Rules and Regulations: Netball (Open)

Last updated: January 19, 2024

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NET 1 All matches will be played to the England Netball Rules of the Game currently in force at the time of the tournament, expect where specific Tournament Regulations apply. INF_NETBALL-RULE-BOOK-MANUAL-2020.pdf (

NET 1.1 The London Youth Games Netball Year 7 competition will follow the Transgender guidance outlined England Netball | Trans Inclusion Guidance

NET 1.2 Should any rules listed below contradict those outlined by the International Netball Federation, these rules will supersede those.

NET 1.3 It will be at the sole discretion of the Competition Director as to the application of these rules, and any subsequent decision made as a result will be final.

NET 1.4 The Tournament Organisers reserve the right to alter or amend the playing schedule if necessary and may make decisions on any matters arising during the tournament, including any matter not covered by the tournament regulations. The Competition Director’s decision will be final on all disputed matters.

NET 1.5 The Competition Director reserves the right to suspend/cancel the event where required by unsafe conditions.


NET 2 Age Category The following age groups and respective minimum/maximum date of births will apply to the London Youth Games Netball Competition.

Age Category

Oldest DOB

Youngest DOB
U14 01/09/2009


NET 2.1. Competitors are not permitted to enter this competition if they are ineligible. No exceptions will be made.

NET 2.2 It is the responsibility of competitors/parents/team managers/local authority staff to ensure all competitors details are entered correctly at the time of submission, and that they are eligible to compete for their borough under the London Youth Games Games Rules, and in accordance with the age groups outlined for the competition.

NET 2.2.1 In the instance a competitor is found to be ineligible, they will be disqualified from the competition entirely, and the borough will receive a points penalty as per the Games Rules.


NET 3 Squad Size & Coach Boroughs are permitted to bring a minimum of 7 players and a maximum of 12 players.

NET 3.1 Boroughs are permitted to bring all 12 competitors entered in the event on the day however only 7 will be able to play per match, with substitutions that can be made at half time or in the event of an injury.

NET 3.2 It is recommended that each team must be accompanied by a coach with a minimum Level 1 assessed qualification.


NET 4 Kit & Equipment

NET 4.1 Hair must be tied back, no jewellery or hair adornments may be worn, and earrings must be removed.

NET 4.2 Fingernails must be cut short, and shoelaces securely tied.

NET 4.3 Each team must provide two different coloured set of bibs with positions initialled front and back.

NET 4.4 Each team must provide a clearly marked size 5 match netball for warm up.

NET 4.5 Match ball: Molten, size 5 (model international) provided by London Youth Games.


NET 5 Competition Format

NET 5.2 Qualifiers The following format will apply at the qualifying stage of the competition;

  • Round 1: Round Robin format. No seeding. Groups will allocated at random.
  • Round 2: Teams will be regrouped based on finishing positions from round 1. Teams finishing in positions 1 & 2 from round 1 will be placed in the top half of the draw and will be eligible to proceed to the finals.

NET 5.2.1 Number of groups and group sizes will be subject to entry numbers.

NET 5.2.2 Matches will be 7 minutes each way, with 2 minutes at half time and with 2 minutes between rounds.

NET The exact format of the competition including game length will be determined by number of team entries and confirmed prior to the competition.

NET 5.3 Finals The following format will apply at the finals stage of the competition;

  • Teams finishing in positions 1 & 2 in the top half of the draw from Round 2 will qualify for the finals.

NET 5.3.1 Matches will be 2 quarters of 10 minutes, with 1 minute between quarters, and with 2 minutes between rounds.


NET 6 Sport Rules

NET 6.1 During play, the following rules will apply;

NET 6.1.1 Each match will start and finish on the umpire whistle, which will be blown immediately after the sounding of a central bell/hooter.

NET 6.1.2 Captains must toss prior to the start of a game and inform the umpires of the outcome.

NET 6.2.3 Late arriving players cannot enter the game while play is in progress but, after notifying the umpires, may take the court after a goal has been scored. The player must play in a vacant position.

NET 6.2.4 Teams arriving late on court may start playing as soon as they arrive, but their opponents will be given a 2-goal lead. The opposing team may not start play or gain any further goal advantage until both teams are present.

NET 6.2.5 If a team fails to take the court for the duration of the match, the opposing team will be awarded 5 points and 3 goals.

NET 6.2.6 Coaches and squad players must not move along the side lines whilst play is underway.

NET 6.2 In the case that injury occurs:

NET 6.2.1 A match cannot be extended due to injury or illness. If a player is injured or ill, they must withdraw from the match immediately and a substitution (if one is available) may be made before the game continues. A team can continue play with a minimum of 5 players. If in the opinion of the umpire, the injured player should not be moved, the tournament organisers should be notified immediately in order for a decision on the outcome of the match to be made.

NET 6.2.2 Any player sustaining an injury causing blood to flow must immediately leave the court to cover the wound. All injuries should be referred to First Aiders on site and the Tournament Organisers.

NET 6.2.3 An accident form must be completed for any injuries which should be signed by the Team Manager and Tournament Organisers.

NET 6.3 Coaches/Team Managers are responsible for their teams’ valuables, conduct and wellbeing.


NET 7 Overall scoring Points will be awarded for each game to give a borough’s overall score for the event.

NET 7.1 Points awarded are as follows:

  • 5 for a win
  • 3 for a draw
  • 2 points if a team loses but gains more than 50% of their opponent’s score
  • 1 for a loss

NET 7.1.1 Group positions determined by:

  • Points accrued
  • Goal difference
  • Goal Average

NET 7.1.2 In the event of a tie in the semi-final or final there will be a straight turnaround and teams will play a further 2 minutes. If teams are still level after 2 minutes, then the team who scores the first goal will be deemed winners.

NET 7.2 Final Positions Teams allocated points according to their group positions (PM).

NET 7.2.2 The teams that finish in the top 6 positions will be invited to play their final match at a separate date as part of London Youth Game’s Olympic Park Finals weekend.

NET 7.3 In the case of an incomplete competition. For example, if the competition is cancelled or suspended, the following steps will be used to calculate a result;

  • The furthest completed stage of competition will be used to countback.
  • Any teams tied on position will be separated based on the rules above which determine group positions, using averages.
  • The minimum competition required to determine a result is a completed stage.


NET 8 Medals & Trophies Medals and salver will be awarded as follows:

NET 8.1 Medals awarded to 1st, 2nd placed teams. Both losing semi-finalists teams will receive 3rd place medals (FINALS ONLY).

NET 8.2 The Sonia Taylor Trophy presented to the overall winner of the competition.