WAVERLEY NIGHT NETBALL ASSOCIATION INC.

BY-LAWS: RULES GOVERNING COMPETITION MATCHES

 

Waverley Night Netball Association Inc. shall arrange and control all its competition games at Waverley Netball Centre.

TEAM ENTRY

  1. Any team wishing to join the Waverley Night Netball Association at the Waverley Netball Centre shall make written application to the Centre Manager.
  2.  The team must satisfy the Association that it is prepared to field a team regularly, is in a position to meet financial requirements of the Association, and can provide an umpire, who shall subsequently attend an umpires course / pass a Umpires Theory examination.
  3.  Entry Forms will be distributed by the Centre Management to all teams in the previous competition, plus new teams making application.
  4.   All Entry Forms completely filled in with appropriate information are to be accompanied by the Entry Fee and returned to the Centre on or before the stated closing date.
  5.  It is compulsory for one team representative from each team entered in the Autumn competition to attend the Annual General Meeting on the date set by the Association. The team representative may represent more than one team and non attendance at the meeting results in the loss of 4 premiership points.

FEES

  1. Management shall determine the amount of Entry Fee and Playing Fees annually.
  2. Entry Fee must accompany the Entry Form.
  3. Team Playing Fees are to be paid to Reception prior to each fixture match.
  4. Grades with a Bye - No playing fees are to be paid by a team when it has a Bye.

 Walkovers:

  1.  A team giving a walkover shall pay a fine (double normal court fee due).
  2.  No playing fees are to be paid by a team when it receives a walkover, except in a case where the Centre Management arranges a game for that team.
  3. Cancelled /Interrupted Matches—When matches are cancelled on account of a total strike, [eg. power, or situation created by a prolonged petrol strike] no Court Fees will be collected.
  4. Fines incurred by teams are to be paid to the Management prior to the next time the team plays.
  5. The usual Playing fees are to be paid by all teams taking part in all final matches and replays.
  6. Only fully financial teams shall be eligible to play in final matches.

REGISTRATION

  1.  A team, having paid it’s team Entry Fee, may register any number of players during the season providing they have paid their Netball Victoria Membership Fee prior to playing. Single Game Voucher Netball Victoria Memberships are also available.
  2.   The Association will maintain a player’s register.
  3.  Team registration sheets will be supplied to all teams prior to the commencement of the Competition.
  4.  The team registration sheet is to be filled in with the name and address of players, and such other details as required, and handed to Reception on or before the first night of matches.
  5.  If it is necessary to register another player during the Competition, the name and address and Netball Victoria Membership number must be written on the back of the score card or by completing a registration form obtainable from reception on the first night the new member plays.
  6.  A player shall be officially recognised as a ‘registered player’ upon participating for the first time in a match of the Competition.
  7.  Should a player marry during the year and not continue playing under her single name, a note of her single name and married name is to be made on the back of the scorecard.
  8.  A player shall not play in more than one team/club in any ONE Competition on any one night:
    •  A player may play in more than one competition on any one night eg. Indoor & Outdoor Competition on a Monday or 15/U and 13/U competition on a Thursday.
    •  If your team has a “BYE” you cannot play for another team/club in that given competition that your teams has a BYE in, but you may be qualified to play for another team within the club you are already registered to play within that given competition.
  1. After being graded by the Association, a player is not allowed to play in a team which is more than 2 Sections lower, without permission - such application for permission must be in writing to the Centre Manager.
  2.  A player who has been granted permission to play more than 2 Sections down may not subsequently play in any team in a higher section during that competition.
  3. In the event of a player being granted permission to play with a team less than 2 Sections lower in the same Club to regain form, she may return to her original team after notification has been given to the Centre Manager.  However, she must re-qualify for Finals matches with such a team.
  4.  Should a Club enter two or more teams in a competition, the players may be transferred from one Section to another until the said players have played:
    •  a)       three times in the higher section in the current season; 
    •  b)       after playing three times at the higher level;
    •  c)       a player  may not play in the semi-finals and grand finals of  two sections on any one nights competition.
  5. In the event of a Club having two or more teams in the one section, the players shall apply the same rulings as in 10(a), (b) and (c).
  6.  Final Series

          All players in semi-finals and grand final matches must have played at least two matches prior to the semi-finals with the team with which they wish to play in the final matches.

