Netball Australia has announced changes to the rules of Suncorp Super Netball that will take affect from round one next weekend.
The points system for the ladder will include bonus points, introducing incentives for quarter by quarter wins. Teams will be able to collect up to eight ladder points per game, by registering a win and winning each quarter.
The changes are a result of recommendations from the SSN Game Plan Work Group, endorsed by Netball Australia’s Board. The Work Group, formed in November 2017, considered data from Champion Data (game statistics) and Nielsen (fan feedback), as well as The Game Plan Survey (athlete, coach and administrator feedback).
The ladder changes will incentivise teams to make every quarter count, and reward the closeness of competition, according to Netball Australia’s Executive General Manger of Events, Chris Symington.
“We’re raising the stakes in 2018, laying it all on the line in every quarter of every game,” Symington explained.
“The new points system can increase the movement of ladder positions from week to week and will add pressure to the teams in contention for finals.
“For fans, it will be like watching a game within a game, with a winner at the end of every quarter,” he said.
Other minor rule changes are designed to remove unnecessary whistle from umpires. Coaches will also be enabled to provide more tactical feedback to athletes during a game, through time outs and coaching from the bench.
“As netball’s premier sport entertainment product, we have promised to take the fierceness and finesse of netball to the big stage, grow netball’s fan base and spearhead the commercial growth of the sport. We have, and we will continue to evaluate our game to meet these objectives and deliver a league that will keep fans on the edge of their seats.” said Symington.
Main Rule Changes:
Winning a quarter
1 point BONUS
Drawing a quarter
The Vixens hit the court in the first round of Suncorp Super Netball on Saturday 28 April against cross-town rivals, Magpies Netball. Get your tickets.
Original article published on Suncorp Super Netball website.