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Why do men not play Netball?

I'm a PE ALevel student(It's harder than you think, I promise:biggrin:) and we learn alot about the barriers for women in different sports across time (For example being banned from the FA and literally having to make their own version of it to play football) but we don't learn about why men don't tend to play traditionally "women's" sports now. In a society where our western world is mostly equal among sexes, why do men still not want to play a sport such as Netball? There are international leagues for men's netball (Which are commercialised and televised even less than the women's version, which is rarely ever done so), however on a "local league" sort of level, there is never any interest.

Men - why don't you want to play netball, or other traditionally female sports? I imagine many of the comments will just be "because it's ****", so i'll be ignoring all the *******s unless valid reasons are given for it being ****:burnout:

Just genuinely want some answers! I believe it's just because of the segregation in secondary school where boys and girls play different sports, but please, enlighten me!

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Original post by marveldinosaur
I'm a PE ALevel student(It's harder than you think, I promise:biggrin:) and we learn alot about the barriers for women in different sports across time (For example being banned from the FA and literally having to make their own version of it to play football) but we don't learn about why men don't tend to play traditionally "women's" sports now. In a society where our western world is mostly equal among sexes, why do men still not want to play a sport such as Netball? There are international leagues for men's netball (Which are commercialised and televised even less than the women's version, which is rarely ever done so), however on a "local league" sort of level, there is never any interest.

Men - why don't you want to play netball, or other traditionally female sports? I imagine many of the comments will just be "because it's ****", so i'll be ignoring all the *******s unless valid reasons are given for it being ****:burnout:

Just genuinely want some answers! I believe it's just because of the segregation in secondary school where boys and girls play different sports, but please, enlighten me!


You want people to play a sport in which, when they have possession of the ball they can't move (run, jog, walk etc)? Kind of a hard sell to people.
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Netball is non-contact, so I imagine that's going to be a factor. You'd be going to the gym and that would count for nothing. Compare to basketball where your strength and athleticism is used so much more, with the same/similar shooting/passing skills as netball. Why not play the freer, more fluid (no zones that you're not allowed in or out of, can dribble etc) game that rewards your time in the gym so much more?

That's why I prefer (or preferred, back when I had the choice in school) playing basketball over netball anyway. In sixth form, the boys basketball team beat the girls netball team at netball, so it's not as if netball gives anything you can't get from basketball.
Original post by marveldinosaur
I'm a PE ALevel student(It's harder than you think, I promise:biggrin:) and we learn alot about the barriers for women in different sports across time (For example being banned from the FA and literally having to make their own version of it to play football) but we don't learn about why men don't tend to play traditionally "women's" sports now. In a society where our western world is mostly equal among sexes, why do men still not want to play a sport such as Netball? There are international leagues for men's netball (Which are commercialised and televised even less than the women's version, which is rarely ever done so), however on a "local league" sort of level, there is never any interest.

Men - why don't you want to play netball, or other traditionally female sports? I imagine many of the comments will just be "because it's ****", so i'll be ignoring all the *******s unless valid reasons are given for it being ****:burnout:

Just genuinely want some answers! I believe it's just because of the segregation in secondary school where boys and girls play different sports, but please, enlighten me!


If Basketball didn't exist, more probably would

Lord knows how many people took up basketball because of players like Jordan or LeBron

Netball lacks anyone like that - ask anyone to name a single netball player and they would struggle; notable figures in sports help raise its awareness and participation - it then gets more funding and can grow even more
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Original post by marveldinosaur
I'm a PE ALevel student(It's harder than you think, I promise:biggrin:) and we learn alot about the barriers for women in different sports across time (For example being banned from the FA and literally having to make their own version of it to play football) but we don't learn about why men don't tend to play traditionally "women's" sports now. In a society where our western world is mostly equal among sexes, why do men still not want to play a sport such as Netball? There are international leagues for men's netball (Which are commercialised and televised even less than the women's version, which is rarely ever done so), however on a "local league" sort of level, there is never any interest.

Men - why don't you want to play netball, or other traditionally female sports? I imagine many of the comments will just be "because it's ****", so i'll be ignoring all the *******s unless valid reasons are given for it being ****:burnout:

Just genuinely want some answers! I believe it's just because of the segregation in secondary school where boys and girls play different sports, but please, enlighten me!


