Walking Netball Rules

To play Walking Netball some rules need to be adapted to ensure that the game is played appropriately. If you’re playing a game competitively, these rules become important.

England Netball has recommended the adaptations below. If you’re not playing a competitive game it’s really important to deliver a fun and flexible session, therefore, how closely you adhere to the rule adaptations is dependent on your group.

One rule, which must be enforced in all Walking Netball sessions is to ensure that everyone is WALKING:

“A player must have at least part of one foot in contact with the court at all times.”

During the game, an extra step maybe taken once a player has received the ball, which reduces the impact on landing and improves the momentum of the game.

“A player may receive the ball with one foot grounded and then take two steps while in possession of the ball before it must be thrown or shoot.”

An extra second has been allowed to increase the decision making time whilst in possession of the ball, which should encourage improved ball placement.

A player may throw the ball within four (4) seconds of receiving the ball.’


For further information on the rules of netball, please refer to the International Netball Federation Official Rules of Netball.

Earlier this year, England Netball launched Walking Netball sessions across the country, use the session finder to find opportunities near you, or head to your Region’s website to see how you can get involved.