Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Variations of Netball

         Bonjour mon cheries! Ready for another game play? In this entry this time, I will relay some information regarding the variations of netball. Basically, netball have 3 type of variation; indoor, fast 5 and children. Within the next paragraphs, I will be explaining more about the details so brace yourself.

         Indoor Netball

Indoor Netball

          Indoor netball is basically just how it sounds. The game is played exclusively indoor court that is surrounded with nets at each side as to prevent the ball from leaving the court. It is aimed to lessen the stoppage of the game and to permit faster play.
          Different forms of indoor netball exists such as a seven-per-side version which is called "action netball". It is a seven players team per play with rules similar to netball is applied. Anyhow, the game is split into 15-minutes halves with a three-minute break in between. This version is played in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and England.
          There also exists a six-per-side version that is also played in the New Zealand. Two Centres (C) per team can play in the whole court except the shooting circles; the rest of the attackers and defenders are also restricted to one half of the court which includes the shooting circles. The attackers and Center players may shoot from outside the shooting circle for a two-pointer.
          A five-per-side game is also common in indoor netball. Players can move throughout the court but exception to the shooting circle, which are restricted to certain attackers and defenders.


Fast5 game play

          Fast5 was originally called Fastnet. It is a variation on the rules of netball designed to make games faster and more television-friendly. The World Netball Series promotes it to raise the sport's profile and also to attract spectators and greater sponsorship. Fast5 is much shorter compared to Indoor Netball. Each quarter lasts six-minutes and two-minute breaks between quarters. The coaches are given the privilege to give instruction to the players from the sidelines during the game is on. Player substitution is also enabled. Same to six-per-side indoor netball, attackers may shoot two-pointer from outside the shooting circles. Each team can respectively nominate one "power play" quarter, which each goal scored by the team is worth double points and the center pass is taken by the team that conceded the goal.

          Fun Net

Children's Netball

          To meet children's need, netball have been modified in several ways. The rules for children that are applied is the same as adults, but various aspects of the game like the length of each quarter, goal heights and ball size are modified.
          Fun Net is a version of netball developed by Netball Australia for five to seven years olds which aimed to improve basic netball skills using games and activities. The Fun Net program runs for 8-16 weeks. There are no winners or losers. The goal posts are 2.4 metres high and a samller ball is used.
         Netta, is a modified netball game which runs by the Australian that aimed at 8 to 11 year olds. The goal heights and ball size are the same as those for adults but players rotate positions during the game, allowing everyone in the team to play each position. Netta was invented to develop passing and catching skills. It rules permit six seconds between catching and passing the ball instead of three seconds. Most players under 11 play this version at netball clubs.
          A version called High Five was promoted by the All England Netball Association aimed at 9 to 11 year old girls and only includes five positions. The players will swap positions during the game. Players who does not play is expected to help the game in some other way such as being the timekeeper or scorekeeper. Hive Five Netball has only four six-minute quarters.