By ALISSA WARREN
Netball is the sport of queens. Not princesses.
A netballer has seen enough wins to give her grunt, she’s seen enough losses to make her humble and enough injuries to make her gentle. It doesn’t matter how many games she’s played, all of those things can happen in one game, sometimes more than once.
I’d go so far as to say that netball equips a girl for life.
And this is why:
1. She can make decisions.
After she’s caught the ball, it’s hers for three seconds. In those three seconds, she has to find her feet, survey the court, assess the defence, find her team mates and pass the ball. Big decisions, tiny amount of time. And it’s not a one-off. This. Is. The. Whole. Game.
2. She knows how to make the most of a bobby pin.
Hair flailing? Sorted. And FAST. She can manoeuvre a curvy piece of metal quicker than Kim Kardashian could even fathom.
3. “Here if you need.”
There is no ‘I’ in netball. It’s a TEAM sport. No matter how good the star of the show is, she cannot win on her own. She needs the support of her team.”Here if you need” is netball’s most famous catchphrase, uttered at every game from the U8’s to the big kahunas. Everyone in the team unites. She knows the bigger picture isn’t about one great pass.
4. If you do the wrong thing, you’ll get caught.
It’s rare that you can go offside or obstruct in netball and NOT be caught. Either the umpire – or some other player – will take you down. Netballers know cheaters get caught. Even if that’s sometimes a little bit annoying.
5. No one stays in the same position.
It’s always good to try a new position. For every reason, in every aspect of life. Bring it.
6. Timing is everything.
Netballers know how to intercept. They know how to pivot. And they know that every slight angle can change her whole game. She might not get it right every time but she knows that every angle, every second – makes a difference.