Basketball vs Netball

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Cause this had to happen at some point.

For all my American peeps, you need to know what netball is before you can really get into this post. Well, because I still don’t know how to explain the sport, wikipedia it. Thanks.

Anyways, netball sort of dominates the hoop sports in this country for women, what I mean by that is, of all the primary schools I have coached at so far, 3 have had basketball hoops and all of them have had netball hoops? (baskets? poles? I don’t know what you call them). They teach all the young girls how to play netball here just like they teach all the young boys how to play football (soccer). From an outsiders perspective (and I’m not trying to be mean at all) netball is a very confusing sport. But it has some good and bad qualities…

Netball Positives:

There are some people who don’t like to play defense and some people who don’t like to shoot (we won’t mention any names). From what I understand, netball court is divided into 3 sections and you can only play in 2/3rds of the court unless you are the center and then you can go all over? Basically if you are the goal attacker, or shooter (excuse me if those aren’t the correct names) the amount of defense you play is reduced to a minimum. The goal defender stands at the other end chillin’ waiting to block shots? Sounds pretty simple to me.

Another positive is for anyone who doesn’t like being fouled cause I don’t think you are allowed to bump people or anything like that.

Also, you get to play with 7 people on a court that is slightly bigger than a basketball court.

Netball Negatives:

They wear skirts.

They sweat in skirts.

I haven’t met a netball shoe I’ve liked.

Where is the backboard??

You can only hold the ball for 3 seconds before you have to pass or shoot (I am still at odds as to whether this is a positive or negative)

“Obstruction -A player attempting to intercept or defend the ball must be at least 3ft (0.9m) away from the player with the ball. This distance is measured from the landing foot of the player in possession of the ball.” what??


Anyways, you get the picture. I am all for basketball and the contact. But let’s outline some positives and negatives of choosing basketball over netball.

Basketball Positives:

Going to start off by saying the large selection of beautiful basketball sneakers.

You can dribble the ball and even though there is a shot clock, you can dribble for longer than 3 seconds, although if you spend too much time dribbling for no reason hopefully your coach will yell at you. Hopefully.

You can go anywhere on the court and everyone has an opportunity to score and defend.

The backboard which makes lay-ups possible. Last night, at University practice, we saw a few netballers attempting shots on a netball rim? hoop? basket? anyways, it did not look pretty.

Basketball negatives:

Refs not calling fouls.

Some people you honestly just wish they wouldn’t dribble.

And…The backboard (cause we’ve all had that moment when we’ve played amazing defense only to watch someones shot accidentally skim the perfect spot at the top of the backboard and go in the net for 3 points)


When all is said and done, netball was started from an earlier form of basketball. So, both sports have the same father, James Naismith although the actual sport of netball was created by someone else. I am told at the highest level netball is fast paced and looks very different so I will try to get myself down to watch a game of that cause I think it would be cool to see.

Lastly I just want to say that I am not against netball or any sport where part of the uniform involves wearing a skirt, but being American and never really seeing netball until I entered the UK, I just don’t quite understand it, all the time.



  1. Tobin Wrice  February 6, 2013


  2. Megan Smith  March 27, 2018

    Basketball is way better. It requires a brain.

    • Raine  July 17, 2018

      Don’t be rude. I’ve played both sports. Each have their own qualites, therefore people may have preferences. There is no need to be derogatory to either sport.


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