Year 7 & 8 Programme

North Otago Netball Centre will be introducing the Year 7 & 8 Programme in 2019. Here is some information for you in preparation of this change that will be happening for this age next year.

Players have developed a considerable understanding of the game, and are now playing 7 v 7.

The emphasis is on converting fundamental movement and basic Netball skills to foundation Netball skills. Performance, challenge and playing are key motives for this age group.

Ensuring positional rotation and playing at least half a game will give each player the opportunity to participate and develop.

Game Rules Overview


- The court is divided into three equal thirds

– a centre third and two goal thirds

– by two transverse lines drawn parallel to the goal lines. A semi-circle with a radius of 4.9m and with its centre at the mid-point of the goal line shall be drawn in each goal third. This shall be called the goal circle.

- Goalposts: 3.05metres from the ground, placed at the centre point of the goal line.

- Size 5 Netball - 7v7 Bibs - GS, GA, WA, C, WD, GD and GK.


The game will be controlled by two umpires. Each team will supply an umpire.

The Team

Seven players per team on court at any one time. Both boys and girls can play. A maximum of three boys playing on court in any position at one time.

Start of Play

Team captains use either Paper, Scissors, Rock or a coin toss to determine who takes the first pass. The umpire shall blow the whistle to start and restart play after every goal is scored and after each interval. Centre passes are taken alternately throughout the game by the two centre players.

Game Duration

Games are 4 x 8 minute quarters with an interval of 2 minutes between the first-second and third-fourth quarters. The half time interval shall be 3 minutes. Teams change ends at each interval.


Both teams have the right to make substitutions and/or team changes either at an interval or when play is stopped for illness or injury. Ensure players are given equal opportunities. Specialisation isn’t recommended until players are fully grown. There is no limit to the number of substitutions which can be made by a team provided that the team does not exceed ten players.

Playing the Ball

Players must pass or shoot within 3 seconds. The ball must be touched in each third.


A player can receive the ball: 1 - With both feet grounded or jump to catch the ball and land on two feet simultaneously. You may then take a step in any direction with one foot (but not both) and pivot on the spot with the other foot. Once one foot is moved, the other is considered to be the landing foot 2 - With one foot grounded or jump to catch the ball and land on one foot. The landing foot cannot be moved, other than to pivot on the spot, whilst the other foot can be moved in any direction. Once the landing foot is lifted, it must not be re-grounded until the ball is released. Hopping or dragging the landing foot is not allowed.

Scoring a Goal

A goal is scored when the ball is thrown or batted over and completely through the goal by the goal shooter or goal attack from any point in the goal circle including the lines bounding the goal circle.


Players must be at least 0.9metres from the grounded foot of the player with the ball


A player may not push, trip, knock, bump or hold an opponent, either deliberately or accidentally. If contact occurs, a penalty pass is awarded and the offending player must stand beside and out of play when penalised.