PLENTY VALLEY NETBALL ASSOCIATION
AIA No A0005092X
“Association” is the Plenty Valley Netball
“Club” includes all affiliated clubs.
“Club Delegate” is
a representative of the Club or Team who liaises with the Committee.
“Committee” is comprised of members of
the Association who are elected to committee positions as per the constitution.
“Ineligible player” is
a player who is not entitled to participate in a game, which may include a
player who has not qualified or a player not eligible to play in that age
“Team” is a team which is not affiliated
with a governing Club at either the Night Competition or the Saturday
“Constitution” means the constitution of
the Association. It may otherwise be
referred to as the Rules of Incorporation.
“Bylaws” are additional rules which
apply to members which generally deal with internal and administrative
matters. The Bylaws are made under the
Constitution. Accordingly, the Bylaws
are subordinate to the Constitution and must not be inconsistent with the
Constitution. An Association should have
a clause in the Constitution that provides the power to the Board or Committee
to make Bylaws.
These Bylaws are the rules governing the
internal affairs of the Association. They are the operating procedures that
determine the conduct and direction of the organisation.
Club delegate meetings
Club Delegate meetings will be held as per
All Clubs must be represented by at least
one delegate at all Club Delegate meetings.
Penalty: 2 Competition points
All correspondence must be in writing from
the Club Secretary or authorised person to the Association Secretary.
All correspondence from the Association will
be addressed to the Club Secretary or authorised person.
The Committee shall set fees annually at the
The fees shall be calculated to cover the costs
Netball Victoria membership fee;
Trophies, Badges and Awards; and
All monies due must be paid by the nominated due
Penalty: Non-financial Clubs or
Teams will not receive premiership points.
All players shall be fully paid members of their
own Club or Team.
Any individual with an outstanding debt to the
Association shall not be permitted to take the court for a Club or Team in any
competition or team governed by the Association until the outstanding debt is paid.
Reimbursements / Payments
The Committee members shall be entitled to claim
expenses incurred whilst acting in an official capacity from the Association.
Receipts must be supplied.
will be paid weekly at a rate as determined at the Association’s Annual
INFORMATION TO CLUBS/ Teams
The Association shall provide the following information in writing to
all Clubs/ Teams prior to the start of the season
calendar of events
possible Fixtures prior to each season commencing
of courses, seminars etc
The Association shall produce and distribute
newsletter shall be produced quarterly.
newsletter shall be available to all members of the Association.
Club / Team
compete in the Association’s competitions, the official entry form must be
completed and returned by the due date.
representative of any Team or Club proposing to be registered must attend the
Fixtures Meeting as required.
Clubs and Teams that submit entry forms shall receive an information kit, which
Due date and amount of all fees and levies that
are to be paid for the season, including Registration Fees, Court Fees, Netball
Victoria Fees and any other fees that may be deemed necessary for that season
Copy of the Association Constitution and Bylaws
Information regarding any meetings or other
requirements of the Association
Codes of Conduct
Netball Victoria Cyber Safety Policy
Netball Victoria Competition Regulation
Netball Australia Member Protection Policy
to pre-season registration, a player may be added to a Club or Team list by
adding player’s details (NV membership number, DOB, full name & address) to
the back of the score sheet.
compete in the Association’s NetSetGO! program, the official registration form
must be completed and returned by the due date.
participants that submit registration forms and fees shall receive the
NetSetGO! Participant Pack
Codes of Conduct
NETBALL VICTORIA MEMBERSHIP
Netball Victoria membership fee is set annually by
the Victorian Netball Association Inc.
All players, coaches and umpires
participating in an Association competition or program must be a current
Netball Victoria member.
No player will be permitted to take the court without Netball Victoria
Participant age is determined as at 31st
December of that year.
Clubs and Teams are trusted to obtain and
provide correct dates of birth.
Players aged 5-7 years will participate in
Players aged 8-11 will participate in
NetSetGO! , 9&U or 11&U (no finals).
Minimum age requirements are:
& U- 9 years
– 11 years
– 12 years
– 14 years
Sections - 15 years
Application can be made for players to be exempt
from minimum age requirement. Applications will be assessed by the Committee.
Players Clearance signed by Parent/guardian must
be provided for all players playing above their age group.
Penalty: Loss of two (2) premiership points to
11&U Competitions – Eligible boys
& U and 15 & U – 3 boys will be permitted to take the court at any one
time. There is no limit to the number of
boys on the Score Sheet. Only 3 boys can take the court for a team and they must
be in different thirds of the court. Eg. 1 midfielder, 1 defender and 1 gaoler.
Competitions – Eligible boys will be permitted to play in this age group, but
only one (1) boy is permitted to take the court at any one time. There is no
limit to the number of boys named on the score sheet.
