ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Basics of Netball

Updated on September 17, 2015

Overview

Netball is a sports event that is often played by two teams each with seven players. The sport began in England in the late 1800s as a derivative of the first version of basketball. The sport draws its rules and regulation from the International Netball Federation. The game is played on a rectangular filed with raised rings on both ends. Each team attempts to score goals by passing the ball on the goal ring. Conventionally, the players are assigned different positions which act as their roles and also define their movements in certain areas of the court. During the proceedings of the game a player is allowed to hold the ball for three seconds before passing it on or before attempting a shoot or passing it to another player. The game is more common among Common wealth countries and it is played for up to sixty-minutes long.

The game play

A typical netball game commences with a center pass at the blow of the umpire’s whistle. For each goal scored the first pass must begin at the center. Two players at the center are often responsible for starting the passes. Netball has four quarters each lasting sixty minutes. For each quarter, there is often a three minute interval break. However, the first break is often relatively longer than the rest. The first break is usually about five minutes long. However, during the game, the player must play within the rectangle, failure to which the opponents are awarded a free pass. During the play, a player is not permitted to let their landing foot touch the ground again, if it is lifted while in possession of the ball. So technically speaking, a player can take only 1.5 steps while holding the ball. The landing foot may also be used as a pivoting point to turn at many directions as possible. If a player lands on two feet simultaneously, he/she is allowed to step in any direction with the foot. He/she is also allowed to jump from both feet to either one foot provided they throw or shoot the ball before re-grounding.

Goal scoring

In netball, a goal is scored when the attacking player within the circle throws the ball through the ring. During play time, the players are never allowed to make body contacts with one another in a way that may hinder their playing ability. Players are not also allowed to hold their opponents. Keeping their elbows against one another is also an infraction.

Penalties

Like any other game, infractions are probable in netball. Penalties could be one of the ways to counter infractions or rather to bring justice to the game play. In this game, there are various types of penalties. The penalties may include one of the following: Penalty pass, throw in, free pass, penalty shoot or even toss-up. A penalty pass is usually awarded to the opponent as a result of obstruction, intimidation or even infringements. The pass is taken from where the aggressor committed the atrocity. The same applies for a penalty shoot. A toss-up is used by the umpire when they are not in a position to find out who touched the ball out of the court. A throw in involves a throw of the ball in to the court by the opponent of the team who last touched the ball out of the court.

Blood Rule

Like any other sports, netball is also subject to injuries. When the umpire observes that there is a bleeding player, or rather there are blood stains on the court, he/she is required to stop the game and declare no “on court”. The play is stopped for around two minutes. The two minutes stoppage time adheres to the rules regarding the stoppage time. The stoppage time also has some rules that adhere to it. Before resuming into the court, any blood stained clothing must be removed or alternatively cleaned, the court must be clean and more importantly the flow of blood must be stopped.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Allpeaks profile image
      Author

      Austine Misula AllPeaksAuthors 2 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Happy to bring back your sweet memories.

    • Mel Carriere profile image

      Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

      I had a girlfriend in Australia who played netball. I never knew what it was, and this is the first time I have heard about it since then. You brought back pleasant memories. Great hub!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)