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Female athletes practice netball on the court.
At Doug Whitehead School for Special Learners in the community of Kensington near Johannesburg, South Africa, students with intellectual disabiliities at the day school practicted netball and football.

This page draws together netball related information for all of Special Olympics. The coaching materials and other links will help you get a good sense of how this sport contributes to Special Olympics.

Netball (Locally Popular Sport)

Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court and shooting it through its goal ring. Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player. Netball is popular in some countries but is not a sport with official Special Olympics rules.

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Netball Coaching Resources

Coaching guide, rules and other materials for coaches.

Additional Coaching Resources

General Coaching Information

How to become an excellent Special Olympics coach: videos, brochures and more covering coaching basics

General Sport Resources

Basic resources and information Special Olympics coaches need to be successful, including Sports Article 1, rules, fact sheets, materials on CD and DVD, quizzes and event-management guides.

All Sport Resources

Get rules, fact sheets, coaching guides, quizzes broken out for each sport, plus comprehensive information on coach development, athlete development and Unified Sports.