Netball Australia is set to shake up the 2018 Suncorp Super Netball season with several minor rule changes for the upcoming season.
The points system will include bonus points from quarter by quarter wins with teams being able to collect up to eight points per game.
Winning a quarter will give the team a one point bonus with a change in points increasing for a win with it now four instead of two while draw points also increased from one to two.
This means that the losing team can still earn a maximum of three points.
The changes came as a result of recommendations from the SSN Game Plan Work Group, endorsed by Netball Australia’s Board.
The group considered data from Champion Data (game statistics), Nielsen (fan feedback) and The Game Plan Survey (athlete, coach and administrator feedback).
“We’re raising the stakes in 2018, laying it all on the line in every quarter of every game,” Netball Australia’s Executive General Manager of Events, Chris Symington said.
“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," he added.
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, with timeouts increased to two per quarter and coaching from the bench.
There will also be an increase in breaks between quarters.
Season 2 of Suncorp Super Netball commences April 28.