Wearing the right Netball Shoes!

Netball is a fast paced, low-contact team sport that requires a lot of footwork and speed. It’s important for netball players to have appropriate equipment.

One thing that is often overlooked by players is their shoes.

What are the advantages of wearing correct shoes?

Wearing the right netball shoes is important because they provide the player with the necessary traction and stability to make quick lateral movements and sprints. A player wearing the wrong shoes will have an unpleasant experience while playing.

Types of shoes:

There are a number of different types of shoes available.  The shoes that a player wears can have a significant impact on performance and injury prevention. It is important for players to assess their own needs before making a purchase. In this article, we will discuss the different types of netball shoes available, and we will also provide you with some tips on how to choose the right pair of shoes for you.

The right shoes:

When deciding on the right shoe, it is important for players to assess their own needs before making a purchase. You should consider;

What type of court surface will you be playing on?
Indoor court surfaces tend to provide very little traction and players should invest in a pair of shoes that have good grip. On the other hand, outside courts provide the best traction and shoes with cushioning features may need to be considered.

Do you need to make sharp turns or quick transitions?
Netball shoes need to be sturdy enough to withstand vigorous jumps and quick turns as well as any incidental contact with the ground. A good netball shoe should have strong side walls, ankle support and a sturdy upper that will not stretch or deform over time.

Is there a lot of running involved in your position?
Netball shoes that are lightweight with a low profile, allow for better movement on the court. They also have a wider front toe box to allow for better grip and more flexibility in the forefoot.

The Fit:

Shoes should fit well and be comfortable. They should be the right size, with a good amount of room in front for your toes to move. Shoes should be snug, but not so tight that they constrict circulation in the foot. The heel of the shoe should fit snugly and not slip.   The shoe shouldn’t have too much give or you may end up with blisters.

The Style:

Netball Shoes now come in a variety of colours and styles, allowing you to choose the one that best suits your personality.

The Price:

Various brands now offer a range Netball shoes and these can vary in price from affordable to expensive. However, shop around! You should make sure you are getting value for money.

In Conclusion:

Shoes are a very important part of playing netball. Players should invest in a pair of shoes that have good grip, be sturdy enough to withstand vigorous jumps and quick turns as well as cushioning features for protection from injury. In addition, netball shoes should be comfortable and allow the player to move around easily.