Indoor netball is faster, more energized and it is more involving than ordinary outdoor netball. Six a side netball is a modern variation of traditional indoor netball. It has quite a few rules that determine the structure of a team, the duration of a game, playing equipment and player qualifications.
Let us find out some of the rules Netball Mackay follows.
The two teams can have six players each. The two teams can have a maximum of 12 players each. Each team has two attack players, two defensive players, and two link players. Balance is the key when it comes to small team games like indoor netballs.
Only six male players or six female players can participate in a match. Only three male and three female players can play at any one time. A male and a female player must cover the three court positions. If there is no male player available due to illness or injury to fill another male player’s shoes, the team will have to continue with five members only.
What is the duration of each game?
Usually, each game has four quarters of 10 minutes each. Quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals are of four quarters as well, of 10 minutes each. In the case of an emergency, the umpire can stop a game.
What is the equipment for netball?
- The court is of two halves. One is an attack half; the other is a defense half.
- The ball is standard leather or synthetic, no different from an outdoor netball.
- Non-marking, soft-soled court shoes are necessary for all players.
What is not allowed on the court?
Rules do not allow anything that can cause physical injury on the court. No players should wear pointed hats or caps on the court.
Players must tape all jewelry, studs and religious paraphernalia needs to the body, under the playing shirt, if they are unwilling to remove them.
Players must not wear pointed jewelry, including a wedding ring.
Role of a team captain
In the case of disputes or unfair ruling, only a team’s captain should approach the umpire directly. Players can play for only one team during an entire tournament. Players cannot hop teams. Only the umpire can call for breaks during an ongoing game. Various reasons including illness, injury or blood bin can stop the game for a few seconds. The umpire decides the duration of the game.
What is blood bin?
When an umpire blood bins a player, he has to leave the court immediately. A new player can replace him immediately. He restarts the clock as soon as the new player replaces the old player.
Rule violation and exception
Indoor netball has a standard set of rules for handling the ball, footwork and scoring goals. The rules do not vary between playing stations. They are rather strict, and violation of these rules can attract penalties. The umpire reserves all rights to dish out penalties for violation of rules, unless it places the non-offending team in a precarious spot.