What do I need to play netball?netball post

The essentials:

  • netball
  • netball court
  • netball post
  • team of 7 players
  • umpires

The Rules

  • You cannot travel with the ball
  • Only 7 players per team is permitted on the court at one time
  • You cannot hit the ball out of a player’s hands
  • When defending the ball you must stand 3 feet away from the person holding the ball
  • No contact is permitted during the game
  • You cannot hold the ball for more than 3 seconds
  • Players cannot move out of the areas their position permits
  • You cannot catch the ball, release it and catch it again
  • When a ball is played out of the court, the team who last touched the ball must hand the ball over to the opponent for a throw in
  • When players are penalised for obstruction or contact they must stand beside the opponent as they take the free pass.

Technical Terms

Obstruction: When a player stands less tan 3 feet away from the opponent with the ball.

Contact: When a player touches the oppoenent with the ball.

Travelling: When a player moves more than 1 step whilst holding the ball.

Replayed: When a player catches the ball, releases the ball and catches it again.

Positions

  • Goal Keeper (GK)
  • Goal Defense (GD)
  • Wing Defense (WD)
  • Centre (C)
  • Wing Attack (WA)
  • Goal Attack (GA)
  • Goal Shooter (GS)

 The Court

netball court

The netball court is split into 3 sections called thirds. There are 2 goal thirds and one centre third and two shooting circles, also known as the ‘Ds’. There are restrictions on movements for each player:

  • GK is restricted to the respective goal third
  • GD is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third
  • WD is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third but cannot enter the circle
  • C can move freely on court except within the shooting circles
  • WA is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third but cannot enter the circle
  • GA is restricted to the respective goal third and centre third
  • GS is restricted to the respective goal third