Over the weekend while friends, fans and family members were enjoying the inaugural NSW Swifts FAN DAY at Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, behind the scenes Netball NSW held a camp for National ‘A’ Badge umpires.
Twenty-two NSW-based officials attended the camp, which was facilitated by Netball Australia and Netball NSW Hall of Fame member Maureen Boyle OAM.
Joining Boyle were NSW-based ANZ Championship-contracted International Umpires Award (IUA) and National ‘AA’ umpires Michelle Phippard, Helen George, Tara Warner and Jemma Carlton, as well as Australia’s number one umpire Sharon Kelly.
On Sunday NSW Swifts Head Coach Lisa Beehag and Assistant Coach Robert Wright addressed the group to provide feedback on their performances from a practice match the day before, and were able to provide video footage and statistics to each participant.
Jan Simpson, Umpire and Officials Development Coordinator for Netball NSW, said the visual feedback really impressed the group.
“There was a real buzz about the weekend, especially as the group are part of the next crop of potential ANZ Championship umpires to come through the system,” Simpson said.
“It was fantastic for Lisa (Beehag) and Rob (Wright) to be able to address the group and provide feedback … it was also really beneficial for Rob to provide visual evidence on their performances, to show how much influence an umpire can have over a match.”
After the debrief the camp took more of a theoretical approach with the group moving to the stands to take in the action from the Swifts v Vixens Exhibition Match.
“The purpose of the weekend was to provide support to our ‘A’ Badge umpires on both developing their skills as an official and as a mentor for NSW’s ‘B’ and ‘C’ umpires,” said Simpson.
“The participants were asked to watch the Exhibition Match with an eye of providing feedback to an umpire on their performance … this was to develop their mentoring skills, so that they can assist in the development of other umpires.”
All 22 ‘A’ Badge umpires will take on a coaching role at both the Netball NSW ‘B’ and ‘Rookie’ camps later this year. Simpson praised the participants on their efforts over the weekend, and also those who helped in making it a success.
“I can’t thank the NSW Swifts and Melbourne Vixens enough for their support in allowing us access to their teams over the weekend, and also to Maureen Boyle and the other IUD and ‘AA’ umpires for helping us present this fantastic course to the group,” Simpson commented.
“I have received some positive feedback from the participants, so I’m looking forward to seeing what they will bring in season 2013.”
For more information on upcoming Umpires camps and events, please visit the Netball NSW Calendar.