HOOPLA™ Netball – The Next American Sport!
American, are you ready for Netball? More than 20 million people in over 70 different countries play Netball and we are excited to be bringing it to America! Netball America has been working tirelessly to introduce the sport to college athletics, elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools around the United States. Coming to America this summer−GARED® will be debuting its first Netball equipment to the market, HOOPLA™ Netball! GARED® is offering a state of the art portable and stationary Netball equipment.
Netball America is proud to partner with GARED® as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2011 WNBA Netball Showcase events and as our official supplier of netball posts! GARED® will be one of an exclusive group that will have the unique opportunity to create brand affinity through direct association at a variety of sporting and educational events.
Netball America is a non-for-profit association determined to develop and expand Netball in the United States. There are currently members in 26 states and Netball America plans to expand even further by partnering with the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE). This partnership will help Netball America push Netball into the US education curriculum and pose for after school programs.
How to play the game:
· In many ways, Netball systems are very similar to basketball systems, but without the backboard.
· The regulation height of the goal is 10 feet, but it can be shorter depending on the age range.
· Netball is played on a 100-foot by 50-foot court.
· The court is divided into thirds, namely the center third and the two goal thirds. In each goal third there is a semi circle called “the goal circle,” in which the player must stand inside the circle to score and only one point is awarded per goal. Netball can be played indoors or outdoors, in which GARED’s® equipment will cater to.
· A Netball is used as the game ball (similar to a Size 5 soccer ball but with grip like a volleyball) and is moved down the court by passing the ball to teammates.
· There is no dribbling like in basketball, but the flow of the game is very similar.
· Netball is a non contact sport, which is a common rule among women sports.
· Furthermore, each team consists of seven players on the court.
· The positions are known as the goalkeeper (GK), goal defense (GD), wing defense (WD), center (C), wing attack (WA), goal attack (GA), and goal shooter (GS). Each player is restricted to a certain area of the court and each player is marked with abbreviating letters to determine each position.
· Netball is played for four quarters, each lasting fifteen minutes. Rules regarding the ball being out of bounds, and a dead ball is treated the same as in basketball. The ball restarts after every goal in the center circle and each team has alternate center passes.
· When the players are passing the ball, players must pass the ball within three seconds.
· The ball must make contact with a person in the center third before advancing to the opposing goal third, and if a player lands on one foot that foot becomes the pivoting (grounded) foot and if lifted the ball must be released before that foot is regrounded.
· Players also must keep a three-foot distance when guarding an opponent.
Want to see a live Netball match? There is a Netball America Showcase at NY Liberty Game on Saturday, July 30, 2011! You will be able to see the newly introduced game of Netball at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets start at only $20 and can be purchased at www.netballamerica.com! Hurry, and be the first to get your Netball tickets!!