I'm a girl and I also hate netball, the rules are silly, you can't dribble or run with the ball and depending on your position are only allowed in certain areas of the court. Seems like a stupid basketball spin off. Never enjoyed it
they know they can't reach womens standards
😂😂😂😂
btw who told u they dont
Why would anyone choose netball over basketball?
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Original post by marveldinosaur
I'm a PE ALevel student(It's harder than you think, I promise:biggrin:) and we learn alot about the barriers for women in different sports across time (For example being banned from the FA and literally having to make their own version of it to play football) but we don't learn about why men don't tend to play traditionally "women's" sports now. In a society where our western world is mostly equal among sexes, why do men still not want to play a sport such as Netball? There are international leagues for men's netball (Which are commercialised and televised even less than the women's version, which is rarely ever done so), however on a "local league" sort of level, there is never any interest.

Men - why don't you want to play netball, or other traditionally female sports? I imagine many of the comments will just be "because it's ****", so i'll be ignoring all the *******s unless valid reasons are given for it being ****:burnout:

Just genuinely want some answers! I believe it's just because of the segregation in secondary school where boys and girls play different sports, but please, enlighten me!


Segregation honestly in my case. My junior school I was able to play it but at a certain age I was forbidden. I was allowed to play Rounders which is the most fund I've had outside of running, alas after 11 years old I wasn't allowed to join in :frown:


A lot of the problem in general for me though would be I love the brotherly camaraderie of sports like Rugby, I've never had the same level of philia with women as opposed to men.

Just my tuppence
Original post by Areena.A.W
they know they can't reach womens standards
😂😂😂😂
btw who told u they dont


No one told me they don't - it's just an observation:smile:
I always kinda wanted to take up Vollyball, it suited my desire for periods of lazyness and occasionally explosive smacking things, I always had better knack for it in school than football, but, well, i played football, because that's what you did :P
Original post by Luke5125
Why would anyone choose netball over basketball?


I personally choose to play it because it is slightly easier to basketball, and I have problems with my knees so can't do as much jumping as is generally required for basketball. I also enjoy the technical side of the game, I believe that whilst most view it as not being "free" like basketball, I think the complicated rules make it more of a challenge:smile:
Original post by vidda
Segregation honestly in my case. My junior school I was able to play it but at a certain age I was forbidden. I was allowed to play Rounders which is the most fund I've had outside of running, alas after 11 years old I wasn't allowed to join in :frown:


A lot of the problem in general for me though would be I love the brotherly camaraderie of sports like Rugby, I've never had the same level of philia with women as opposed to men.

Just my tuppence


Segregation sucks! I always wanted to play football when I was little but from Year 7(age 11) I was discouraged from it by school and local leagues were hard to get into, and since missing out on that very cognitive learning of the basic skills, I can't find a local women's league now that will adapt to a person's ability being so low like mine!
and that's fair enough, I understand that but if I'm honest me and my netball team have such brilliant camaraderie! We're all women and netball is such an aggressive game if you really watch it and it feels so good to win and know you've worked as a team!
Original post by G.Y
I'm a girl and I also hate netball, the rules are silly, you can't dribble or run with the ball and depending on your position are only allowed in certain areas of the court. Seems like a stupid basketball spin off. Never enjoyed it


Unsuprisingly, it was a basketball spin off, developed by a man who believed basketball was too aggressive for women. The early versions of netball were very different though and were more similar to the modern game of walking netball which is generally for elderly players. Whilst I'm obviously completely opposed to this view that basketball is too agressive(Netball is arguably now more aggressive, the amount of arguments and pushing you see in a "non contact" sport is unbelievable!), I think the complicated rules could be viewed as a challenge rather than a hinderence. I love the fact for instance that you HAVE to work together for the whole thing to work, because of the court restrictions and other rules. Just my opinion though obviously.
I don't think the guys in my school were ever told they *couldn't* play it, it just worked out that way
Past age 11, we had to be split in boys and girls for contact sports, so while all the boys went to play football, us girls didn't want to have our own football team, so we usually played netball or hockey,
Original post by Kyber Ninja
If Basketball didn't exist, more probably would

Lord knows how many people took up basketball because of players like Jordan or LeBron

Netball lacks anyone like that - ask anyone to name a single netball player and they would struggle; notable figures in sports help raise its awareness and participation - it then gets more funding and can grow even more


I'm really hoping that the recent England Netball win at the commonwealth will help raise the profile of netball beyond schools in the UK. Unfortunately the problem here is generally the fanbase and people watching. Without consumers nowadays, sports do not flourish. There's a golden triangle theory that says sport can no longer work without the sponsorship from companies, aswell as media exposure, but it's all very complicated!
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Original post by marveldinosaur
Unsuprisingly, it was a basketball spin off, developed by a man who believed basketball was too aggressive for women. The early versions of netball were very different though and were more similar to the modern game of walking netball which is generally for elderly players. Whilst I'm obviously completely opposed to this view that basketball is too agressive(Netball is arguably now more aggressive, the amount of arguments and pushing you see in a "non contact" sport is unbelievable!), I think the complicated rules could be viewed as a challenge rather than a hinderence. I love the fact for instance that you HAVE to work together for the whole thing to work, because of the court restrictions and other rules. Just my opinion though obviously.


