A Beginner’s Guide to Indoor Netball
One of the indoor games that is fast-growing in popularity here in Australia in indoor netball. This indoor version of the 7-a-side netball obviously draws many of its game mechanics from basketball. It’s fun, very competitive, and always a great way to form and strengthen your camaraderie with your best buds. Unlike netball, however, indoor netball puts more emphasis on mixed-gender matches, although there are still all-men and all-women games. Here are some of the basic things you have to know about indoor netball.
As I already mentioned, indoor netball is an indoor version of netball. The court is typically smaller and all sides and the top are covered in net. This is to make sure that the ball will never bounce off the court and allow for a more continuous gameplay. The court is divided into two halves, unlike the netball where there are three sections. Each half is designated to a particular team. At the end of both halves are posts with a ring for shooting the ball into. It’s like basketball except that there is no board with which to bounce the ball off.
Each team is composed of 6 players, two each in the defence, attack, and centre positions. The defence players can only stay in their defence half of the court while attack players can only operate in the other half where the scoring is to be made. The centre players are your all-around players, running up and down the entire length of the court except that they cannot go inside the small circles on the court.
You don’t have to worry about where to play indoor netball since there are now establishments in Australia that provide venues for such a fast-paced game. These are buildings that come with all the facilities and equipment needed to play the sport.
The Game Play
Just like basketball, players have to pass the ball from their defensive end of the court to the offence and their goal. The only difference, of course, is that they don’t get to dribble with the ball. As such, it is all about the ability to throw a calculated pass and the commensurate ability to catch the ball and stand your ground. It also requires precision shooting through a hoop that is just big enough to allow the ball through and without the use of any backboards to angle it in.
Here comes the fun part. Scoring in indoor netball is all about shooting the ball through the goal ring. This isn’t really easy as it requires precision and good release by the hands so that it swishes straight through the hoop. Remember, there aren’t any backboards which you can use to angle your shots in. I found this a bit of getting used to, but it does sharpen your shooting skills.
If you shoot the ball within the goal semi-circle, you score a point for your team. If you were able to shoot the ball from outside the semi-circle, you get 2 points. It’s a lot similar to the 3-point arc in basketball. The team who gets more goals at the end of the 40-minute game wins.
Indoor netball defending strategy isn’t that really different from defending in a basketball game, except that this is a non-contact sport. The key, therefore, is to remain focused on the ball (this is, after all, what you need to score), but without losing awareness of your opponent’s movements. Your best chance of an interception is correct positioning and lightning-bolt quickness to intercept an incoming pass.
These should help you have a basic knowledge of the game. And if I happen to arouse your interest in the sport you may want to learn more about it by contacting your local indoor netball association.