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About Netball Netball is a fast, skilful team game based on running, jumping throwing and catching it is an attacking and a defensive game. Teams may include up to 12 players but only 7 may take the court at any one time. Each player has a playing position determined by the areas on the court where they may move the 7 playing positions are shown by identification letters worn above the waist, on both the front and the back of the player. (The playing positions are marked on the diagram of the court) Each team is made up of the following players. GS. = Goal Shooter GA. = Goal Attack WA. = Wing Attack C. = Center WD.= Wing Defence GD. = Goal Defence GK. = Goal Keeper When on court each team member stands next to her/his opposite. i.e. team A goal shooter stands with team B goalkeeper etc. The major aim of the game is to score as many goals as is possible from within an area called the Goal D. History of Netball It all started in 1891 Springfield Massachusetts James Naismith (Canadian immigrant to the USA) was told to invent an indoor game for young men at the school for Christian workers (YMCA) what he actually invented was basketball. ...read more.


Centres also restart the game each time a goal has been scored. They do this by making a pass from the centre circle. The wing defence can go into the centre and defensive thirds, but NOT in the attacking third or the goal circle. Their main job is to stop the ball reaching the opposition's goal circle. They must intercept passes and feed them back to the attacking areas. As well as getting the ball forward they have to mark the opposite wing attack. The wing defence must be focused and good at controlling the ball. The goal defence patrols the defensive third, the goal circle and the centre third. Their main job is to stop the opposition from scoring and to get the ball out of the danger area! The Goal Defence has to keep a close eye on the other team's goal attack. They must have good skills of anticipation so they can block passes and get the ball out to their own attacking players. The goalkeeper is the last line of defence. They guard the goal circle and the defensive third and must stop the goal shooter from scoring. They have to stay alert so they can collect rebounds off the post and intercept passes. ...read more.


Quite apart from the fact that many players didn't like the idea that they could no longer block down court (one could even interpret the changes to invalidate blocking entirely), the possibilities of injury through contact increased by this relaxation of the rules. It was suggested to me that this change was in part to reduce the number of contact calls slowing up the game (and I freely admit that, personally, I don't believe incidental contact should be pulled unless there is disadvantage, to keep the game flowing) but surely, if this is supposed to be a non-contact sport, that's how it should be played? Watch any high level game and the majority of contacts are waived away on the advantage rule. A good umpire uses his/her judgment - another point that was said by some to be an issue, in that this led to inconsistency - but surely there will still have to be judgement as to what constitutes "impeding"? As those of you who know me know, I am a big proponent of mixed netball, and this sort of rule change made many female players I know far more wary of playing mixed because they no longer had the protection against contact by the (usually bigger, faster and thus in their minds more "dangerous") men. (4) Reference 1. www.netball.org 2. www.england-netball.co.uk 3. www.netball.org 4. www.ucl.ac.uk (Andy Dawson) ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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