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Nam laying groundwork for new rules

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Netball Association of Malawi (Nam) is laying the groundwork for the implementation of new rules, which the International Netball Federation (INF) introduced recently.

INF unveiled rules last month. According to the federation’s website, the rules will be effective for international matches from January 1, 2016. Member associations must implement the changes for domestic matches by September 2016.

Reacting to whether the forthcoming Presidential national netball trophy finals would use the rules, Nam general secretary, Carol Bapu, said they need to hold an umpiring clinic before implementation.

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“We need to put in place proper structures before using new rules. We need to source funding and hold clinics to empower the umpires with technical knowledge in accordance with the new rules. We should not rush but lay proper structures on the ground,” she said.

National Umpires Committee chairperson, Whyte Mulilima, backed Nam’s idea, saying there was need for thorough training before using the new rules.

“Both on the domestic and international scene, we need training. Otherwise, we can’t change rules in the on-going Presidential Cup because we already started using the old rules,” he said.

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According to INF website, the new rules will empower umpires to discipline players.

“If a player calls for injury time, they must now leave the court within 30 seconds, and be substituted by another player, unless the team’s primary carer indicates that more time is needed.

Previously, teams had the option of a two-minute injury timeout in every quarter.

“Umpires now have a clearer, graded system available to manage poor discipline. Players can receive cautions and warnings, before being suspended from the game, or ordered off, depending on the severity of the offence,” read part of the communication.

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