          PENALTY FOR INFRINGEMENT OF ‘REGISTRATION’ BY LAWS:

          Game(s) with defaulting player(s) shall be forfeited to opponents, such team being credited with 4 points and 10 goals to nil, the Team playing the defaulting player(s) will also receive a loss of 4 points.

NETBALL VICTORIA MEMBERSHIP

  1. Netball Victoria membership fee is set annually by the Victorian Netball Association Inc.
  2. All players, coaches and umpires participating in a Waverley Night Netball Association competition or program must be a current Netball Victoria member.
  3. No player will be permitted to take the court without Netball Victoria membership.
  4. Single Game Vouchers may be used.

a)    A player must purchase a Single Game Voucher from the competition office prior to taking the court for the Club or Team.

b)    A Single Game Voucher may be used by the player for one game only.

AGE REQUIREMENTS

1.         Underage section: Participants’ age is determined as at 31st December of that year.

GRADING

  1. The Grading Sub Committee shall be the Management and their decision shall be final.
  2. The Grading Sub Committee has the right to reject any team applying for entry to the competition.
  3. Teams are divided according to standard of play into sections with not more than ten teams in any one Section.
  4. New Teams do not necessarily become members of the lowest section
  5. Re-grading may occur at any time within the first 2 - 4 weeks of any season. Where there is an obvious discrepancy after this time, the Grading Sub Committee may make the necessary changes.
  6.  If a team is re-graded, premiership points and goals for and against will be transferred into the new section.

CLUB COLOURS AND UNIFORMS

  1. Each team member shall wear a uniform of the same design and colour. This may include
    1. Skirt, polo shirt or t-shirt and sports briefs
    2. Netball Dress
    3. Only windcheater / pullover’s in club colours can be worn during play;
    4. Netball Shorts must not be longer than the skirt or dress.
    5. All dresses / skirts must be long enough to cover sports briefs / Netball shorts when standing.
  2. Gloves, leggings, tracksuit pants, or shorts are NOT 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. Gloves should be cotton, with no rubber grip on fingers or palm.
  3. Any team wishing to adopt a uniform, which varies from the Association’s official dress code, is required to submit a design to be approved by the Centre Manager.
  4. Position patches to be worn by all players - letters to be 20cm high and worn front and back, above the waist of the player. 
  5. SPONSORSHIP ADVERTISING ON POSITIONAL BIBS IS NOT PERMITTED.  This is reserved for NATIONAL/STATE COMPETITION ONLY.
  6. When a uniform is considered inappropriate, the player(s) concerned may be ordered to leave the court.  NB: A player who is ordered from the court shall not be replaced by another player. When a centre player is ordered from the court, the captain may make one change only from players presently playing on the court until the interval, in respect to providing a centre player.
  7. Team Secretary shall register the team’s uniform for each competition, giving full details and colours.

NAILS, JEWELLERY AND BODY PIERCINGS

  1. No item of jewellery except a wedding ring and or medical alert bracelet may be worn and shall be taped.
  2. Body piercing (ears, nose and eyebrow) which cannot be removed should be taped. No adornment that may endanger player safety shall be worn.
  3. Fingernails shall be cut short or can be taped. Only Thick cotton stretch tape is allowed on nails and approval must be granted by the Match Panel Umpire on your court prior to the match commencing.
  4. TAPING:
  • Fingernails: 1 piece of tape over the top of the nail and 1 piece of tape around the nail.
  • Body piercing: Tape to fully cover ear, nose, eyebrow ring or any other pierced site.

13 & UNDER COMPETITION

  1. Boys eligible for 13&U competition are allowed to play.
  1. Teams may have up to one (1) male on court at any one time.
  2. Uniform on court for Boys shall be shirt and shorts (with no pockets) in team colours plus a positional bib.
  3. There is no limit to the number of boys named on the scoresheet.

