Indoor netball is just a variation of regular netball, usually played indoors, where the playing field is surrounded on all sides and over top with a net. The net lessens the amount of playing stops, making the game much faster paced than regular netball. This gives indoor netball an advantage over regular netball over the weather conditions.
There are two variations of Indoor netball: regulation and pick up. In regulation netball, each team is set up with seven players. The point system is used to determine how many points the team will be allowed to have. The remaining five players on the teams are alternated every week.
The point system is changed in a pick up. In pick up, the team with the most players at the end of the regulation period makes the winning play, and all other teams are permitted to play for one time. The players may then switch teams.
For some reason, indoor netball prefers to play with wet season competition nets.
These nets can be used throughout the year, even in the winter, as long as the floor is not saltwater or snow covered. The nets used in wet season competition netball must be made of durable nylon fabric with a high thread count. Nylon is more comfortable to wear during play than polyester. In addition to the comfort, both nylon and polyester nets trap the light, which is essential to good vision for an indoor netball player.
Both leagues require players to wear uniforms that are approved by their leagues’ board of directors and the net suppliers. The uniform consists of a v-neck T-shirt with shorts and socks, and protective gear such as goggles and wrist guards. The uniform is worn throughout the matches and must be changed before the finals. The player’s uniform must be checked for loose buttons, seams, stains, and tears prior to the finals. The players are expected to turn their uniforms in prior to the finals.
The teams play an alternating pattern of games in a set order. Each team has at least seven players on each team. The goal is to earn the winning goal by winning the most games in the allotted timeframe. Each team member must wear their uniform, including their uniforms and shoes, before entering the game.
In the mixed netball league, players must wear a uniform that represents the specific team. The most common uniforms seen in the indoor netball bibs are blue tops with white pants and black shorts. Players have the option of wearing white pants or black pants, but not both, if the team requires it. However, all players are required to wear black footwear with a white jersey for play.
There are limitations for the number of players in each team, and how they are classified, as well. The basic definition is each player must be able to jump tall enough to play netball no matter the height of the player. If a player is taller than 18, they cannot play netball unless it is championship play netball where taller players are allowed to play. All players are also assessed for their physical appearance prior to signing up for a team and are required to meet minimum standards of cleanliness and fitness as well. If a player does not meet these requirements and is signed up with a team, that player may be required to either shave their hair or get a professional hairstyle to fit into the team’s image.
Most professional indoor netball courts use a computer system to create the playing surface. The computer can then assign specific height rankings for players based on their natural height and weight as well as any image credit requirements they may have. In some cases, the player’s height and weight are measured in relation to an existing player on the team who is taller or heavier, allowing the player to compete against them on that team. This process gives the team an advantage over other teams because they know that players can’t be matched up based on looks alone. The result is more competitive play on the court for all players.
Each season, teams play more netball in order to qualify for the championships. These tournaments often determine the winner for each division and determine the overall winner of the entire season. Winning the championships will earn the team not only the right to play netball at the championships the following year, but will also earn them entrance into the Pro Tour, which is an extra large pay day, along with the regular pay day. Please contact us if you would like more information on how you can join the tour and play netball at the next tournament.
If you are looking for a good sport for kids, try playing netball. There is no better way to get your kids active than to play a sport that gets them excited about team sports and healthy competition. For parents, we recommend indoor fun due to the controlled nature of netball play. It also gives the kids a chance to socialize and learn how to succeed in a team atmosphere when they are playing on a regular basis. Please contact us if you want to know more about netball for kids and our indoor and outdoor netball courts. We are sure that you and your family will all love the experience!
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