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is a fast, skilful team game based on running, jumping,
throwing and catching.
Teams may include
up to 12 players
but only 7 may take the court at any one time.
Each player has a playing position determined
by the areas on the court where they may move. The playing
positions are shown by identification letters worn above the
waist, on both the front and the back of the player. Those
positions are GS, GA, WA, C, WD, GD and GK. The playing
areas are highlighted in orange on the court below if you
move the cursor over the paying position.
The major aim of the game is to score as many
goals as is possible from within an area called the Goal
Circle, which is a semi-circle centred on the goal line and
measuring 4.9 metres in radius (16 feet). Only two players
from each team may score goals, the Goal Attack and Goal
Positions: Goal Shooter (GS), Goal Attack (GA), Wing Attack
(WA), Centre (C), Wing Defence (WD), Goal Defence (GD), Goal
Match Officials are two umpires, two scorers and two
Team Officials are the Coach, Assistant
Coach, Manager, Captain and up to two Primary Care Personnel
who are qualified to diagnose and treat injury or illness
(for example Doctor and/or Physiotherapist).
The Ball is made of leather, rubber or
similar material, weighing 400 - 450 gms (14 - 16 ounces)
and measuring 690 - 710 mms (27 - 28 inches) in
The Court is 30.5 metres (100 feet) long and 15.25 metres
(50 feet) wide, which is divided into thirds. There is a
center circle with a diameter of 0.9 metres (3 feet) and two
goal circles which are semi-circles measuring 4.9 metres (16
feet) in radius.
All lines are part of the court and
measure 50mm (2 inches) in width.
The Goal Posts are placed mid point of each goal line and
measure 3.05 metres (10 feet) in height. The goal rings have
an internal diameter of 380mm (15 inches). The goal ring
projects horizontally from the post on a single attachment
measuring 150mm (6 inches) in length.
A game consists of 4 x 15 minute quarters with an interval
of 3 minutes between the first and second and third and
fourth quarters and a 5 minute half time interval. There is
up to 2 minutes of time allowed for each injury.
The Playing Rules
The Rules may be placed into two generic groups, those which
infringe only a rule and are called minor rules although
they make up the majority of the rules, and those which
infringe the rights of an opponent and consequently are
called major rules.
The minor rules, among which are the infringements of held
ball, stepping, breaking, offside and over a third, are
penalized with a free pass. The major rules, which mainly
consist of obstruction, intimidation, contact and discipline
are penalized with a penalty pass or penalty pass or shot.
In this penalty, the offender must stand out of play until
the ball has left the thrower's hands.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Rules of
Netball, Rules books may be purchased from any of the
national netball associations that are affiliated to The
International Federation of Netball Associations or from