Former Diamonds coach Lisa Alexander has implored Super Netball leaders to be transparent about the continuation of the two-point shot, saying players and fans deserve an explanation.
The league's commission decided last week to retain the controversial super-shot for the 2021 season, despite push back from the majority of its players.
A survey conducted by the Australian Netball Players Association (ANPA) indicated 60 percent of players were opposed to the rule, while 20 percent liked it and the rest were indifferent.
The ANPA also asked the commission to review the distance of the two-point shot, with 70 percent of players wanting it moved further back. But that recommendation was also overlooked by the game's leaders.
Alexander is among those opposed to the rule, saying "it's frustrating to watch our sport turn into basketball."
The league intended the two-point shot to add another level of excitement to the game and draw in new audiences, but sparked controversy when it was introduced just six weeks before the season's start.
The ex-Diamonds coach says the commission is letting players and fans down without explaining their decision to keep the rule, other than linking it to an increase of viewership.
"I think they are when they don't explain it, that's the problem," Alexander said.
"To me, there should be more transparency around the argument 'yes, we've taken on board your feedback but we really want to keep it for another season because of this, this and this.'
"Is it likely they want to keep it because they didn't get enough data? Most likely, because it was an unusual year of COVID-19. Just explain that, don't beat around the bush and say you've had more people watching."
The league enjoyed an increase of viewership this season, with fans spending an average of 16.2 per cent more time watching matches compared to last year.
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Super Netball boss Chris Symington partially credited the introduction of the super shot for the increased interest, saying it's helped keep fans more engaged.
The ANPA has written to the Super Netball Commission to research the commercial impact of the rule next season, asking them to provide data-based evidence into whether it's bringing in and retaining fans.
Alexander has also raised concerns about how the rule change will impact the long-term quality of the league, having historically attracted the world's best players.
Super Netball has since lost incumbent Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett to New Zealand, with the opportunity to play international rules in the ANZ Championship a major drawing card.
"That's why I asked on Twitter, have they surveyed the international players?" Alexander said.
"Are they going to be attracted to Australia if our rules are so different to the international game that it doesn't prepare them as well as it should? At the moment, it's such high quality that it does.
"But, if New Zealand starts lifting its game and attracting players like [Bassett], then it could end up being the daily training environment and the best domestic product in the world. That could happen, I'm not saying it will but it could. It's a possibility."
The competition will review the rule changes at the conclusion of the 2021 season.