Nets Basics

Nets is a variation of netball that is fast, non-stop and very tactical. Although there are similarities with the rules of standard  7-a-Side netball, there are obviously a number of differences as well.

The first, and most obvious of these is that the game is played within an enclosed high tension cage, or ‘nets’, so the ball never goes out. The second difference to note is that there are three variations of Nets;

  • 5’s – involving 5 players on court
  • 6’s – involving 6 players on court
  • 7’s – involving 7 players on court

For each variation there is a women’s and a mixed team version.

The Basic’s of 5’s

The court is narrower and shorter than a standard court and the surface is carpeted.

The court is in two halves rather than thirds in 7’s .

There is a centre spot at the middle point of the half-way line. At the centre-pass, Goal Keeper and Shooter must be stood inside the shooting circle and Goal Attack and Defence must be stood at the restart mark (midway between the circle and half-way line).

As there are only 5 players on court, the positions are slightly different; in 5’s the two wing positions are not used. All other positions are used, but with slightly different restrictions.

GS: This player is an attacking player and can move anywhere in the attacking half.

GA: This player is an attacking player and can move anywhere except the defensive circle.

GK: This player is a defensive player and can move anywhere in the defensive half.

GD: This player is a defensive player and can move anywhere except the shooting circle.

C: This player is able to cover both halves of the court and acts as a mid-court player. They cannot go into either circles.

Shooting and Scoring in 5’s

The shooting in this format is the same as the traditional 7-a-side game, with one point on offer for a successful shot on goal.

The Basic’s of 6’s

The court is narrower and shorter than a standard court and the surface is generally carpeted.

The court is in two halves rather than thirds in 7’s.

There is a re-start spot at the top of the shooting circle.

As there are only 6 players on court, the positions are slightly different.

In 6’s there are three playing positions with two of each of these positions on court.

Attack: This player is an attacking player and can shoot from both inside and just outside of the shooting circle.

Defence: This player is a defender and can go in their teams defending half of the court as well as inside of the shooting circle.

Link: This player is able to cover both halves of the court and acts as a mid-court player. They cannot go into the shooting circle but they can shoot from just outside.

Shooting and Scoring in 6’s

The shooting in this format of the game really adds to the excitement and with the opportunity to score 2 points from 1 shot, it really can turn the game around in just one pass!

From just outside the shooting circle either a Link or Attack can opt to shoot for 2 points. Adding further excitement is that when shooting, the ball must NOT hit the net behind the goal post (so not like basketball!)

An Attack can shoot for 1 point when inside the circle. The post is the same height as a standard netball post and players can defend the shot from both within and outside of the shooting circle.

The Basics of 7’s

The court area is the same layout as a standard court; it is however again shorter and narrower than a standard court.

It is 28m long and 12m wide.

It is also surrounded by nets on all sides as well as on top.

The playing positions in 7’s are identical to the positions in standard netball and they can go in the same areas of the court.

GK: Can go in areas 1 and 2.

GD: Can go in areas 1, 2 and 3.

WD: Can go in areas 2 and 3.

C: Can go in areas 2, 3 and 4.

WA: Can go in areas 3 and 4.

GA: Can go in areas 3, 4 and 5 and can shoot.

GS: Can go in areas 4 and 5 and can shoot.

The Nets

The nets are obviously one of the biggest differences and one that literally adds another dimension to the game! The ball can be passed off the nets and it can literally help get it round the opposition. When shooting however, the ball must not rebound into the goal off the net as this would result in a dis-allowed goal!

The Nets and ‘Net Abuse’ in 7’s

The ball can be passed off any of the nets (sides, ends and ceiling) without it being classed as having left the field of play.

In 7’s however, the use of the nets is slightly different and players must NOT….

  • Hold on to or push off using the nets
  • Step, and/ or jump on the nets
  • ‘Pin’ a player to the nets to stop their movement
  • Hold the ball on the net to maintain or gain their balance