Have you ever wanted to be a professional netball player? Do you want to be part of the silver ferns? Well netball is a fun and energetic sport. You would have to know all the rules, and all the positions. Once you start playing you wouldn’t want to stop. Some of the famous netball people are Maria Tutaia, Catherine Latu, they are both part of the Silver Ferns.
The Silver Ferns is the New Zealand team. My favourite player is Maria Tutaia because I play the same position as her. She plays Goal Shoot and I play Goal Shoot. Whenever they have a home game my mum would always get tickets and we would go and watch the silver ferns. Maria won a gold medal at the Commonwealth games in 2006 and another in 2010. Another player that I like is Catherine Latu. She is really good at Goal Shoot, she practises her shooting a lot. She has had 50 test caps, 20 for Silver Ferns and 30 for Samoa. These ladies play really well because they know the rules for their positions.
The rules for netball are simple. The court is divided into 3 thirds. If you are GS or GK you would have to stay in one third of the court. Or if you are GA, GD, WA, or WD you are allowed in two thirds of the court. The only position that is allowed all over the court is Center, but they can’t go in the circle. Also if you have the ball, you can’t run with it, also you have to be careful with your feet because the umpires will pull you over if you step with the ball. They will also pull you over if you contact your partner. Contact is when you are too close to your partner or when you push them. You would have to be 3 feet away from the person. Also your positions are very important too.
You would need to know everything about your position or the umpire will pull you over. My position is GS so I am only allowed in one third of the court. My partner would be the GK, he or she would have to try and defend against me while I try and shoot. My job is very important because when I shoot it will give my team points. Another position is center, I don’t really like center because they have to run around the whole court for 4 quarters. If you are only allowed in 1 third, you stop at the first yellow line, if you cross that you are offside. Netball is a easy sport that you can learn very fast.
Netball is a energetic sport. If you follow these rules then you might end up in the Silver Ferns. I really like playing netball because I was brought up with netball. Also I play GS, and I really like that position. All you need to know are the rules and the positions. I learnt by watching Maria Tutaia shoot for the Silver Ferns.