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR TUESDAY PREMIER LEAGUE, MONDAY PREMIER & WEDNESDAY17/U PREMIER LEAGUE COMPETITIONS

  1. Teams will be able to warm up and cool down on the outside courts.
  2. All matches shall comprise of four 15 minute quarters with intervals of 2 minutes at ¼ and ¾ time break and 3 minutes for ½ time break. No injury time is allowed.
  3. No time off for injury is allowed however when the injury is such the game shall cease until the injured player can be removed from the court. All Rules pertaining to injury and substitutes as stated in the Official Rule Book shall apply.
  4. A team receiving a walkover is credited with 4 point and 15 goals to nil.
  5. Each team must provide a scorer for the entire game and sit at the official score bench.
  1. Should a Club enter two or more teams in a competition, the players may be transferred from one Section to another until the said players have played:

    a)       six times in the higher section in the current season; 

    b)       after playing six times at the higher level;                                                    

    c)       a player may not play in the semi-finals and grand finals of  two divisions on any one nights competition.

  2. In the event of a Club having two or more teams in the one section, the players shall apply the same rulings as in 6(a), (b) and (c).

    8.  Final Series

           All players in semi-finals and grand final matches must have played at least five matches prior to the semi-finals with the team with which they wish to play in the final matches.

      PENALTY FOR INFRINGEMENT OF ‘ADDITIONAL RULES FOR PREMIER LEAGUE COMPETITION’ BY LAWS:

            Game(s) with defaulting player(s) shall be forfeited to opponents, such team being credited with 4 points and 15 goals to nil, the Team playing the defaulting player(s) will also receive a loss of 4 points.

    CLEARANCES

    1. Clearances are to be handled by the Centre Manager.
    2. A clearance is required when a player wishes to transfer from one Club/Team to another Club/Team, on the same night and competition.
    3. To obtain a clearance the player must apply in writing to the Centre Manager, after study of the clearance request the Centre Manager will notify the player of the decision.
    4. No player will be granted a clearance after round 10 in any competition.
    5. In the event of a team disbanding in the current season, its members shall be free to play with other Clubs/Teams with written permission of the Centre Manager, but no team shall be considered disbanded unless notice of such disbandment be in the hands of the Centre Manager before the 10th round of matches for that Competition.
    6.  No player shall be granted more than one permit during the season.

     PENALTYFailure to obtain a clearance or permission as required shall result in game(s) won with defaulting player(s) being forfeited to opponents, such team being credited with 4 points and 10 goals to nil.

     APPEAL: A player has the right of appeal against a decision of the Centre Manager and/or Committee. Such appeal must be in writing to the Centre Manager within 48 hours of such decision.

     UMPIRES

  1. Each team is to supply one registered umpire when required as per fixtures, such registered umpire to arrive on time and to umpire the match indicated in the fixture or by the coordinator.  After 2 occasions of non-appearance of team umpire as required, the team will be asked to show cause why they should not be suspended.  Failure of team umpire to officiate at a fixture match will result in a fine of $40.00 incl. GST and loss of 4 points to their team. Fine to be paid before the team plays its next match.
  2. Each Umpire to complete registration form and deliver to Reception on or before the first time the umpire officiates.
  3. Each umpire must attend such meetings and courses as required by the Association
  4. The Association Umpires Coordinator will appoint umpires for all final matches.
  5. Premier League Competitions: Management will endeavour to arrange the appointment of all umpires to officiate in the season.
  6. Umpires shall wear clothes that are white in colour. Suitable footwear shall be worn.

