Netball Australia to implement new rule changes on 1 January 2016

Netball Australia, along with the eight state and territory Member Organisations, will implement the new Official Rules of Netball across all associated competitions and events from Friday 1 January 2016.

The new rules, released publically by the International Netball Federation (INF) on Friday, will include the elimination of whistles following goals and obvious ball out of court; amendments to injury time; and changes to the out of play rule.

The new rules were voted upon and approved by the International Netball Federation Congress, as part of the INF’s ‘Game Plan’ strategy, during the Netball World Cup SYDNEY 2015 in August.

An in-depth explanation and analysis of the new rules introduced will be covered as one of the first sessions at the 2016 Netball NSW Biennial Conference.  The Q&A-style session will provide a comprehensive summary of the changes and how they will affect umpires, coaches, players and bench officials, featuring NSW Swifts Head Coach Rob Wright, reigning Australian Umpire of the Year Sharon Kelly and NWC2015 Bronze Medal Bench Official Ruth Havrlant.

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“The new rules aim to meet the changing needs of the game, reflect the modern forward looking sport of netball, improve players’ enjoyment of the game, create consistency in the interpretation of the rules across all world regions, and make the game more attractive to spectators,” Netball Australia’s Head of Community Strategy and Netball Development AnneMarie Phippard said.

Netball Australia, in partnership with the Member Organisations, have a responsibility to educate and train its 1.2 million membership base, including umpire, bench officials, coaches, players and administrators, on the new Official Rules of Netball.

A series of informative and instructional videos explaining the new rules and relevant interpretations are being developed by Netball Australia and will be freely available online from early December ahead of the implementation.

Work has commenced on updating Netball Australia’s online training and education modules with the new rules, including the Level 1 Officials course, which are available via the MyNetball e-Learning Portal. The updated course and exam will be available mid-December.

“We understand the enormity of the challenge we face to educate and implement the new rules across the netball family but Netball Australia will work closely with our relevant stakeholders to ensure a smooth transition,” Phippard said.

“We’re anticipating a teething period initially as the rules are implemented from grassroots through to high performance competitions but we’re excited about the benefits for umpires, players, coaches and spectators.”

The Australian Diamonds’ three-Test tour of England in January 2016 will be the first international Test matches contested under the new Official Rules of Netball.

The new Official Rules of Netball are available from the International Netball Federation (INF) website by clicking here.

Summary of Rule Changes:

  • Umpires no longer blow their whistle when goals are scored and if it is clear that the ball is out of court.
  • The use of the word ‘Penalties’ has been changed to ‘Sanctions’.
  • Sanctions will include Free Pass or Pass/Shot. Throw In and Toss Up are considered actions as opposed to Sanctions (or penalties under the current version).
  • When taking a centre pass, the Centre is required to now only have one foot wholly within the centre circle.
  • Once a player taking a penalty pass is in the correct position, the player may choose either to play the ball immediately or to wait for the infringer to stand out of play. However, it is important to note that the changes to the rule regarding the taking of the penalty pass do not remove the requirement for a player who is sanctioned for a major infringement to stand out of play.
  • All injury/illness stoppages, which will include blood, will be 30 seconds, and the injured player must come off the court.
  • Goal tending will no longer be allowed. Players will not be able to deflect a shot once the ball is on a downward flight towards the ring, including touching the ball up through the net.

Pages from New Rules of Netball SnapshotClick on the image for detailed description of the soon-to-be-introduced rule changes.

Courtesy of Netball Australia,