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What is Netball?

Netball is a team game which involves shooting a ball through a hoop

Traditionally, Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end.

The object is to score goals from within a defined area, by throwing a ball into a ring attached to a 3.05 metres (10 feet) high post.

Players are assigned specific positions (such as Goal Shooter, or Centre), which define their roles within the team and restricts their movement to certain areas of the court.

During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player.

The winning team is the one that scores the most goals within the pre-defined time of play.

There are also variations to the traditional 7-a-side game these include:

Nets is a variation of netball that is fast, non-stop and very tactical. Although there are similarities with the rules of standard 7-a-Side netball, there are a number of differences as well. The first, and most obvious of these is that the game is played within an enclosed high tension cage, or 'nets', so the ball never goes out. The second difference to note is that there are three variations of Nets;

  • · 5's –5 players on court
  • · 6's –6 players on court
  • · 7's –7 players on court

For each variation there is a women's and a mixed team version.

Fast5 (previously known as FastNet) is a variation of netball featuring shortened games and goals worth multiple points. Each side only has five players on the court, quarter's lasts only six minutes and rolling substitutions can be made.

Benefits

  • Netball is a fantastically social, team sport
  • You typically burn 450 calories per session
  • It's a whole body workout, and brilliant for increasing muscle tone and improving your cardiovascular system
  • It's low cost
  • It's fun

Costs

Dependent on the club, coach and session. Taster sessions are often free; Netball Now is a very affordable pay and play scheme if you don't want to commit to a club and full on membership.

Equipment

  • Suitable trainers and clothing
  • A netball and netball posts
  • Position labelled netball bibs

Campaigns

Coaching Can

Coaching has long been considered to be about the development of skill in a sport. It has been about acquiring, honing and transferring these skills in the pursuit of athletic achievement.

National Programmes

Back to Netball

Back to Netball provides a gentle reintroduction to the game.

Netball Now

Netball Now is a simple, straight forward way to play netball. Click on the title for more details.

Nets

England Netball is delighted to announce that we are introducing a fabulous new version of the sport, Nets!

Walking Netball

Walking Netball is a slower version of the game; it is netball, but at a walking pace.

Workplace Netball

Firstly, we would like to thank you for considering netball as an option to get you, and your work colleagues more active!

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