ESCPSNA Committee Rules 2022


At least one representative from each school shall be a member of the Committee.
The Committee will meet at least twice during the season at a mutually convenient place.

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


Other Office Bearers of the Committee


* Non-Voluntary Role



  • 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 will be recruited by the Umpires Coordinator from appropriate sources. Local high school students may umpire junior games (Year 2 and 3) provided they have been offered appropriate training by the Umpires Coordinator.
  • Preference will be given to those with an Umpires Certificate and all umpires will attend a pre-season training before the season commences which is organised by Umpires Coordinator.
  • Those umpiring junior games, must also attend training for umpiring to modified Netball rules.
  • The Umpires will be paid the going rate for game umpiring, with two umpires for each game. An additional amount will be paid to those umpires that arrive for the pre-match day setup.
  • Players, coaches and parents need to be aware that the umpires ruling must not be questioned during play. Should any problem arise, only the coach should speak to the umpire during the breaks, in a fair and polite manner. The Umpires are not affiliated with teams and are calling what they see, without any bias.
  • Positive coaching throughout the game is permitted in all age groups 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. The umpire requires room to move along sidelines and the baseline.


  • 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.
  • Each school may register a maximum of 2 teams per age group unless otherwise authorised by the executive committee.
  • 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


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.


Rules for the Opens Division can be found here


This is decided each year by the Committee.

  • The Registration Fee for 2022 per player – $120.
  • Active Kids Vouchers will be accepted in 2022.


  • A refund may be given if a child withdraws before the season starts for any non Active Kids Voucher amount.
  • Active Kids Vouchers cannot be refunded or reimbursed as cash, nor can it be transferred to another child.
  • Should a child, or team, withdraw during the season, a refund will only be given at the discretion of the Committee.
  • No new player or team registrations will be taken once the competition has started, except at the discretion of the Committee.


  • Games are held at Waverley Park, Birrell Street, Waverley.
  • The season spans school Term 2 and Term 3. No games are played in the July school holidays or on long weekends.
  • Games are played on Saturdays starting 7:30am and finishing at 4:30pm.
  • The duration of the game to be determined at the time of draw.


  • Absolutely no jewellery, including studs, earrings, watches, cotton bracelets etc. is 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


  • 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 BBQ, 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.


The Control Room is for Umpires and ESCPSNA Committee.  The ESCPSNA Time-Keepers table contains:

  • Score / Rotation sheets, folders, pens for each game. Please pick-up prior and return after the game.
  • First Aid supplies including zip-lock bags for ice provided by Table Duty.
  • Season Draws
  • Nail Clippers


  • ESCPSNA will apply the Official Rules of Netball, which are updated from time to time and endorsed by Netball Australia.
  • The rules are set out as in the 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 rules are based on the NetSetGO modified rules:-
    • 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 pass 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 and allow the players to focus on umpires instructions.
  • Year 2 games are not scored. As per NetSetGO guidelines, Score sheets are not used for year 2 and instead Rotation sheets must be completed for each game. Player rotations will be recorded and each player must be given the opportunity to play through all positions during the season to allow them to properly learn the game.


  • 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 home page of the website.
  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Any complaints must be written on the back of the score sheet in a constructive manner, and handed in after the game. Please include the name, school and contact details of the complainant.
  • All complaints will be reviewed by the Umpires’ Convener and the ESCPSNA Executive Committee, and dealt with accordingly.