Netball Rules

Get the lowdown on our social Netball Competition rules.

NOTE: Players OVER 18 years old only

SportUP operates adult only social competitions. As a result, all players must be 18, or over the age of 18, before they can start playing with us. Any players found to be playing while under the age of 18, will be asked to leave the league/venue immediately and no refunds will be offered for future fixtures missed that may have been paid for.


1.1 The SportUP Netball leagues are based on that of the ‘Netball Australia Official Rule Book 2016’.

1.2 The rules in this document take precedence in the event of any discrepancy.

1.3 It is the responsibility of each player to be familiar with these rules.

Team Registration

2.1 Team Registration Fees must be paid prior to Round 2.

2.2 All players must be registered online before participating.

2.3 The playing of unregistered players is not permitted and may result in loss of match points.

Match Format

3.1 Games shall consist of 4 X 9 minute quarters. Teams are to change ends at the end of each quarter.

3.2 There will be a one minute break between quarters.

3.3 A match is started and finished by the umpires whistle.

Sign In Sheets

4.1 Teams must complete the sign in sheet prior to match commencement.

4.2 Sign in sheets must include names of all participating players.

4.3 All outstanding payments must be made prior to match commencement.

4.4 The referee must receive completed Sign in sheets before games can commence.

4.5 If the minimum number of 5 rostered players are met, teams are legally allowed to pickup ‘ringers’ to make a team of 7. Teams may not pickup any players to exceed a team of 7 and the fill in players must be agreed upon with the opposition BEFORE THE GAME BEGINS.

Extra Substitutions are not allowed in the Finals unless they have played a minimum of 3 games for the team within the regular season and signed on the team waiver.

Teams can only pickup extra substitutions at the BEGINNING of the game. None throughout.


5.1 Teams are to be on court at the scheduled game time. The umpire will start the clock at the scheduled match time to ensure that all teams have a full match.

5.2 The clock will not be stopped, except in the case of injury. Teams are to have a minimum of 5 players on court before a match can commence.

5.3 The following penalties apply for lateness:

1-3 mins: 3 goals

3-9 mins: 6 goals

9-12 mins: 9 goals

12+ mins: Forfeit

5.4 If a team forfeits and no fill in players show up then there is an $99 No Show fee.

5.5 Failure to pay by Friday of the No Show game will result in suspension of your team until paid.

5.6 If your team is struggling for players you can always find subs by posting on our FB subs group here.

5.7 If you post before 1pm then you can find subs 99% of the time.

5.8 A forfeit will result in a 20-0 win awarded to the opposition.

Team Composition

6.1 A maximum of 7 players are permitted on court at any one time.

6.2 A team may have up to 5 substitutes.

6.3 Senior Mixed teams may only have a maximum of 3 males on the court at any one time.

6.4 If requested, team contacts must notify the umpire of player names.

6.5 Players are only permitted to play for one team per night at any particular venue, unless requested otherwise.

6.6 Teams playing ineligible players, relating to rule 6.5, may lose match points.

6.7 There can only be one male permitted in each third of the court. This means one shooter either GS or GA, one mid court player C, WA and WD and one defender GK or GD. There cannot be one in goals and two mid court positions or two males in goals or defence.

6.8 For all SportUP competitions, players must be a minimum of 15 years of age to participate. It is the responsibility of each team to ensure this rule is enforced at all times.

Team Uniforms

7.1 All team tops must be the same colour.

7.2 All players must wear sporting attire and footwear.

7.3 All players must remove all jewellery at the start fo the game. This includes any watches, wristbands, rings, necklaces, FitBits etc. External body piercings can be taped down. Umpires will have final say on what constitutes as dangerous and have the power to remove any players from the game who do not comply to this rule.

7.4 Teams are required to bring their own bibs each week. If a team forgets there will be a 2 point penalty for forgetting your bibs.


8.1 Teams can make substitutions at quarter intervals. Should a player leave the court for injury or illness, a substitution can be made. Substitutions or team changes made during an injury or illness break must involve the injured or ill player.

