The Basics

The game is usually played by two teams of seven players — the aim being to outscore the opponents. Each player in a team has their position clearly marked by an abbreviation on their bib. The positions are:

  • Goal Shooter (GS)
  • Goal Attack (GA)
  • Wing Attack (WA)
  • Centre (C)
  • Wing Defence (WD)
  • Goal Defence (GD)
  • Goal Keeper (GK)


Do's and Don't's

  • Do stand 3ft away when marking the player holding the ball
  • Do mark-up other players on the court - even if they aren't the one you are meant to mark
  • Do release the ball - you only have 3 seconds
  • Do stay on side - remember you are limited to which sections you can enter depending on which position you play
  • Do remember the foot-work rule. If a player catches the ball with only one foot on the ground then that foot is called the landing foot. The player has a number of options:
    • The player can step with the other foot, lift the landing foot, and throw the ball before the landing foot returns to the ground.
    • The player can pivot on the landing foot and move the other foot any number of times, but are not allowed to hop on or lift the landing foot until they have thrown the ball.
    • The player can also jump, switching from the landing foot to the other one, and then jump again to throw the ball.
    • If a player has both feet on the floor when catching the ball, they can decide which foot will act as their landing foot


  • Don't contact another player. Netball is a non-contact sport. Even accidental contact will result in a penalty pass if a player has been ruled to have been unfairly hindered
  • Don't run with the ball or dribble with it
  • Don't do a short pass - team members must leave enough room between themselves when passing so that an opponent would feasibly be able to move between them and intercept
  • Don't try and hit the ball out of the opponents hand when they are still in possession of it
  • Don't throw the ball over a third