Netball is a team sport adapted from the game of basketball.
The official rules for netball were formulated in England in 1901.
The game was first played by women, outdoors on grass.
Internationally netball is played in approximately 50 countries. Forty five of which are affiliated with the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA).
The rules of the game travelled with the British colonialists and is predominantly played in countries of the British Commonwealth including Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies. The game has even spread to Japan, Canada and America.
The rules are simple... There are 7 players in each team and each player has a position.
The positions are:- Goal Shooter (GS), Goal Attack (GA), Wing Attack (WA), Centre (C), Wing Defence (WD), Goal Defence (GD)and Goal Keeper (GK).
Each position is quite specialised and has a specific purpose. For example, only the Goal Shooter and Goal Attack are allowed to shoot the goals and only the Centre can restart the game after each goal is scored.
Limited body contact is allowed and you must give the player who has the ball a distance of 1 metre before you can defend.
However the higher level you play at the more aggressive it becomes, it is percieved by most people to be an 'easy girly' sport but it takes alot of strength, high fitness levels and great agility.
Each position is limited to certain areas of the court and the ball must be touched by a player in each third on its way to the shooters.