The quick history...
Not only did James Naismith invent basketball in 1891 but he inadvertently aided in the invention of netball... In 1895 Naismith sent a copy of his basketball rules to a sports teacher in New Orleans, Clara Baer.
Baer interpreted Naismith's drawings of the court and players as meaning that players could not leave certain areas. Baer's interpretation of the game became Women's basketball in 1899.
Women's basketball was taken to Britain and the empire where the game transformed into a passing no dribbling game called Netball.
* Netball was first played in England in 1895.
* The first World Championship tournament was held in Eastbourne, England, 1963.
* In 1995 Netball became a recognized Olympic sport.
* Netball was included in the Commonwealth Games program in Kulala Lumpur, 1998.
To learn more about the history of Netball visit the International Federation of Netball website... www.netball.org
Future - Netball is catching...
Netball is not just a sport for many... it is a passion. For many women around the world it is empowering, a chance to be active and the opportunity to play a team sport. Worldwide, over 20 million people are playing netball. Many schools throughout the world have Netball as part of physical education curriculum teaching children important skills including ball work, communication and teamwork just to name a few.
Netball is gaining momentum in the USA. Not too long ago the USA was ranked 46th in the world... thanks to an outstanding effort by the USA team (and numerous volunteers and sponsors) at the World Championships in Jamaica, 2003 the USA is now ranked 9th in the World. The USA hosted the Under 21 World Youth Championships in 2005 - quite a feat for the USA.
Netball is not currently in the Olympics program. Netballers around the world are campaigning to see that Netball gets included...as it should be. However, in the meantime, the World Netball Championships 2007 will be held in Auckland, New Zealand in November of this year. Leading up the Championships is the Tri Series between Australia, New Zealand in England. The Tri Series will be held in May 2007 in England.
Netball - a team sport
There are seven players in a team and they each have their own position.
Each player is only allowed to move in a certain area of the court.
This means team-work and strong passing skills are very important.
Only TWO players are allowed to try and score goals.
No backboard on the hoop
No running with the ball
Cannot hold the ball for more than 3 seconds
Cannot take the ball out of the oppositions hands
Defenders must defend 3 feet away from the player with the ball
Each goal is worth 1 point
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