The letter mentioned gamers have been “shocked and disappointed” by the rule and have been knowledgeable solely two hours earlier than the change was made public.
The ‘tremendous shot’ awards two targets for a profitable shot from the outer portion of the aim circle within the ultimate 5 minutes of every quarter.
The announcement on Tuesday set the netball world alight, with retired Diamonds star Caitlin Thwaites taking to social media to specific her outrage.
“Players not being consulted over the biggest rule change netball has seen is terrible,” Thwaites mentioned on Twitter.
It’s not the primary time the Tremendous Netball Fee has made an enormous change with out consulting gamers.
In 2018, Tremendous Netball launched a ‘bonus-point system’ to offer golf equipment 4 factors for a win, plus a bonus level for every quarter received. The rule change had big implications for the ladder however gamers weren’t consulted.
Because of the backlash, a committee was shaped to make sure it didn’t occur once more but the group was not requested concerning the two-goal shot. Wednesday’s letter requests assurance that the competitors committee will probably be consulted on all future rule adjustments.
ANPA president Natalie Medhurst mentioned Tuesday’s announcement had “soured” the connection between gamers and the board.
“Just throw a backboard on and call it basketball,” she mentioned. “These sorts of changes, it just concerns me moving forward. How far are we going to keep going? What kind of game are we going to be playing in a couple of years?”
Head coaches throughout Tremendous Netball are scrambling to regulate to the rule, which has been made 5 weeks out from the season’s begin on August 1.
As a result of COVID-19, coaches are already discovering it troublesome to get their squads at 100 per cent health as a result of strict coaching security restrictions.
“A lot of them [coaches] are going ‘well we’ve already picked our team’,” she mentioned. “Its has a huge impact in terms of recruitment.”
Medhurst mentioned there was additionally panic throughout the Diamonds squad, as gamers now face completely different guidelines in home and worldwide video games.
The 2-point shot applies to Tremendous Netball solely and won’t be introduced into different ranges of the sport.
Together with the exit of head coach Lisa Alexander, the way forward for Australia’s netball dominance is beneath risk.
“Things have been struggling there,” Medhurst mentioned. “That was certainly voiced amongst the players … around the implication for that and selection and what that means when we are playing a completely different form of the game and then going into an international season.”
Tremendous Netball chief govt Chris Symington mentioned he had obtained the letter and acknowledged the gamers’ considerations.
“We will work with them over the coming days to listen to their concerns and ensure we have an ongoing dialogue as the season approaches,” he mentioned.
Sarah is a journalist for The Sydney Morning Herald.