CONDUCT OF MATCHES

  1. The playing rules shall be those of the All Australia Netball Association, except:
    1. TIMING All matches shall comprise of four 10 minute quarters, unless otherwise stated in the competition details. Change ends at ¼ and ¾ times and 2 minutes at halftime. Teams shall take the court 30seconds prior to the end of half time and be ready to recommence play.
    2. NO INJURY TIME: No time-off for injury is allowed except that when the injury is such the game shall cease until the injured player can be removed from the court. The match maybe stopped by the umpires in extenuating circumstances to ensure a safe playing area is maintained.
    3. BLOOD POLICY (for matches with no injury time):
    4. The game is stopped – the clock is NOT stopped
    5. The Bleeding player leaves the court – substitution rules apply (with no time allowance)
    6.  Play is resume.
  2.    All matches shall be played on courts as directed by the Association.
  3.  All matches may be timed by a central clock and/or individual court time clocks.
  4.  First named team to take 1st centre pass in the match.
  5.  Grand Final matches for all competitions - teams will toss for the 1st centre pass.

  SCORING:

  1. Four (4) points shall be awarded for a win, two (2) points for a draw and four () points for a Bye.
  2.  The ‘home team’ is the first-named team in the fixture and is responsible for providing a netball, but both teams may provide a netball, which must meet the requirements as stated in the Official Rule Book, with each team using their ball for half the match.
  3.  The Officials of the game shall be the two Umpires and Scorers. Each team is asked to provide an Official Scorer / Timekeeper. Both Scorers/Timers must be together and check the scores.
  4.  Score sheet: The Association will provide the official Score Sheet. Only one Score Card is used for each game.  The First named team is responsible to pick up the Score Sheet prior to the game and return it to Reception at the end of the game.
  5.  Each team captain is responsible for filling in the Score Sheet legibly and in ink, with names, both First and Surname of her players before the game. Most player names are printed on the score sheet, for a player to be recorded as playing, it must be indicated on the score sheet beside each player’s name with a tick or playing position in column 1, 2, 3 or 4. Please fill in Scores - Result of match.
  6.  When both captains are satisfied that the information is correct, the Score Card is to be signed by the two Captains and the two officiating umpires.
  7.  In final matches, the winning team is responsible for handing in the completed scorecard.
  8.  Should a captain realise that a wrong name was recorded on the score card, notice of the correction must be in the hands of the Centre Manager within 48 hours of the match being played.
  9.  Should scores be incorrectly recorded on the score card, only by consent of the two captains concerned would the score be rectified.
  10.  A weekly progressive points table will be kept and displayed at the Waverley Netball Centre and displayed on the website, www.waverleynetball.com.au.

WALKOVERS

  1. In the event of a walkover being given, notice must be given to the Centre Manager. Fines apply, double the current court fee to be paid prior to your next match.
  2. No playing fees are to be paid by a team when it receives a walkover, except in a case where the Centre Management arranges a game for that team.
  3. A team receiving a walkover is credited with 4 points and 10 goals to nil.
  4. Other than in exceptional circumstances, if a minimum of 5 players are not in position to play when the siren sounds; then:          
    1. A maximum 5 minute waiting time is given to teams to allow for the late arrival of players. (7 minutes for Premier League).
    2. If 5 or more players are still not on court in position after 5 minutes then a walkover is awarded to the team with 5 or more players on court in position ready to play. Walkover fees apply and opponents are credited with 4 points and 10 goals, to nil.
    3. If neither team has 5 or more members in position on the court and not ready to play when the siren sounds or time is signalled for the commencement of matches, walkover fees apply to both teams and no points are scored by either team. 
    4. NO PENALTY goals will be accrued for a late start.
    5. The match starting time, duration, court scheduling and any other exceptional circumstances that arise are to be handled by the Court Supervisor in consultation with Reception/Centre Manager.
  5. Cancellations of Matches by the Association in the event of a total strike, (eg. Power, or situation created by prolonged petrol strike), weather or some other cause, resulting in all matches being cancelled for that round, teams will be awarded two points each and the competition will continue as per fixture.
  6. Wet Weather/interrupted matches: Teams must report for matches.  If considered too wet to play, or for some other reason, the Centre Manager may cancel the matches, score cards are to be filled in, and two points are awarded to teams with 5 or more players present. Teams with less than 5 players present forfeit the game and walkover fees and conditions apply. If the match is cancelled after the completion of the first half of the game, the score will stand and 4 points will be awarded accordingly. If the match is cancelled before this, the score will be a draw and 2 points will be awarded to each team.

