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It definitely doesn’t feel as serious

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Forget the PE kit – you can wear jazzy leggings!

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Mixed netball at school wasn’t a thing – adult mixed netball is!

A first win of the season for the @AKQA Thunder mixed netball team!

There isn’t a PE teacher to have a go at you if you make a mistake

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You don’t have to play games on the weekend meaning more time for this…

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We run indoor adult netball leagues so in winter you won’t feel like this…

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You can have a glass of wine with your team after a game…

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Yout don’t have to worry about being picked last as we put individual members in a team

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The 8 professional netball players you must follow on social media

Article by Netball Squad

Despite being the most popular female sport in the UK, netball doesn’t always get the TV coverage it deserves. Luckily you can get all your netball news and inspiration online via the social media accounts of the world’s best players. Here are 8 suggestions to get you started:

Tamsin Greenway

Tamsin Greenway is a recently retired England WA and Surrey Storm player/coach. She’s now become the director of new Superleague franchise Wasps, as well as being the go-to netball spokesperson for Sky Sports in the UK.

Follow her for: Weekly drills to try and news on this year’s Superleague.

#mondaychallenge time to get dizzy….????

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Sharni Layton

If Twitter is anything to go by, Sharni Layton is the Aussie netballer with the most fans in the UK – she’s known for her distinctive, passionate style of play. She and some other members of the Australian netball team have recently signed a deal with Samsung and are filming loads of genuinely inspirational videos.

Follow her for: Photoshoots with the Australian Diamonds and general ‘life of an international netball player’.

Repost @caitlinthwaites Pushing Thwaitey overboard!!! @aprilbrandley ? #Sunshine #LollyPops #DarlingHarbour

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Serena Guthrie

England netball star and ‘best WD in the world’, Serena Guthrie spent the last year playing for the Northern Mystics in Auckland. She has just signed for new Sydney franchise Giants along with England teammate Jo Harten.

Follow her for: Awesome diving photos and general holiday inspiration.

Maria Tutaia

New Zealand’s golden girl GA is sponsored by Adidas and has over 60k followers on Instagram. She’s a proper celeb in New Zealand and is blazing a trail for other netball players in terms of press coverage and sponsorship.

Follow her for: Power couple goals – Maria has just got engaged to Aussie rugby player fiancée Israel Folau.

My Fiancé ? AAARRRRRGGGHHH??

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Caitlin Bassett

Caitlin Bassett is an Aussie netball player and ‘best GS in the world’ (think Aiken would have something to say about that). She’s on the Samsung Role Models roster along with Sharni Layton – check out her vid here.

Follow her for: High quality photos from Samsung and pictures of her pets.

These girls/ladies/Diamonds… ? #Gear360 #lasttraining #sisters

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Romelda Aiken

Romelda Aiken is the star GS for Jamaica and Queensland Firebirds. She provides us with some of the best GIF content at Netball Squad because of her huge jumps and brilliant catches.

Follow her for: Instagram posts on ‘tall girl problems’ (Romelda stands at 1.96m).

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Helen Housby

Another of the England Netball team heading to Australia for the new season, Helen Housby is one of England’s rising stars. She’s signed to the New South Wales Swifts as part of the new-look Aussie netball league.

Follow her for: an insight into the life of a 21-year old heading down under for the first time.

The Colonel and his chickens ?? Epic weekend at @bournemouth7s with this lot??

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Kim Ravaillon

Move over Kayla Itsines, Aussie netball player Kim Ravaillon and teammate Gretel Tippett have their own fitness business. She’s also signed to Samsung’s Role Models initiative – watch her film here.

Follow her for: Netball fitness inspiration and wanderlust-inducing shots of the beach.

Pretending to laugh at her joke otherwise she hurts me ?@gtippett #beachdays #bestdays

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The 5 Most Complex Netball Rules Explained

Post by Netball Squad

When you first start playing netball the rules can seem really complicated. They’ll be second nature before long, but we’re giving you a head start by breaking down 5 of the most complicated netball rules to help you better understand and enjoy the sport.

