How to become an accredited umpire in NSW:
1. Register as a member of Netball NSW
2. Complete the Foundation Umpire Course
3. Pass the Rules of Netball Theory Exam
4. Contact your association umpire convenor and ask for a mentor/coach on local games for practice and experience
Umpiring provides you so much more than just the ability to officiate the rules of the game. It can make you feel:
- Connected – Umpiring is a great way to make friends for life and be an integral part of the vibrant netball community.
- Respected – Umpires provide the opportunity for everyone to play the game in a safe, fair and enjoyable environment. Umpiring also develops skills that can be used for life: communication, resilience and leadership just to name a few!
- Energised – Umpiring lets you experience the thrill of the game, contributes towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and offers a pathway to participate in the sport at the highest level.
There are many opportunities to become involved as an umpire in Netball, with clear pathways and support structures.
The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation System is an educational pathway based on Netball Australia Umpiring Courses (Foundation and Elite), ongoing professional development and practical umpiring instruction through an experienced umpire coach system.
Assessment is based on the Rules of Netball Theory Examination, practical evaluation through an established competency based assessment system, self-reflection and, where possible, video analysis.
The culmination of this accreditation system, leads to practical assessment in a 4-tiered system of badges: C, B, A and the highest national award the AA (All Australia).
It is not essential to proceed sequentially through each badge level. The only pre-requisite badge level is an A Badge before testing for an AA Badge.
No age restrictions apply to candidates for any badge level.
Candidates may be tested up to twice in any calendar year for the same badge level.