Tuesday, September 29, 2020

LEAGUE REGULATIONS

1.    RULES OF THE GAME        

1.1  All matches shall be played according to the INF Rules of Netball currently in force at the time of the game, except where specific game regulations apply.

1.2  Every attempt will be made by Israel Netball to ensure that all these regulations are complied with. Should any issues arise that require some form of change for a particular match, a request must be submitted via email/WhatsApp to one of the IN Officers at least 2 days in advance of that match in order to give them time to render a decision. No requests will be considered if received less than 2 days in advance of said match (except in exceptional circumstances). 

2.    REGISTRATION OF TEAM MEMBERS

2.1  There is no maximum to the number of players allowed in a team. However a team of up to twelve (12) players must be registered prior to commencement of a game.

2.2  Each club can enter as many teams as they want. The club decides which players play on which team.

2.3  If a player cannot play for whatever reason, the team plays with fewer players or they can borrow a non-league player from their club or from another club. The maximum number of games that can be played by a non-league player in a season is two, and the player will pay NIS 50 (which covers playing either one or two games). 

2.4  Players for the senior league are eligible to play if they were born in or before 2004, i.e. they must be at least 15 years old by November 2019. A player may register for the second half of the season after she turns 15.
Players for the junior league are eligible to play if they were born between 2004 and 2006.
 

2.5  The league registration fee per senior player is NIS330. Should a new player register after commencement of the second half of the season, the fee will be NIS165.
The league registration fee per junior player is NIS250. Should a new player register after commencement of the second half of the season, the fee will be NIS125.
League fees are not refundable for any reason. 

2.6  Players register with their city coordinator. The following requirements must be fulfilled by players at the time of registration:

- Completed registration form with player's details
- League registration fee (covers playing netball at any court in the country)
- Current medical stress test in accordance with the rules dictated by the Israel Sports Authority. It is the responsibility of each player to ensure that her stress test is up-to-date according to her age as specified in those rules. The coordinator is responsible for checking that the test is valid for all her league players.
- In addition, the player must be a fully paid-up member of her club for the season including payment of the NIS 100 registration fee. Should a player join the club during the season, she must be fully paid-up from the month that she joins the league.

          A player will not be allowed to play if any of the requirements are not met.

2.7  Each team member should wear their league t-shirt.

2.8  Players may not play in league matches if they are over 3 months pregnant.

3.    LEAGUE SCHEDULE

3.1   The schedule for the entire season will be published prior to commencement of the season.

3.2   Senior matches will be scheduled for Thursday nights and all matches will be played in Modi'in at the indoor venue unless announced otherwise.
Junior matches will be played at various venues.

4.    BALLS, BIBS & PLAYING KIT

4.1   Whenever possible, Israel Netball will provide the match ball.

4.2   All players must wear positional bibs, and teams must have a spare set in a different colour in case of clash of colours.

5.   TEAM SHEETS

5.1  Team Sheets must be completed and lodged with the match officials before the scheduled start of each match. A team sheet shall consist of a minimum of 7 registered players who will be playing in the match (or be on the team bench).

5.2  Umpires or the captain of the opposing team will check players' nails and confirm that no jewellery is worn prior to the match. Each player will sign the team sheet after umpire's/captain's approval. Should a player arrive late, she may not take the court until allowed to do so by an umpire in accordance with INF rules.

6.   COURT PROCEDURE

6.1  Only the (up to) 12 registered players + team coach, team manager and other registered officials may sit on the team bench. All other players and/or supporters must sit in the spectators' gallery.

6.2  Scorekeepers/timekeepers at the Officials' Table must remain neutral; they may not support the teams playing on court.

6.3  If requested by any of the teams in advance, male spectators will not be allowed at matches in which that team is playing. This rule does not apply for the League Finals.

            7.   MATCH POINTS

            7.1  Match points will be awarded as follows:

- 5 points for a win
- 3 points for a draw
- 2 points to the losing team if they lose by 5 goals or less
- 1 point to the losing team if they score over 50% of the goals scored by the winning team

7.2  The named club coordinator will be responsible for ensuring that her team fulfills all the fixtures at the correct times and for advising her players of their match times/dates. Failure to turn up for a match at the stated time will result in an automatic 15-0 defeat, deduction of 1 point. If a team fails to turn up 2 weeks in succession or three times in the season they will be withdrawn from the league.

            8.   TABLE OFFICIALS

      For each match there will be at least one timekeeper and one scorer.

9.   UMPIRES

9.1  Games shall be umpired according to the INF rules. Each game will have at least 2 umpires umpiring the game.

9.2  An umpire’s decision is final.

9.3  The Umpiring Coordinator is responsible for assigning umpires to senior league matches, updating the umpires on the WhatsApp group and for adding umpires to the list during the season if appropriate. Every effort will be made to ensure there is at least one umpire from every league team.

10.  LIABILITY

10.1  Israel Netball and the host club accept no liability whatsoever in respect of personal loss or injury which players, officials or spectators may sustain.

10.2  Israel Netball will not be liable to any person, whether in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise for any direct or indirect loss or injury of any nature, howsoever caused and howsoever arising from the matters covered by these Regulations, provided that nothing in these Regulations excludes or restricts IN's liability for any personal loss or injury caused by IN's own negligence, the negligence of its employees, or for fraud.

10.3  All participants acknowledge that participating in the sport of netball involves a risk of personal injury and by taking part in the IN League, whether as a player, team member, team official, other official or spectator, each participant does so at their own risk.