England Netball announces dates and modified rules for the restart of netball
England Netball announced earlier today (19th August 2020) that they are delighted that the Government has given the green light to accelerate the return of netball through a modified version of the game.
The key information we think you need to know is the following:
Modified training is now allowed to take place, for groups of up to 30 people per court, subject to netball organisations having the required risk mitigations in place.
But the big news we think is that the recent approval permits leagues and competitions to return from the 26th of next month (September)
To meet Government guidelines, netball can only be played in line with the following rule modifications taken from the England Netball website:
- 4ft spacing for the start of play – GS and GK are required to start inside their respective goal circles, GA, GD, WA and WD on the transverse line and the centres in the centre third. The modification requires all players to position themselves a minimum of 4ft away from their opposing players and teammates at the start of play. This will be managed by umpires at the start of play.
- 4ft marking – the defending distance has been increased from 3ft to 4ft. Particular attention must be paid in the circle when defending. This will be blown as distance.
- 4ft position of penalised player- penalised players for major infringements are required to position beside the player they infringed but from a distance of 4ft. This will be managed by umpires when an infringement occurs.
- Removal of toss ups – No toss ups are permitted, the team who had the ball directly before the action that caused the toss up to be awarded will retain possession. The umpire will briefly hold time, instruct the ball to be returned to the relevant team and play will be restarted on the umpire’s whistle.
- Removal of idle interactions – Players not engaged in play or who are stood still are required to be positioned 4ft away from another player. This frequently happens on the circle edge, on the transverse line, whilst walking back to centre pass and returning to the team bench at the end of a quarter. Managed by umpires and supported by players and coaches.