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Welcome to the Dudley Netball League Summer Season 2018! I trust that all returning teams are looking forward to another great season and a warm welcome to all new teams, we hope you have a great season! It is lovely that we have had sufficient new entries to enable us to once again run a Division 9, on a Wednesday night. This is testament to the success and popularity of the league.
The summer league has once again crept up on us and each year I always wonder what to write in my welcome to you all, hoping for something profound, or at least warm and welcoming!
Following positive comments on the changes made last season to incorporate the changes to the netball rules we have sought to consolidate these into the rules and constitution of the league this year. Not that we will be resting on our laurels, as ever we will continue to strive to keep improving this year and going forwards!
As always, our league needs passionate players as well as the dedication of our umpires, scorers and the Committee to be successful and I go into the season confident that this will be another great year of competitive netball, played in the right spirit. Let's hope the weather also plays ball..............(excuse the pun!)
It is important that you ensure that you have read and understood the league rules and codes of conduct written in the Rules and League handbook as we have made some rule changes for this season. These were discussed and voted on at the AGM in March but you are more than welcome to speak to any of the committee members if you require further clarification.
Finally, and most importantly, I hope you all have a great season!
Gold Coast To Dudley Netball League - Commonwealth Gold At Grassroots Netball
We were proud to welcome England netball assistant coach Colette Thompson, who was supporting her club Linden at a local league game on Monday evening. Fantastic to see the support for grassroots by a member of the commonwealth gold medal winning team.
Massive admiration and respect to Colette for her continued support and work across all levels of netball, and assisting in bringing that GOLD home!
As set put at the AGM and Secretaries' Meeting the league's charity of choice for our fundraising this year is British Heart Foundation.
In the interests of Health and Safety, NO DOGS allowed on site please!
Each team must provide a scorer for ALL games. Scorers should stand in the correct place as stated by the League
ALL spectators (except for a Team Coach) should be behind the barriers please.
Please take all belongings and rubbish with you when you leave......use the bins provided on site!
Can ALL teams make sure they arrive and register for matches 15 minutes BEFORE the match start time. If you haven't registered. Failure to arrive in sufficient time to allow players to be checked by Committee Members on duty could result in you not being able to play, and a fine! Thank you.
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Please Read - Umpires 2019
Dudley Netball league have, over previous seasons, fulfilled the task of sourcing and gaining commitment from umpires, to allocate to league games, on behalf of the teams that participate in the league.
This has always been a service that sets us apart from other leagues within the area, and the Committee would like to continue with this team support. However, we are finding it increasing difficult to source umpires that are willing to commit their time during the Summer Season.
Many clubs have not provided umpires to our umpiring Secretary, and where names have been provided some umpires cannot commit.
We now find ourselves in the position of having to choose:
1. Teams nominate their umpires (like other leagues)
2. Games are cancelled on a regular basis, and we are unable to schedule the number of rearrangements (we only have 14 playing weeks)
3. The league becomes unsustainable and we are unable to continue
Please help us to continue helping you, let us know if you know umpires that could help and nominate willing umpires from your club as we cannot play without the officials.
Interested in Umpiring?
The Dudley Netball League are seeking expressions of interest for attendance to an Into Officiating Umpire Course.
The course will run during their Summer Season, date to be confirmed on receipt of appropriate levels of interest.
New Season 2019
The 2019 Dudley Summer League is fast approaching and entry forms will soon be circulating. If you are a new team interested in entering the league or a an existing team wishing to enter additional teams this year please get in touch for an entry form!