This sport has close similarity with the game of basketball. In fact, netball’s development was derived from early versions of basketball, and it began in the 1890s. It evolved into its own sport as the number of women participating in sports increased. Basketball was invented in 1891 by James Naismith in the United States. However, teams here are allowed seven players each on the court. Each player is assigned a specific position, which limits their movement to a certain area of the court.
Games, which normally consist of four 15-minute quarters, are played on a rectangular court divided into thirds and shooting circles are at each end, with raised goal rings at each end.
Those rings measure 380 millimetres (15 in) in diameter and sit atop 3.05-metre (10.0 ft)-high goal posts that have no backboards like the glass in basketball ring.
Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court.
During general play, a player with the ball can hold on to it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. The winning team is the one that scores the most goals.
The objective of a game is to score more goals than the opponent. Goals are scored when a team member positioned in the attacking shooting circle shoots the ball through the goal ring.