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About Netball

Equipment

The court

The court is flat and has a hard surface. Either tarmac or an artificial non-slip hard surface is used. The court measures 30.5 metres (100 feet) long, 15.25 metres (50 feet) wide.

The goal circle has a radius of 4.9 metres (16 feet). The centre circle is 0.9 metres (3 feet) in diameter. All the lines on the court are part of the court, and are no more than 50 millimetres (2 inches) wide.

Younger players often play on smaller courts.

 

Goalposts

The goalposts stand 3.05 metres (10 feet) high, and are placed at the centre of each goal line (the line along the two shorter edges of the court). There is a metal ring at the top of the posts which has a diameter of 380 millimetres (15 inches). There is a small bar that joins the ring to the post, which is 150 millimetres (6 inches) long.

There is a net attached to the ring which should be clearly visible. It is open at both ends. The post itself can be tubular or square-edged, and should be between 65 and 100 millimetres (2.5 to 4 inches) in diameter or square.

The post can be free-standing, it can have a base, as long as the base is not on any part of the court, or it can be placed into a post in the ground. This is what is done for international matches.

Younger junior players often play with a post height of either 2.7 metres (9 feet), or 2.4 metres (8 feet).

The ball

 

The ball used is similar in size to a standard football (soccer), size 5 ball. The ball made of leather, rubber, or a similar material. They are 690 to 710 millimetres (27 to 28 inches) in circumference, and weighs 400 to 450 grams (14 to 16 ounces).

Younger players often play with a size 4 ball, with a softer cover material.

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