netball Rules

  1. Duration of play: The game shall consist of four quarters of 15 minutes each with an interval of four minutes between the first-second and third-fourth quarters and with an interval of eight minutes at half-time. Teams shall change ends each quarter. For league fixtures tied matches are permitted.

  2. Playing facilities: Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match including a warm up. A guidance of 2 hours of court time should be booked. Institutions failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion. 

  3. Court requirements: All matches shall be played on courts of regulation size, with regulation posts and rings. Wherever possible matches should be played on indoor courts.

  4. Match ball: An INF regulation ball should be used for all fixtures where possible. Teams must supply at least two suitable match balls to the Umpires in advance of the match. 

  5. Match Officials: Each team is responsible for providing one umpire for each fixture. If this cannot be arranged colleges need to mutually agree on arrangements before the fixture. It is the responsibility of the host institution to ensure that all match officials are aware of the NWCSL general and sports specific regulations, especially where these differ from National Governing Body (NGB) regulations. 

  6. Team Squads: Teams can select up to 12 players for each game. 

  7. Substitutions: There shall be no limit to the number of substitutions which can be made in a match. 

  8. Coin Toss and Pre-Match checks: The home team captain is responsible for ensuring the coin toss is carried out prior to the match commencing and informing the Match Officials of the result. All teams must cooperate with the pre-match checks carried out by the Match Officials. 

  9. Clothing: Teams must carry an alternate set of playing bibs for use where a clash occurs. The home team is responsible for changing colour. 

  10. Fixture Cancelation: In relation to block fixtures should football matches be postponed then netball will also be postponed unless specifically agreed by both colleges. This is to ease transport burdens and maintain simplicity in rearrangement of fixtures. 

  11. Competition Requirements: Should a team be unable to meet the requirements of competition, resulting in hindering the completion of required fixtures, they may be automatically withdrawn and/or restricted from entering from the current and future season.