Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Jeffery Adams & Lynette Adams
Netball is a skillful, fast-moving, noncontact team sport mainly played by girls and women. Its origins are in the game of basketball, which was invented by lames Naismith for boys at the School for Christian Workers (later the Young Men's Christian Association or YMCA), in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891. A women's variant of basketball was immediately established and was later introduced to England in 1895. In 1895, Clara Baer asked Naismith for a copy of the rules. The subsequent rule package contained a drawing of the courts with lines penciled across it, simply to show the area various players could best patrol. Baer misinterpreted the lines on the court and thought players could not leave these areas. Restrictions on player movement on the court remain a feature of the game. ...