8.2 There is no limit on the amount of substitutions a team is permitted to make during a match.


9.1 In the case of an injury occurring, the clock will be stopped up to a maximum of 5 minutes.

9.2 An injured player must leave the court as soon as reasonably possible.

9.3 Once an injured player leaves the court, their position may be filled by another player.

9.4 If a player is bleeding he or she must vacate the court immediately and cannot return until the bleeding has stopped.

9.5 An injury that causes a stoppage of over 15 minutes will result in the abandonment of the game. A 20-20 result will be recorded.

9.6 Any injury that might require further medical treatment must be reported to the Comp Manager on the Incident Report form.

Points system

10.1 Teams shall be awarded 3 points for a win.

10.2 Teams shall be awarded 1 points for a draw.

10.3 In the case of a forfeit or BYE, a team shall receive 3 points and a 10-0 result.

10.4 In the case of the game being abandoned, the game will be decided on a fault basis.

10.5 Teams that join late will be given points to place them in mid table.

The following outlines possible outcomes:

– One team at fault: Opposition is awarded a 10-0 win

– Both teams at fault: No result (no points awarded)

10.5 In the case of a game cancellation due to weather or venue issue, the result will stand if more than 50% of the game has been played. If less than 50%, the result will be a 10-10 draw.


11.1 All finals fixtures will be advised to participating teams and posted online. The Regular Season runs for 10 weeks, followed by 2 weeks of Finals. All teams will play during the finals.

Semi Final: Top 4 teams play in the Finals (1st vs 4th) and (2nd vs 3rd). All other teams (5th – 10th) will play teams beside them on the ladder.

Grand Finals: Winners of the Semi Final will play for Grand Final. All other teams will play for position on the ladder and for SportUP prizes for most social teams.

11.2 Participating teams must ensure they are available for all possible match times.

11.3 Finals formats are dependent on the make-up of divisions.

11.4 In the case of divisions with uneven bye allocation, byes will be awarded as 20 – 0 win.

11.5 In the case of teams having equal points and equal points per match, higher goal difference will take precedence. If still equal, higher goals for will take precedence.

11.6 If teams are tied at full-time of a finals match, extra time will consist of 2 x 3 minute halves. In the event that scores remain tied, the game continues until a team obtains a 2 goal lead.


12.1 The umpires decision in all rulings is final.

SportUP Code of Conduct

The SportUP Code of Conduct is in place to ensure that all participants are able to be involved in an enjoyable and safe environment. As a condition of participation, all teams must agree to the following standards.

  • Players must demonstrate respect for referees, other players, spectators and staff.
  • The team contact is responsible for the actions of their team.
  • The team contact is responsible for communicating all matters regarding participation.

Any breach of the above standards will result in an official warning or immediate dismissal from the competition. Anti-social behavior, both on and off court, will not be tolerated.

Suspension of Players

13.1 If a player is removed from the court, they must remain off court for a minimum of 5 minutes. An umpire will indicate when the player is able to return to play.

13.2 If a player is removed for a second time, they must stay off court for the remainder of the game.

13.3 A minimum of a 2-match ban will be handed out. Suspension length will be notified to the team contact prior to a teams next game.

13.4 In the case of a serious incident, a player may be removed from the court for the remainder of the game. A player may be removed from the competition with immediate effect, without refund and be banned from all future SportUP competitions.

13.5 Please note that banned players are not permitted to play for any team or enter the venue during competition.

Suspension of Teams

After each game, teams get given a SportUP points score out of 5 from their opposition.

5. All of our players enjoyed playing against this team. We wish all our opponents were like this.

4. Most of our players enjoyed playing against this team. Overall the game was a lot of fun.

3. Some of our players enjoyed playing against this team. Overall the game was okay but there were a few isolated disputes.

2. Most of our players did not enjoy playing against this team. Overall several opponents caused disputes.

1. None of our players enjoyed playing against this team. Overall the whole team caused disputes and in some cases dangerous play.

0. This is one of the worst spirited teams we have ever played, none of our players enjoyed playing against them. Overall the whole team was unsportsmanlike and often caused dangerous play.

  • Teams with high scores will get rewards handed out during the season.
  • Teams that receive a score of 3 or less will get a call from us to discuss the game and get given a warning.
  • Teams that continue to receive a score of 3 or less will get removed from the competition without a refund.

SportUP has the right to take any action deemed necessary in the best interests of all participants.