FINAL MATCHES

  1. A minimum of nine (9) mementos will be presented to the premiers and runners up in all sections. 
  2. At the conclusion of ‘home and home’ matches finals shall be played.  In the event of teams being level on points, positions shall be determined by percentage of goals scored for and against.
  3. Final Matches shall be played as follows:

    Semi-finals 1 v 4, 2 v 3.

    Grand Finals - Winners of the 1st Semi Final will play winners of 2nd Semi-Final.

  4. In the event of a draw in the Semi-final, and/or Grand Final, there is a 2 minute break during which time there may be substitutions and/or team changes. At the end of the 2 minutes, there are a further 2 x 5 minute halves (for 40minute match) and 2 x 7 minute halves (for 1hour match) played. At the end of the first half teams simply change ends and substitutions and/or team changes may be made. If at the end of the second half the scores are still level, then play continues until one team has a two goal advantage.
  5. The starting time of finals games may alter slightly.

INJURY REPORTING

  1. All teams are responsible for recording all injuries at the discretion of the injured player or players’ guardian (player under 18) on the back of the scorecard.

All players in a Waverley Night Netball Association representative team are responsible for reporting all injuries at the discretion of the injured player or players’ guardian (player under 18) with the Team Manager.

FIRST AID

  1. The Waverley Night Netball Association will provide a First Aid Kit complying with Netball Victoria Infonet RM2 - First Aid for Netball.
  2. The First Aid Kit will be stored at reception and all appropriate personnel will have access to it.
  3. The Waverley Netball Centre Management will maintain the first aid kit and supplies.
  4. The Association will have a designated room or area for the treatment of injuries. The room or area should be kept clean and accessible at all times.
  5. The Association will ensure that a qualified first aider is present were possible at all competition matches.

PROTEST

1.       A team wishing to protest must  -

a. Notify the captain of the opposing team and the Management at the conclusion of the game of their intention to protest.

 b. Lodge protest in writing with the Management within 48 hours of the match being played. The Management shall deal with the protest, three  n             members forming quorum, but no one connected with the team shall be a member of the Committee dealing with the protest.

c. Right of Appeal - A player or team shall have the ‘right of appeal’ to the Committee against a decision within 48 hours of notification of penalty.

d. The Committee will advise the result of the appeal and this decision shall be final.

 

MISCONDUCT

  1. Umpires/Supervisors/Management may report any player or team for misconduct such report to be in writing and received by the Centre Manager within 48 hours of the match being played.  
  2. The Umpires/Supervisor/Management are to notify the player concerned, or the captain in the case of a team, their intention of making the report. 
  3. Any player found guilty of disputing an Umpires decision on the netball court or otherwise misconducting themselves, shall be liable to be disqualified from taking part in any match under the control of the Association for such time as may be decided upon.          
  4. A player who is ordered from the court shall not be replaced.  When a centre player is ordered from the court the captain may make one change only from players presently playing on the court until the interval, in respect to providing a centre player.
  5. Management shall deal with the report, but no one connected with the team shall be on the Committee dealing with the report.
  6. Right of Appeal - A player or team shall have the ‘right of appeal’ to the Management against a decision of such Committee within 48 hours of notification of penalty.
  7. Each team is responsible for the conduct of its players and supporters during and after matches conducted at the Waverley Netball Centre.

INDEMNITY

It should be expressly noted that the Waverley Night Netball Association Inc./ Waverley Netball Centre will not accept any liability for injury to person or damage to property.  All persons engaged in activities organised by the Waverley Night Netball Association Inc., whether as a participator or spectator, do so at their own risk. And subject to the condition that the Association and all persons employed by or connected with the Association are absolved from liability for any injury to person or damage to property howsoever caused.

 

Waverley Night Netball Association A0001303F Model Rules and Statement of Purpose Associations Incorporation Act., should be read in conjunction with the Rules Governing Competition Matches.