inspiresport SISTERS n SPORT National Netball Cup for Schools – Rules, Regulations & FAQ’s

Rules and Regulations

Registration and Payment of Entry
All registrations must be made online via the Sisters n Sport Website – payment can be online or via invoice.

Eligibility of Players
Any girl in full time education at a participating school, who falls into the correct age range:
ENGLAND – U12 | U13 | U14 | U15 | U16 | Seniors

All Players must play within their Age Group as at 11:59 pm on 31st August.
To play in the U14 age group players must be at least 11 years old.
Players over 14 can play in any age category from U15 upwards.
Pupils may only represent their school in one age category.  Should a pupil move school during the academic year she may still be eligible for her new school, even having previously represented her previous school.
During finals team managers should carry proof of age for all players.

The competition shall be played on a knock-out basis with all matches to be decided on the day, with no replays.
The team highlighted BLUE will have the home advantage.

Date Schedule for National Cup Rounds:
1st Round – to be played by 19th September 2019
2nd Round – to be played by 24th October 2019
3rd Round – to be played by 21st November 2019
4th round – to be played by 19th December 2019
Regional Finals – must be played by 23rd January 2020
Semi-Final – must be played by 11th February 2020
English School Finals – 24/25th March 2020

Date Schedule for National Plate Rounds:
1st Round – to be played by 24th October 2019
2nd Round – to be played by 21st November 2019
3rd round – to be played by 19th December 2019
Regional Finals – must be played by 23rd January 2020
Semi-Final – must be played by 11th February 2020
English Plate Finals – 19/20th March 2020

Arrangement of Matches
When arranging matches – the Home team must provide three dates to the Away team.

For following rounds the match should be arranged within 7 days of the previous round being completed – see dates above.  We understand that school calendars can be full – especially around the holidays – and so extensions can be granted – please email for permission

Teams unable to agree a date by the deadline must both inform the organiser during this 7 day period.  Sisters n Sport will then decide the date and start time of the match. Any decision Sisters n Sport make will be final and binding.

Matches should be played at an indoor venue decided by the home team.

Teams must agree on a date and start time for the first round matches by 20th July 2019.


U12/U13 – 4 x 12 minutes, 7 a side
U14/U15/U16 and U19 – 4 x 15 minutes, 7 a side

In case of a draw at full time, the teams will continue playing until a team wins by two clear goals.
Please note that the full time whistle will be blown to signal the ‘extra time’ period is starting and play will continue until a team leads by two goals. There will be no reset to a centre pass and no stoppage in play.

Matches must be umpired by 2 neutral umpires, with a minimum C award qualification.

Each team is responsible for supplying their own umpire, or arranging with the home team to supply both umpires if deemed more appropriate. The final responsibility however lies with both teams to provide at least one appropriate umpire.

If you need to use a qualified umpire from school then this must be agreed by both competing schools, prior to the match day. If there is a situation where one team provides a qualified umpire and the other school are using a qualified staff member, the competing school have the option of sharing the umpiring at that end, each doing half a game each.

In the Regional final and semi-final stages, B award umpires should be used where possible but minimum C award umpires. Please note no staff members are to be used during these stages.

Sharing of Data for Fixtures
By entering the Sisters n Sport National Cup Competitions, we will need to share your contact details (Name, Email and Contact Number) with the other schools within the competitions for you to be able to organise fixtures.
Please let us know if there is a problem –

Competing schools shall use the proper name of the competition ‘inspiresport Sisters n Sport National Cup’ or #inspiresportsnscup when using social media.
Please feel free to tweet us scores/photographs etc to @sistersnsport

Decisions regarding any point of contention will be made by Sisters n Sport.  Sisters n Sport reserve any right to deal with any matters not specifically provided for in the Rules of Competition and to take whatever action they deem to be appropriate.

Sisters n Sport are not responsible for any injury or loss experienced during the competition.

Following feedback from teachers and coaches and to ensure more schools are able to enter the competitions we have broken out the four regions.   This will mean the first couple of rounds will be more local and this will stop travelling distance being a barrier to schools entering.
If you are unsure of which region to enter we have listed the counties below:


North West –Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Cumbria and Lancashire
North East – County Durham, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear
– West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and South Yorkshire

East Midlands –
Derbyshire, , Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Rutland.
West Midlands – Herefordshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire and  Staffordshire.

South East
Greater London – London
South East – West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex
East – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk

South West
South West 1 – Bournemouth, North Somerset, Wiltshire, Bristol, Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset, Dorset, South Gloucestershire and Poole
South West 2 – Cornwall, Devon and Somerset
South – Berkshire, Brighton & Hove, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire



inspiresport Sisters n Sport Netball National Cup – FAQS

Q – I can’t get in touch with another school, despite contacting them on the information given.

A – Please email to advise.


Q – How to we send in the result?

A – Email and we will update online


Q – What if we can’t get an umpire?

A – Every attempt must be made to find a qualified umpire, however, as a last resort, schools must come to an agreement whether they can use Staff or not. This is between yourselves, and Sisters n Sport will not accept any complaints or discrepancies over the result or reports of bias.
Please contact your local England Netball Development Officer to assist in finding umpires.


Q – When are the deadlines for matches?

A-  All deadlines are on the fixtures, we will send regular emails and the website will have all the information. If Teams unable to agree a date by the deadline must both inform the organiser during this 7 day period.  The SnS committee will then decide the date and start time of the match. Any decision of the SnS committee will be final and binding.