The history of netball can be traced to the early development of basketball. A year after basketball was invented in 1895, the sport was modified for women to accommodate social conventions regarding their participation in sport, giving rise to women's basketball. Variations of women's basketball arose across the United States and in England. At the Bergman Österberg physical training college in Dartford, England, the rules of women's basketball were modified over several years to form an entirely new sport: "net ball". The sport was invented to encourage young females to be physically active and energetic.
Netball landed on Australian shores in 1897 and has become the most popular women's team participation sport in Australia.
Australia's national team toured England in 1957. This tour resulted in a number of Commonwealth countries meeting together in order to try to standardise the rules of the game. The sport's name "netball" became official in Australia in 1940.
In 1985, there were 347,000 players. In 1995, there were over 360,000 Australian netball players.
WHY PLAY NETBALL?
BALANCE AND COORDINATION
Orange United Netball Club enters teams in both junior and senior competitions in the local Orange Netball Association competition. The club has a strong focus on developing junior players, umpires and coaches from U/9 through to U/15s. Senior teams compete in Division 5 and 3 with also a High School Division offered.
Our netball teams cater for our under 8’s through to open woman’s. During any one season we have up to 7 junior teams with young people playing aged from 7 through to 17 and 2 woman’s teams catering for anyone who would like to play netball older than 18.
Orange PCYC Netball Courts Seymour Street