Rule 1: Short pass

It’s always so frustrating to get called for a short pass. You basically have to have enough room to fit a defender between you and your teammate every time you pass the ball – I guess the logic is that otherwise you’d be able to just line up and hand the ball to each other down the court. Another thing to watch out for is catching the ball at the same time as one of your teammates – it can count as a pass.

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Look – two whole defenders can fit in the space between this pass!

How to avoid getting called: Make sure that you pass the ball with plenty of space between you and your teammate.

Rule 2: Delaying play

Ever wonder why everyone runs back to their centre pass positions after a goal has been scored? If you’re not back behind the line before the centre steps into the circle, you’re delaying play. The centre can’t wait for you either – if they don’t jog straight to the circle, they’ll get called for delaying play.

How to avoid getting called: Run straight back to your starting position as soon as a goal is scored.

Rule 3: Footwork

In school you learn that you can’t move with the ball, but that isn’t really the case. The rule actually is that you can’t put your landing foot back down. This means that you can do a kind of triple-jump move where you jump to catch the ball, then take two steps and pass on the run.

Check out this demo from England WD Serena Guthrie – totally within the rules:

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How to avoid getting called: Remember which one your landing foot is when you catch the ball (if you landed on both feet at the same time, you get to choose!).

Rule 4: Obstruction

There are lots of ways you can get called for obstruction, but the one that can be most confusing is the ‘natural body position’ rule. The aim is trying to stop you restricting someone else’s movement with your arms. In practice it means that when you’re marking close to your player your arms have to be close-ish to your sides.

How to avoid getting called: Focus on defending without lifting your arms up to the side.

Rule 5: Replayed ball

Everyone knows you can’t bounce the ball in netball like you do in basketball, but you might have seen people do something similar and wondered why the umpire didn’t pull them up. The general rule is that you can’t pick up the ball again after you’ve been in control of it – so if you tap it and then pick it back up that’s fine, but if you grab it with both hands, drop it and pick it back up then that’s replayed.

Thompson probably would have been allowed to pick this back up if she hadn’t gone offside.

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How to avoid getting called: If you drop the ball after properly catching it, leave it for a teammate to pick up.

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HIIT Workouts: 3 Common Mistakes That Prevent Results

Superior to many other exercise strategies, High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) has led to successful fat-burning  and improved fitness for tons of exercisers. It is far more efficient than many other programs and can require 10 minutes or less to be effective.

Unfortunately, not everyone has been successful using HIIT. Maybe you have been disappointed with your own results, or lack thereof?

Discouraging, right?

Don’t give up on HIIT just yet.

There are three likely reasons why HIIT is not meeting your expectations, and rest assured, there are several effortless adjustments you can make to get back on track.

First, let’s get an understanding of what HIIT is.

Understanding HIIT and Why It Can Be So Effective

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HIIT is an exercise strategy that utilizes alternating intervals of intense physical activity and rest.

Instead of moderate exercise being performed for a lengthy period of time, HIIT’s purpose is to provide an intense workout in a short time period. Providing briefer workouts, coupled with superior results, is why HIIT has seen widespread growth in recent years.

The intense exercise intervals and subsequent rest periods that make up a HIIT workout spike and drop your heart rate respectively. This pattern creates an inefficient use of energy in your muscles and cardiovascular system.

Inefficient? Is that a good thing?

Yes, in this case it’s the inefficiency that you want. Imagine you are trying to lose 10 pounds of unwanted fat. Jogging on a treadmill at a steady pace for a prolonged period of time will help you burn a few calories, but this steady-state exercise also allows your body to become very efficient. Your body gets comfortable jogging at the same pace and you therefore use less energy (i.e. calories) to perform this work. 

Note: HIIT or steady state cardio won’t do anything unless your diet is on track. You need to consume high quality gym meals and monitor your overall caloric intake.

In contrast, a HIIT workout, with it’s varying levels of intensity, prevents that “comfort level” from setting in. Your body is always adjusting, therefore energy usage (a.k.a. calorie-burning) remains high, and those 10 pounds will melt away much more quickly.

In fact, research has shown time and time again that HIIT is your answer if you hate running or cycling, but still want to drop a few pounds.

Not only is this true during the HIIT exercise, but also after you’ve finished working out. After an intense HIIT workout, your body greatly lacks oxygen. Some studies have shown that the body will continue to work at balancing this oxygen deficit for up to 40 hours post-workout. This is know as Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) and it leads to a ton more calories being burned than you’d ever experience doing regular cardio.

