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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 5.

NET 3 Duration of play The game shall consist of 4 quarters of 15 minutes each with an interval of 4 minutes between the first and second quarters and the third and fourth quarters, as well as an interval of 8 minutes at half-time. Teams shall change ends each quarter. For league fixtures tied matches are permitted.

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

- There shall be a 4 minute interval at the end of full-time;
- Extra time of 2 halves of 7 minutes each shall be played, with an interval of 1 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 2 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 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 2 hours of court time should be booked for leagues matches and at least 2.5 hours for knockout fixtures to allow for extra time to be played. Institutions 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 League and 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 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 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 2 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, 1 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 3 or more players are selected for a National Governing Body senior, A or Under 21 side, the institution concerned shall be able to postpone the fixture to a new fixture date agreed by the 2 institutions.

NET 8.1 In the event of the 2 institutions not being able to agree a new date then the matter should be referred to the BUCS office and the institutions will be instructed of the new date and venue.

NET 8.2 Knockout competition finals will be not moved for this reason.

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