The Reasons Why Basketball is the Worlds Best Sport

basketball-court-dimensionsAround the planet, tens of millions of people are practicing different sports every single day. Basketball is one of the most exciting and spectacular sports, even when just practicing. As a game it is universally popular.

It is best played on a proper Sprung Timber Hardwood Floor and Nellakir are the company producing the best high quality Sprung Timber Sports Flooring in Victoria and Tasmania.


Basketball has achieved worldwide acceptance and enjoyment. It ranks second behind Football as the worlds most popular sport. Worldwide means Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa, Australia and the Pacific. In Puerto Rico, Lithuania and the Phillipines the game is acknowledged as the National Sport, as it is in many other nations. Basketball has high profile leagues operating both within the united States and elsewhere as opposed to Football codes like the NFL and AFL. In Europe the Euroleague is every bit as popular as the NBA in the USA and presents the same high quality game.

Complete Sport

Basketball requires not only physical toughness but mental agility as well. Players must be able to score – and defend. It is the individual actions that win or lose games. Players need great mental strength. And with the players reaching their competitive peak aged between 26 and 30 years, experience is a major factor and essential in all decision making at the highest level.

Great players like Le Bron James or Michael Jordan who had played 7 seasons prior to winning his first championship in the NBA had it – experience.

Easy to Practice

Basketball can be played indoors and as such there are always high quality courts available on which to practice pretty much worldwide. In Australia, there are great court facilities available in all capital cities, the suburbs and in regional cities and towns. It’s not determined by the weather, the season (cricket or football – who gets the oval?). You simply need a hoop and a floor that gives you spring and bounce.

Athletic Players

Basketball players are supreme athletes. These days in the NBA many players stand out as great physical specimens. Peak physical condition and incredibly quick up and down ‘the boards’.

Le Bron James, Kevin Durant, Vince Carter, Blake Griffin, Russel Westbrook, Dwayne Wade and Australia’s own Matthew Dellavedova, Andrew Bogat and Patrick Mills all possess outstanding jumping ability to perform awesome dunks or put on absolutely sharp blocks that stop the opposition in their tracks!

It is said that no other sport matches the aerobic ability and physical condition of NBA players who perform at the highest levels of this elite competition.

Thrill of the Game

Basketball must have a winner. It is fluid, graceful – almost a ballet in progress. As a game it generates massive excitement and for players there is real and collective emotion. Nothing gets the heart beating faster than a countdown clock with literally seconds to go and the downward rush of players looking to score that final 3 pointer that wins the game.

Sprung Timber Sports Flooring – its fast, it’s safe – it’s magic. And Nellakir sports flooring here is simply the best available. See you at the game!

What is Netball?

Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end.


The object is to score goals from within a defined area, by throwing a ball into a ring attached to a 3.05 metres (10 feet) high post.

Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player.

The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long but variations have been developed to increase the game’s pace and appeal to a wider audience.

Netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries worldwide and is most popular in Commonwealth nations. It is predominantly played by women.

In 1995 netball became a recognised sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Netball is the most popular women’s sport in Australia with an estimated one million players nationwide.

Although traditionally identified as a sport for women, there is no reason why it can’t be played with mixed teams and more boys and men are becoming increasingly involved.

Australia’s major domestic competition is Suncorp Super Netball.

Source: Netball Australia

Safety tips for netball

  • Good preparation is important
  • Undertake training prior to competition to ensure readiness to play.
  • Always warm up, stretch and cool down. A recent netball study found that not warming up before a game increases the risk of injury by 48%.
  • Undergo fitness programs to develop aerobic fitness, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
  • Good technique and practices will help prevent injury
  • Participate in training programs to improve body balance (using wobble boards or balance mats). Poor balance may increase the risk of injury.
  • Learn correct passing, catching and landing techniques. Incorrect landing may increase the risk of injury to the knee. Further information on landing is available in the University of Ballarat Down to Earth – A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Landing in Netball publication, available at
  • Coaches should undertake regular reaccreditation and education to ensure their knowledge is kept up-to-date.
  • Accredited umpires and adherence to the rules decreases the risk of contact and injury.
  • Wear the right protective equipment
  • Seek professional advice on footwear.
  • Consider preventive ankle taping or bracing to reduce injury risks.

And remember the best competition surface is always going to be sprung timber sports flooring.
With more give and more bounce, it makes for a faster safer game.

Sports Floor Construction for PPP Initiative

The Nellakir team have just completed the first stage of a two stage building package for major builder Watpac as part of the Private Public Partnership program initiative of the Victorian Government.

Basketball/Netball/Badminton Courts with sprung timber sports flooring have been completed at the following schools:

Mernda Central P12 College

This is a brand new school delivered as part of the PPP project. The school is opening for students from Prep through year 7 in term 1, 2017. The Prep to Year 6 component will accomodate 400 students with Year 7 to 12 accommodating a further 880 students. Architects for this project are Clarke Hopkins Clarke.

The facilities have been designed with the local community in mind and are available for extracurricular activity. This includes the expanded Gymnasium with sprung timber sports flooring constructed by Nellakir. It has been built to Netball Victoria standards.

Mernda Park Primary School

Mernda Park Primary School is also a part of the PPP (Public Private Partnership) project and is also a new school. It will accommodate 400 students and is being delivered by the Learning Consortium Victoria (LCV). Again Watpac are the tendered Building Contractors and Clarke Hopkins Clarke the supervising Architects.

As with the Mernda school Nellakir have constructed a sprung timber sports floor for the expanded Gymnasium to Netball Victoria standards.

Under the same scheme, two further similar projects were completed for Watpac under the same Public Private Partnership scheme. These were Epping North Primary and Heathergrove Primary at Clyde North. Each also featured sprung timber sports flooring in expanded Gymnasiums to Netball Victoria standards, again built and installed by Nellakir Australia Pty Ltd.

Nellakir have also been confirmed as contractor to restore sports flooring which was flood damaged at St Finbars Primary School in Brighton. This involves the demolition and removal of the old court and the full construction of new sprung timber sports flooring for the school’s basketball court with work commencing as soon as possible.