The Association actively support the
participation of all groups and populations including; girls, boys, women,
aged, indigenous, disabled and culturally & linguistically diverse.
The Association will conduct cultural
awareness training & inclusive workshops to ensure your club is providing a
welcoming environment and creating awareness around cultural views and
The Association will allow for modifications
Think ability not disability.
A Grading Sub-Committee will be appointed by
the Association to evaluate, grade and re-grade all teams.
The Grading Sub-Committee reserves the right
to reject any team applying for entry to the competition.
Re-grading may occur at any time within the
first 2-4 weeks of any season. Where there is an obvious discrepancy after this
time, the Grading Sub-Committee may make the necessary changes.
All requests from Clubs or Teams will be considered by the Grading Sub-Committee.
The Grading Sub-Committee will be the
ultimate adjudicator of all grading decisions.
All sections are graded by ability and teams
can only be re-graded within the age group nominated on the entry form, unless
otherwise requested by that Club or Team.
If a team is re-graded, premiership points
and goals for and against will be transferred into the new section.
Club and Team must register its uniform.
and Teams must notify the Association in writing of any proposed changes to
Association must approve all Club and Team uniform colours and designs.
players must wear their Club or Team nominated uniform including positional
bibs and any sports brief or shorts.
must not be longer than the skirt or dress.
must be tucked in if the Club or Team skirt cannot clearly be seen.
in 9&U and 11&U sections may wear tracksuit pants or leggings on
outside games only.
or legging colour must be the Club or Team skirt or dress colour.
with lace and/or adornments will not be allowed.
will receive a warning before a penalty is applied for incorrect uniform.
Penalty: $0.50 fine for each incorrectly uniformed player
jewellery is to be worn, body piercing must be taped. A wedding ring is
accepted if taped.
must be short & smooth. If nail
extensions are worn they must be taped properly and gloves worn.
may be worn but they must be of soft material with no leather grip in fingers
Shall wear clothes that are white in colour.
Suitable footwear shall be worn.
Association representative squad uniform is
Association Netball Dress
Association Training Singlet
representative squad uniform items must be purchased through the Association to
will not be permitted to take to the court unless they are in full uniform.
A clearance is required if a player wishes
to transfer to another Club or Team during the current season.
No player will be granted more than one (1)
clearance per season.
Clearance after three (3) games not permitted unless the
Coaches for the teams in question concur. Rule 11.4 still applies in these
A clearance will not be granted after the
half way mark of the season.
Players who owe outstanding playing fees or
are in possession of Club or Team property (uniform, equipment) will not be
granted a clearance.
A player must have received notification in
writing from the Association before playing for a new Club or Team.
Penalty: Fine as determined by the Committee.
A player must complete all details on the
top section of the clearance form and send to the Association Secretary.
The Association will forward the clearance
request to the existing Club or Team for approval.
The existing Club or Team has seven (7) days
to complete the clearance or the Association will automatically clear the
player to the new Club or Team.
If the Club or Team refuses to clear the
player (refer to 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4), the Association will write to a player
advising the reason why and forward a copy to both Clubs or Teams.
Any dispute arising from clearance
restrictions will be dealt with according to the grievance procedure outlined
in the Association Constitution.
If the clearance is approved, the player
will then receive a letter advising that the clearance has been approved and
copy is forwarded to both Clubs/Teams.
CONDUCT OF GAMES
The Association adheres by the rules as
stated in Netball Australia’s Official Rule Book, as well as Netball Victoria’s
The length of quarters varies depending upon
the age of players. The Association determines the length of quarters prior to
the season commencing.
Timing will be operated by a central
If games are centrally timed there will be no injury time. A game may be
stopped by the umpires in extenuating circumstances to ensure a safe playing
area is maintained.
a) The game is stopped - the clock is
b) Player leaves the court - substitution
rules apply (with no time allowance).
c) Play is resumed.
In 9&U and 11&U sections, as fewer goals are scored, the umpires
should use their own discretion when allowing a player to return to the game.
This applies to players arriving late as well as players who have left the game
for injury or under the blood policy.
Fixtures will be arranged for all competitions indicating courts and
times. Where practicable copies will be
forwarded to Clubs and Teams prior to the season commencing.
The Association will provide the Official
It is the first named team’s responsibility
to pick up and return the score sheet to the Court Supervisor each week. It is
the first named team’s responsibility to score the game.
Each team must provide a non-participating
scorer for all games.
The scorers must stand/sit together for the
duration of the game on the sideline level with the centre circle.
If scorers, one from each team do not sit
together, scores cannot be disputed.
One (1) official scoresheet will be used for
each game. This Scoresheet will list the
complete names (both given and surname) of all players intending to take the
court. This Scoresheet shall also
indicate the positions played each quarter and the game score. A record of
centre passes must also be kept and provided if requested by an umpire.
