It was a great weekend of learning at Netball Central, Sydney Olympic Park, last weekend as 44 umpires came together to take part in the 2016 National C Umpires Camp.
Held over the Saturday and Sunday, 8-9 October, the Camp was highlighted as a development opportunity for National C-badged umpires.
Those who attended were given practical experience on the Saturday when umpiring Phase 1 of the NSW 17U State Team selection process, with the assistance of National A and B-badged umpires.
The Sunday part of the Camp consisted of professional development in the classroom where mentors such as former ANZ Championship umpire Bronwen Adams, DOOLEYS Metro League allocator Stewart Ting and Chris Hall – Umpire & Officials Coordinator at Netball NSW – took charge.
They spoke about topics like procedures & protocol, game management, positioning-vision-timing and the National Badge Pathway.
Hall said the Camp was a wonderful experience for all involved and a necessary tool to ensure pathways for umpires to progress their careers remained strong in NSW.
“Firstly I would like to thank everyone who took part and who gave their time to instruct over what was an excellent two days for all involved,” he said.
“Umpires at C-badge level are on the entry level to the National Pathway and are vital to the growth of our game at both State and National level.
“Some of those attending over the weekend may well go on to umpire at the highest level of netball but couldn’t do so without the pathways and teachings courses such as the C Camp provides.
“There was also a lot of feedback given to the participants which will stand them in good stead going forward and we can’t wait to see their hard work bearing fruit on court in the seasons to come.”