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What is Netball?
Netball is a team sport played by two teams of seven players on a rectangular court. The objective of the game is to score more goals than the opposing team by passing the ball and shooting it through the opponent’s goal ring.
Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court.
It is a fast-paced and exciting sport that requires a combination of speed, agility, teamwork, and skill. It is a great way to get exercise and have fun, and it is also a popular sport for women and girls.
It is a popular sport in many countries around the world, especially in the Commonwealth of Nations. It is also an Olympic sport, and has been included in the Commonwealth Games since 1998.
History of Netball
The first netball match was played in 1897 at Madame Österberg’s College in Dartford, England. The game was quickly adopted by schools and colleges across the country, and by the early 20th century, it had become a popular sport for women and girls.
In 1901, the first set of official netball rules were published. These rules were based on the rules of basketball, but they included a number of modifications to make the game less physically demanding.
For example, players were not allowed to dribble or run with the ball, and they had to pass the ball within three seconds of receiving it.
This game is quickly spread to other countries in the British Empire, and by the mid-20th century, it was being played in over 60 countries around the world. In 1960, the International Netball Federation (INF) was founded to govern the sport internationally.
It is now one of the most popular team sports for women and girls in the world. It is an Olympic sport, and it has been included in the Commonwealth Games since 1998.
It is also a popular sport in many other international sporting events, such as the World Netball Championships and the Fast5 Netball World Series.
Some of the key moments in the history of netball:
- 1897: The first match is played in Dartford, England.
- 1901: The first set of official rules are published.
- 1960: The International Netball Federation (INF) is founded.
- 1998: This game is included in the Commonwealth Games for the first time.
- 2019: This game is played at the World Beach Games for the first time.
Rules of Netball
The court. A netball court is a rectangular area measuring 30 meters long and 15 meters wide. It is divided into three sections,the shooting circle, the goal third, and the midcourt with a goal ring at each end.
The ball. It has a spherical ball made of leather or synthetic material. It is 68 to 71 centimeters in circumference and weighs 400 to 440 grams (14.0 to 16.0 oz).
The teams. Each team consists of seven players: a goal shooter, a goal attack, a wing attack, a center, a wing defense, a goal defense, and a goalkeeper.
Duration of a game. A normal game consists of four 15-minute quarters and can be played outdoors or in a covered stadium.
Number of players. Each team is allowed seven players on the court.
The positions. The positions are:
Goal Shooter (GS): The GS is the only player who can score goals from within the shooting circle.
Goal Attack (GA): The GA is the player who passes the ball to the GS for them to score a goal.
Wing Attack (WA): The WA is responsible for linking the midcourt and the shooting circle.
Centre (C): The C is the player who controls the ball in the midcourt.
Wing Defence (WD): The WD is responsible for defending the GS and GA.
Goal Defense (GD): The GD is responsible for defending the goal ring.
Some basic rules
- A player must always have one foot on the ground when they catch the ball.
- A player cannot hold the ball for more than three seconds.
- A Players cannot dribble or run with the ball.
- A Players must pass the ball within three seconds of receiving it.
- A player cannot take more than one step before passing the ball.
- A goal is scored when the ball passes through the goal ring from within the shooting circle.
- The team with the most goals at the end of the game wins.
- The three-second rule. A player with the ball cannot hold it for more than three seconds.
- The offside rule. A player is offside if they are in the opponent’s goal third without the ball.
- The centre pass. The game starts with a centre pass, which is taken by a player from the centre of the court.
- The throw-in. A throw-in is awarded when the ball goes out of bounds.
- The free pass. A free pass is awarded when a player is fouled.
- The contact rule. Contact between players is not allowed, but incidental contact is permitted. If a player makes intentional contact with another player, they may be penalized.
- The obstruction rule. A player is not allowed to obstruct the movement of another player. This means that they cannot stand in the way of another player or move in a way that pre
- The netball court is 30.5 meters (100 ft) long, 15.25 meters (50.0 ft) wide, and divided lengthwise into thirds.
- Netball Hoop– 380 millimeters (15 inches)
- The Ring – 15 millimeters (0.6 inches) thick and has a 150 millimeter (6 inch) length connection to the post.
- The goal ring is 3.05 meters (10 feet) high and is mounted on a goal post at each end of the court
- The net is white cotton mesh or chain mesh, open at both ends.
