B Camp learns from Brilliant Best

Netball NSW recently held its annual Umpires B Camp at our new home Netball Central – our $35 million centre of excellence in Sydney Olympic Park.

More than 40 freshly-accredited B Badge umpires participated in the two-day workshop, which was held on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 March and facilitated by the Netball NSW Umpires and Officials Panel.

Open to all umpires who were awarded their National B Badges during the 2014 season, the camp covered both practical and theoretical elements of umpiring, including real-time coaching from mentors such as National A Badged umpires Alan Melville, Alison Gill and Stewart Ting.

Participants spent the first day touching on some of the more theoretical approaches to umpiring, including protocols and procedures, code of conduct, State League allocations, as well as an in-depth look at ‘Contact versus Contest’… plus the opportunity to meet and greet with like-minded people!

Sunday covered the practical aspects, including pre-match procedures, commencement of games, quarter breaks, injury timeouts, plus communication with players and coaches.  Participants were given the opportunity to receive real-time mentoring whilst overseeing the Inter-Academy Challenge which included netball squads from Central Coast, Illawarra, Western Sydney and Western Regional Academy of Sports.

To finish the weekend, participants packed into the stands of the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre to catch the thrilling Round 3 draw between the NSW Swifts and Queensland Firebirds whilst catching some of the best in the business – Clare McCabe and Australia’s number one umpire Sharon Kelly – in action.

Netball NSW Volunteer Workforce Manager Dianne Brown said programs and workshops like the Umpires B Camp were integral to the development of officials, which in turn improves the game.

“The Umpires B Camp is such a wonderful opportunity for our up-and-coming umpires to continue to work on their craft; learning from those with experience, whilst also meeting other umpires who are on the same development pathway,” Brown said.

“From all reports the weekend was a huge success – everyone had a great time, the Academy athletes provided a great practical opportunity for the umpires to learn from, and everyone was treated to an amazing contest between the Swifts and Firebirds with the first ever drawn result in ANZ Championship history.

“I would like to thank the Umpires and Officials Panel for their assistance in delivering the B Camp, as well as all of those who participated in the weekend,” Brown concluded.

For more information on umpiring and the development pathway, programs and workshops, please visit the Umpiring page or contact Dianne Brown on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email dbrown@netballnsw.com.