Shared Duty Nights – teams playing on a Tuesday night will have one Duty Night and a shared Duty Night. If you are sharing a Duty Night please speak to the other team beforehand so you don’t both turn up to do the same half.
Every team will have one less match than the number of teams in their division – if you are in a division of 10 teams you will have 9 matches, etc.. Please find all your matches at the start of the season and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any problems finding them.
Every team will have the same number of umpiring commitments as matches. Your umpiring commitments will nearly always be on the same night as your match but not necessarily on the same court. The exception to this will be Divisions 1 and 2 where umpiring commitments may be on different nights to avoid clashes. Remember that if you are allocated to provide the umpire for a match involving a team from your club you must supply a neutral umpire – please don’t rely on being able to swap on the night as that isn’t always possible.
League Rules – please read these and ensure your captains are familiar with them. Captains should carry a copy with them (or their handbook) for reference. Most rules have to be applied on the night and can’t be applied to a match retrospectively. So if there are issues it is important that you raise them with the Umpires on the night so they can take appropriate action if they feel it is appropriate and in line with the League Rules.
Umpires – please ensure that all the umpires in your club have a copy of the League Rules. Again they should carry a copy with them (or their handbook). The application of most league rules is the responsibility of the officials on the night.
Cancellation of matches – remember that under the League Rules if you cancel a match and don’t offer a friendly you are automatically liable to a monetary fine.
Result and team sheets for all the teams in your club were handed to your representative at the AGM. If you have more than one team don’t forget to pass their sheets on to them!
Results and Information - www.tyneandwearnetball.co.uk. Fixtures, general information, tables and results will be posted on the website so please make your club members are aware of the address. If you spot a mistake with a result please let me know asap.