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Following the recent announcement from Netball Europe regarding fitness tests and the C Award qualification process, Tyne & Wear County would like to clarify the following:
The requirement for umpires wishing to officiate in the Tyne and Wear County League to pass a fitness test is part of the Tyne and Wear County League Rules set in September 2017 and applies to both the Winter and Spring Leagues. This requirement is local to the Tyne and Wear County Leagues and other leagues will have their own criteria around umpiring.
The requirement was introduced around 4 years ago, in part to address a number of complaints from players and clubs regarding the level of fitness of the umpires officiating their matches.
The recent change publicised by England Netball, relates to removing the requirement for unqualified umpires to do a fitness test as a pre requisite for their C Award Assessment and replace it with a "new section of assessment criteria which will be used to assess a learner’s fitness and concentration". This section is currently under development by Netball Europe.
Further info regarding the changes can be found at the England Netball Officiating Facebook page.
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If anyone needs further clarification please contact the Officiating Secretary directly on Officiating@tyneandwearnetball.net
The TWCNA General Meeting will be held at Blue Flames Sporting Club on Thursday 4th January 2018, starting at 7pm.
Clubs are requested to send either their Club Secretary, Coach or Affiliations Officer, or all three, to the meeting as a number of important issues are going to be discussed in addition to confirmation of Spring League Entries. It is important that this information is relayed back to all members of your club.
The Agenda for the meeting will include the following:
b. Additional Players/2nd Affiliation new process for season 2018-19 c.
All clubs wishing to enter teams in the county Spring League are required to send two club representatives to the meeting, however as a number of important issues are being outlined and discussed clubs are able to send as many representatives as they wish. It is recommended that any club members who deal with affiliations or umpires should definitely attend.
Entry Forms will be sent electronically to Club Secretaries and published on the website. The league fee of £190 per team, must be paid on the night. Teams requiring Invoices should contact the Competition Officer in advance of the meeting to request these. Cheques should be made payable to TWCNA. Clubs who wish to pay electronically will be given a reference on the night of the meeting and should pay their fee within 2 weeks of the meeting.
Any queries can be directed to the Competitions Officer(s) via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Clarification of Injury Time procedures in T&W League for Umpires, Coaches and Players
If a player sustains an injury during a match the relevant player or if the player is incapacitated then a member of the team must ask the umpire to stop the match. Either umpire may be asked to hold time regardless of where the ball is at that time. It is fine for an umpire to briefly hold the match in order to ensure a player is okay, perhaps after they have been knocked over by an opponent. In these circumstances the player who was injured does not have to leave the court.
Blue GS runs off the Goal Line, behind the post to gain a better position, and retakes a position on the court back in the Goal Circle. The GK follows the GS (taking the exact same route!) and once back on court the GK retakes her position to mark the GS.
Yes the GK is permitted to leave the court to re-take a better position as per rule 8.3.2 (ii) as is the privilege for any player on court.
If the GK attempted to defend the GS while out of court this would need penalising as per rule 11.3.2 (i) and/or 11.2 (ii)