At the game conclusion, to indicate their
satisfaction that the information on the official scoresheet is correct, the official
scoresheet is to be signed by;
a) The captains of both competing
b) The scorers
c) The officiating umpires only sign
the score sheet to state they have officiated.
Penalty: One (1) premiership point will be
deducted for teams with incorrect or incomplete score sheets.
If a scorer, Team or Club believes the score sheet is incorrect, they
must not sign it and follow the grievance procedures to protest.
A team wishing to protest must:-
Not sign the Official Scoresheet and notify the
Committee of the intention to protest.
Lodge the protest in writing with the
Association Secretary within 48 hours of the game being played.
The Committee will advise the result of the protest
and this decision shall be final.
A weekly ladder will be displayed at the Association’s venue and website
after the re-grading period.
Premiership points are recorded during the
season as follows:
points for a win or bye
points for a draw
points for a loss, forfeit or abandonment
Players shall only be permitted to play in a
higher section or age group (refer to bylaw 7.5).
Where there are two or more teams from the
same Club graded in the same section, players can only play with their registered
Club team in that section.
Players may transfer between teams until the
player takes the court for their third game with the one team. Once this occurs the player must remain with
the team they played their third game with for the remainder of the competition.
Players may play a maximum of two (2) games
in a team other than their own.
Penalty: On the third(3rd) game played in a team, the player will be
considered to be part of that team.
Finals will be played at the conclusion of
the rounds in each section, except in 9&U and 11&U.
Sections with 10 teams or less will play a
four-team final series.
A four-team finals series will be played
unless Clubs and Teams are notified otherwise.
The number of points gained during the
season shall determine teams qualifying for finals. In the event of teams being
equal on points, positions shall be determined by the percentage of goals
scored for and against. In the event of
teams being equal on percentage, positions shall be determined by the greater
number of goals scored for.
Players must play at least three (3) games
in a section throughout the season to be eligible to participate in that section’s
Final Series. One (1) of those games must be played prior to the last three(3)
games of the season.
Teams found playing an ineligible player
during finals will be considered to have lost that game.
The rules listed in Conduct of Games apply
for finals. The starting time of finals games may alter slightly.
If a final does not reach half time, the
ladder position will stand or where possible games may be re-scheduled.
Drawn games Refer to Rule 2.5 of the
Official Rules of Netball for the procedure for extra time where a winner is
The duration of extra time shall be based on the
length of the quarters:
10 minute quarters will play 2 x 5 minute
12 minute quarters will play 2 x 6 minute halves.
15 minute quarters will play 2 x 7 minute
During finals or on Grand Final day, 9&U
and 11&U teams will participate in a round robin.
The Committee will determine awards for premiers
In the event that a team forfeits prior to
the game clock starting, games shall only be awarded to players of the
non-offending team. No games shall be
awarded to players of the offending team.
A forfeit fine determined by the Committee
will be imposed and must be paid before the next game of the offending team.
If a team notifies the Association Secretary
within 7 days before the competition
of its intent to forfeit, the fine will represent that team’s game fee, and
will be required to be paid prior to them next taking the court will be imposed, and the non offending team
will receive 4 points and 10 goals.
If a team forfeits a finals game, the next
team on the ladder shall be offered the opportunity to compete in the finals.
The forfeit team will not be awarded a final’s trophy.
A forfeit may result in that Club or Team
being excluded entry into future competitions.
When games are cancelled on account of a
total strike (e.g. power, or situation created by a prolonged petrol strike),
weather or some other cause, both teams will be credited with two (2) points
and five (5) goals each and the competition will continue as per the fixture.
Four (4) points can only be awarded for
fully completed games.
In the event that a game is cancelled due to
weather, games can only be awarded to a maximum of twelve players, for each
Should circumstances occur in which
successive rounds need to be cancelled, the Committee will consider the
position and determine a suitable course of action.
SELECTION OF REPRESENTATIVE TEAMS
The Representative Squad Coordinator will organise
the representative squad selection trials.
Selection trials will be conducted under the
All players who have submitted a Player
Registration Form shall be informed in writing of the date, time and place
where selection trials are to be held.
Notice of selection trials must be received at
least ten (10) days prior to the date of the trials.
Team Selection Panels
A minimum of three Selectors must be appointed
for each team and shall be made up of the Team Coach and two other selectors.
Selectors may be appointed to more than one
Players shall be notified, in writing, of
the team in which they have been selected within seven (7) days of the selection
The selector’s decision shall be final.
The Team Officials shall consist of
The team coach must be included on the team
entry form at the start of the season.
All coaches must adhere to Netball Victoria
Coaches Code of conduct.
