is an international sport, played by two teams of seven players and based
on throwing and catching. Traditionally it is played by women but mixed
and men's netball is becoming increasingly popular.
The game is based on each team attempting to score as many goals as
possible whilst, at the same time, preventing the opposition from scoring.
Goals are scored from within a defined area, by throwing the ball into
an open ended net, attached to a 3.05 metre high post.
The game consists of four quarters of 15 minutes each, with an interval
of 3 minutes between the first/second and third/fourth quarters and an
interval of 5 minutes at half time. Teams change end each quarter.
Each player has a designated area on court, determined by their playing
position. A player may catch the ball with one or both hands and must pass
it or shoot for goal within three seconds. Netball is a non-contact sport
and no player is allowed to come into personal contact with an opponent
in a way that will interfere with the opponent's play, either accidentally
The Official Rules of Netball are available in booklet form from the
IFNA Secretariat in .pdf form HERE
(Need to Adobe Acrobat)
Two umpires control the game and make decisions. Each umpire has control
in the same half of the Court throughout the game.
TIMEKEEPERS AND SCORERS
The Timekeeper assists by tracking time while the game is taking place,
in close liaison with the umpire. Two scorers keep a written record of
the score together with a record of the Centre Pass, recording each goal
scored unless notified to the contrary by the umpire. All unsuccessful
shots are also recorded.
Match Officials are umpires, timekeepers and scorers. Team Officials
are Coach, Manager, Captain, and two primary care personnel.
The ball used can be either a Netball or an Association Football size
5, measuring between 690 mm and 710 mm in circumference and weighing between
400 grams and 450 grams. It may be made of leather, rubber or similar material.
Most female Netballers wear blouses, polo shirts or t-shirts with skirts
but attitudes are changing with microfibre dresses, for instance, gaining
in popularity. Playing uniforms should include initials of playing positions,
worn both front and back above the waist Lightweight footwear is worn but
must not have spiked soles.