KGV netball rules
How to play
Netball is played with a round ball and 2 teams of 7 players on a court with scoring rings (without backboards) at both ends. Players can move the ball around the court by passing it to teammates or taking a maximum of 1½ steps while in possession of the ball.
The court is divided into thirds, which regulates where players can and cannot move. Two semi-circle "shooting circles" at either end of the court are the only places from where goals can be scored.
Each team member is given a position on the court. They must wear a bib indicating that position, which is abbreviated:
|Position||Abbreviation||Player to mark||Areas permitted|
|Goal Shooter||GS||Goal Keeper||Attacking goal third including goal circle|
|Goal Attack||GA||Goal Defence||Attacking goal third, goal circle and centre third|
|Wing Attack||WA||Wing Defence||Attacking goal third and centre third except goal circle|
|Centre||C||Centre||Everywhere except goal circles|
|Wing Defence||WD||Wing Attack||Defensive goal third and centre third except goal circle|
|Goal Defence||GD||Goal Attack||Defensive goal third and centre third including goal circle|
|Goal Keeper||GK||Goal Shooter||Defensive goal third including goal circle|
Each player is only permitted in their designated area of the court – a player outside their own area is deemed "off-side".
Only the GA and GS players are allowed to directly shoot for goals from within their shooting circle.
Since players cannot take more than 1 step while in possession of the ball, the only way to move the ball towards the goal is to throw it to a teammate. A player cannot hold the ball for longer than 3 seconds and players may not tap the ball to themselves more than once (replay).
Physical contact is not permitted with the player in possession of the ball and a shot or pass cannot be blocked if a defender is within 3 feet of the ball carrier. Defence is restricted – contact is only permitted provided it does not impede an opponent or the general play of the game.
If impeding contact is made the umpire will award the opposing team a penalty pass. The player penalised for the impeding contact must stand off the court and out of play until the player taking the penalty has passed the ball.
Last updated: Friday, 24 May 2013