ESCPSNA Committee Rules 2018

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

At least one representative from each school shall be a member of the Committee.

Executive Committee (these four people should be from different schools if possible)

PRESIDENT and PUBLIC OFFICER
VICE PRESIDENT
SECRETARY
TREASURER

Other Committee Members

JUDICIARY
UMPIRES CONVENER
WET WEATHER PERSON
SCORE SHEET / DRAWS

The Committee will meet at least twice during the season at a mutually convenient place.

VOTING RIGHTS

  • When a resolution is required to be passed (or a matter under discussion requires an indication of support) at meetings whereby members are required to vote, each school has one combined voting right irrespective of the number of members representing the said school.

UMPIRES

  • Umpires will be recruited by the Umpires Convenor from appropriate sources, such as Universities or Teachers Colleges. For umpiring of NetSetGo games (Year 2 and 3), we may recruit from local high schools and provide them with appropriate training.
  • Preference will be given to those with an Umpires Certificate and all umpires will attend a three-hour training workshop before the season commences which is run by Umpires Convenor.
  • Those umpiring NetSetGo games, will also attend a workshop and work with the modified NetSetGo rules.
  • The Umpires will be paid the going rate for game umpiring (approximately $25 per senior game and $25 per NetSetGo game each), with two umpires for each game. In order to keep our umpires at ESCPSNA, for the first game at 7.30am, ESCPSNA will pay an additional amount to the umpires (approximately $10) for the physical set-up from 7am till 7.30am.
  • UMPIRES & COACHES: Players, coaches and parents need to be made aware that the umpires ruling must not be questioned during play. Should any problem arise, the COACH (no-one else) should speak to the umpire during the breaks, in a fair and polite manner. Umpires are not affiliated with teams, so are calling what they see, without any bias.
  • Positive coaching is permitted in all divisions but only by the coach. Coaches are not allowed on the court or along the baselines during the game. Coaches will be asked to move if in the way or too loud as umpires need to be heard. Spectators are to remain on the sideline too. The umpire requires room to move along sidelines and the baseline.

COMPLAINTS

  • Any complaints must be written on the back of the score sheet in a constructive manner, and handed in after the game, including the name, school and contact details of the complainant. Following review by the president and umpires’ convenor, if necessary the complaint will be dealt with directly.

TEAMS

  • The minimum age is seven years.
  • The competition consists of teams organised by school grade, i.e: Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6.
  • Teams are permitted with a minimum of 7 players.
  • A player may only be registered in one team, with the exception of the Opens Division where each Opens team is permitted to register up to 3 players who are already registered in a team in a lower grade.
  • Every player in a school team must be a current student at the school the team represents.
  • In the case of a school that have extra players in an age group, they may be registered individually with their respective schools and then placed in a combined school team. It will be up to the relevant school representatives to organise any combined teams. The combined team registration forms shall be registered by the school with the most players.
  • It is the responsibility of the coach/manager to enter each player’s first name & surname on the score sheet and sign to confirm that all players are registered. Whatever the circumstances, children not listed as team members will not be allowed to play for that team, unless a child is playing up from a lower year group team (or across) as permitted by these rules (in which case that child’s name and year group should be included on the score sheet).
  • Teams with fewer than 7 players to play a particular game, may play with a minimum of 5 players or forfeit the game. Umpires will allow 2 minutes for the team to source extra players. After two minutes, a forfeit will be called.
  • In the Opens Division only, each player must sign next to her or his name before the commencement of each game and the coach must sign to confirm that all players are registered.
  • Boys – Up to three boys may be registered per team, but only two boys are permitted on the court at any one time and they must be playing in different thirds of the court. This is taken to mean the thirds of the court where GA/GS play in the attacking third, WA/C/WD play in the centre third and GD/GK in the defensive third. So the following combinations are not allowed:- C/WA & C/WD & WA/WD & GS/GA & GK/GD

PLAYING UP (AND ACROSS)

Players may play up a grade but not down (i.e. Year 4’s may play for a Year 5 team but not a Year 3 team) and the following conditions must be observed:

  • Players within a year group may play across to another team (in the same year group) as well as play up in all divisions, except in the Opens where players may not play across to another team.
  • Each team may have up to three registered players from the grade below (except for the Opens Division, where there is no limit)
  • Players may play a maximum of two games in a single day.

OPENS DIVISION

Please note the following rules apply to the Opens teams.

  • All players registered in Opens teams must have their signature recorded on the Team Registration Form at the beginning of the season.
  • Any player playing in the Opens, needs to sign the scoresheet that day. This includes casual / occasional / fill-in players.
  • To clarify “occasional” : Players can only play up into an Opens team (i.e. fill in) up to three times per team per season. If a club has two Opens teams, they can fill-in three times in each team, ie up to 6 games.
  • Only players who are registered in an Opens team at the start of the season can play in the semi-finals and finals for that team.
  • Players can’t register in more than one Opens team, as then they would be “playing across” which is not permitted in the Opens division.
  • A ladder will be kept – A win equates to 2 points, a draw equates to 1 point, a loss equates to 0 points. Goal differences will also be recorded. 

