The World Netball Rules Advisory Panel has continued its ‘Rules Review’ journey by hosting a series of webinars giving World Netball members the opportunity to learn more about the proposed rules changes.
World Netball launched its Rules Review in June 2022, by welcoming Member Associations and World Netball Technical Panels to submit proposals for changes to the Rules of Netball.
This started the 12-month consultation process, with the final proposals to be presented to World Netball at Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in July 2023.
Following the deadline for rules submissions on 30th September 2022, RAP met in November 2022 to define the over-arching principles to guide the rules review, and to assess the rules proposals received. The outcomes were presented to and approved by the World Netball Board.
In March 2023, RAP then sent a summary of all the proposals to Member countries informing them of which changes would be included in the rules review together with a rationale.
Member countries were invited to attend a series of three webinars where the RAP and Coaching Advisory Panel (CAP) Chairs presented in more detail on the over-arching principles and main rules changes.
This key progress means that RAP is on task to present its proposals to the World Netball Congress in July 2023, where full members will be given the opportunity to vote to approve the proposals.
After Congress, RAP will meet to write the rules book text and prepare an educational resource on the rules changes which will be shared worldwide with the Netball Family.
The new rules will be implemented from the 1st January 2024 in all international matches, however, Member countries may decide when to implement them domestically with a final deadline of 1st September 2024.
World Netball will continue to keep the Netball Family updated throughout this process on any progress and changes made.