For an Interesting Twist on Basketball, Try Netball
Netball is a fast-paced game that is catching on all over the world, and is similar to basketball but with a few different rules. Like basketball, the object of the game is to score points by shooting a ball into an opponent’s basket, but unlike basketball, this basket has no backboard. You are not required to dribble or bounce the ball as you move around the court, and players are more restricted in their movements on the court depending on their own position.
Netball is a fun twist on basketball and one that anyone can try. Because you are restricted in your movements and play on a shorter court than basketball, there is much less running up and down the court. This makes it easier for someone to play when they are not in the best aerobic shape, and there is typically less wear and tear on the joints because there is less running. Much of the action comes from passing the ball from one player to another.
Shooting the ball in netball may take more skill than in basketball because you do not have the backboard, off which you might bounce your shots. This requires more precision in your shots because it can only hit the rim or the net itself. Some might also say that netball is more fast-paced than basketball because you do not need to dribble or bounce the ball as you run, and because you’re restricted in your movements, you need to pass the ball much more often. Players have only three seconds with the ball before they are required to pass or shoot, so the pace is very quick. This keeps the ball in play more than you might see in basketball, and keeps the game moving forward at a rapid pace.
Netball is a great sport for anyone to try because it is not a contact sport and because you are not running as much as you would be in basketball. While the game has been more popular in Commonwealth nations, there are netball leagues and teams forming in many different cities across the United States, and they are predominantly for women. You do not need to worry about not having played before or not being familiar with the rules, as many places offer classes and instruction on how to begin. If you are familiar with basketball or have some experience playing basketball, you are probably ready to try netball!
There are also many wheelchair netball leagues forming in various cities; because you do not need to bounce the ball while you move, this makes the games easier for those who are wheelchair-bound. If you know someone in a wheelchair that is looking for a new game or league they can try, suggest netball to them.