So we are a mix of people, all trying to get to grips and understand why Jo keeps blowing the whistle when we've done nothing wrong!!
Here are a few of the real basic rules that we've all been pulled up for lately.
1. Contact - Netball is a non-contact sport (Victoria Moore, this rule applies to you too)! You are not allowed to make physical contact with another player at any point, particularly shoving them out of the way or running 'through' them in order to get the ball. If you do come into contact with another player and the foul is witnessed by the umpire, you will give away a penalty pass or shot, you must stand by the side of the player who is taking the penalty and cannot be involved in play until the penalty is taken!
I am as guilty as the rest for contact.... but I don't seem to get caught that often...
2. Footwork - ...this is where I usually hear the whistle. I catch the ball and then take a step (or two) too many apparently. Always try to land with both feet, then you can move either, but remember once you have moved a foot the other one becomes your landing foot and must stay planted to the ground until you have released the ball. If you do land on one foot first, you can pivot and move the other foot.
3. Throwing and receiving in the correct third - This rule applies to centre pass and back line throws. When the centre pass is due to be taken the centre must quickly return to the centre circle, other than the opposing centre, all other players must be in the correct goal third for their position. However once the whistle has blown, players wanting to receive the ball must step into the centre third, if the ball is not received within the centre third then a penalty is awarded to the opposing team, just inside centre third. Similarly, when a defences team has a backbone throw and wants to move the ball quickly up the court, they must remember that the ball must be received in the defensive third, a penalty will be awarded to the opposing team if the ball is received in the centre third.
I will look at some more rules next week and ultimately we look at each rule in more depth.
Thanks for reading.