Casey Netball Association By Laws

Casey Netball Association
Inc. A00262774
By-Laws
Revised  March 2017

1. Rules Covering Play

a) An executive shall manage the affairs of the Association, herein after called the “Executive”.

b) The Executive shall arrange and govern all competition matches and have the right to appoint sub-committees where necessary.

c) Any individually named team will be considered a club affiliated with the Association.

d) Affiliated clubs and individually named teams shall be subject to the Constitution and By-Laws.

e) A copy of the Constitution and By-Laws will be available at the venue.

f) The Casey Netball Association takes no responsibility for members not accessing information which has been distributed to them.

 

2. Effect of Membership

a) All teams and clubs participating in Casey Competitions acknowledge and agree that:

i) The By-Laws and Constitution constitutes a contract between each of them and the Association and that they are bound by the Constitution and the Regulations;

ii) They shall comply with and observe the Constitution and the Regulations;

iii) By submitting to the Constitution and the Regulations they are subject to the jurisdiction of the Association;

iv) The Constitution and Regulations are necessary and reasonable for promoting the purposes of the Association; and

v) They are entitled to all benefits, advantages, privileges and services of their membership as determined by the Executive.

 

3. Team Entry

a) All team entry money is non-refundable. 

b) Any team withdrawing from the competition will be subject to a $200.00 withdrawal fee. 

 

4. Player Eligibility

a) All players, umpires and coaches must have Netball Victoria Registration.

b) All players must pay the current Netball Victoria Registration Fee or produce current Netball Victoria card prior to the commencement of their first game.  Netball Victoria registration runs from 1st January – 31st December.

c) All players must be seven (7) years of age to participate in a fixtured competition.

 

5. Juniors

a) Age groups for Junior Competitions will be taken from January 1st i.e. a player in the 15 & Under Competition should remain fifteen (15) years up until the 31st December. 

b) A maximum of three (3) boys may take the court in Netta, Modified and Under 13 competitions.  Male players must play one (1) in each third, being either GS/GA, GK/GD, or WA/C/WD.  Where participants are aged 12-17 years inclusive, a modified mixed division may be offered in appropriate age groups in addition to girls’ only divisions.

c)Players participating in the Netta & Under 11 Sections (No Finals) are permitted to "Fill In" for higher ranked teams within their club.  Playing 3 games in the higher sections ties the player to the higher section

d)Late comers in the Netta & Under 11 Sections (No Finals) do not have to wait for a goal to be scored to enter the court.  Once the Umpire is advised, the player may commence their game.  

 

6. Finals Eligibility

a) To qualify for the finals a player must have played a minimum of four (4) games with a club/team in each competition played in that season excluding the last four (4) consecutive games.  If any club/ team require replacement players they must seek approval from the board in writing.  If an ineligible player plays in a final, the offending team will lose the match.

b) A player shall not participate in more than one (1) final on the same day unless they are different competitions e.g. Juniors and Mixed. 

 

7. Grading

a) The Grading Sub-Committee will grade all teams.  All decisions are final.  Once graded, a player may not play in a lower section.  The Executive retains the right to query any new player registration after grading.

b) In the event of clubs having multiple teams in an age group teams will be graded with one team per section.  Where there are additional teams they can choose the section that best suits the ability of the players. 

 

8. Uniforms

a) No club or team, other than Casey Representative teams, shall be permitted to use the Association official uniform which is a multi coloured A-Line dress. 

b) Team Uniforms must be registered and approved by the Executive.  Incorrect uniforms will not be accepted.  Shirts must be of the same colour and style.  Skirts must be of uniform colour.  New teams and players will be given the first three (3) weeks of the season to be in correct uniform.  After round three (3), players not in uniform shall incur a $2.00 out-of-uniform fee which is payable prior to the commencement of the game.  No tracksuit pants or bike shorts are permissible unless a medical certificate has been provided and approved by the Committee.  Any players who are seeking to wear any additional items due to religious or cultural reasons must present to the Casey Netball Office for approval.  Sports briefs must be worn under skirts. 

