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Netball Rules and Equipment


How to play

There are seven players per team and two opposing teams. The aim is to score in the opposing team’s ring.


Players in a defending position will try and defend the opponents attacking moves to prevent them scoring any goals.


Players in an attacking position will try to score goals.

The ball may be passed between players but players are not permitted to run with the ball or bounce it.

Unlike Basketball, only two players from each team are permitted to score goals and players are restricted to specific parts of the court.


Goal Keeper (GK)

The Goal Keeper defends the goal third of the court and tries to prevent the ball from entering the goal circle and a goal being scored.


Goal Defence (GD)


The Goal Defence player defends the attacking moves of the Goal Attack player to prevent a goal being scored. They try to keep the ball out of the defensive third of the court.


Wing Defence (WD)


The Wing Defence player defends the attacking moves of the Wing Attack player in the centre of the court as well as around the goal circle and the goal third. They are not permitted in the goal circle.


Centre (C)


The Centre player is the main player of the team. She is allowed anywhere on the court except for the goal circles. Their main role is to be a link between the attack and defence players to help move the ball down the court.


Wing Attack (WA)


The Wing Attack player is responsible for delivering the ball to the Goal Shooter or Goal Attack player. They are permitted within the goal third and centre third of the court. They are not allowed in the goal circle.


Goal Attack (GA)


The Goal Attack's role is to shoot goals when the ball enters the goal circle. This role is shared with the Goal Shooter. The player must work with the Wing Attack player in order to get the ball into the goal circle. The Goal Attack player is allowed within the goal third and centre third of the court.


Goal Shooter (GS)


The Goal Shooters main role is to shoot goals. They are permitted only within the goal third of the court and works closely with the Goal Attack player.


There are two umpires on court controlling the game. Each umpire is allocated one half of the court.

A goal is scored when either the Goal Attack or Goal Shooter gets the ball through the opposing team's ring.

At the end of the game the team with the most points is the winner.


The ball
The ball has an outer layer of rubber laminate with an embossed surface to assist with grip. It weighs approximately 400g and has a circumference of 70cm.

The court
The court is 30.5m by 15.25m and is divided into three equal sections; two goal third sections at either end of the court and the centre third in between.

Each goal third section has a goal circle which is actually a semi-circle with a radius of 4.9m. In the centre section of the court is the centre circle which has a diameter of 0.9m.

At each end of the court is a ring and net elevated on a pole without a backboard. The ring is 3.05m from the ground with a diameter of 38cm.
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