Weather Guidelines and Policies


In the event that we encounter extreme heat conditions on a day or night of competition, Sandringham Netball has a Heat Policy in place, which is based on the guidelines as set out by Netball Victoria.

Match conditions may be altered depending on the weather conditions according to the official temperature reading on the Bureau of Meteorology’s website.   During the peak temperature period of the day (11am-3pm), there is the possibility that matches may be cancelled.  Teams will be notified if this is case.

To ensure we create the safest environment possible in these hotter conditions, the following strategies will be implemented:

– Quarters will be shortened with the intervals extended at each break;|
– Water is permitted to be drunk courtside during the game;
– Hats (soft bucket hats, no peak caps) may be worn on outside matches;
– Sunscreen is available at the office; and
– Ice will be available for all players in the netball foyer.

All players and umpires are encouraged to take care and be mindful of how they are feeling and stop activity if they aren’t feeling well.

SunSmart offer the following guidelines

Try these winning sun protection tips to help keep you game-ready for many seasons of play. It’s hard to shoot goals or defend with sunburn!

  1. SLIP on clothing that covers as much skin as possible during training sessions and in-between times during play. Grab a cool, light shirt made of densely woven fabric (preferably rated UPF50+) to pop-on when off the court. 
  2. Netball uniforms don’t typically provide much coverage so it’s important to SLOP on SPF30 (or higher) broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to any exposed skin at least 20 minutes before play starts. Look for a dry touch or active formula that won’t be greasy for easy ball handling.  Sunscreen should be reapplied regularly if you’re working up a sweat (or at least every two hours), so put a tube in your sports bag for later. Hydration breaks and half-time provide the perfect opportunities to reapply.
  3. SLAP on a wide-brimmed hat when you are off court to protect your face, neck and ears from the constant UV.
  4. SEEK SHADE: Whether you are practising, warming-up or playing, take advantage of shady breaks whenever you can. Hydrate in the shade and find shady spots when off the court. Try to schedule training and games earlier in the morning or later in the day when the sun’s UV isn’t as intense.
  5. SLIDE ON SUNGLASSES: Outdoor netball courts can reflect high levels of UV. Bring sunglasses to protect the eyes and cut the glare to make sure you never miss any of the court action from the sidelines. For best protection, look for wrap-around sunglasses which meet the Australian Standard (AS/NZS 1067).

Encourage spectators to BYO sun protection gear and find shady spots to watch the game.


Sandringham Netball’s wet weather policy works to allow games to be played if the courts are deemed safe. The outdoor courts are all-weather courts and safe to be played on when they are wet. Games will be cancelled under the following circumstances only:
* in the event of heavy rain that impedes on the ability for the game to be played,
* flooding of the courts,
* lightening – at which time 20 minutes need to pass before games can re-commence.

Some rain or intermittent rain will not see games cancelled.


It is only on very rare occasions that games are cancelled in advance. With Melbourne’s weather as unpredictable as it is, relying on forecasts sometimes even a day in advance can be premature. To this end, the Board and staff will make decisions about cancellations only on the day, and normally on a time slot by time slot basis.

Where a time slot is cancelled at or around game time, teams are required to report to the courts. A minimum of 5 and maximum of 12 players must be present at the courts ready to play. These 5-12 players will be recorded on the scoresheet as being present by the umpires officiating for that match. If both teams have 5 or more players present then each team will be awarded 2 points. If one team does not have a minimum of 5 players present then it will be deemed to be a game-day forfeit and the 4 points will be awarded to the team who does have the required number of players.

If a timeslot is cancelled in advance ie more than hour before game time, it will be on this site and on facebook 1 hour ahead of the match time. Under these circumstances, teams are not required to report to the courts to sign scoresheets, and a draw is awarded.

In the unlikely event of extreme weather (wet or hot) requiring the cancellation of all or most of a day’s matches, you may check to see if your timeslot is playing by checking on this website, the SDNA facebook page or your coach or team manager may ring the Admin office on 0450 669 455.


If a game commences, but weather causes it to be stopped,

a) before half time – then a draw is awarded
b) at or after half time – the half time score will be taken as the final score.