The "playing up" rule explained

The "Playing Up" Rule. 

From IWNA By-Laws

1.3 PLAYING REGLATIONS 1.3.1 Players

(a) Players and their photo identification card will be sighted by the opposing team at each game by placing a notation on the score sheet in the appropriate area. (In extenuating circumstances, the Executive Committee has the authority to override this bylaw without setting precedent) UNSIGHTED PLAYER penalty applies.

(b)  Any late registration not approved by the Grading Sub-Committee will be deemed ineligible.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER penalty applies.

(c) A player may not play below their registered grade.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER penalty applies.

(d) Players may play in three games of a higher grade than originally graded and still revert back to their original grade, but on playing the fourth game in a higher grade must stay in the fourth team.  Player becomes ineligible to play below that grade.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER penalty applies.

(e) Players who are playing up from a lower grade must have their details noted on the score sheet and their photo identification card must be sighted.  UNSIGHTED PLAYER penalty applies

(f) When fielding more than one (1) team within a grade, teams shall not interchange players across the same grades.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER penalty applies.

(g) Junior players are not permitted to play more than 2 age divisions greater than their current age with the exception of 14 year olds (in the year of competition) who may play in all grades of the Cadet division.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER penalty applies.

(h) Eligible players may participate in up to two games in any one competition round.  No more than two (2) players from any lower grades may participate in any one game.  INELIGIBLE PLAYER penalty applies.

 (j) To be eligible for the finals series, players must take part in at least three (3) competition games with the same club.  This includes games won on forfeit or games abandoned by the Association.

1.2 REGISTRATION 1.2.1 Registration Procedures

(i) No players, under the age of 18 years in the year of registration are to be registered, unless they have provided proof of age as 2.1 (h).  Application may be made to the Association in exceptional circumstances. Applies to new members only - if a member has played in a Netball Australia competition previously proof of age is not required.

(k) No player under 15 years (in the year of competition) is eligible to be registered or play in a senior team.

(l) A team may be registered with not less than five players on the written application by the Club Secretary to the Grading Committee Convenor.

(m) Clubs will receive a penalty of $150.00 if any of their team(s) withdraw after completion of competition fixtures and will be liable for registration fees paid to Netball NSW.

1.2.4      Definitions

INELIGIBLE PLAYER - Player who by their grading/age/failure to obtain approval from the Grading Committee, or any other reason is not eligible to play in that grade/age/round.


Loss of two (2) competition points by infringing team.  No goals recorded for Infringing team.

Non-infringing team have the goals scored by them recorded.  Game to count as game played.

UNSIGHTED PLAYER - Player who has not been sighted in accordance with By-Law, Section 1, 1.3.1 (c)


Competition game

Junior – Per occurrence - $20 fine

Senior – 1st occurrence - $20 fine & written warning; thereafter loss of two (2) competition points and no goals recorded for infringing team

Semi-Finals & Finals

$100 penalty to be paid prior to the next final series game.  Team members will be required to attend at a pre-determined time before the next game and have their photos sighted for that next game. 

If you have any questions please e-mail a club official. If anyone is in doubt to rulings before, during or after games please contact an FDAS Executive member for clarification.


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