Netball Rules


The rules of netball that apply at any venue operated by the Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre (APISC) or Beeview Sports are those of the AANA unless a rule of the Centre provides otherwise.  In those cases where there is a conflict between an AANA rulings and the bi-laws of the Centre, the Centre's bi-laws will override the AANA's general rules.  It is the responsibility of each player to be familiar with these rules.

1. Duration of a game

A match shall consist of four 9 minute quarters.  Teams will change ends at each quarter.  There will be a one minute break at half time.
Unless APISC determines otherwise a competition will be scheduled over a 15 week season.  Finals will be played over two weeks.

2. Registration

Upon entering a competition teams shall pay a last game bond and a registration fee as determined  by APISC.
Players will be automatically registered up to and including round three. If, after round three, a team has not paid its registration fee in full, its members will be treated as unregistered until the fee is paid.
Each team must mark its participating players on the team registration card before each game.  Unless otherwise arranged with  management a team must pay the full match fees before it receives their bibs.

3. Times of games

The times at which games are played shall be determined by APISC and if varied teams will be notified.
Teams are expected to be on court at the time fixtured. Teams will lose one goal per minute for lateness. The clock will be started at the fixtured time to ensure all teams have their full game. Nails, bibs and positions are to be finalised before the game starts. Teams may take the court with 5 players in order to start the game.
An automatic forfeit will apply if a team is not on court within 9 minutes of the fixtured start time i.e. within the first quarter.  A team who forfeits shall loose 5 premiership points, and the team who wins on forfeit will receive 4 premiership points. If the non-forfeiting team plays a scratch match it shall received 1 point for every 10 goals scored.

4. Fees Payment

A team must be paid up at least 10 minutes before its game is scheduled to commence.  No bibs will be given out until a team’s full match fees are paid unless prior arrangement with management.  Match fees are non-refundable.
2 premiership points will be deducted from a team’s total points if their gamer fees are not paid in full  [M1] on the night of their game.  Points will be continually deducted until full payment is received.
A registration fee is to be paid by the first game of each season, otherwise APISC may deduct 2 points from a team’s total for each week the fee is outstanding.
Any team who has not paid its registration fee or has outstanding game fees at the end of the season will not participate in the finals.
Before a team enters a competition they must pay a last game bond fee equivalent to the team’s fees for a match. The last game bond will be used to pay match fees if a team forfeits during a season; otherwise, if a team has no forfeits, the bond will be used to pay the team’s fees in the last round of a season before the season’s finals.
Teams who have not paid their last game bond by the third round of competition will have 2 points deducted for each round after the third round while the last game bond remains unpaid.
Last game bonds and registration fees will be forfeit to APISC if a team withdraws from a competition prior to the end of the season.
A team’s registration fees and last game bond are forfeit if APISC has to suspend a team from a competition for any reason.

5. Forfeit

A team will be regarded as forfeiting a match if, of its own volition, it does not play a match which APISC has scheduled. Forfeiting teams forfeit their last game bond. In addition, a team who forfeits on the day of scheduled play will have to pay a penalty equal to its match fees if a “scratch match” cannot be organised for their opponents. A forfeiting team will have 5 premiership points deducted and will be required to reinstate its last game bond.
All teams who have a game forfeited against them have to play a scratch match at their allocated time against a suitable opposition organised by APISC, in order to obtain the 4 point penalty plus bonus points for goals scored. Teams that do not play in a scratch match substituting for the game which has been forfeited will receive no points for that game.
Any fees arising as a result of a forfeit must be paid prior to the start of the next fixtured game otherwise 2 points will be deducted each week until all arrears are paid.

