Find Your Position
Not played netball for a while and loathe to get stuck in the same old position your PE teacher made you play at school! Then fear not, here at NETS-HAVEAGAME we actively encourage you to try as many positions as you want to. But just in case you’re a little shy of being a ‘versatile netball diva’, here’s our quick and easy guide to finding your ideal playing position, to enable you to get the most out of the game.
GOAL KEEPER (GK)
- The Goal Keeper is the last line of defence.
- They guard the goal circle and the defensive third and must stop the Goal Shooter from scoring.
- They have to stay alert so they can collect rebounds off the post and intercept passes.
- Goal Keepers are also responsible for taking throw-ins from the goal-line.
- They are often tall and physical players who are prepared to fiercely protect their goal post!
GOAL DEFENCE (GD)
- The Goal Defence patrols the defensive third, the goal circle and the centre third.
- Their main job is to stop the opposition from scoring and to get the ball out of the danger area!
- The Goal Defence has to keep a close eye on the other team’s Goal Attack.
- They must have good skills of anticipation so they can block passes and get the ball out to their own attacking players.
WING DEFENCE (WD)
- The Wing Defence can go into the centre and defensive thirds, but NOT in the attacking third or the goal circle.
- Their main job is to stop the ball reaching the opposition’s goal circle.
- They must intercept passes and feed them back to the attacking areas.
- As well as getting the ball forward they have to mark the opposite Wing Attack.
- The Wing Defence must be focused and good at controlling the ball.
- Centres are able to move in the whole court, with the exception of the goal circles.
- They have to help out in defence and attack.
- But they are mainly relied upon to shift the ball away from the defensive area into attack.
- Centres also restart the game each time a goal has been scored. They do this by making a pass from the centre circle.
- The Centre is the engine of the team so they have to be quick and creative with their passing.
- Centres are normally the swiftest player on the court which means they are often among the smallest.
WING ATTACK (WA)
- The Wing Attack is the key playmaker of the netball court.
- It is their job to create as many goal scoring chances as possible by passing the ball to the shooters.
- The Wing Attack can move in the attacking and centre third BUT not in the goal circle or the defensive third.
- The Wing Attack has to have solid passing and collecting skills.
- They also need good footwork and the ability to open up space on the court.
GOAL ATTACK (GA)
- The Goal Attack’s primary role is scoring and setting up goals.
- They can play in the centre third, the attacking third and the goal circle but NOT the defensive third.
- The Goal Attack’s main duty is to feed the Goal Shooter so they can fire the ball into the net close to the post.
- But if the defenders are marking the Goal Shooter then the Goal Attack will often have a shot from nearer the edge of the goal circle.
- The Goal Attack must have both strong passing and shooting skills.
GOAL SHOOTER (GS)
- The Goal Shooter’s main job is simply to score goals.
- They are allowed in the attacking third and the goal circle BUT nowhere else on the court.
- The Goal Shooter must have sharp shooting skills.
- They have to be able to react quickly, dealing with passes and rebounds.
- Goal Shooters have the steadiest hands on the court and are often among the taller players.