What you need to know about health and safety at Simple Netball
We love netball, and the most important thing to us here at Play Simple Netball is that you love it too – and that you enjoy your games with us as much as possible.
But it’s also up to us to ensure that everyone is safe when they play, and that means we have some pretty strict rules about what you can and can’t wear on court.
If you’re new to Simple Netball, you might not be expecting to have to adhere to our health and safety rules, but our umpires check these before the start of every game – and if you’re unprepared for these, it unfortunately means that you won’t be able to play!
So, have a good read of the below, and make sure you’re prepared ahead of your games…
Jewellery – take it off!
This is a big one, and the rule we tend to have the most trouble with when it comes to match night.
To be allowed on the court, you need to remove all your jewellery before playing. And we mean all of it! All earrings, nose studs, lip piercings…everything needs to be taken out. We know some piercings can be tricky, especially earrings in the cartilage, but they all need to be taken out. It’s a good idea to make sure these can be removed at home before the game. You might find it a little irritating and inconvenient, but it really is for your safety as well as that of other players.
Stuff like Fitbits, wrist bands and sweat bands must be removed too. The only exception to this rule is if you’re wearing a plain wedding band, or medical alert band – but these must be taped down.
So please remember, anyone who refuses to remove their jewellery will not be allowed to play.
And, if you do need to take jewellery off to play, please note that we’re not responsible for your property whilst at a Simple Netball venue – so it might be best to leave valuable jewellery at home rather than at the side of the court!
Nails – keep them short!
When you’re going for those balls and intercepting those passes, it’s easy for you to scratch or come into contact with other players, and it’s for this reason that we ask you to keep your nails nice and short on court. Your fingernails should ideally be around 1mm long, and not visible over your fingertips, so as to ensure no accidental scratches.
Umpires check the nails of all players before the game, and if yours are too long, you won’t be permitted to play.
We recommend clipping your nails before you arrive, or keeping a nail file handy in your bag just in case!
Pregnancy – it’s up to you, for a while
If you’re in the early stages of pregnancy and your first trimester, it’s completely up to you whether you choose to play netball – though we advise speaking to your doctor about this first.
But we at Simple Netball do go by AENA Netball rules, which state that those past 12 weeks of pregnancy should not play, and so ask team members to stop playing when they reach that milestone for their own health and safety.
Clothing & Footwear – make sure it’s appropriate
Fear not, there’s no need to dig out those school netball skirts to play in our matches!
Whilst you’re free to invest in full netball dresses for your team if you wish, there’s no specific clothing requirements to play netball with us.
All you need is clothing that’s suitable for this level of physical activity; any leggings/shorts and vest/tee shirt that you would wear to the gym will be fine.
Good quality, comfy trainers are recommended, and of course you can wear trainers designed specifically for netball too. If you’d like to find out more about how netball trainers can help you up your game, have a read of this blog.
We hope you found this helpful! Have a good read, share this with your team, and make sure you’re all prepared when it comes to match night.
If you have any questions, let us know!