Netball is a fast pace, exciting team sport; it involves running, jumping, throwing and catching. This sport is similar to basketball. The rules, equipment and number of players differ from basketball by a narrow margin. There are no dunking, dribbling, no running with the ball; the ball must be passed in three seconds and each team is required to have seven players on the court at one time. The ball and basket are a little smaller than that of basketball. There is no back board and players are restricted to play within certain areas.
Netball is played in over 70 countries by over 20 million people.
Netball became a recognized Olympic sport in 1995. Deliberation is currently on the way for it to be included in the Olympic Games Program.
Although netball has been played in the United States for over 30 years by several organizations in different states the sport has not been elevated and exposed to the level where it can be recognized by all Americans as other sports.
Netball is a very beneficial sport. It is all inclusive, both male and female of all ages can participate. It has a wide range of positions which allows the teams to utilize players with different skill levels. It is cost efficient that requires minimum equipment. The uniforms for girls are jersey dresses or tennis attire and boys wears tennis shorts and shirts. It teaches teamwork as the ball must be passed from player to player for it to advance before a point can be scored. It bills self-esteem and confidence as each player on the court has a level of responsibility that is important to the game. It allows all kids to participate, getting them the exercise they need while having fun. It also teaches them how to practice healthy living.
History of Netball:
Canadian Professor James Naismith who immigrated to the USA, invented the game of basketball in 1891. Based on women fashion during that time, he was asked to create a female passing game as women were unable to dribble the ball. By 1895 netball was adapted from the rules of basketball and was known as women basketball. The sport was adopted in the common wealth countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England, Jamaica, and Hong Kong to name a few.
Equipment required for this sport:
Bibs (7 positions per team as indicated on bibs)
2 Goal posts (free standing no back board)
Netball Court can be marked on existing tennis and basketball courts
Our organization pride ourselves on being an all-inclusive and family oriented association with an emphasis on safety, sportsmanship and full participation (everyone gets to play), we encourage teamwork, pride and scholastic achievement in all our student athletes.
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