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 Official Rules of Netball book, available from Netball Australia, which all coaches should read. Schools should purchase a copy of the current Rule Book. Please visit the Netball Australia website where you can view/download a pdf version of the rules or order a copy of the current Official Rule Book.
  • Year 4, 5, and Opens play by the Official Rules of Netball.
  • Year 2 and 3 play according to the modified Netta 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.
    • Only Coaches can assist the children from the side-line 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.

* Note: In the Year 2 and Year 3 competition the umpires will help players by going onto the court to assist players with their positioning during a game.