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Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Netball Americas Looking Forward to Caribbean Games

Marva Bernard, the administrative head of Netball in the Americas, is hopeful that next year's Caribbean Games will provide a development boost for some regional members hit hard by the postponement of the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup.

Last week the International Netball Federation (INF) announced that the global youth tournament to be held in Fiji from June 10th-19th was postponed due to the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease.

The world governing body has not yet given new dates for the tournament which features netballers aged 21 and under.

“The postponement is disappointing, but it's the best decision that could be made at this time when the COVID-19 pandemic is not under control in the way that the Government of Fiji would like it to be for the championship to happen in June next year,” Bernard, the Americas Federation of Netball Associations (AFNA) President, told the Jamaica Observer.

“Here in the Americas region there is to be the Caribbean Games, which is another development tournament to be held between the end of June and early July next year.

“So members who are disappointed still have the opportunity to play. It is for Under-23 players, so there is something to rock back on for developing talent,” the long-standing Jamaican netball administrator added.

The regional games is a multi-sport event sanctioned by the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC). With organizers closely monitoring the coronavirus pandemic, it is scheduled to be staged in Guadeloupe from June 30th to July 4th, 2021.
Sunday, August 02, 2020
Bermuda Netball Association Host 2020 AGM

The 2020 Bermuda Netball Association hosted its Annual General Meeting recently.

None of the Executive Members' positions were up for re-election with one new Council Member voted onto the Committee.

Kimale Evans remains the President, with Nicole Smith the 1st Vice President and Danielle Raynor serves as the 2nd Vice President. The new Council Member voted on was Knakita Bent.

Bermuda Netball Association’s Executive Committee

President - Kimale Evans
1st VP - Nicole Smith
2nd VP - Danielle Raynor
Secretary - Vacant
Treasurer - Tahkeesha Welch
Assistant Secretary/ Treasurer - Macaela Berkeley

Council Members

Dione Dowling
Bismillah Richardson
Helen Wilson
Knakita Bent
Tanika White
Monday, June 29, 2020
INF Host INF World Ranking Webinar

The International Netball Federation (INF) hosted a webinar on the INF World Ranking for INF Members. The webinar provided further guidance and information on the INF World Ranking system and saw over 75 attendees from INF member countries in addition to members from the Rules Advisory Panel (RAP) and Coaching Advisory Panel (CAP).

Bermuda is now ranked 35th out of the 45 countries.

The International Netball Federation completed a global survey with Members in May 2020 to determine what areas of the World Ranking system needed further clarity and to capture ideas on how the rankings may be further developed. The webinar was presented by David Kendix, actuary and statistician, who was appointed in 2007 by the INF to create the mathematical model for the INF World Ranking system and hosted by INF CEO Clare Briegal. It included information on the basic principles, how the rankings are calculated, how the model will be adjusted in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and allowed Members to get answers to their questions.

When the annual update takes place on July 1st, 2020, the INF Board has decided that the number of matches required to be played in order to have a ranking will be reduced from eight to six. This will allow countries who have not been able to play eight matches in the period due to the suspension of international play as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic to maintain their ranking. This decision will be reviewed by INF prior to the annual update in 2021.

Click Here To find out more information on the INF World Ranking system and the current world rankings

Sunday, June 14, 2020
Caribbean Netball Association Hold AGM

President of the Saint Lucia National Netball Association, Rufina Paul has been returned to the helm of Caribbean Netball for her third consecutive term. The veteran sports administrator’s victory came when the Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) held its 46th Annual General Meeting (AGM) via Zoom.

The AGM was attended by a total of 20 delegates and six observers from 12 member countries, namely: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago.

The 32 participants included the six member CNA Executive Committee.

Due to the WHO declaration of a Covid-19 pandemic on March 11th, 2020 and the imposition of public health protocols designed to contain the spread of the virus; the CNA 46th AGM, initially scheduled to be held in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines during the period March 26th – 27th, 2020, had to be put on hold.

The order of business included the tabling of the minutes of the 45th AGM, the approval of the Executive Report and Audit for the period under review, the adoption of the amended Constitution and the Election of Executive members for the period 2020 – 2022. The CNA Council has returned the members of the last Executive Committee to serve for the incoming period; except that of Immediate Past President (IPP).

The IPP has served in that capacity for two terms, as per stipulations of the amended Constitution.

As approved by Council, the veteran sports administrator Rufina Paul will have alongside her, 1st Vice President – Nisha Craigwell of Barbados; 2nd Vice President – Doris Mc. Intosh of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Secretary – Debbie Ann Francois of Trinidad and Tobago; Treasurer – Daria Poyotte of Saint Lucia.

As anticipated, the impact of COVID-19 on netball was a major concern to all members. In light of prevailing circumstances, the Council agreed that the hosting of tournaments may not be feasible this year. In order to provide scope for the eligibility of players that have been disadvantaged with the cancellation of the 2020 Jean Pierre Caribbean Youth Netball Tournament (JPCYNT), the Council approved the hosting of an Under 17 (rather than an Under 16) JPCYNT in 2021. It was proposed that the “down time” should be used to advance e-learning in the areas of governance, umpiring and coaching.

Following deliberation as regards the status quo, a “Post Covid-19 Caribbean Netball” strategy committee was appointed. The Council has mandated the strategy committee to “translate talk into actions”, which is a move aimed at enhancing the capacity of member countries to secure the resources necessary to build resilience and enhance the profile of netball throughout the region.

The President took the time out to thank the CNA Council for their continued confidence in the leadership of the organization and assured member countries of the Executive’s commitment to the advancement of Caribbean Netball.
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Bermuda Ranked 35th in International Netball World Rankings
Jamaica moved up to third in the International Netball Federation (INF) World Rankings, updated to reflect the results from fixtures that took place before the suspension of sport due to the pandemic.

These rankings include the games played in January as part of the Netball Nations Cup.

The tournament saw New Zealand, England, South Africa, and Jamaica compete across 4 venues in England, with New Zealand triumphing overall.

Despite their victory, New Zealand remain second in the rankings, but have closed the gap to world number one Australia.

Jamaica, runners-up at the Nations Cup, moved up to third, with England dropping down into fourth place.

South Africa remain in fifth but with an improved rating.

Bermuda have fallen three places and is now ranked 35th out of the 45 countries.

Bermuda is currently ranked above countries such as Antigua and Barbuda, United States of America, Kenya and Argentina.
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