You're in a team, awesome! You're at a game, even better!
The following guide is to help everyone be a good sport when your team have a sub or two and to make it easy for players to share game time evenly.

We've trialled different ways of doing this and find what works best is dividing the time so that each person goes off once in each half. This also works better for the team than going off once per game as it allows people to run hard, go off, come back on.

Most of our partners run games that are 2 x 18 minute halves and as such these timings are based on this (you can adjust if your venue plays slightly different lengths)

Basketball / Futsal / 5-a-side / Touch / Footy 7s + More (All sports other than Netball)

1 Sub
1 person subs every 3 minutes of each half (you will play 15 of 18 minutes in each half).

2 Subs
2 people sub every 6 minutes of each half (you will play 12 of 18 minutes in each half).

3+ Subs
This is pretty rare for our most of our sports, but more common for some fast paced outdoor games such as touch and Footy 7s. We recommend subbing as frequently as possible, with blocks of approximately 3 minutes generally working best (Tip: either team scoring is a good time to sub).

Related: Number of players in a team

Netball
Netball subs are more clearly defined due to the game being split in to 4 quarters.

1 Sub
1 person subs each quarter. Only 4 of the 8 players will go off for a quarter (if you are one of the 4 players that play a whole game this time, then perhaps be one of the 4 players having a quarter off next game).

2 Subs
2 people sub each quarter. 8 of the 9 players will go off for a quarter (if you play the whole game this time, then perhaps be one of the players that have a quarter off next game).

3+ Subs
This is really rare for Netball and might happen in the first few weeks of a season. A few people will be off for half a game, so we say thanks to those generous souls and really do stress that this is a rare occurrence that is necessary for us to not be short of players following the first few weeks of the season - when enthusiasm and attendance are at the highest, and injuries / illness / work / travel / life getting in the way are at their lowest.

Related: Number of players in a team

A few other tips and tricks for a rad game:

  • Talk with your teammates and go in to the game with a plan - get to the game early and discuss with everyone how you'll handle substitutions so that everyone gets a fair go. After 2-3 weeks you'll all be on the same page and subbing regularly will be second nature.
  • Have fun with it and mix things up - try your hand in goal, put your GK at GS or put your shortest player in for a jump ball. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things, you never know if you'll have a superstar goalscorer in hiding.
  • Be vocal on the sidelines - if you're on the bench and it's your turn to go on, don't be scared to call for a sub. Players on the court can get caught up in the game and lose track of when they are meant to come off, so give them a helping hand and a hi-5 when they come off. If you've got a friend that's come to watch, they can help with managing this so you can keep your head in the game and save your vocal chords for cheering that last-second winner.
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