What is Netball?
Netball is a ball sport played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end by two teams of seven players.
The objective is to score more goals than the opposing team from within a defined area, by throwing a ball into a ring attached to a 3.05 metres (10 feet) high post with no backboards.
Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. A "bib" worn by each player contains a two letter abbreviation indicating this position and whether the player is assigned to attack or defend. They can move either one or two thirds on the court, with the exception of the Centre, who may move anywhere on the court except for a shooting circle.
Players are permitted to hold the ball for three seconds before passing it on, and must be stationery when holding the ball.
Netball is the most popular women's sport in Australia with an estimated one million players nationwide.
At the beginning of every quarter and after a goal has been scored, play starts with a player in the centre position passing the ball from the centre of the court. These "centre passes" alternate between teams, regardless of which team scored the last goal. Contact between players is not permitted. When defending a pass or shot players must be at least 90 centimetres (3 feet) away from the player with the ball.
Games last 60 minutes, broken up into 15 minute quarters but variations have been developed for younger players.
Netball is a team sport in which tactics, strategy and teamwork are vital in securing victory which makes it a great "kids" activity. Kids learn ball / eye coordination, and increase fitness and stamina levels playing netball. Netball is a non-contact sport, with penalties for players who breach this rule.