
 Umpiring Secretary Alison Hollowday alhollowday@btinternet.com
 Fundraising & Social Secretary Tarn Clark smithtarn3@gmail.com
 Treasurer Michelle Nash n/a

The league will be advised at the AGM of any vacancies that may occur on the Committee. Anyone wishing to join the Committee will need to put their name forward or be nominated and then “elected” to join by the remaining Committee Members.
5. HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
In recognition of services to DDNL and usually those that have been past committee members will be nominated and elected at the AGM to become Honorary Life Members of the DDNL. Current Honorary Life Members are:
 Michelle Varrall
 Jill Flavin
The Honorary Life Members may assist the current committee in making a final decision in relation to appeals/decisions where an overall verdict cannot be reached.
6. FINANCE
The funds of the DDNL shall be lodged at a bank and all cheque’s, drafts etc. drawn on the account shall be signed by the Treasurer and either the Vice Chair and Assistant Secretary.
Any cheque’s are to be made payable to “DDNL”.


7. MATCH RULES
All matches will be played in accordance with EN rules.
All matches will be played at pre-arranged central venue which is currently; St Edmunds Catholic School, Old Charlton Lane, Dover, subject to change.
8. ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS
Notice of the AGM will be advised to league members via the DDNL website/DDNL Facebook page/text message/email.
Any amendment proposals to the Rules and Regulations and any other correspondence requiring discussion at the AGM are to be sent to the Secretary/Vice Secretary 14 days prior to the AGM.
9. EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING
May be called at the discretion of the Committee.
10. REGISTRATION MEETINGS
A registration meeting will be held prior to each season starting. Notice of such meetings will be advised to league members via the DDNL website/DDNL Facebook page/text message/email.
Each team wishing to be entered must send a representative to the meeting.
A Registration form & DDNL Disclaimer will need to be completed by the team representative at the meeting and returned to the Committee along with the appropriate fees for the up and coming season.
Teams wishing to enter a team but cannot send a representative to the meeting, must notify the Secretary with 7 days of the meeting.
Penalty - Defaulting teams will be fined £15 and have 10 points deducted at the start of the new season. Fines are at the discretion of the committee.
11. PLAYERS
All players must be registered in their appropriate teams. MAX 15 PER TEAM.
A Player my only be registered for one team.
A player may change clubs mid competition, after notification to both her present club and the Secretary/Assistant Secretary prior to playing for another team.
New players can be registered at the actual match, by starring the player on the back of the scorecard including their contact details.
Only two new players (floaters or new team members) can be played per match.
1.1 Where a club has one or more teams, lower team members may play for higher team on two occasions in any one competition during the season, before automatically being deemed a higher team player.
Penalty - Failure to comply will result in offending team forfeiting points and goals from the match in question. A higher team player may only be demoted after notification in writing to the Secretary/Assistant Secretary and will be deemed a lower team player for the remainder of the competition.
Any team officially disbanding must notify the Secretary/Assistant Secretary in writing, after which any player wishing to register with another club may do so, or play as a floater. All points and goals for and against teams disbanding that competition shall be deleted from the records.
12. YOUTH TEAMS
Must have a minimum of 5 players aged 19 years or under who are registered and playing at each match. The remainder of the squad may consist of players up to 21 years of age.
ONLY TWO 20-21 year old players may play at any match (including substitutes), to render them a youth team.
Youth Teams will pay a reduced rate registration fee.
Youth Teams will need to complete additional forms confirming parental consent.
Minimum age - 14 years.
13. FLOATERS
Floating players can only play 3 times for the same team in any one competition.
Floaters must then register on the 4th occasion with that team, or remain a floater, no longer playing for aforementioned team during that competition.
Floating players not previously registered with the Secretary/Assistant Secretary must register within 14 days of playing their 1st match and must have put their contact telephone number on the Teams score cards.
Penalty – Failure to comply will result in offending team forfeiting points and goals from the match in question, and the floater in question will not be allowed to play again until properly registered.
14. KIT
Full kit, that is a full set of positional bibs, marked back and front, netball skirts/netball dress along with suitable sports or t-shirts must be worn at all matches.
In the event of a clash of colours, as a courtesy the Away Team should wear an alternative set of bibs.
Scarves, cropped tops or bare midriffs are unacceptable. Hooded jumpers may be worn as long as the hood is securely tucked inside the garment.
Penalty – The offending player/s must stand off until they are adequately attired to the umpire’s satisfaction.
4.1 GLOVES – No form of glove should normally be worn when playing netball. However in extreme weather or climate conditions and at the umpires’ discretion, gloves maybe worn.
Gloves should be plain, soft leather or micro fibre (neoprene) which are manufactured without seams (or with internally sewn seams) and have no abrasive materials including but not limited to, zippers, velcro, metallic or plastic.
14.2 HEAD COVERINGS – a player may wear a hat/head covering providing the material is soft and without embellishments which might constitute a danger to any other player on the court. Peaked baseball or tennis type caps are not allowed.
Trainers should be suitable for netball and be securely laced. It is a requirement of the league that all teams provide and use a fully inflated match netball (size 5) in all matches. Rubber/training balls are not allowed.
15. FIRST AID KIT
All teams must provide and carry a first aid kit. Spot checks may be carried out during the season.
Penalty – If on 1st check up no First Aid Kit is present: one written warning. Failure thereafter will result in £10.00 fines.
16. JEWELLERY & FINGERNAILS
No sharp adornments or items of jewellery, except a wedding ring, shall be worn. If a wedding ring is worn it shall be taped. Adornments shall include but not limited to large hair slides and clips.
All earrings/studs and body piercings must be removed. Fingernails shall be cut short and must be smooth. Acrylic nails are not acceptable. Nails will be checked before all games by the umpires.
Penalty – The player must stand off court whilst play continues until a goal is scored and the umpire has re-checked the nails and given permission for the player to take the court.
