Netball’s fast-paced rule changes…

The International Netball Federation have agreed some rule changes for 2016 and from January 1st they will take effect for International and Superleague matches.

The rules have been put in place to make the game faster, more attacking and easier for spectators to watch.

Our first taste of these new rules will be during the Roses’ international Series with the Australian Diamonds.

While they will be observed by our international and VNSL squads, umpires and players in our domestic leagues will have until September 2016 to get to grips with the rule changes.

We’ve outlined below some of the key rule changes!

  • Time allowed for an injury or illness is now just 30 seconds, meaning the player who requests time must leave the court and be substituted by another player or the position left vacant.
  • Centres must have at least one foot wholly within the centre circle before restarting play.
  • Once the player taking a penalty pass is in the correct position, the player may choose to play the ball immediately – regardless of whether the offender is positioned out of play.
  • Umpires will no longer blow to signal goals (they will now raise one arm vertically in the air to signal a goal) or when a ball is clearly out of court.
  • Under the Obstruction rule players are not allowed to deflect the ball on its downward flight towards the ring, including touching the ball up through the net.

These rules won’t come into play for domestic leagues until September 2016 when the new season begins.

In the meantime we’ll all be able to enjoy a thrilling Test Series between England and Australia, plus an exciting new Vitality Netball Superleague season whilst learning the new rules from the best the game has to offer!

To view the full list of new rules for 2016, visit the INF website here.

INF Rules Changes Summary

INF Match Protocols Jan2016

WHATS NEW INF Rules Nov2015