Netball teams should go for long shots when the two-point rule is in play

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Teams competing in Australia’s national netball league should favour long- over mid-range shots when the two-point shot is available, according to Australian research. Australia's national netball league, Suncorp Super Netball, introduced a two-point shooting rule, where teams will be awarded two-points for shots made from an ‘outer circle’ at least 3m from the goal in the final five minutes of quarters. The researchers compared the chances of making these long shots with closer shots and found teams may be able to score on average around three and a half extra points per quarter if they take all their shots from the two-point outer circle during this five minute period.

Journal/conference: PLOS ONE

Link to research (DOI): 10.1371/journal.pone.0242716

Organisation/s: Deakin University

Funder: The author(s) received no specific funding for this work.


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