by Chris Tobin
Netball is moving from the court to the beach in Timaru this summer.
Netball South Canterbury is holding a “taster” on Sunday to gauge interest in a beach netball – or “beachnet” – competition at Caroline Bay.
“Any individual can play and teams will be for both male and female,” Anne Hatch of Netball South Canterbury said.
People of high school age and older can just turn up on the day and will be slotted into teams. No entry fees are required.
It will be held near the volleyball courts at the bay.
In beach netball games are played on a 20m-long court. Each game lasts 20 minutes and has a halftime break. Players cannot wear shoes or jewellery. Teams can have a maximum of five on the court at any one time and up to five substitute players.
Players can dive on to the sand to catch a ball on the full or claim possession of the ball on the sand. They can then either play the ball from the ground or stand up and play the ball. In this instance stepping is not called.
All players can shoot goals but only two players from each team can be in the goal area at one time.
If playing in a mixed team, only one male can be in the goal square.
Goals can be shot from a “goal zone” for one point and for three points from a “three-pointer zone”.
The beachnet session will be held on Sunday from 1pm to 3pm.
The complete list of rules is on the Netball South Canterbury website