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Find Your Position

Find Your Position

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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.

CENTRE (C)

  • 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.

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