c) Teams are expected to supply their own positional bibs, which must be worn at all times during the game.  When teams cannot do so bibs will be available for hire from the centre under the current hiring arrangement.  If two teams on the same court have the same colour bibs, the second named team will change bibs. 

d) All male players must wear the same colour shorts.  Male players must wear plain shorts of team uniform or black colour and a shirt of team uniform colour and style. 

e) Pockets in shorts will not be permitted.

f) Gloves may not be worn at any time.  A medical condition may be accepted but the player must provide a medical certificate and seek approval from the board.  Upon approval from the board the player will be issued a card from the Association which they must show to the umpire prior to the match commencing.  Gloves cannot have rubber grip.

g) Bare midriffs are unacceptable.

h) Players will not be permitted to take the court in finals unless they are in full uniform.

 

9. Registrations

Where it is necessary to register another player during the competition, his/her name and Netball Victoria number must be written on the back of the score sheet.  (Date of birth and address must accompany new registrations). Proof of age must be supplied on request by a Casey staff member or the board.

 

10. Player Ineligibility

a) A player shall not participate in more than one (1) game in any one (1) round of a competition.  Players may participate in different competitions on the same day e.g. Juniors and Mixed. 

b) After playing three (3) times at a higher level with a club/team, the player will be committed to play in that Section.

c) In the event of a club/team playing an ineligible player, the match will be deemed to be a scratch match.  The non-offending team will be credited with a 10/0 score.  The offending team will incur a loss of 4 premiership points.   

d) Clubs entering more than one (1) team in any section may not interchange their players. 

e) Premier League players may only “fill in” in the Monday Ladies Section 1 or 2 Competitions. 

f)Players playing three (3) games in Premier League will be tied to the Premier League Section.  

 

11. Walkovers and Forfeits

a) A team giving a walkover will lose the game 10 – 0.

b) A team is deemed to be late on court if that team fails to take the court at the commencement of the match.  That team shall be penalised one (1) goal per minute after the umpire has officially notified both teams and the scorer prior to the match commencing.  If the team has not taken the court by quarter time it is considered to have forfeited the match.  The opposing team of five (5) of more players, on court and wearing positional bibs, shall be awarded four (4) points together with a score of 10 – 0.  Walkover penalties will then apply. 

c) If after play has commenced a team decides to leave the court, they shall forfeit the game and a 10 to 0 loss will be recorded. 

d) Teams receiving a forfeit may complete a score sheet if wishing to qualify a player.  This must be completed by the end of the session and may be done over the phone where necessary. 

e) Walkover fees are double court fees and are payable before playing the next game. 

 

12. Senior Mixed Netball

a) All players in senior mixed competitions shall turn thirteen (13) years or over during the year of competition.

b) There must be at least one (1), but not more than three (3) male players on the court during play.  It is not necessary for a male player to be opposed to a male player.  Male players must play one (1) in each third, being either GS/GA, GK/GD or WA/C/WD. 

c) Female players are allowed to wear appropriate sports shorts (not sports briefs) in the Mixed Competition however all female players in the team must either wear shorts or skirts. 

 

13. Correspondence

a) All correspondence must be signed and dated by the Team Contact and sent to Casey Netball Association Inc.  P.O. Box 5007, Cranbourne 3977 or by Email: info@caseynetball.com.au  Correspondence should be on club letterhead.

 

14. Codes of Behaviour

a) Casey Netball Association will adopt Codes of Behaviour as prescribed in the Netball Victoria Member Protection Regulation. 

b) All matters will be dealt with in accordance with the Competition Regulation as provided by Netball Victoria. 

 

15. Penalties

Playing an ineligible player Match to be deemed a scratch match.

Loss of four (4) Premiership Points.

Playing an unregistered Netball Vic player Match to be deemed a scratch match Loss of four (4) Premiership Points.

