Noth­ing but Net(ball)

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Sub­mit­ted The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Net­ball is one of the fastest grow­ing sports in Canada, and last week, stu­dents from Delia and Youngstown schools par­tic­i­pated in a spe­cial, three-hour clinic run by Net­ball Al­berta.

Over 50 stu­dents were in­tro­duced to some of the sport’s key skills, as well as fa­mil­iar­iz­ing them­selves with the ma­jor rules and reg­u­la­tions (such as the lack of drib­bling with the ball; three sec­onds to pass the ball; and, spe­cific po­si­tional re­stric­tions). Through skill­build­ing games and on-court in­struc­tion, the stu­dents de­vel­oped their abil­i­ties in pass­ing, shoot­ing, de­fend­ing, court bal­ance and team play.

Ac­cord­ing to Shaun Field­ing, a teacher at Delia School, “This was a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for schools across the Prairie Land School Divi­sion, to learn a new sport, re­fine their ex­ist­ing skills base and com­pete with other stu­dents.”

Rachel Pasek, from Net­ball Al­berta, was equally pleased with the out­comes.

“I saw in that class of 50 plus stu­dents, what I ad­mire about the sport of net­ball: its abil­ity to draw on the strengths of each in­di­vid­ual player and en­gage ev­ery­one in a true team sport.”

Net­ball is prov­ing to be a pop­u­lar co-ed recre­ational sport be­cause of its em­pha­sis on speed of thought and ac­tion, the im­por­tance of pe­riph­eral vi­sion and spa­tial aware­ness and the non-con­tact na­ture of the game.

Pasek is keen to ex­pand the sport across the prov­ince “Net­ball is fun, ex­cit­ing, and well suited to play­ers of vary­ing skill lev­els. It en­cour­ages play­ers to play to­gether and en­sures that all par­tic­i­pants on court are in­volved in the game. We cur­rently have well-de­vel­oped se­nior and ju­nior leagues in Cal­gary, with bud­ding clubs in Ed­mon­ton and Drumheller.”

Any­body in­ter­ested in play­ing co-ed, recre­ational net­ball Thurs­days at 7.30pm at the BCF on should con­tact April Har­ri­son at the Town of Drumheller (ahar­ri­son@ din­sour­val­ley.com). For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about net­ball please see www.net­bal­lal­berta.com.

Delia stu­dents had their first taste of net­ball when Net­ball Al­berta came to run a clinic at the school. About 50 stu­dents tried out the game.

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