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

Rules and Regulations
2021 Competition

1.0 Registration and Payment of Entry

All registrations must be made online via the Sisters n Sport Website – payment can be online or via invoice.

No club can enter more than one team within the same age group.

By entering your club into the Sisters n Sport National Netball Cup for Clubs, clubs/teams agree to:

– Fulfil matches in line with the England Netball Return to Play guidelines to ensure safety of players, coaches and umpires.

– Abide by the rules and regulations of the competition

– Fulfil the costs & commitments of participation in the Sisters n Sport National Netball Cup for Clubs

– Participate in a sporting manner and play within the spirit of the game

2.0 Eligibility of Players

Players may only represent their club in one age category.

Should a player move clubs during the season and she has already played a Sisters n Sport Cup game, she is not eligible to play for another Club.

Pregnant players may not take part in Sisters n Sport National Netball Cup for Clubs matches beyond the twelfth week of pregnancy.

Finals Day Eligibility – During finals team managers should carry proof of age for all players.

Teams and umpires should adhere to England Netball rules with the exception of the following protocols stipulated by Sisters n Sport (see Timings section)

3.0 Organisation

Deadline for Entry – 31st December 2020

Fixtures will be sent to participating clubs on 4th January 2021

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 28th February 2021
2nd Round – to be played by 21st March 2021  

3rd Round – to be played by 21st April 2021
Quarter-Finals – to be played by by 14th May 2021
Semi-Final – must be played by 31st May 2021
Finals Weekend – 19th/20th June 2021

Date Schedule for National Plate Rounds

Round 1 – 21st March 2021
Round 2 – 21st April 2021
Quarter Finals – 14th May 2021
Semi-Finals – 31st May 2021
Finals Weekend – 19th/20th June 2021

5.0 Covid-19 - Ensuring Safe Play

  • Matches must be played under the new EN Modified Rules

  • Please make sure you are adhering the England Netball Return to Plan Guidance 
  • Matches can take place indoors for U18 (please follow EN guidelines) but we would recommend to play outside where possible.
  • No spectators - if you decide to stream the matches please ensure you have the correct permissions from both clubs.
  • Teams must be ready to play - no changing room facilities should be used and depart as soon as fixture is completed - no match teas.

6.0 Arrangement of Matches

When arranging matches – the Home team must provide three dates and times to the Away team, which should include two weekend dates and one mid-week.

The home team is responsible for arranging the venue, and for the cost of this – each team will provide an umpire (see below for Umpiring Rules)

The start time must be agreed mutually by both clubs – taking into consideration the travel time for 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 club calendars can be full and so extensions can be granted – please email for permission.

Failure to do this may result in disqualification.

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.


7.0 Timings

U12/U13/ U15 /U17  – 4 x 12 minutes, 7 a side with 3|5|3 intervals

In the result of a Draw - play will continue until one team is winning by two clear goals.  Umpires will signal when time is up.  There will be no break or reset to centre pass.  Play will continue on the umpire's whistle.   

7.0 Umpiring

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

Umpires are required to fill out a risk assessment and opt in - as stated in the EN Return to Play Guidance.

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 Qualified umpire.

In the National Quarter Final and National Semi-Final stages, B award umpires must be used.

8.0 Results

Following your matches – it is the home clubs  responsibility to send in the match result.

Please email and we will update online.

Please feel free to share your results with us on Twitter -@sistersnsport and use #snsnetballcup when using social media.

9.0 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 clubs within the

competitions for you to be able to organise fixtures.

Please let us know if there is a problem –

10.0 Publicity

Competing clubs shall use the proper name of the competition ‘Sisters n Sport National

Netball Cup- Clubs’ or #snsnetballcup when using social media.

Please feel free to tweet us scores/photographs etc to @sistersnsport

11.0 Control

Decisions regarding any point of contention will be RESOLVED by Sisters n Sport.

Sisters n Sport reserve the 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’s decision is final and cannot be challenged.

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

12.0 Regions

Matches will be played within NORTH & SOUTH regions.

The initial matches will be broken down to try and cut initial travel time where entries allow – moving to a National Semi Final and then National Final. This will be dependent upon the number of entries per region and sub-region.

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

Yorkshire – 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.


Greater London – London

South East – West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, East Sussex

East – Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk, Essex, Hertfordshire and Norfolk

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, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire

Sisters n Sport National Netball Cup for Clubs – FAQS

Q – I can’t get in touch with another club, 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 referee?

A – Every attempt must be made to find a qualified umpire, however, as a last resort, clubs must come to an agreement whether they can use someone from their club or not. This is between yourselves, and Sisters n Sport will not accept any complaints or discrepancies over the result or reports of bias.

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