How to choose the right netball post?
• If you’re selecting a post for a dedicated netball pitch, then look for a high quality socketed post. However, if you have a multi-use pitch and will need to move the post, you will need a freestanding post – ideally with a wheel away base for portability.
• Poor post stability can negatively impact the quality of the game. While socketed posts are the most stable, a high quality freestanding post will provide good stability too. Ensure that the base is heavily weighted to prevent the post from falling over.
• For professional games, the height of a netball ring must be 3.05m above the floor (the same rule applies to basketball). However, if your post is to be used by younger children, choose one with an adjustable height.
• Pole padding is a highly recommended addition if young children are playing. Padding helps to keep players safe and protected.
• While nets for competition need to be white, you may wish to choose a different colour for your practice pitch. Something bright and visible like yellow or orange is a wise choice. Always pick a high quality net, since cheaper nets will quickly fall victim to wear and tear.
• Because basketball rings are larger than netball rings, you shouldn’t use both interchangeably. It’s best to use a full size 15 cm netball ring so players can get used to it from the moment they start training.