Rules of Suncorp NetSetGO

We’ve developed Suncorp NetSetGO after extensive research, testing and feedback. The modified formats recognises\ that children are not mini adults and helps them learn at a pace that’s right for their age and ability.

Understand the modified rules for Suncorp NetSetGO

Modified games are introduced within the Set and GO tiers. Take a look at the differences in rules between each tier below.

Set

(7-8 year olds)

GO

(9-10 year olds)

Netball

Match duration 4 x 8 minute quarters 4 x 10 minute quarters 4 x 15 minute quarters
Goal post 2.4m 2.4m – 3.05m 3.05m
Ball Size 4 Size 4 Size 5
Time to pass ball Up to 5 seconds Up to 4 seconds Up to 3 seconds
Footwork 1-2 steps (to regain balance) allowed Shuffling on the spot (to regain balance) allowed, without moving down the court Rule 9.6 Footwork (Rules of Netball p51)
Defending Strict one-on-one defence

Players may not defend a shot at goal

Strict one-on-one defence

Players may defend a shot at goal

Other forms of defence may be introduced.
Centre pass Taken by the non-scoring team Alternate centre pass Rule 8.2 Centre Pass (Rules of Netball  p36)
Substitutions Game time evenly distributed amongst all players

Unlimited substitutions at any time

Players should try all positions during the program/season

Game time evenly distributed amongst all players

Unlimited substitutions at any time

Players should try all positions during the program/season

Rule 9.1 Substitutions and team changes (Rules of Netball p44)
Coaching Coach may enter the field of play and give players immediate feedback

If the game is one-sided, coaches must make sure all players have a good experience by:

  • rotating players into different positions
  • resting skilled players

 

Coach may move along the sideline (but may not interfere with the umpire) to give players immediate feedback

If the game is one-sided, coaches must make sure all players have a good experience by:

  • giving centre pass to the non-scoring team
  • rotating players into different positions
  • resting skilled players
Rule 5.1 Team (Rules of Netball p20)
Awards and scoring No scores

No finals

No best and fairest awards

Scores may be kept

No ladder

No finals

No best and fairest awards

Scores and ladders may be kept

Finals played

Best and fairest awards

You can download a complete summary of the modified rules for Suncorp NetSetGO here (PDF).

Making substitutions during play

During modified matches, players are able to make unlimited substitutions.

  • Before entering the court, the substitute shall tag the player leaving the court
  • The substitute and the player leaving the court must not interfere with play during the substitution process
  • The substitute and the player leaving the court must observe the Offside rule when leaving or entering
  • Players should be substituted into attack-only positions or defence-only positions for the duration of the game

Scoring

No scores may be kept in Set.

You may keep scores in GO, but don’t produce a ladder.

No finals matches should be played in either tier.

It’s important that every player in a competition is given a medal or similar award for taking part.

Still unsure?

You can have a read of our GO Tier frequently asked questions (PDF), or contact your state member organisation.