What is Netball?

Netball is played in over 65 countries in the world and in 15 states in the U.S. It is the most popular Women's team sport in the world.

Click here to read about the history of netball.

Netball was a showcase sport at the Sydney Olympics in 2000.


Netball is a fast, skillful game based on running, jumping, throwing and catching. Teams are made up of  12 players but only 7 may take the court at one time.
Netball is somewhat similar to basketball but with some major differences being:

* No backboard on the hoop, and hoop is smaller
* No running or dribbling with the ball
* Smaller ball ( similar to size of a volleyball )
* Players can only hold the ball for 3 seconds before passing
* Players have a specific position which is restricted to an area on the court
* Only 2 of the 7 players may shoot a goal
 



 

A game is divided into 4 quarters of 15 minutes, the teams change ends after each quarter.
The game starts with a center pass and each team alternates the center pass following each goal scored.

A player may catch the ball with one or both hands but must pass the ball within 3 seconds.
Netball is a non-contact sport and no player may come into personal contact with an opponent even if it is accidental.

Only 2 positions on the team may shoot and shots must be taken from within the semi circle surrounding the netball post.
     


At left is a netball court with the 2 teams in position. The red team is attacking  in the direction of the red arrow and the black team is attacking in the direction of the black arrow.
The netball court is 100ft long by 50ft wide, ( the same size as a tennis court). The court is divided into thirds and at both ends there is a semi circle ( 16ft radius). The goal posts are placed at the midpoint of each goal line, they are the same height as basketball goals (10ft).

 
 

Positions

GS - Goal Shooter
GA - Goal Attack
WA - Wing Attack
   C - Center
WD - Wing Defense
GD - Goal Defense
GK - Goal Keeper
   
  INTERNATIONAL NETBALL RANKINGS
1. New Zealand
2. Australia
3. Jamaica
4. England
5. South Africa
6. Fiji

Currently the US team is ranked 9th in the world.