Netball Minor Rules Explained

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Let’s look at the minor netball rules.

Netball Court Boundaries – As each player has their allocated area of the court where they are allowed to be court boundaries applies if they cross into an area where they are not meant to be.

A netball player can be offside even if they do not have the ball.  Also because of the court boundaries long throws are no use as the ball needs to be thrown from one third into the next and then down to the next, so it is not possible to skip a third by making a long throw.

Two passes need to be made before a player can have a shot at the goal.

Netball Ball Control
– A netball player must be standing before they throw the ball.  They need to react quickly but cannot run with the ball, nor dribble or bat the ball.  The player is allowed to bounce or bat the ball only one time.  It is not allowed either to push the ball into the air before bouncing it.

Making Space
– Although long throws are no use due to the court boundaries, neither are very short throws allowed.  When a player has the ball there must be enough space for another player to move between their hands and that of a potential catcher.

Three Second Rule – When a player catches the ball they must pass it in less than three seconds.

Toss Ups
– As players can try to get the ball at the same time simultaneous contact can occur.  When this happens the netball umpire will use a toss up to restart the game.  The umpire will throw the ball up in the air and the two players involved will stand facing each other and then when the ball is tossed up both will try to catch the ball.  The ball is thrown two feet or less by the umpire into the air.  Toss ups can also be used to sort out a situation on court where the umpire is uncertain of what occurred.

Netball Footwork – Footwork in netball requires quite a bit of skill.  The netball players must follow the footwork rule and if they fail to do so a free pass will be awarded.  When a player catches the ball and has only one foot on the ground this foot is then referred to as the landing foot.  If she then wishes to step with the other foot her landing foot must come off the ground and the ball must be thrown before it touches the ground again.

Alternatively the player can pivot on their landing foot, moving the other foot as many times as their flexibility allows and of course the three second rule.

When the player has caught the ball with their two feet on the ground then they must choose the landing foot and the same rules apply.

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