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Origin of Netball
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Simon Harris

 
By Simon Harris
Published on February 10, 2009
 
Clara Gregory Baer of United States, is credited with the invention of Netball in 1895. The game is mainly a popular game amongst women. At present, the game is being played all over the world, particularly in UK, New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia, and South Africa. Netball is also rapidly growing in popularity with men.

Clara Gregory Baer of United States, is credited with the invention of Netball in 1895. The game is mainly a popular game amongst women. At present, the game is being played all over the world, particularly in UK, New Zealand, Great Britain, Australia, and South Africa. Netball is also rapidly growing in popularity with men. Many believe that the game has been derived from basketball. But, it not as tough as basketball.

The game can be played between two teams comprising of seven players. Just like any other sport the main aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposition team. It involves more passing as players are not allowed to run with the ball.

The essential skills required for the game are speed, strategy, team work and co-ordination. Netball can be sum up as a game that require running, jumping, throwing, catching, attacking, defending, scoring goals and stopping goals. Although, the sport was discouraged by the American society initially but now has become the number one women’s sport. The sport has turned out to be a known, promising reputation, which most sports enthusiast look forward to play or watch.

The sport mainly comprises of seven players on each time. The primary aim of the game is to get the ball in to the hoop of the opposing team. The match lasts for about sixty-minute. The length of the court is 100 ft long by 50 ft wide, approximately the size of a tennis court. Each team member has a specific position that is restricted to an area on the court. On these restricted areas, specific attacking and defending player are made to stand, each from an opposing team. After acquiring the ball during a game, the player is allowed to take only two more steps with the ball, which allows them to throw the ball within three seconds. However, the rules for the game have been changed over the years, and presently allow only one step for the player who has the ball in his/her hands.

If you're interested in this game, then join a team at your nearest sports center and you'll have a heap of fun.