This rule had quite a discussion going. 10 points for trying something new!
Unfortunately the netball rules state that a player’s feet must be three feet away from their opponent to be able to defend the ball. Ruling – this action is quite legal… Both players must be three feet away.
I see this as quite dangerous – injury waiting to happen, especially to the poor defender on her knees. As you hear in the movies when an escape artist perform a trick tied with ropes under the water – “don’t try this at home”!!
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