Despite all the great reviews, some people who use HIIT still aren’t reaping the rewards. If you fall into this camp, below are three mistakes you may be committing during your HIIT workouts.

 

Mistake No. 1: Prolonged HIIT Workouts
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It is imperative that your HIIT workouts are short. The best HIIT routines should last 10-20 minutes. If you go beyond 20 minutes, it is impossible for your body to recover from the high-intensity nature of HIIT and you may be damaging your body instead of helping it.

The solution is to ensure your intense intervals are exactly that, intense. The Journal of Physiology has stated that ten 1-minute sprints are equivalent to moderately-paced cardio that lasts for several hours. This is just one simple HIIT protocol that demonstrates the effectiveness of keeping the timer on your workouts set short.

 

Mistake No. 2: Too Frequent HIIT Training

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After HIIT, your body is in dire need of rest and recovery time. The high-intensity level of HIIT workouts (think back to those ten 1-minute sprints) breaks down your muscles much more so than a traditional workout, and can cause inflammation around your muscles and in your joints.

This isn’t necessarily bad, but it can be if you keep pushing through HIIT workouts without proper recovery time build in between. Too much HIIT leads to increased cortisol release (which triggers fat storage!), and potential for injury.

Performing HIIT minimally is your best solution. For beginners, consider doing only one HIIT routine during the week. Eventually, after building your endurance, you can perform the recommend maximum of 2-3 HIIT exercises a week.

 

Mistake No. 3: Fake HIIT Intensity

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This principle is vital: You cannot be participating in HIIT, and will not experience its advantages, if you do not give the workout your full, 100% effort. Anything less is what I call “fake HIIT” exercise.

Think about everything we’ve discussed so far. The power of a HIIT workout is predicated on your commitment to give it your all for a very short period of time. Slacking off, even just a little, during the work intervals of a HIIT routine will leave you with just a short workout.

Back to our ten 1-minute sprints example: Jogging ten times for 1 minute each is NOT the same as sprinting for those intervals. It’s not even close.

Yet many people are accustomed to what a moderate-intensity workout feels like, so that’s what they bring into their HIIT workouts. Sorry, but this strategy will not work.

If an all-out effort seems too daunting, start with just 1 or 2 such intervals. Your body can push extremely hard for just a minute or two. Test it out and see how you feel. Then, add one more interval to your next HIIT workout. Then add another. Soon you’ll be able to complete 10-20 minutes at a very intense level.

 

Author Bio:

Dave Smith is a fitness and weight-loss coach who was chosen as “Canada’s Top Fitness Professional” in 2013. He works with clients from around the world using the Total Coaching training platform, helping each client institute the right habits that will lead to meaningful results. You can catch Dave’s weekly Q&A fitness podcast or learn about all things health-related on his blog at makeyourbodywork.com.

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Passing & catching are two skills that every netball player should always practice and develop. Here are a series of netball passing and catching drills that will help develop your abilities in this area of the game.

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You’ve probably seen a few basketball trick shots by now if you’ve been on the web for a few years, but none like these. Check out these crazy basketball shots in the videos and gifs below!

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NOT AGAIN BORIS! WHAT? BOR…M…G!

Boris Johnson doesn’t have a great sporting pedigree. The Foreign Secretary accidentally headbutted an ex-professional footballer in the groin during a charity soccer matech and bundled over a schoolboy during a Rugby World Cup promotional tour training session in Japan. But his one sporting success came during the London promotional launch of the Euroleague Final Four tournament in 2013. Take a look below:

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You watch all the big games in the middle of the night…every single week!

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Being a fan of professional basketball in the UK is harder than in the US. For one, thanks to the time difference, you have to watch the big games in the middle of the night. Sometimes your mates join you, but aren’t as passionate about the game as you are.

You send basketball emojis to your friends on Facebook Messenger…just to play that game

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Playing this is more entertaining than talking to your mates anyway

You’ve watched every GB game at the Copper Box

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While most of your friends have never heard of the Copper Box, it’s become your home away from home.