17. PRE-MATCH
Teams should aim to arrive at the venue at least 10 minutes prior to the start time of the match to ensure matches can start promptly.
Games will commence no more than 5 minutes late, and with a minimum of five players.
Penalty – Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of points from the game in question, with the non-offending team gaining the points.
All games must have an EN qualified umpire.
Home Teams must get posts out; Away Teams must put posts away. Please check before leaving your venue whether there are any further games on your court.
Home Team takes the first centre pass; Away Team has choice of ends.
18. SCORECARDS
The team captain is responsible for fully completing the scorecard prior to the match commencing. Any new players or Floaters must be noted including contact details on the back of the scorecard.
Each team must hand the scorecard to a Committee Member after the match.
Points system:
 4 for a win
 2 for a draw
 1 point for gaining 50% or more of the opponents score.
In the event of two teams being equal on points, goal average will be taken into consideration. (i.e. Goals scored less goals against divided by the number of games played).
19. UMPIRING
19.1 Every team must have an EN qualified or active trainee umpire within their team after the first season.
Penalty – If by the end of the season the team does not have an active trainee or qualified umpire registered to their team, 7 points will be deducted.
19.2. Each team must supply appropriately qualified umpires for their matches, if there is any uncertainty as to who holds which award, please contact the umpiring Secretary.
Penalty – Failure to comply will result in the offending team forfeiting points from the match in question.
19.3 A trainee umpire may umpire league matches providing there is a qualified umpire officiating for the opposing team, providing that Rule 20 is adhered to.
Penalty – Failure to comply will result in the offending team forfeiting points from the match in question.
19.4 Umpires have the authority to shorten games at their discretion.
19.5 An Umpire has the authority to cancel or abandon games at the venue. (Rule 21)
UMPIRE FEES – as of Winter Season 2014, the minimum umpire fee will be £8.00
The umpire’s decision may not be disputed during a game. Any queries on a decision may only be made by the team captain during the half time interval or at the end of the game.
20. UMPIRING COURSES
The Umpiring Secretary will keep the league up to date with any umpiring courses that are taking place in the area. Referring to Rule 19 above, all trainee umpires are encouraged to attend the training sessions (Rule 31) to build their confidence and understanding on a training night and will only then be allowed to be classed as accepted to umpire matches (Rule 19.3).
21. WEATHER CONDITIONS
21.1 In the event of inclement weather teams must attend the venue, whereby the committee/umpires will decide if it is safe to play.
21.2 Games postponed due to dangerous conditions will be re-arranged by the fixtures secretary.
21.3 If play commences and the match has to be abandoned up to half time, the game will be regarded as drawn and 3 points and their own goal average will be awarded to each team.
21.4 Games abandoned after half time – score at the time play ceases will stand.
If the Committee decides to cancel games ahead of time due to the weather conditions, notification of cancellation will be given on the DDNL Facebook page/calls/text message by 17:30hrs.
22. CANCELLATIONS & ABANDONMENTS
22.1 Should a Team need to cancel a match, it is the team captain’s responsibility to inform their own umpire, the opposing team and the Fixtures Secretary of the cancellation.
Penalty - The opposing team will receive the points for the match.
22.2 Should a team fail to arrive for a scheduled match, the opposing Team must send a completed score card claiming the points to the Fixtures Secretary within 7 days of the un-played match.
Penalty – Teams failing to turn up without notification must pay the opposing teams umpire fee
22.3 Cancellations or abandonment of matches by Umpires will be re-arranged by the Fixtures secretary. Teams will be given notice of any re-arranged fixtures.
22.4 The Fixtures Secretary has the authority to cancel and rearrange fixtures as deemed necessary.
23. PREGNANCY
Players must not take part in netball after the twelfth week of their pregnancy.
Umpires may officiate games up to twenty weeks of pregnancy, providing they are capable of moving & keeping up with play.
24. TEAM COACHING
Coaching will be allowed but only from a designated area as agreed between the coach and the umpires.
Coaching may then only take place in that area. The coach may not walk up and down the sideline and interfere with the umpire.
25. SUPPORTERS
Teams shall be responsible for the behaviour of their own supporters and any children they bring with them.
26. SOCIAL MEDIA
Please ensure that all of your team members are aware that abuse over social media about the league, its umpires and players will not be tolerated.
Penalty – The Team who the individual is associated with will be deducted 10 points and if they are a player will be banned from playing for 2 matches.
27. DISCIPLINE
Disciplinary action will be taken against any player or team considered by the umpire to be involved in bad or unsporting behaviour including the use of bad language. A verbal warning may be given to a player/team for dangerous play or verbal abuse toward another player or the umpire. A recurrence could result in the game being abandoned, the result of which will be discussed by the committee, following umpires’ reports and a decision arrived at.
28. DISPUTES & COMPLAINTS
Any dispute or complaint concerning a particular match must be referred in writing to the Chairperson and Secretary within 7 days of the match.
The committee may ask teams/players/umpires to record their version of events in writing within 14 days.
The dispute & complaint will be discussed at a committee meeting and a decision reached.
There shall be a right to appeal within 7 days of notification of the decision. The appeal will then be dealt with again by the Committee whereby they may also involve at least one Honorary Life Member to assist in gaining a final outcome.
Once a final decision has been made, no further appeal will be accepted.
29. TOURNAMNETS
A league tournament will be scheduled to take place once a year usually in the summer, notification of which will be given via the DDNL website/DDNL Facebook page/text message/email. All teams are encouraged to attend; however, if a team cannot be fielded then individuals may attend.
30. TROPHIES
Trophies will be given out during the above tournament or another function organised by the Committee.
Current Trophies include:
1. Winners Winter Season
2. Runner Up Winter Season
3. Star Player Winter Season (per team)
4. Winners Summer Season
5. Runner Up Summer Season
6. Star Player Summer Season (per team)
7. Tournament Winners
Trophies voted for by the league:
1. Special Recognition Award
2. Umpire of the year Award

