Netball gains popularity in Brooklyn

The game is most popular in the Caribbean, where students start playing it in elementary school gym class.

The game is most popular in the Caribbean, where students start playing it in elementary school gym class. (7/20/15)

BROOKLYN - Netball is gaining popularity in Brooklyn.

The sport started in America in the 1890s, and then spread to Europe.  

The game is most popular in the Caribbean, where students start playing it in elementary school gym class.

"Most people, I just tell them it's similar to basketball, except you cannot move with the ball and when you catch the ball," says one participant.

"You can only hold the ball for three seconds, and it's almost like hockey where limitations of what part of the court you can go," says another participant.

The game is also played with a 10-foot pole where there is no backboard.

Players hope that one day the game will be played along with other major American sports.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Police say they're investigating after a body was 1 Police: Man found dead inside vehicle
VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx 2 VIDEO: Suspected gang members arrested in the Bronx
New Yorkers pass a shattered storefront window on 3 Bomb suspect vowed 'death to your oppression,' feds say
Teens, parents and community organizations marched from the 4 Organizers march to bring awareness to teen dating violence
News 12 Brooklyn went around the borough to 5 Word on the Street: Lent

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE