'Nicknamed' "Women's Basketball",
Netball has developed into a hugely popular game amongst women, and is rapidly growing in popularity with men.
Netball is a team game, played by two teams of seven players.
The aim of the game is to score more goals than your opposition.
A bit like basketball but not as rough.
There's more passing too, because you can't run with the
Speed, strategy, team work and co-ordination are essential
skills for netball.
It's about running, jumping, throwing, catching, attacking,
defending, scoring goals and stopping goals.
Netball is one of the most popular participation sports
in Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain and South Africa.
It is growing in popularity throughout the world.
As you can see, netball is played with seven players on
each team on a court that is divided into three sections, plus two goal circles and a centre circle.
Diagram courtesy of the IFNA website.
The following is a list of positions and what each one does:
third plus goal
thirds (goal and centre) & goal
thirds, not goal
court with the exception of goals
per WA except at opposite end of court
per GA except at opposite end of court
per GS except at opposite end of court
Basically the object of the game is to get the ball from
the centre (where the action starts) to one of the goalies (i.e. GS or GA) in the goal circle and for them to shoot a goal
which is worth one point.
The ball returns to the centre after each goal and the centres
of each team take it in turns throwing the ball off.
You can take one step with the ball but must throw it before
you put the next foot down again.
There is no dribbling (except by the male spectators who
are just there for the short skirts).
You can defend the ball from three feet away from the person
who has the ball. Any closer than this, or if you contact the player you give away a free.
We hope you'll enjoy your game! (: