NJ warns against bad behaviour in league matches
President of Netball Jamaica (NJ), Marva Bernard, has issued a warning to players participating in this year's Berger Paints Elite League, stating that indisciplined behaviour will not be tolerated.
Bernard told The Gleaner in an interview yesterday that her association will be going all out to protect the integrity and sponsors of their leagues.
"We have always preached that all of the brands that sponsor the leagues must be protected by good sportsmanship from the players and the staff," said Bernard.
"Anything less will tarnish those brands and we will be making sure that the players and spectators have enough good netball, and closely contested netball games, at all times," she said.
"There will be sanctions because there are already sanctions in the rules. In all of our entire league rules, there are clauses that protect the integrity of the players and their behaviour during the game," Bernard said
Continuing, Bernard said: "We will be doing everything to ensure that we protect our brands and the image of netball not just as a sport that is played with passion, but with pride as our tag line."
Bernard added that these terms are not only for the Berger Elite League players, but for all the other players who play in the other leagues that are administered by NJ.
She also warned that national players who misbehave will be sanctioned.
"They (Sunshine Girls) will face the disciplinary committee just like any other player and whatever sanction that is in the rule," Bernard said.
"I can't tell you what will happen, but I don't anticipate that anything will happen. But the rules will take care of most eventualities."
The Berger Paints Elite League is set to resume tomorrow with a double-header at the Leila Robinson Courts. Kingston Hummingbirds will play St James Sharpes at 6 p.m., while St Catherine Racers will take on Manchester Spurs, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Supreme Ventures Major and Minor Leagues are set to resume on Thursday.