To be clear the only time you stand in a Netball court is when you have the ball and that can only be for up to three seconds. If you have it longer it’s a foul. There are seven positions that you can take up on a netball court and a lot of them will depend on what you find the most comfortable to you and what best suits your skills. You can enhance your playing skills by watching a Netball drill training video like the ones you can find at https://www.sportplan.net/drills/Netball/
Here is a list of what each position is and what you have to do when you are in it. Let’s begin with the Defenders first.
- The Goal Keeper (GK). Based in the defensive third you have stopped the Goal shooter from getting that ball in the ring. It’s a role that means you have been on top of the flow of the game; learning to read it so that you can make interceptions of passes and to grab any rebound of the ring. You need to be a strong physical presence on the court and ideally tall. It’s down to you to guard that goal ring you’re not allowed to go any further.
- Goal Defence (GD). Your job is to police the defensive third and stop people from getting to the Goalkeeper. You need to get that ball out of there and up to the centre or even the shooter. It’s a job for someone who likes to mark other players, watching the opposition’s goal attack like a hawk.
- Wing defence (WD). This player can go anywhere but the attacking third and the goal circle. The roam around the middle of the court stopping attacks and setting up new ones if they can. The main thing to stop is the opposition’s wing attack coming back the other way.
- Centre (C). Again this player can go anywhere on the court but the goal circles so be careful where you run. Bear in mind, you’ve got to be pretty fit to be a Centre as you will be expected to help out the attack and the defence and this changes very quickly in Netball.
- Wing Attack (WA). This requires someone to be the Flash Harriet of the team. The WA sets up goal attacks through speed and guile. They cannot go in the goal circle or there on defensive third so they have a much more focused job.
- Goal Attack (GA). Score them and set them up. That’s pretty much it for the GA. They can’t go back into the defensive third so they spend most of the time screaming at the C and WA for the ball.
- Goal Shooter (GS). All of the game the GS spends it in the attacking third and the goal circle. They are the only ones allowed in it so they have to be near it. They have to get into space, which is tight, and have lightning fast reactions.
Good luck in choosing your place in the team.