31. TRAINING SESSIONS
Will be run weekly (weather/venue permitting) and is open to all. Notification of training sessions will be given via the DDNL Facebook Page. There will be a small charge for this, which is currently set at £2.00 per session, subject to change.
Minimum age 12, but must be accompanied by the parent/s
32. SOCIAL & FUNDRAISING EVENTS
The Social Secretary will advise the league of any social events planned in advance. Anyone that has any ideas for any such events are encouraged to speak with the Social Secretary
33. GENERAL
In the event of any questions or matters arising which are not provided for in the Rules & Regulations, please contact any of the Committee members.
The league shall not be held responsible for any injury to players/umpires/coaches/spectators or any lost property.
In the event of DDNL being dissolved, any property or monies remaining after its debts and liabilities have been settled shall be left to a local charity.

34. UMPIRE CONTACTS
35. TEAM CONTACTS

36. NEW RULES – WHAT’S CHANGED
New rule: Umpires no longer blow their whistle when goals are scored and if it is clear that the ball is out of court. The umpire will raise one arm vertically to confirm a goal has been scored or if the ball is out of court will signal direction of play. What’s changed: Previously umpires would have blown their whistle.
New rule: C to have at least one foot wholly within the centre circle. What’s changed: Previously the C was penalised if either foot was on the ground outside the circle.
New rule: The player taking a throw in must have at least one foot within 15cm/6 in of the line. What’s changed: Previously the player must have placed one or both feet immediately behind the line.
New rule: All injury/illness/blood stoppages will be 30 seconds, and the injured player must come off the court. If the position is left vacant the player may return at the specified times in the game What’s changed: For injury/illness/blood on a player, stoppages were up to 2 minutes and the player concerned could continue to play when the match restarted.
New rule: Once a player taking a penalty pass is in the correct position, the player may choose either to play the ball immediately or to wait for the infringer to stand out of play. What’s changed: Previously the player taking a penalty pass had to wait until the infringer was standing out of play. A player who did not wait until the penalty was “set” was penalised.
New rule: Players may come into physical contact with each other as they strive for the ball. If they do not interfere with each other’s play or use their bodies to gain an unfair advantage over their opponent, it is deemed to be contest and play continues. What’s changed: No change has been made, but further clarity has been given between contact and contest and interference has been specified.
Goal tending will no longer be allowed. Players will not be able to deflect a shot once the ball is on a downward flight towards the ring, including touching the ball up through the net.
Please refer to the England Netball website for further changes

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