Netball regulations for 2019 - 20 | Updated 8 October

NET i The BUCS Netball Championships shall be conducted in accordance with the following BUCS sport specific regulations, the BUCS general regulations, and the INF (International Netball Federation) Rules of Netball.

NET ii In the event that these regulations contradict the BUCS general regulations, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.

NET iii In the event that these regulations contradict those of the INF Rules of Netball, these BUCS sport specific regulations will supersede, unless specifically stated otherwise.


NET 1 There shall be a Women’s Championships, the programme for which shall include leagues and knockout competitions as per BUCS general regulations, Appendix 1 (‘BUCS Competition Offer and Associated BUCS Points’) and Appendix 10 (‘BUCS Promotion, Relegation and Knockout Information’).

NET 2 Minimum number of players for a fixture to start The minimum number of players per team required for a fixture to start will be five.

NET 3 Duration of play All matches shall consist of four quarters of 15 minutes, an interval of four minutes between quarter one and two and between quarter three and quarter four, and a half-time interval of eight minutes. Teams shall change ends each quarter. For league fixtures tied matches are permitted.

NET 3.1 Ties in knockout competition matches In the event of a tie after full-time:

  • There shall be a four minute interval at the end of full-time;
  • Extra time of two halves of seven minutes each shall be played, with an interval of one minute at half-time. Teams change ends at half time. The Centre Pass is taken by the team entitled to the next Centre Pass;
  • During both of these intervals, substitutions and/or team changes may be made;
  • In the event of a tie remaining at the end of extra time, a visual signal shall be used to indicate that play shall continue until one of the teams has a two goal advantage.*

*The home team is responsible for ensuring a visual indicator (such as a cone or flag) is supplied to the score bench prior to the start of the match.

NET 4 Match officials Match officials should be appointed as per Appendix 5 (‘BUCS Match Officials Requirements’).

NET 4.1 For Scottish Conference (Tier 1 and below) league fixtures, and Scottish Conference Cup fixtures, each team is expected to provide one of the officials unless agreed in writing prior to the fixture to do otherwise.

NET 5 Facility and equipment requirements

NET 5.1 Court bookings Playing facilities must be booked for an appropriate length of time to allow for the full conclusion of the match including a warm up. A minimum of two hours of court time should be booked for leagues matches and at least two and a half hours for knockout fixtures to allow for extra time to be played. Institutions/Playing Entities failing to book sufficient time will be considered to have defaulted on the match if for any reason there is insufficient time to bring the fixture to a conclusion.

NET 5.2 Court requirements

NET 5.2.1 All Premier Tier/Championship matches must be played on a regulation size sprung wooden indoor court with run-off areas a minimum of 1.5m wide, sunken posts with regulation rings and post protectors.

NET 5.2.2 All Tier 1 and below league matches, and Trophy and Conference Cup/Plate/Bowl knockout competition matches shall be played on courts of regulation size, with regulation posts and rings. Wherever possible matches should be played on indoor courts. Where both indoor and outdoor courts are available the home team must stage the match on the indoor court. There is no minimum run-off requirement, but consideration should be made for officials courtside.

NET 5.3 Scoring equipment A fully working and easily visible scoring system must be provided showing the match score.

NET 5.3.1 For Premier League and Championship matches an electronic scoreboard should be used which displays the time remaining in each quarter.

NET 5.3.2 For Tier 1 and below league matches, and Trophy and Conference Cup/Plate/Bowl knockout competition matches a manual scoreboard is sufficient should electronic scoring not be available.

NET 5.4 Match ball An INF regulation ball should be used for all fixtures where possible. Teams must supply at least two suitable match balls to the umpires in advance of the match.

NET 6 Pre-match procedures

NET 6.1 Team start list Before the start of the match, the names of up to 12 players, one of whom shall be the captain, must be provided to the scorers.

NET 6.2 Coin toss and pre-match checks The home team captain is responsible for ensuring the coin toss is carried out prior to the match commencing and informing the officials of the result. All teams must cooperate with the pre-match checks carried out by the officials.

NET 6.3 Clothing Teams must carry an alternate set of playing bibs for use where a clash occurs. The home team is responsible for changing colour.

NET 7 Substitutes There shall be no limit to the number of substitutions which can be made in a match.

NET 8 Representative commitments When three or more players are selected for a National Governing Body senior, A or Under 21 side, necessitating their presence at a competition or preparation camp associated with a competition, the institution/Playing Entity concerned shall be able to postpone any affected league fixtures.

NET 8.1 The institution/Playing Entity concerned shall be responsible for informing the opposition institution/Playing Entity of the requirement to postpone the fixture no later than 48 hours (outside of weekends and bank holidays) after the announcement of the squad for the representative team, and no later than five working days prior to the original fixture date. Upon notification of the postponement, institutions must follow REG 14.3 to rearrange the fixture.

NET 8.2 Knockout competition fixtures are not covered under NET 8.

NET 9 Calculating final league positions Final league positions will be primarily based on league points accumulated. However, should there be any ties on points within a league, they shall be split by the following sequential systems;

NET 9.1 A team tied on points in a league who has voluntarily conceded walkovers shall automatically be placed below other tied teams who have conceded fewer voluntary walkovers.

NET 9.2 Walkovers deemed involuntary may be disregarded in the above calculations on a case by case basis.

NET 9.3 Tie between two teams

NET 9.3.1 If the tie on points has been effected by any walkovers conceded to them or any void fixtures, all the relevant results against the team(s) which conceded the walkover(s) or the team(s) involved in the void fixtures (i.e. all the results between the teams tied on points and the team(s) conceding the walkover(s)/void match(es)) will be removed from the results table and the recalculated goal difference shall be used to determine the higher placed team as follows;

NET 9.3.2 Goal difference. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.3.3 The higher number of Goals scored. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.3.4 The result between the teams will be the determining factor in placing one team above the other. Where fixtures are played on a ‘home’ and ‘away’ basis, the aggregate score of the two (or more) matches will determine the higher placed team. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.3.5 If the higher placed team cannot be determined from the system above, then this shall be determined by the toss of a coin by the BUCS Executive.

NET 9.4 Tie between three or more teams

NET 9.4.1 If the tie on points has been effected by any walkovers conceded to them or any void fixtures, all the relevant results against the team(s) which conceded the walkover(s) or the team(s) involved in the void fixtures (i.e. all the results between the teams tied on points and the team(s) conceding the walkover(s)/void match(es)) will be removed from the results table and the recalculated goal difference shall be used to determine the higher placed team as follows;

NET 9.4.2 Goal difference. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.4.3 The higher number of Goals scored. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.4.4 A mini league shall be formed to calculate the higher placed team on points from the results between the relevant teams. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.4.5 Goal difference in the mini league. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.4.6 The higher number of Goals scored in the mini league. If a tie still exists;

NET 9.4.7 If the higher placed team cannot be determined from the system above, then this shall be determined by the toss of a coin by the BUCS Executive.

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