The fixtures for this summer league can now be found on the website www.cdnl.org
There is quite a bit of information coming up, please do take time to read this and disseminate to all your players.
Please note that you will need to find umpires for your own games.Â As usual, the Committee can’t enforce how much you pay your umpires so please make sure you agree details with them personally beforehand – saves embarrassment on the night.
We have taken on board comments throughout the summer season last year and comments on the entry forms and tried to come up with a middle ground which will suit the majority of you. Â This year each one hour game will be split into two. Â The first two quarters will be normal netball rules and the second two quarters will be wild card format.Â Both scores will be amalgamated to make up the final score reflected on the website.Â On both the normal and wild card game, you will be allowed to have rolling substitutions – don’t forget, you don’t need to wait for an umpire’s whistle to substitute players and you can substitute as many times as you like.
One of the comments last year was that the games finished very late so we’ve pushed the start times to 6.30pm and 8.00pm.Â This will give players and umpires a chance to go from one venue to another on a Thursday night if they find they are out at both venues but different times. Â It should also help with parking issues at Milton – local residents have mentioned how difficult it is with the amount of cars parked on the roads near the entrance to the courts.Â As there is a turnaround between games, this should alleviate the congestion as people will be leaving the 6.30 games before the 8.00 games start. Â Please do think about sharing cars if you can as parking isn’t limitless.Â Impington have more room so there shouldn’t be a problem there – do remember though NOT to park in the car park near the sports centre reception as this should be kept for patrons using the sports centre itself.Â Either park at the far end of the courts in the car park there or on the playground (there is a map on the website showing where to park).
We would ask you all to try and get to your games at least 10 minutes before they start so that players can take to court, having had their nails checked etc, on time.Â Please make sure your players are ready by having their jewellery removed, nails cut, bibs on and toss up for centre pass already done before the start time.
With 99 teams to accommodate and 363 games to fit in, it’s not been an easy task, so please don’t be quick to criticise what the hard working members on your Committee have put together along with the hours of programming done by our fantastic webmaster.Â There may be times when your teams will clash but that’s unavoidable and we would like to think that if you have entered a certain amount of teams, you will have enough players to field those teams even if they were all playing at the same time.
Cambourne 12s, Cojags U14s and Swans U16s – if you scroll down to the bottom of the fixtures, you will see fixtures for 1 August.Â We have entered a random date for these three fixtures but would ask if you could play these off site at some point during the season.Â We could not accommodate these games on a Tuesday night within the weeks given.Â Just pop the scorecard for this game into the box the next week you’re out and email the score through to
Do remember that the adult matches are not only split between Milton and Impington this year, they are also on Wednesday AND Thursday nights. Â Do check carefully where you should be on any given night.Â This may sound silly but we did have teams turn up at the wrong venue on numerous occasions last year!
Blank scorecards will be printed and available for you to collect from the scorebox on your first fixture evening, they will be blank so please just take as many as you need for your own games.Â Please could you write both team names as well as the date and time of the fixture on the cards as this will help enormously when entering the scores.Â There won’t always be a Committee member at the games every week so if you don’t see the scorebox on the IVC courts, please go in and ask for it – also it will need to be popped back into reception at the end of the evening.Â The Milton scorebox may not materialise until later in the evening as there isn’t anywhere to keep it on the premises so I’ll need to come down and drop it off.Â If, for any reason, I’m unable to drop the Milton scorebox off, then please could one of the umpires collect up the scorecards at the end of the games for safekeeping?
Remember that rules are a bit more relaxed during summer league as regards players, so if you only have 2 or 3 players for a match and are thinking of conceding the match, put out a plea on FB or via email to the other teams to see if anyone can help you out making up numbers.Â It would be a shame to have matches cancelled.
One of the issues in previous years is that rubbish is regularly left behind.Â Please take time to look around your court and pick up your rubbish – there are plenty of bins around, do use them.Â It isn’t the Committee’s job to check the courts at the end of the evening for you and nor is it the job of the venues to clear away your rubbish!!
If you have any queries, please do get in touch with any member of the Committee.
Have fun ladies
On behalf of CDNL CommitteeÂ