1) Get kitted out
Feeling comfortable and having training shoes that give you good grip and support are essential, so make sure you get all the right kit.
2) Warm up well
Warming up is an essential part of any preparation before playing. Netball is notorious for injuries due to the movement and abrupt stopping required by players.
3) Practice passing the ball with a friend
Passing is the most important skill used in netball, so get out there and practice by throwing a ball either on court or at home.
4) Practise netball by yourself
Use lots of targets on a wall (or draw them out using chalk) at different heights so that you can practice different passes, including the chest, bounce, shoulder and overhead passes. Remember to also vary how close you stand to the wall.
5) Get fit for netball
Netball is normally played at a fast pace and you’ll be expected to move about a lot, so it's important to get fit overall. Try some jogging to get you started.
6) Practise different moving styles
Netball requires players to move in many different ways, so practice sprinting, jogging, running backwards and sidestepping.
7) Practise patterns of netball play
Once you’ve started to get some of the basics mastered, start to consider patterns of play on the court. You coach will be able to tell you which tactical patterns your team uses most.
8) Try playing in different positions
Not everyone finds their best role instantly. It’s important to try out several positions to see which one suits you best, and it’s not a bad idea to be versatile and able to switch positions if required.
9) Watch others at play
It may seem obvious, but watching other people playing netball can allow you to pick up plenty of tips. Look at the movement and tactics employed by other people who play in the same position as you.
10) Enjoy the game
Don’t take it all so seriously! Playing netball should be fun. Be competitive, but enjoy yourself too.