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Rule Modifications

To mitigate the risks involved in playing netball, England Netball introduced a number of rule modifications in order to get netball back on. These modifications have been approved by Public Health England and the Government and represent the ONLY allowable form of the game currently. Everyone involved in a Playnetball league must familiarise themselves with these rule modifications:

What are the rule modifications?

  • 4ft Spacing at 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.
  • 4ft Marking – the defending distance has been increased from 3ft to 4ft. Particular attention must be paid in the goal circle when defending or waiting for a rebound under the goal post. This will be blown as distance.
  • 4ft Position of penalised player – penalised players for major infringements (contact/ obstruction) are required to position beside the player they infringed but from a distance of 4ft away. 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.

Is it still netball?
In a word, yes! Despite the changes, the modified game still looks and feels very much like the version we know and love. Contesting for the ball is very much permitted providing players are involved in the phase of play. If you have further questions about any of the rule modifications please don’t hesitate to contact us and, where appropriate, we will add some clarification to our Covid FAQ’s.

You will be reminded of rule modifications at the start of each game. Circle players must take particular care of adhering to the modifications in the circle, and will be continually prompted to do so. All Playnetball.com umpires and site managers have undergone training on these modifications and will provide constant reminders from the side lines before, during and after your games.

All match play and competition will be played to these rules until we hear otherwise from England Netball.