Umpires learn from the best

Netball NSW held its annual Umpires B Camp over the weekend with 64 National ‘B’ Badged umpires making their way from the far corners of the State to attend the two-day camp.

There were umpires from Orange and Dubbo to Illawarra and Forbes, and even a few from our northern border neighbours in Queensland, who had the opportunity to be coached by National ‘A’ and ‘AA’ Badged umpires such as Tara Warner, Emma Burgess and Alan Melville, to name a few.

Starting on Saturday 1 March, participants were thrown into the practical element of the weekend by officiating match play between the NSW 19/U, 17/U and 17/U Development teams and DOOLEYS State League sides.

The camp continued at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre on Sunday 2 March to coincide with the NSW Swifts home fixture against the West Coast Fever.  The group were taken through the theoretical aspects of the camp before taking their seats to watch some of the best in the business – Sharon Kelly and Helen George – take the court to officiate the match.

NetballNSWTV caught up with one of the weekend’s presenters, National ‘AA’ Badged umpire Tara Warner from Sutherland Shire Netball Association, who said B Camp provides unparalleled development opportunities for up-and-coming officials.

“[B Camp] is very beneficial for our National ‘B’ Badges; it gives them a chance to take the court and to show us what they’ve got, to work closely one-on-one with their umpire coaches, and just to help develop their skills on and off the court,” Warner said.

Watch the full interview with NetballNSWTV below:

For more information on Netball NSW’s umpire development pathway and other events, please contact Jan Simpson, Netball NSW Umpire and Officials Coordinator, on (02) 9951 5000 during business hours or email