Players Code of Conduct


The All England Netball Association Ltd in its continuing effort to increase the enjoyment and participation of the game of netball has introduced a Players Code of Conduct. We ask that all those involved in netball follow these guidelines to ensure that all competitions are played in the best spirit of the game.

  • Be conversant and observe the Rules of the Game
  • Play fairly, be competitive but not aggressive.
  • During play, do not question a decision made by the Umpires either by gesture, look, verbally or by commenting to another player.
  • Give the ball promptly to opponents for throw-ins, penalty shots, free and penalty passes etc.
  • Ensure you are in the correct position indicated by the Umpire when penalties are set.
  • Keep your self-control at all times and do not retaliate. Do not use obscene language at any time.
  • Accept victory modestly and defeat graciously, you are representing your School/Club/County who will be judged on your behaviour.
  • Shake hands with your opponent at the beginning and end of the game.
  • Thank the Umpires for officiating your match.
  • Enjoy your Netball.
UMPIRES RESPONSIBILITIES: (in no particular order)
  • a COMPREHENSIVE knowledge of the rules and match protocols supported by a need to analyse interpretations not only within the rules but more significantly between rules
  • a COMPREHENSIVE knowledge of all match protocols e.g. – working with a colleague – conduct of pre-match responsibilities – conduct of all decisions and accompanying penalties
  • conduct of injury time
  • establishing rapport with players so that equity and security for ALL is paramount
  • establishing an on court TONE which encourages maximum endeavour with an understanding of the nature of contest, player volatility and match pressures
  • work to earn the respect of the player each time you officiate
COACHES RESPONSIBILITIES: (in no particular order)
  • WORKING knowledge of the rules (to include player responsibilities)
  • instruction of the skills of the game so that there is an integral compliance with rules
  • a philosophical acceptance that the spirit of the game rule is of prime importance
  • a respect for the rights of the opposition coach and players
  • to teach fair contest as part of skill acquisition and exposition
  • to teach that players have behavioural responsibilities towards their opponents and the umpires
  • to provide a safe and supportive structure around the team so that the effect of external pressures on players may be minimised as much as is possible
  • WORKING knowledge of the rules, including player responsibilities
  • in taking a Throw-in
  • in taking a Toss up
  • in knowing where the penalties are taken for breaking, offside, over a third and throw in
  • in the setting and taking of penalties
  • in working with umpires during the game
  • in the discipline rule from a preventative aspect
  • in the spirit of the game expectations
  • RIGHTS of opponents, both individual and team
  • CORRECT clothing and footwear
  • INJURY time, treatment and action needed in partnership with the time allowance of 2 minutes