Umpires learn from the best at Rookies Camp

The Anne Clark Centre recently hosted some of the best up-and-coming netball talent from the around the State over the weekend – but they weren’t just players…

The 2013 Rookies Camp was held at the Centre on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November, with umpires travelling from all over the State, including Muswellbrook and Bathurst to just down the road at Parramatta Auburn, to attend the camp to learn from the best.

Umpires who had been awarded their National ‘C’ Badges during the 2013 season were invited to attend the two-day camp with 27 umpires participating.  Australia’s number one umpire Sharon Kelly and ANZ Championship official Tara Warner were on hand to offer advice and coaching to the rookie umpires, passing on their experience and knowledge.

The rookies were given real-time coaching while overseeing match play to coincide with the 2014 NSW 17/U team trials. They also undertook theoretical sessions including covering the rule book and developing game sense.

Kelly and Warner also assisted the Netball NSW Umpires Committee to identify umpires from various tiers for further development within the Netball NSW Pathway.

Netball NSW Umpire and Officials Development Coordinator Jan Simpson said there was plenty of talent in white from the weekend, which is a real testament to the hard work happening throughout the netball community.

“All the rookies who attended the camp were a great standard of National ‘C’ Badges, which means that the testing Associations are doing, is spot on.  I want to congratulate all the Associations on their hard work developing these young umpires,” Simpson said.

“We saw a lot of great, raw talent from the rookies over the weekend.  But most importantly we all had a lot of fun!  I’m excited to see these young umpires develop their skills and look forward to seeing them in action during the 2014 season.”

Rookies Camp may be done and dusted for another year, but there are still plenty of development opportunities for umpires coming up soon.  Keep your eyes on for announcements on workshops and development sessions coming in 2014!