Netball is a fast paced sport in which men, woman and children all participate in, in all parts of the world.
It is a sport which is most popular in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Jamaica and United Kingdom. There are woman's teams, men's teams, mixed teams and children's teams which are divided into divisions.
This sport is a commonwealth sport and over played in over 70 countries. (More on netball competitions.) There is a International Mixed and Men's Netball Cup that is played with teams from the Fiji, Cook Islands, Australia and New Zealand.
Netball is also played in primary and high schools. In which there are different variations of children's netball and indoor netball.
According to Wikipedia, James Naismith invented the game of Basketball which then gave rise to other variations of the game. It wasn't until Martina Bergman-Österberg recreated the game with rings with nets and it was moved outdoors and played on grass when it really became the game we all know and love.
Intially a woman's game due to the rules of less movement and contact. It has now become a sport that will even challenge those that are used to playing Basketball.
It is a team strategy game with team work, speed, agility and co-ordination that are key parts in the game. Where each player on the court has a role to play in order to help their team score a goal. From getting the ball off the opposing team, to defending the goal, to feeding the ball into the goal circle to take a shot at the netball ring.
Netball consists of 2 teams playing against each other. On a rectangle court, divided into thirds. Only 7 players from each team are allowed on court at all times, with substitutes waiting on the sidelines. Two umpires enforcing the rules of the game. Each on opposite sides of the court.
The aim of the game is to get the ball to the other side of the court so the goal-shoot (GS) and goal-attack (GA) can shoot the ball into the hoop. (Read more on netball positions here and the rules of netball here.)
Netball is a fun and active sport, with over 20 million players who love to play netball.