When you go bowling you always head straight for the arcade section to play this

You’ve always dreamt of nailing a slam dunk in one of these.

You won’t hear anything negative said against Space Jam

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Michael Jordan, R Kelly and Bugs Bunny made the ultimate movie…end of argument

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Go Mammoth Basketball Policies

TEAM SIZE

Each team shall field no more than 5 players on the court at one time. There is no limit on squad size. If playing in a mixed sex league, your team must have a minimum of two females playing at all times.

FORFEITS

Teams will have until 5 minutes past the designated start time to field a legal team.
Shorthanded teams may play a legal game with a minimum of 3 players.

For every minute a team is late past the designated start time, the opposing team will be awarded one basket (2 points).  This is providing a team has the required number of players on the court and ready to play.

SUBSTITUTIONS

Team substitutions are ‘rolling,’ meaning they can be made at any point in the game.

There is no limit on the amount of substitutions per team/per game.  The substituted player must be off the court before a new player comes on.

RINGERS

If a team has at least 3 rostered players, they are legally allowed to pick up ringers to make a team of 5, however they may not pick up any players to exceed a team of 5 (no substitutes). If your team is short you cannot pick up subs, unless it is agreed with the opposition and the refs BEFORE THE GAME BEGINS.

Ringers are not allowed at all in the Play Offs and Finals unless they have played 2 games for your team in the regular season, and have signed on your team waiver.

TIME

Play is divided into (2) 17 or 18 minute halves, or (4) 8 minute quarters (depending on time). There will be a running clock throughout the game. If a game is closer than 10 points, the clock will stop in the last 2 minutes of the game. If games have to be shortened (for injuries, incidents etc.) the time will not be added on and the result will stand.

Each team will be rewarded 1 time out per game.

TIES

Ties in the regular season will be decided by a 1 minute overtime period. If teams are still tied after the overtime period, the game will remain a tie.

Playoff ties will be decided by 1 minute overtime periods until a winning team is produced, up to 3 overtime periods. If after 3 overtime periods there is still no winner, a “golden basket” 1 minute overtime period will occur (next basket wins!)

STANDINGS

When two or more teams have equal points after playing the same amount of games, table positions are calculated using head-to-head results between the teams rather than overall points difference for the league. For a more detailed breakdown see the below download link to the FIBA basketball rules document.

RULES

Play will abide by FIBA European rules and players should ask the referee for any clarifications.

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PERSONAL/TEAM FOULS

Personal and Team fouls will be recorded for all leagues. Players will “foul-out” after being awarded their fifth personal foul. All technical fouls will be recorded as personal fouls. If a player fouls out and the team has no replacements/subs, the team cannot just pick up a spare player from another team. The team have to play a man down (unless the opposing team agree).
A team will be awarded two free throws on the eighth team foul of each half and on any following fouls in the remainder of the half. If playing quarters, two free throws will be rewarded on the 5th team foul for the remainder of the quarter. All shooting fouls are 2 shot fouls unless the shooter is attempting a 3 point shot, where they will receive 3 shots.

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TECHNICAL FOULS

Technical fouls are counted as personal fouls.  Any individual that is assessed two technical fouls will be sin-binned for 2 minutes.  Depending on the severity of the technical foul a player can be sin-binned for 2 minutes after being assessed 1 technical foul.

If a player is sin-binned then the team will play with 4 players during the period.

All technical fouls result in 2 free throws and ball possession.

JEWELLERY

Any and all dangerous jewellery worn by players must be removed before tip-off. The referees have final say on what constitutes dangerous, and have the power to remove any players from the game who do not comply with this rule.

PLAYOFFS

Playoffs will follow the last week of the regular season and will be single elimination.

Seeding – Teams will be seeded based upon a points system.  Teams will be awarded 3 points for a win, 2 points for a tie, 1 point for a loss and 0 for a forfeit.

Ringers – Ringers can be used during normal season play in order to field a full team (5), but are NOT allowed during the playoffs/finals unless have played 2 games for your team in the regular season and have signed on your team’s waiver.

Playoff Games – Playoff games will follow the same format during regulation as the regular season.  If teams are tied at the end of time in a playoff game then 1 minute overtime periods will be played until a winner is decided (see above).

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