One of the fastest growing sports in the world right now is Netball. It’s a fast paced game that historically has been played mainly by Women (it was created specifically for ladies back in 1890). However the game is becoming popular amongst both sexes and it is also proving to be a game that both genders can play together in mixed teams without the usual physical differences being a factor. It’s also popular for it’s all round benefit to physical fitness being great for muscle development and a decent cardio vascular work out. What are the rules of this frenetic sport?

Netball rules

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It’s not that hard to understand really. The whole point is to outscore the other team. You do that by getting the ball through the opponent team’s goal ring or hoop. However, how you do that is a rather complicated process involving seven positions on the court. Some players can only go on some parts of the court and you can only hold the ball for up to three seconds. Finding out how best to play in each position is easily done by watching a Netball drill training video. The whole thing lasts for sixty minutes split into quarters. You’ll be glad of the gaps in between. A timekeeper makes sure that this is stuck to whilst the referee ensures that everything on the court is within the rules.

Netball rules

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There are seven players on each team. 3 are defensive, 3 are attacking and one, the Centre has to do before so unless you are the uber fit type I’d avoid that role if I were you. There are three parts to the court: the defensive half, the centre and the attacking half. The goal keeper and defensive players cannot leave this area. The attacking players are only allowed in the attacking half and the centre and wing attacks can go in both. Only the goal keeper and the goal shooter are allowed into the goal circle. Not everyone can score goals so if you’re playing as goal defence and you fancy a speculative go at wanging one in from your own defensive area so you can look like a hero forget it, it won’t count. Only the goal shooter and the goal attack can score so you need to get that ball to them as fast as possible. So, if you are thinking of a long bomb up the court try and pick out your player. Just remember the opposition’s wing Defence, Centre and wing attack will be looking to intercept it.

Score more than the other team and you win. Simple.