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.

Clubs can enter two teams within the same age group.

By entering your club into the Sisters n Sport Knockout 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 & Squad Registration

Participating Clubs must complete a Squad Registration Sheet for each match. Each Club may declare up to twelve (12) Players on the Registration Sheet, from which a Team will be selected. 
A Player may only play in one team in an age group.  They can't play across two squads within the same Age Group.  For example U13A and U13B - a player can only play in one team throughout the whole cup.
If a player moves Clubs during the competition and has already played in the SnS Club Cup - you must send an email to and we will look at the case and decide if they have permission to play.
Squad Registration Sheets will be made available on the Competition Days for the Coach/Team Manager to sign and return to after the match.

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 – 25th March 2021

Fixtures will be sent to participating clubs on 27th March 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 in PINK will have the home advantage.

Date Schedule for National Cup Rounds

Round 1 -  9th May 2021
Round 2 -  30th May 2021
Round 3 -  20th June 2021
Semi Final / Finals - 3rd/4th July 2021 (Hosted by SnS - Venue TBC)

Plate Competition information will be sent following the First Round.

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 
  • 1st Round Matches must take place outside - unless EN update restrictions - 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 Event of a Draw
Play will continue after the final whistle until the next goal is scored.  
The game WILL NOT restart from a CP – it will carry on from where the play is on the final whistle.
The team which scores the next goal will be the winner. 

8.0 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 / Round 3 stage, B award umpires must be used.

9.0 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.

10.0 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 –

11.0 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

12.0 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.

13.0 Insurance

Sisters n Sport has public liability insurance to cover the finals days hosted by Sisters n Sport.  Individual clubs will need to have their own club insurance to cover the initial rounds of competition.

14.0 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