6. Finals

All final dates will be posted on the notice board and teams will be notified as backup. Times for these games will not change.
A player, who may have played in more than one team in the same division, can only qualify for one team in the finals.
In a 15 game draw, a player must play 5 games to qualify for finals. In a 10 game draw, a player must play 4 games to qualify.  In a 6 game draw, a player must play 3 games to qualify for finals. A maximum of two byes or wins on forfeit count as games played.
If two or more teams are on the same points at the end of the season, the position on the ladder will be determined by each teams number of wins at the end of the season, excluding wins on forfeit.  If teams have the same number of wins, the ladder position will be determined by the goal difference (amount of total goals scored minus goals scored against).
In finals, if there is a draw at full time, teams will play an extra 3 minutes each end.  If after extra time the score is still level, the first team to have a 2 goal lead will win.
Teams are allotted 8 trophies per team (Premiers and Runners Up) for the Finals Series.  APISC will provide, at cost, extra trophies if notified by the team.
7. Mixed Teams
In mixed teams, males may play one position in the following sections: either GS or GA  (Goaling third), as either WA, C or WD (Centre third), and as either GD or GK (Defensive third).
Mixed teams must not have more than 3 males on the court and not less than 2.
8. Injuries
Except in finals, there will be no extra time for injuries.  An injured player must be helped from the court as soon as possible.  Once the injured player leaves the court and his/her position is not filled with a substituted player, the injured person can re-take the court at quarter or half time or during another stoppage for injury.  In finals, injury time is three minutes only.
If a player is bleeding he/she must vacate the court immediately.  Providing his/her position has not been filled the player may return to his/her position after a goal has been scored, quarter times or half time.
9. Uniforms
All team members must wear the same colour and shade of tops, shorts, skirts, skins, or leggings. Singlets and tank tops will not be permitted, although sleeveless polo shirts will be accepted. Shorts must be sports shorts not cargo shorts. All shorts must be above the knee. Track suit pants are not allowed except by prior arrangement with APISC management (permission will only be given due to a proven medical condition). Any player who attempts to take the court wearing loose fitting or flared pants will be asked to leave the court. No exceptions.
For each incorrect uniform item, teams will lose 2 goals to their opposition up to a maximum of 6 goals per game.
Uniform penalties will apply to ‘fill ins’ who are not in the team’s colours. This applies to all players regardless of whether they are provided by the Centre or by their own team.  Teams will be given 3 weeks to organize their uniforms before the penalties apply.
If players choose to wear shorts, they are to have no pockets. If a player wears shorts with pockets, they will be asked to tape them up. No player may wear any clothing that has exposed buttons. This is an OH&S issue.
All players must wear non-marking soled shoes.
10. Nails
Nails must be either cut short or taped.  Bandages or Micropore will not be acceptable.  Nails must be taped even if a player wears gloves.  It is the responsibility of teams to supply their own tape.
11. Jewellery and adornment
No jewellery i.e.; wedding rings, bracelets, necklaces are to be worn during play.
No plastic/metal hair adornments are to be worn during play e.g. head bands, butterfly clips. Please use cloth material headwear.
12. APISC Court Rulings
(Applicable to APISC only) If the ball hits the roof, it becomes a play advantage, (i.e. the player who retrieves the ball has possession).
NB: The person who originally threw the ball may not retrieve it, otherwise it will be deemed a replay ball.
A game will not be stopped for a player to do up his/her shoe-laces.
The team first listed on the fixture has the centre pass. The second team listed has choice of ends.
Each team must provide a scorer. If a scorer is not provided the umpires will score and play will not commence until the scoring has been completed and the umpire is back in position.
13. Unacceptable language and behaviour
Swearing, bad language, unacceptable behaviour and racist comments are unacceptable at APISC.
A player who uses unacceptable language or behaviour towards an umpire or other players, will not be warned but will be asked immediately to leave the court and will have no further participation for the duration of the game. The offending player’s position cannot be filled unless is Centre. If this is the case, an on court player may change to centre, but the remaining players may not change their position.
Spectators who use unacceptable language or behaviour will be asked by the umpires to leave the premises.
Persons who have been asked to leave the Centre and who do not do so immediately will be treated as trespassers.
Disciplinary actions can include, warning, send off, advanced penalties, advanced undefended shot at goal for the following actions: dissent, abuse, back chat and dangerous play.
Any player who backchats or is condescending towards an umpire verbally or by gesture while on or off the court (during play) will be penalised. The penalty will result in:
    - The ball being advanced to the opposition's goal circle.
    - Either the GA/GS may take the ball and is awarded an undefended goal at any position within the
      goal circle.
14. Points
Teams shall be awarded 4 points for a win, with an additional 1 point for each 10 goals scored.  Losing teams shall be awarded 1 point for each 10 goals scored.
Teams in a tie shall receive 2 points each, and an additional 1 point for every 10 goals scored.
Teams having a bye shall receive 2 points.
15. Equipment
If equipment i.e. goal rings, etc., is damaged through vandalism or player's irresponsibility, the offending player/person shall be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement.
16. Affiliation
APISC is not affiliated with Netball Victoria or any other group.
17. Umpires
Any queries players may have about rules and their interpretations please ask the umpire at half or full time.
Always play by the umpire's whistle for the start and finish of the game.
NB: Please remember our umpires are there to help make your game more enjoyable. They are not there to be abused in any shape or form.
Remember the umpire's decision is final.
18. Miscellaneous
No pets are allowed in the building.  No bicycles or roller blades are allowed on the courts.
No alcohol is allowed in the upstairs court area and there is strictly no smoking in the building at all.
Teams are to provide a minimum of three team contacts with home, work and mobile telephone numbers and e-mail address.
It is the responsibility of team captains to make sure all players know the time of their games.
During the Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, APISC will make every effort to locate other suitable premises for the remainder of the competition.  If APISC cannot find any suitable indoor venues, games will be fixtured outdoors. If outdoors, we do play in the rain.
Players play at their own risk.  APISC accepts no liability for any injury a player might receive in the course of a game.
Management has the final discretion on any manner connected with the conduct of the centre.
APISC management reserves the right to ban any team who's conduct is deemed inappropriate.
 [M1] Game fees are the match fees less the team members’ payments to the umpires.

© Albert Park Indoor Sports Centre (A.P.I.S.C) 2011