Year 6 Opens Competition 2018

This year we have 19 registered Opens teams, which means each week 1 team will have a bye. In order to keep the competition balanced, it will be run as follows-

Preliminary Round

  • 5 weeks of games will be played
  • A ladder will be kept and will be done so on a percentage basis and not a points basis. This means that the standings at the end of the Preliminary Round will be determined using a Win Percentage, which is wins divided by games played (a draw equals half a win).
  • This method will be used to take into account the uneven number of games that some teams will play due to byes.
  • This will be updated weekly on the ESCPSNA website

In case of preliminary round games cancelled due to wet weather, make up games will be played in order for the preliminary round to be completed.

Competition Round

  • 2 divisions will be formed with 2 new separate ladders, points starting from zero
  • Division 1
  • Division 2
  • All teams will play each other within their division
  • Finals will be played in the last few weeks

In case of competition round games cancelled due to wet weather, we will endeavour to play make up games to complete the competition rounds and lead into the finals series. The winner of the Division 1 2018 final will be awarded the perpetual ESCPSNA trophy.

REGISTRATION FEE:

This is decided each year by the Committee.

The Fee for 2018 is $120.00.

REFUNDS

  • A refund may be given if a child withdraws before the season starts.
  • Should a child, or team, withdraw during the season, a refund will only be given at the discretion of the Committee.
  • No new team registrations will be taken once the competition has started, except at the discretion of the Committee.

PLACE AND TIMES

  • Games are held at Waverley Park, Birrell Street, Waverley.
  • The season spans school Term Two and Term Three. No games are played in the July school holidays or on long weekends.
  • Games are played on Saturdays starting 7:30am and finishing at 4:00pm for 2018.
  • The duration of the game to be determined at time of draw.

SAFETY

  • No jewellery, including studs, earrings or cotton bracelets, are to be worn by the players. Taping of new ear studs is not permitted.
  • Players hair must be suitably tied back.
  • Fingernails must be short and coaches should check and carry nail clippers.
  • Only soft brimmed hats may be worn.
  • Pole pads will be used.
  • A team First Aid Kit is advised to have on hand, plus team ball pump, sunscreen, nail clippers and game bibs

TABLE DUTY

  • Each member school will be responsible for table duty on a roster basis. The school on table duty is responsible for ensuring that the courts and surrounding areas are cleaned up thoroughly during and after games are finished.
  • Any fines incurred by ESCPSNA for litter not cleaned up will be passed on to the responsible school.
  • ESCPSNA provides Table Duty schools with a 3 x 6m tent, a Bar-b-que, three large trestle tables and some ice buckets. All other items, including ice (also used for injuries) will be the responsibility of the school on duty. ESCPSNA items are stored at the fields. The Umpire Convenor will meet schools at 7.15am to unpack.

ESCPSNA SATURDAY LOGISTICS AREA

The Amenity Room is for Umpires and ESCPSNA Committee. The ESCPSNA table contains:

  • Scorecards, folders, pens for each game. Please pick-up prior and return after the game.
  • First Aid kit (with ice provided by table Duty) and ice bag provided by ESCPSNA.
  • Season Draws
  • Time-Keeper
  • Nail clippers

GAME RULES

  • ESCPSNA will apply the Official Rules of Netball, as updated from time to time, as endorsed by Netball Australia.
  • The rules are set out as in the 2018 Official Rules of Netball Book, available from Netball Australia, which all coaches should read. Schools should purchase a copy of the current Rule Book (see Netball Australia website).
  • Year 4, 5, & Opens play by the Official Rules of Netball.
  • Year 2 and 3 play according to the modified Netta (netsetgo) rules, including:
    • Use a size 4 ball.
    • They are permitted to hold the ball for 5 seconds.
    • A player must defend an opponent from a distance of 4 feet.
    • Strict one-to-one defence will be played.
    • Shuffling on the spot is allowed to gain balance before throwing, but without moving down the court.
    • Centre Passes shall be taken by the team that did not score the last goal.
    • Coaches, parents and managers are not allowed to step onto the court at any stage during the game, or place themselves on baselines.
    • Coaches can assist the children on the sideline, with instructions to be kept simple and positive.
    • Umpires will help the children on the court and explain the rules during the game.
    • Note: for this level it is not about winning, so parents, please hold-off on the vocal, constant instructions as the girls need to focus on umpires.

WET WEATHER

  • It is our desire to play as many games as possible, however, if courts are deemed unsafe due to excessive water, we will place cancellations up on the escpsna.com website as a post. Cancellations will be made on a game by game basis.
  • If a game is cancelled after half-time, then the score at half time stands.
  • Regarding Year 6 Opens, if the game has not reached half time, we will endeavour to play make up games.
  • Scores are only tallied in Opens division.

TROPHIES

  • All players will receive a trophy or medal.
  • Scores will be tallied in the Opens division only, with a Grand Final to determine the winner.
  • Extra time will be allocated if a Draw results at the conclusion bell for the Grand Final.
  • The winning team will receive the perpetual ESCPSNA Cup, which will be kept at their school for the coming year.