Overview of Netball
Welcome to the only all-girls CCA in VJC: netball. This popular invasion game involves 7 players on court. The positions are split into 3 main categories, of which there are defenders, shooters and midfielders. Points are scored when the netball is shot into a 2.4m pole. A typical game would be 15 minutes per quarter, each game having 4 quarters with small breaks in between each quarter. Most people are familiar with the game and many games such as captain ball are derived from this sport.
We are also known as the female basketball team as both sports share a lot of similarity. While it is known to be a female oriented sport, there has been an increasing number of males who are taking up this sport. However, in VJC, we only accept girls. (sorry boys!)
How often do you have your trainings?
Trainings are typically 3 to 4 times a week, with more frequent trainings leading up to competitions and friendlies. Trainings tend to start a little later than other CCAs as we have to incorporate our coach’s busy schedule.
Would you like to give us a glimpse of what trainings are usually like?
We typically have 3 types of trainings. The first type would be fitness, where we work on stamina and speed by doing runs and sprints. The second type would be gym, where we work on our strength. The last type would be the court work, where we would practise drills, formations and strategies for the games. For short trainings, we would do only one of these types while longer trainings would incorporate 2 or 3 types of training.
Any additional information to take note of?
We have one coach, Coach Huang. She is a fantastic coach who also coaches many clubs and even the Singapore national team. We also have 2 great teachers-in-charge, Ms Judith Sim as well as Ms Sarah Ee.
More about Netball
Why did you choose to join this CCA?
Honestly, I didn’t get to choose as I am a DSA student. Nevertheless, netball has been a sport that I have played for many years and still hold close to my heart. To me, the most appealing part about netball is the team camaraderie and spirit. The encouragement we give each other is the perfect thing to motivate us when we need to get through tough trainings. It also helps us keep calm and play our best in hard matches.
What would you consider to be the highlight of your CCA journey thus far?
I think the highlight of our CCA journey would be the 2017 seasons. While we did not manage to get into the Top 4, our team had lots of fun playing against the tough opponents. We also got tons of experience. We are ready to conquer the 2018 seasons!
Noteworthy CCA milestones in the past year:
Netball Nationals 2017 Top 16
VJC Invitational Carnival 2nd
What about the CCA culture? What’s it like?
We have much fewer members compared to other CCAs. Therefore, we are all very close to each other and the team spirit is very strong. We require every single member to put in their best efforts and play their hardest to ensure that we are able to conduct trainings well. We like to motivate each other to keep getting better and we encourage each other to help us get through all the tough times.
In a Nutshell
To the incoming batch of juniors who will be busy pondering over the issue of CCA selection, what words would you give to those who may be keen on entering your CCA family?
Netball trainings are not going to be easy. There will be blood, sweat and tears. But, if you are able to withstand the hardship, there will be more beautiful things you will get out of this CCA. Discipline, perseverance and a family that will always be behind you. As long as you are willing to put in the effort, it doesn’t matter that you have no experience. We accept anyone with the basic skills as well as the heart to try their best.
Lim Eng Yee, 17S37