The 2013-14 season is due to start and we hope you all have an enjoyable winter league.
We would like you to please take the time to read this letter and distribute to ALL players and umpires within your Club. There are a few changes that you all need to be aware of and action before the start of the season in September.
At the County AGM in June, there was a rule change which will affect most teams as follows: “If a player plays up for two full consecutive league games she will be deemed to be a player of that particular team - if a player plays up for any part of more than 6 league matches in 1 season then she will be deemed to be a player of that particular team with exception of Regional teams”. So do remember that if anyone plays more than 6 league matches (regardless of how much game play in each match and regardless of how far apart the matches are) they will be deemed a player of the higher team/
If you have more than 7 players who have signed the scorecard prior to playing and you have players who have swapped on and off, you must ensure that this information is clearly written on the scorecards next to that player’s name and umpires will have to countersign this to verify that is the case. The scorecard must have this information filled out BEFORE the umpire signs the card at the bottom and it is the responsibility of the Teams to put the scorecards in the box at the end of each match. Failure to put the cards in may result in point deduction. Scorecards will be printed and distributed to all teams on their first match.
If there are any problems on the day of a match, we would like to make sure that a member of your team could be contacted on the day. With that in mind, we have made amendments to the entry form whereby we have asked you to supply us with names and contact details of your team captains – we realise that some of you may not have had this information to hand when you filled in your entry forms but we would require this information before the first fixture weekend (entry form attached). Team captains’ email addresses will also be added to the distribution list so that when information is sent to Clubs throughout the year, it is not only the Club secretary who receives the emails. We would appreciate all information being disseminated to ALL Club members.
As you are all aware from the CDNL AGM this year, umpires will be invited to officiate Division 1 and 2 games, but the other three divisions will still need to supply umpires for games (please see website for details of which games you will need to find cover for). To avoid some of the problems we had last year of teams requesting umpire cover often the week of a fixture, we are stipulating that all teams must source their umpires before September for fixtures from September to December and send in this information to Esther Harris at
. By the end of November, all teams should have sourced their umpires for fixtures from January to April and again, relay this information to Esther. Failure to do this may result in point deduction.
One of the issues we had last year was that games started late and this had a knock on effect. To ensure this doesn’t happen next season, we have altered the playing times giving more time between matches. Even with injury time taken into account, each game should be able to be started promptly. Umpires should blow for 30 seconds and 10 seconds to give you enough time to take to court. We’d like to point you to Rule 21: Failure to take the court – penalty (ii) for this states “if a team fails to take the Court within one (1) minute of the designated time for the start or restart of play, the umpires shall award the game to the non-offending team.” Rule 4.3 states that “a team MUST take the court if there are at least five (5) players present, one of whom must play Centre” – so even if you only have five players as the game is about to start, you must take to court and start promptly. We would strongly recommend that all your players are made aware of this rule so they are not taken by surprise, should a game be conceded against them by an umpire.
Last season we introduced the use of reserve dates so that should a fixture be cancelled due to inclement weather, all games from that fixture would be moved en masse to the reserve fixture. Please note that we have two reserve fixture dates this season: Saturday 5 April and Saturday 12 April 2014. If any fixtures are cancelled, your teams will need to make themselves available on those dates to play the matches which were unable to be played and of course, umpires should be contacted again to ensure they too are available.
We are planning on running a disciplinary meeting where all umpires will be asked to attend and also two representatives from each Club. England Netball has a new Code of Conduct & Disciplinary Regulations and training is going on across the Country to implement these new procedures. As such we will be looking to deliver up to date and accurate information from England Netball at this meeting – details to follow.