A team manager shall be appointed for each
All umpires must at minimum have completed the online
theory exam and attend or have attended the Introduction to Umpiring Workshop.
Captain & Vice-Captain
All NetSetGO!, 9&U and 11&U participants will receive an
appropriate participation award.
Grand Finalists will receive a medal/trophy.
A Presentation Night may be held.
The date and format shall be determined
annually by the Committee.
The date, time, venue and format shall be
provided, in writing, to all members at least one (1) month prior to the event.
Presentation of all awards shall be made on
the Presentation Night.
Recognition of achievements shall be made on
The Association may conduct fundraising
activities during each year.
The Committee shall determine the
Individual representative teams must seek
approval from the Committee for any individual fundraising activities. Teams
must apply in writing at least four weeks prior to the event, providing details
of and rationale for the fundraising activity.
Information as to how the activity will be organised, including risk
management and safety measures if relevant must be provided.
All members are requested to support the
COURSES, SEMINARS & OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
The Association shall provide notification
of opportunities for all members to improve their skills by attending courses,
seminars and other personal development activities.
The Association shall encourage and support
members who wish to attend appropriate courses, seminars and other personal
The Association shall ensure that all
officials have current appropriate minimum qualifications.
Where minimum qualifications/accreditation
standards are not met, the Association shall encourage and support the member/s
to achieve the minimum standards.
The Association will not appoint any person
to an official position unless that person to be appointed has achieved the
minimum standard qualification/accreditation.
All Clubs are responsible for recording all
injuries at the discretion of the injured player (or players’ guardian for players
under 18) on the Injury Reporting Sheets provided.
All players in an Association representative
team are responsible for recording all injuries at the discretion of the
injured player (or players’ guardian for players under 18) on the Injury
Reporting Sheets provided.
Game Day Checklist
A Game Day Checklist
must be completed prior to all Association competitions, tournaments, games,
programs and training.
identified will be
the appropriate agency (local council, reserve committee) if major repair is
As per Netball Australia
Member Protection Policy
will provide a First Aid Kit.
The First Aid Kit will be stored at the game
desk and all appropriate personnel (including court supervisors, umpires and
coaches) will have access to it.
Court Supervisor will maintain the first aid kit
supplies. An inventory is to be
completed on a weekly basis.
Association will have a designated room or area for the treatment of injuries.
The room or area should be kept clean and accessible at all times.
will ensure that a qualified first aider is present at all competitions.
26.5 Emergency procedures
Emergency phone numbers -
Ambulance, Doctor, Physiotherapist, Health Clinic and Police and an Emergency
Procedure Plan is to be displayed by the phone and in the First Aid Kit.
case of extreme weather conditions the Association shall refer to the
Association Weather Policy.
The Association adopts a smoke free policy. This includes indoor
venues and outdoor court surroundings. The designated smoking area shall be as
signposted by Venue.
26.10 Responsible Serving of Alcohol in
The Association will adopt a Responsible Serving of Alcohol Policy. The Policy can be found on the
Association web site.
26.11 Sun Protection
The Association will adopt a sun smart policy.
The Policy can be found on the
PVNA web site
26.12 Codes of Behaviour
The Association will adopt Codes of Behaviour as prescribed in the
Netball Australia Member Protection Policy and Netball Victoria Codes of Conducts
. All Clubs & Teams are bound by these codes.
26.13 Drug Policy
The Association does not support the use of performance enhancing
substances and views any such use as detrimental to both the sport of netball
and the spirit of the game.
The Committee will impose the prescribed
penalty or any other penalty to any member that fails to adhere to these Bylaws.
member of a Club or Team which does not agree with a penalty or action of the
Committee made under this By-law, may advise the Committee within 48 hours of
the penalty or decision being made. The Committee may then:
the issue with the relevant Club or Team and make a decision regarding the
matter. The Committee shall inform the
party/ies involved of their decision either verbally or in writing; or
an informal meeting with the relevant party/ies in order to discuss and resolve
The Committee’s decision is final.
The Association also adopts the following
policies, regulations and procedures:
Netball Victoria Cyber Safety Policy
Netball Victoria Competition Regulation
Netball Australia Member Protection Policy
The Hearing Officer is responsible for
determining the appropriate procedure for any dispute.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES/PROVISIONS CLAUSE
Where this By-law is silent, a decision can be
made that ensures the integrity of the Association is maintained at all times.
Committee may in using its reasonable discretion, in exceptional or extenuating
circumstances, alter, vary or waive the requirements set out in these bylaws relating
to the Association.
where provided or required by law and such cannot be excluded, the Association
and its respective directors,
officers, members, servants or agents are absolved from all liability whatsowever
arising from injury or damage, however caused, arising whilst participating as