- The radius of the netball ring is 190 millimeters (7.5 inches).
- The goal circle is a semi-circle with a radius of 4.9 meters (16 feet) and its center at the midpoint of the goal line.
- The goal posts are located within the shooting circle.
The governing body of netball is World Netball. It is an international organization that is responsible for the promotion and development of this game around the world. World Netball was founded in 1960 and is headquartered in Manchester, England.
This has over 70 member associations, which represent countries and territories from all over the world. The organization’s primary objectives are to:
- Promote the growth and development of netball
- Establish and maintain the rules
- Organize international competitions
- Provide support and assistance to member associations
World Netball organizes a number of international competitions, including the Netball World Cup, the Netball World Youth Cup, and the Fast5 Netball World Series.
The organization also provides support and assistance to member associations through a variety of programs, such as coaching and umpiring development programs, and financial assistance.
It is committed to promoting this game as a sport for all. The organization has a number of initiatives in place to encourage participation, including programs for girls and women, people with disabilities, and older players
Tips For Playing Netball
- Communicate with your teammates.
- Pass the ball accurately and quickly.
- Move the ball around the court to create scoring opportunities.
- Defend your opponents closely without making contact.
- Shoot for goal when you have a clear opportunity.
- Be aware of your surroundings and where your teammates and opponents are located.
- Use your footwork to create space and get open for a pass.
- Be patient and don’t force a pass if it’s not there.
- Don’t give up! it is a challenging sport, but it’s also very rewarding.
Some specific tips for each position:
- Centre: Be a good communicator and distribute the ball to your teammates in space.
- Wing attack: Be creative and make plays to get the ball to the goal circle.
- Goal attack: Be a good shooter and make sure you’re always open for a pass.
- Goal shooter: Be accurate and consistent with your shooting.
- Wing defence: Be aggressive and defend your opponents closely.
- Goal defence: Be a good communicator and help your teammates defend the goal circle.
Major Events of Netball Worldwide
Netball World Cup: The Netball World Cup is the most prestigious tournament in the world. It is held every four years and is contested by the top 16 teams in the world.
Australia is the most successful team in Netball World Cup history, having won the title a record 12 times. The most recent World Cup was held in Cape Town, South Africa in 2023, and was won by Australia.
Commonwealth Games: It is a core sport at the Commonwealth Games. It has been included in the Games since 1998 and is contested by the top teams in the Commonwealth.
Australia is the most successful team at the Commonwealth Games, having won the title a record eight times. The most recent Commonwealth Games was held in Birmingham, England in 2022, and was won by England.
Netball Quad Series: This series is an annual tournament contested by the top four teams in the world: Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa.
The tournament is held in a different country each year. Australia is the most successful team in the Quad Series, having won the title a record nine times.
Netball Nations Cup: The Nations Cup is an annual tournament contested by the top eight teams in the world.
The tournament is held in a different country each year. Australia, England, New Zealand, and South Africa are the regular participants in the Netball Nations Cup.
Fast5 Netball World Series: The Fast5 Netball World Series is a fast-paced version was introduced in 2009. The tournament is held every two years and is contested by the top eight teams in the world.
In this series the rules are modified to make the game more exciting and fast-paced. For example, there are no centers, the game is played with a smaller ball, and there are power plays where teams can score two points for a goal.
These are just a few of the major events in the world. There are many other tournaments and competitions that are held throughout the year. It is a growing sport with a passionate following around the world.
Netball is a fast-paced, exciting, and demanding team sport that is enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. It is a great way to get fit, have fun, and meet new people. If you are looking for a challenging and rewarding sport to play, then this is a great option.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the aim of netball?
Ans. The aim is to score more goals than the opposing team by passing the ball around and shooting it through the goal ring.
2. How many players are there in a netball team?
Ans. There are 7 players in a team.
3. What are the positions in netball?
Ans. The positions are:
* Centre (C) * Wing attack (WA) * Goal attack (GA) * Goal shooter (GS) * Wing defence (WD) * Goal defence (GD)
4. What are the benefits of playing netball?
Ans. This game is a great way to get exercise, improve your fitness, and have fun. It is also a good way to learn teamwork, communication, and sportsmanship.