The international series between Australia and England was the first high-profile showcase of the INF’s new Rules of Netball. Players and fans reacted positively to reduced injury time, less whistle and clearer disciplinary procedures.
Australia’s Player of the Series, Sharni Layton, is a strong advocate for the new rules: “It’s exciting – I love them. I didn’t expect them to change the game as much as they have, but it really keeps players on their toes.” Cheryl Danson, Chair of the INF’s Rules Advisory Panel (RAP), commented: “It was exciting to see the new rules in action. With few injury or illness stoppages and a quick start on the centre passes, the match was very fast.
“No whistle for out of court and scoring a goal worked well, resulting in less intrusion from the umpires’ whistles, and the game management process when disciplining players was very clear to the team bench and spectators.
“Well done to the teams and officials for coping so well with the new rules.”