Netball is a popular team sport played in schools, clubs and at an international level. The game is played by two teams of seven players and the aim is to score goals by shooting the ball through a hoop. The different phases of a netball game are as follows:
1) Centre pass: A coin toss decides which team starts the game with a centre pass. The player who makes the centre pass must be in the centre of the court and must stand still until the ball is caught by another player. After the centre pass, players can move anywhere on the court.
2) Attacking: The aim of this phase is to score goals by shooting the ball through the opposition’s goal ring. Only players in the attacking third of the court (the area closest to the goal ring) can score goals.
3) Defending: The aim of this phase is to prevent goals being scored by defending your own goal ring. Players can use any part of their body to defend, but they must not touch or hold the ball with their hands or arms.
4) Turnover: A turnover occurs when possession of the ball changes hands, for example, if it goes out of bounds or if there is a foul. A turnover results in a change of phase, with the team that previously had possession now attacking and vice versa.
The Four Phases of a Netball Game
A netball game is divided into four quarters, with each quarter lasting 15 minutes. There are six players on each team, with three players in each third of the court. The aim of the game is to score goals by shooting the ball through the opponents’ goal ring. In this article, we will take a look at the different phases of a netball game.
The First Phase – The Centre Pass
The first phase of a netball game is the centre pass. The centre pass is taken from the centre circle by the Centre player of the team that did not start the game with the ball. The other members of her team must be in their own third of the court and each player in position. The Centre then passes the ball to a team-mate in any direction.
The Second Phase – Play On
After a goal is scored, or the ball goes out of bounds, the umpire will call “play on”. This is when both teams can move anywhere they like on the court. The aim of this phase is to get the ball to your team’s goal shooter, who will attempt to score a goal.
There are no predetermined positions during this phase, and players can move anywhere they like on the court. However, there are some general rules that players should follow. For example, players should try to stay in their own half of the court, and players should not block other players’ path to the ball. If a player breaks one of these rules, the umpire will call a penalty and the opposing team will be awarded possession of the ball.
The Third Phase – Goal Shooting
Every netball game is split into four phases – goal shooting, centre pass, play and foul play. Let’s take a look at the third phase – goal shooting.
In order to score goals, players must be in their shooting circle when they attempt to shoot. There are two players in each team who are designated as goal shooters, and they will usually stay in this shooting circle for the entire game.
The other members of the team will take turns to attempt shots at the goal, but they can only do so from outside of the shooting circle. If a player is inside of the shooting circle when they attempt to shoot, it will not count as a goal.
The aim of goal shooting is to get the ball through the hoop without it being touched by another player. If the ball does touch another player on its way through the hoop, it will not count as a goal.
Goal shooters have three seconds to attempt a shot at goal after receiving possession of the ball. If they do not attempt a shot within this time limit, they will lose possession of the ball.
The Fourth Phase – After the Goal
After a goal is scored, the game resumes with a center pass from the team that did not score. All players must return to their own third of the court. The player who gains possession of the ball must wait until they are completely within their own third before passing or shooting for goal.
How Many Players are in a Netball Team
A netball game is split into four quarters, with each quarter lasting 15 minutes. There are seven players in a netball team, with six players on the court and one player on the bench. The aim of the game is to score more goals than the opposition team.