An overview of the essential kit for playing netball
Netball is a great sport for getting your body fit and healthy, burning off calories and developing upper body muscle strength. However, before you jump right in to playing netball, there are a few pieces of inexpensive and essential kit that you will need for a proper netball workout.
Here is realbuzz.com’s essential guide to the kit you’ll need to get before starting out in netball. As you’ll see, you won’t need much in order to begin playing and enjoying the sport.
General clothing for netball playing
Getting kitted out for netball need not be an expensive affair. Most female players wear a polo-style shirt or t-shirt and a short pleated skirt, while men wear a polo-style shirt or t-shirt and a pair of shorts.
At the higher levels of the game, the clothing is a little more hi-tech, with some teams opting for all-in-one bodysuits or other specially designed kit. The England ladies’ national squad, for example, wear a kit that provides the optimum in comfort, ventilation and freedom of movement — including features such as a breathable built-in body suit with bra for maximum support and freedom of movement. However, when you’re starting out in netball you won’t need to buy such specialist items of kit!
Training shoes for netball
A comfortable pair of training shoes with good grip (suitable for both indoor and outside use) to prevent you slipping and sliding about will suffice. Your trainers should support the middle of your foot and provide cushioning for when you are landing with the ball.
Sports socks for netball
Players will also benefit from investing in a good pair of sports socks which provide extra bounce and support on court. It’s worth seeking out sports socks that are designed to give you extra padding in all the right places, rather than just standard socks that you would wear for everyday leisure use.
Bibs for netball playing
Once you’ve established your best position in netball, you’ll need a bib with lettering on the front and back showing where you play. For example, WD represents Wing Defence, while GA signifies Goal Attack. A bib usually has elastic sides so it can be pulled on and off more easily. Many clubs will supply bibs for you.
The ball in a netball match
The ball in netball is similar to a basketball, but is lighter, smaller and slightly softer in construction, and usually white in color. Balls tend to have a ‘dimpling’ effect to help with grip. You will normally play with a size 5 ball — although it is recommended that children under 10 years old play with a size 4 ball.