 

16. Clearances

a) A clearance is required if a player wishes to transfer to another Club/Team during the current season.

b) No player will be granted more than one (1) clearance per season.

c) Players who owe outstanding playing fees or are in possession of Club/Team property (uniform, equipment) will not be granted a clearance.

d) A player must have received notification in writing from Casey Netball Association before playing for a new Club/Team.

e) Penalty: Fine as determined by the Board

f) The existing Club/Team has 7 days to complete the clearance or Casey Netball Association will automatically clear the player to the new Club/Team.

g) If the Club/Team refuses to clear the player (refer: conditions of clearance), Casey Netball Association will write to the player advising the reason why and forward a copy to both Clubs.  Any dispute arising from clearance restrictions will be dealt with according to the grievance procedure outlined in the Constitution. 

h) The player will then receive a letter advising that the clearance has been approved and copy will be forwarded to both Clubs/Teams.

 

17. Finals

In the event of a draw in any final, the teams will change ends and play extra time -  two halves of two minutes each end.  Premier League matches will consist of three minutes each end. Teams are allowed to make positional changes and substitution during both of these intervals.  During extra time, normal injury or illness procedures shall apply (refer Rule 7.1 Official Rules of Netball)

Should the result be another draw the game shall continue until one team has a two (2) goal advantage. 

Players must have current Netball Victoria Registration to be qualified to play in finals. 

18. Conduct of Matches

a) All matches, junior and senior shall comprise of four quarters of ten minutes, with a half time break of one minute.

b) Four points shall be awarded for a win, two for a draw and four points for a bye.

c) First named team on the score sheet will be given the first centre pass.

d) Fingernails should be trimmed in order to avoid injury to other players, or to be taped over and around with suitable soft stretch tape.

e) Wedding bands, medical bracelets, ear and body rings must be suitably taped.  This is done at the players’ own risk.

f) Players under the influence of alcohol or drugs will not be permitted to take the court.

g) During the game should a player bleed they must leave the court and will not be permitted to continue to play until all bleeding is stopped and all blood is removed from the person and clothing.  A stoppage for blood is not regarded as a stoppage for injury or illness and is not recorded against a team.

h) Blood Policy procedure: the game is stopped however the clock is not stopped.  The player may be substituted or the position left vacant (with no time allowance) and play is resumed. No other substitutions or team changes are permitted by either team. 

i) The time clock will not stop for any injuries.  A match may be stopped by the umpires in extenuating circumstances to ensure a safe playing area is maintained.

j) Each team is responsible for filling in the score sheet correctly, checking the final score and signing the score sheet.  The winning team is responsible for returning the completed score sheet to the Competition Supervisor immediately after the game.  Any irregularity on the score sheet must be reported immediately to the Competition Supervisor.  The score sheet is the official and final score.

k) It is the team’s responsibility to make sure that all players are listed/crossed out on the score sheet, as names not correctly recorded on the official score sheet shall not be credited with that game and may not, therefore qualify for finals matches. Player positions must be recorded to count as a qualifying game.

l) A team or any person wishing to protest must do so immediately after the match and in writing within forty-eight (48) hours accompanied by the protest fee of $50.00.

m) Teams are responsible for supplying their own First Aid Equipment.  Basic First Aid is supplied by the YMCA  and is available from the Canteen.

n) In the event of a power failure or emergency situation at the complex during the match, and the match is unable to be finished, two points will be awarded to each team if before half-time.  If after half-time, score at time of stoppage of play will stand.  Bye teams will still receive four points.  Matters regarding refunding of match fees must be referred to Casey Netball Association.

 

19. Special Circumstances/Provisions Clause

a) Where this By-Law is silent, a decision can be made that ensures the integrity of the Casey Netball Association is maintained at all times.

b) The Board may in using its reasonable discretion, in exceptional or extenuating circumstances, alter, vary or waive the requirements set out in this By-Law relating to the Casey Netball Association.

 

20. Indemnity

a) Except where provided or required by law and such cannot be excluded, the Casey Netball Association and its respective directors, officers, members, servants or agents are absolved from all liability however arising from injury or damage, however caused, arising whilst participating as a member.

 

21. Heat Policy

Where the court temperature reaches 32 degrees Celsius the Venue Managers will consider implementing the heat policy.  Consideration will be given to allocating extra drink breaks and shortening quarters. 

a) Where the court temperature exceeds 38 degrees Celsius games will be cancelled. 

b) Thermometers are installed on all courts and each court will be assessed individually. 

 

All matters not contained herein will be dealt with at the discretion of the Executive.