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Scoring System in Netball

The most important part of learning how to score in netball is understanding how to use the scorekeeper system of 'odds and evens'. This guide explains how to record netball scores. We also clarify when and how to call the next centre pass to the umpire (*if required).

SCORING IN NETBALL: The primary role of the scorer is keeping track of the points scored by players during the game.

So, as you learn how to score netball matches, you will get familiar with the scorer system. It is a unique format called ‘netball odds and evens game’.

The counting system determines which team will take the centre pass. It is also connected to the important role of the timekeeper in netball.

There should be two (2) scorers in netball games and they both need to work closely together. Nonetheless, the official card scorer roles for the match will go to scorer number one (1).

Note: The master section has more information about netball rules taken from the International Federation of Netball Associations (IFNA).

Netball Score Sheet Example

Let’s assume that team A has won the ‘coin toss’ before the game begins and they then decide to take the first centre pass

The chief card scorer in netball puts an ‘E’ for EVENS in the 1st quarter box next to Team A. So, they have the first centre. An ‘O’ for ODDS goes to Team B. The score of Nil is an even number, so Team A takes the first centre pass.

Cross out the existing number after a team scores a goal and insert the new score. To calculate which team should take the next centre pass, because 5 + 9 = 14 is an even number, the next centre pass would go to Team A.

Note: Ensure both scorers agree the score if your duties include using the scoring system in netball. Then, mark these scores into the boxes at the bottom of the netball score sheet. Remember to ask the umpire to sign your score card.

‘Netball Scoring System: How to Score Odds and Evens Game’

  • Netball scorers and timekeepers must work in conjunction with each other and communicate clearly with the umpire.
  • Scorers and timekeepers should sit together close to the court. They should be a non-playing representative nominated by each team.
  • Print all scorers’ names on the front of the netball score cards before the game begins.
  • Netball score sheet additions are not permitted by a team once the game has started.
  • The umpire signals to the netball scorer for points awarded to a team. The scorer acknowledges the same back to the umpire.
    • (one or two raised arms signifies one or two points scored)
  • The netball scorekeeper is responsible for recording every goal scored. They should keep an accurate score card with their fellow scorers.
  • The role of scorer in netball also includes keeping records of suspensions and any ‘ordering offs’ during the match.
  • Call out the score loudly to on-court players and any spectators (where applicable) after every goal.
  • Scores are officially recorded onto a scoreboard or scorecard. Netball score cards will count as the official version if there is a conflict.
  • Scorers need to understand the netball scoring system of odds and evens. They should apply it at the end of each quarter (umpires will assist if necessary).
  • The netball umpire will keep an official record of the goals tally if there is no designated scorer.
  • Umpires may also ask the scorer to call the next centre pass if there is a conflict between them.
  • The role of scorekeeper in netball also allows you to stop the game for an incorrect centre pass. Make the call by immediately signalling to the nearest umpire.
    • (raise your arm and shout UMPIRE)
  • Note and track which team called time for an injury stoppage.
  • Netball scorers are not allowed to coach, encourage, or shout to team players during the match.

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How is the Role of Officials in Netball Officiated?

Many see the role of umpires in netball as the third team functioning inside the court. They must apply all rules according to the International Federation of Netball Associations.

What are the Duties of Timekeeper in Netball?

The netball timekeeper responsibilities focus on accurate timekeeping. But, they also signal break time stoppages and pace a flowing tempo in the game.

Note: The Gilbert netball coaching manual is a useful addition for anyone who is involved in an official capacity.

Note: The short video explains what to do at the end of a quarter when using England netball score cards and how to transfer the score to the next quarter.

Using the Odds and Evens Scoring System in Netball Games