Three seconds, or it is called a held ball.
The Goal Shooter is allowed to hold the ball for 3 seconds - as for all players with possession of the ball they must pass or shoot within or on 3 seconds - in this case is to shoot within or on 3 seconds. If it goes beyond this, The umpire will call "held Ball" and there is a free pass awarded to the opposing team.
3 seconds in a 7's game but in high 5's 4 seconds is aloud as the players are in year 6 or below.
(1) The two centres stand outside of the circle with their hands by their sides. (2) Then the referee throws the ball upwards in the middle. (3) Who Ever Jumps And Grabs The Ball First Is Allowed To Start With The Ball As Long As The Didn't Jump Before The Whistle
about a foot long and wide
a netball court is about 30m long and 15m wide (100ft. x 50ft.)
A goalkeeper cannot hold the ball for more than six seconds. The penalty for going over six seconds is an indirect free kick for the other team.
You need to be able to throw the ball a long way (but not over 2 lines)
Long enough to demonstrate that you have control of the ball