WEATHER POLICIES & GUIDELINES
UNSTARTED OR INTERRUPTED MATCHES
As outlined in Sec 15.6 of the Waverley Night Netball Association Bylaws:
Teams must report for their scheduled matches. If it is considered unsuitable to play due to weather factors or for any other reason, the Competition Supervisor may cancel matches.
If a match was not able to be started, scorecards are to be filled in and two (2) points are awarded to both teams with five (5) or more players present. Teams with less than five (5) players present will forfeit the match and walkover fees may apply.
If a match is cancelled after the completion of the first half, the score at that time will stand and and a result will be declared, with points being awarded accordingly.
If a match is cancelled before halftime, the match will be deemed a draw and two (2) points will be awarded to each team.
WET WEATHER POLICY
Netball is predominantly a winter sport played outdoors, therefore, matches may start and/or continue in varying levels of rain. It is at the discretion of the Competition Supervisor, along with feedback from the Court Supervisor, whether to cancel matches due to the safety of participants and spectators This action plan would also apply in the instance of hail. The management protocols stated above will be followed in such situations, as required.
Netball Victoria has just issued guidelines for the management of matches in the event of lightning. The Competition will utilise the 30/30 Lightning Safety Guidelines. Click here to view the guidelines. The management protocols stated above will be followed in such situations, as required.
HOT WEATHER GUIDELINES
Netball Victoria strongly recommends following the Hot Weather guidelines as provided by Sports Medicine Australia. To view Netball Victoria's suggestions for extreme heat, click here. Please bear in mind that these are guidelines only and not policies.
The Competition will utilise the Bureau of Meteorology's readings for Scoresby, which is the closest weather station to Waverley, as the official temperature. The Competition may decided to alter the condition of matches for safety reasons, including shortening quarters, extending breaks, etc. The management protocols stated above will be followed in such situations, as required.
In all adverse weather conditions, Waverley Night Netball Association will apply common sense in determining the course of action to be taken at the time.