The history of the game
Netball derived from early versions of basketball and began in England in the 1890s. It is most popular in Commonwealth nations, specifically in schools, and is predominantly played by women. According to the INF, netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries. In 1995, netball became an International Olympic Committee recognised sport, but it has not yet been played at the Olympic games.
The positions on court
Netball consists of 14 players allowed on court at any one time. A team may take the court with a minimum of 5 players and maximum of 7. This image shows the 7 positions needed on the court for one team.
Goal Shooter (GS): Their responsibility is to score goals and to work in and around the circle with the GA.
Goal Attack (GA): Their responsibility is to feed and work with GS and to score goals.
Wing Attack (WA): Their responsibility is to feed the circle players giving them shooting opportunities.
Center (C): Their responsibility is to take the center pass and to link the defence and the attack.
Wing Defence (WD): Their responsibility is to look for interceptions and to prevent the WA from feeding the circle.
Goal Defence (GD): Their responsibility is to win the ball and reduce the effectiveness of the GA.
Goal Keeper (GK): Their responsibility is to work with the GD and to prevent the GS from scoring goals.
Rules of Play
On the court:
- Keep nails short and smooth during game play (no exceptions)
- Remove all jewellery (only wedding rings and medical bracelets are allowed if taped)
- Be ready to play when game starts
- Learn the rules properly
- Respect both umpire's decisions
- Respect all players on court and exercise fairness and consideration at all times
- Please be at the venue 10-15 min earlier for warming up and setting up the team
Off the court:
- Your fees keep the club afloat so make sure you pay when requested.
- Your captain needs to plan for each game so respond swiftly to emails and Bokat invitations if you can.
- If you would like to discuss any concerns you have within the club, please bring these directly to the committee.
- Every member is obligated to be Match Scorer once a season. Your responsibilities as a Match Scorer are to time the quarters for 12mins, and keep score of the goals and center passes. All match managers are listed in the schedule. Please be on time and if you can't make your post, swap with somebody else in the club.
This is a volunteer organisation, we are all obliged to take reasonable responsibility for each other, our venues and ourselves. Please take good care of our equipment, tidy up after yourselves and if you can help us to manage and organise the club, let the committee know. We need all the manpower we can get!