Rules of the Game: Netball is a team sport similar to and derived from basketball. It was originally known as “women’s basketball” and developed in the United States, and while basically unknown in its homeland, is the preeminent women’s team sport (both as a spectator and participant sport) in Australia and New Zealand and is popular in Jamaica, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom, and various Commonwealth countries.
Description & Rules
Like basketball, the game is played on a hard court with scoring rings at both ends, and with a ball resembling a basketball (but lighter, smaller and slightly softer in construction). The rings, of similar height and dimension to basketball rings, do not have a “backboard”. The court is divided into thirds which regulate where individuals in each team are allowed to move, and two semi-circular “shooting circles” at each end from within which all scoring shots must be taken.
Netball is a team game, played by two teams of seven players. The aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposition. A bit like basketball but not as rough. There’s more passing too, because players can’t run with the ball.
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.