What is COVID-19
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
Totally Netball is committed to prioritising the Health & Safety of all of our participants, alongside avoiding the spread of Coronavirus.
The guidance from both England Netball and the Government is constantly changing however, we are slowly making progress in the #relaunch of the Totally Netball Leagues.
We will continue to follow guidance from England Netball and the Government to ensure that the #relaunch of netball is done in the safest way possible.
In some areas of the country the government have introduced local lockdowns as a result of the increased rate of infection.
We will be following government guidance, per location, on what measure we will need to take should a local lockdown be enforced.
This may mean netball activity may be temporarily suspended or forced to go back to an earlier stage of the England Netball Roadmap, in areas of local lockdowns
Modified Netball Rules
England Netball have been given the green light to accelerate the return of netball through a modified version of the game.
Netball can only be played in line with the following rules modifications:
4ft spacing for the start of play – GS and GK are required to start inside their respective goal circles, GA, GD, WA and WD on the transverse line and the centres in the centre third. The modification requires all players to position themselves a minimum of 4ft away from their opposing players and teammates at the start of play. This will be managed by umpires at the start of play.
4ft marking – the defending distance has been increased from 3ft to 4ft. Particular attention must be paid in the circle when defending. This will be blown as distance.
4ft position of penalised player - penalised players for major infringements are required to position beside the player they infringed but from a distance of 4ft. This will be managed by umpires when an infringement occurs.
Removal of toss ups – No toss ups are permitted, the team who had the ball directly before the action that caused the toss up to be awarded will retain possession. The umpire will briefly hold time, instruct the ball to be returned to the relevant team and play will be restarted on the umpire’s whistle.
Removal of idle interactions – Players not engaged in play or who are stood still are required to be positioned 4ft away from another player. This frequently happens on the circle edge, on the transverse line, whilst walking back to centre pass and returning to the team bench at the end of a quarter. Managed by umpires and supported by players and coaches.
Whilst the game has been modified this does not mean the game has changed in it's entirety. Contesting for the ball is still allowed, provided that the players are involved in the phase of play.
Our Guidance and Terms & Conditions
For specific guidance and also the T&C's that every person who will be playing, umpiring, coordinating or coaching, will need to accept, please follow this link to our Guidance and T&C's.
Resources & Further Guidance
England Netball and the government are regularly updating the guidance surrounding COVID-19.
Please see below some resources that may be of use: