Camp gets young umpires excited for 2015

Last weekend provided an opportunity for some of New South Wales’ brightest up-and-coming umpires to come together for the 2014 Rookies Camp, hosted at the Anne Clark Centre.

More than 50 umpires who achieved their National C Badge during the 2014 season travelled from all across the State to attend the two-day camp on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November; from Nambucca to Queanbeyan, Bathurst to Blue Mountains and many places in between!

The camp covered a range of topics, including Umpire Pathways and opportunities, protocols and procedures, as well as the expectations for those who had aspirations to officiate DOOLEYS State League and Regional State League competitions.

After a day of theory on Saturday, including a presentation of umpire movement and the importance of communication between officials, players and coaches, the participants were given real-time mentoring during match play featuring Association 15 Years representative sides.

Rookies were each allocated an umpire mentor, who assisted by passing on their knowledge and experience be providing guidance throughout the day of round robin matches.

Coaches included National A Badged umpires Rachel Hughes, Helen Dolbel, Michelle McNamara, Rebecca McKinnon and 2014 Neita Matthews OAM Umpires Encouragement Award recipient Kate Howard; National B Badged umpires Eugene Afa, Marlise Edomnston, and Dianne Smith, as well as recent International Umpires Award (IUA) recipient Tara Warner.

Netball NSW Umpire & Officials Development Coordinator Jan Simpson said like previous years, the 2014 Rookies Camp was a lot of fun and provided a good insight into the high level of umpires in NSW.

“The Rookies Camp has quickly made a name for itself for being a really fun and enjoyable weekend – and this year was no different! It was wonderful to have so many Rookies attend, seeing them learn and grow, as well as meet new like-minded people,” Simpson said.

“Seeing these young umpires in action gives you a lot of faith that NSW umpires continue to go from strength to strength, and I’d like to thank all our presenters, mentors, and 15 Years representative teams for assisting us for the weekend.

“Bring on season 2015 and the next step for these young umpires! I look forward to watching their progress over the coming years,” Simpson concluded.

For more information on Umpiring, including upcoming events, keep your eyes on or contact Jan Simpson on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email