Wow well then just the history of the sport is a good enough reason it shouldn't be played in my view
Original post by zetamcfc
You want people to play a sport in which, when they have possession of the ball they can't move (run, jog, walk etc)? Kind of a hard sell to people.


I would argue that the difficulty of the sport makes it more interesting and a much better team working experience than some sports. If I want to get the ball down the court to my goal, I HAVE to work with my teammates to do so. Some people say this makes it a slow game - but they have obviously never watched professional teams playing, as this game is very quick and exciting! Again only my opinion!
Original post by marveldinosaur
I'm a PE ALevel student(It's harder than you think, I promise:biggrin:) and we learn alot about the barriers for women in different sports across time (For example being banned from the FA and literally having to make their own version of it to play football) but we don't learn about why men don't tend to play traditionally "women's" sports now. In a society where our western world is mostly equal among sexes, why do men still not want to play a sport such as Netball? There are international leagues for men's netball (Which are commercialised and televised even less than the women's version, which is rarely ever done so), however on a "local league" sort of level, there is never any interest.

Men - why don't you want to play netball, or other traditionally female sports? I imagine many of the comments will just be "because it's ****", so i'll be ignoring all the *******s unless valid reasons are given for it being ****:burnout:

Just genuinely want some answers! I believe it's just because of the segregation in secondary school where boys and girls play different sports, but please, enlighten me!


I'm in year 10 at school and they don't even let boys play netball or rounders or any girls sports so thats why I don't play them. No one ever taught me how to.
Original post by ThomH97
Netball is non-contact, so I imagine that's going to be a factor. You'd be going to the gym and that would count for nothing. Compare to basketball where your strength and athleticism is used so much more, with the same/similar shooting/passing skills as netball. Why not play the freer, more fluid (no zones that you're not allowed in or out of, can dribble etc) game that rewards your time in the gym so much more?

That's why I prefer (or preferred, back when I had the choice in school) playing basketball over netball anyway. In sixth form, the boys basketball team beat the girls netball team at netball, so it's not as if netball gives anything you can't get from basketball.


I'd definitely argue about athleticism, I'm a fairly fit girl, can run 2.4km in under 12 minutes, and am still f-ing exhausted after every quarter! and as I've said to others, the rules and demands of the game make it more of a team working experience. A basketball player can (If they are good enough) dribble the ball all the way down the court and make a shot on his own with no help from his team.(Obviously very difficult and hypothetical) Whereas netball requires that cohesion and makes it, sometimes even more of a team game as you rely so heavily on your fellow team mates!

And that's fair enough, however (as much as I hate to admit it) men are generally fitter than women, so that would make sense regardless.
Original post by marveldinosaur
Unsuprisingly, it was a basketball spin off, developed by a man who believed basketball was too aggressive for women. The early versions of netball were very different though and were more similar to the modern game of walking netball which is generally for elderly players. Whilst I'm obviously completely opposed to this view that basketball is too agressive(Netball is arguably now more aggressive, the amount of arguments and pushing you see in a "non contact" sport is unbelievable!), I think the complicated rules could be viewed as a challenge rather than a hinderence. I love the fact for instance that you HAVE to work together for the whole thing to work, because of the court restrictions and other rules. Just my opinion though obviously.

Basketball isn't hugely popular in the UK either to be honest, although it is growing

I like giving every sport I can a fair crack of the whip by watching/playing it a few times and I can honestly say I found netball boring, and I think it was down to the lack of real contact and the sort of physical back and forth you get in other sports

Arguments and pushing aren't really a substitute for the sheer physicality of sports like football and rugby. Men tend to prefer sports with a more physical and almost violent edge to it for some reason

On a sidenote, when I did PE we were hugely jealous of the girls doing gymnastics inside whilst we were playing full contact rugby in the p*ssing rain