Umpiring Juniors & Seniors

Just like netball you have to train to become an umpire. If you are new to umpiring then the club will help you obtain your JL3 badge by supporting you in your first few games with feedback from an experienced umpire that acts as a mentor.


Umpiring Juniors

Tips for Umpiring On Game Day

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes before the start of the game
  • Print your name clearly on the umpire sign on sheet before the match
  • Check side lines for obstacles, you should not have to go onto the court to avoid drink bottles/bags/spectators
  • Introduce yourself to the other umpire – you guys are a team!
  • Check nails, jewellery, no elastic bands or bracelets etc – note piercings must be removed and cannot be covered by tape.
  • Captains must do the toss and advise you of the outcome
  • At the end of each quarter, meet the other umpire in the middle of the court or talk with your mentor – also on the court.
Umpiring Juniors

What Makes a Good Netball Umpire?

The key things for a new umpire are 

  • loud and clear voice
  • loud and clear whistle
  • decisive calls, (it doesn’t matter if they are not quite the right calls)
  • keeping up with the game (running down the sideline and round the base line)
  • It is critical to go back to the rule book often
  • Listen to your mentor and follow up with training; it should be more than than just practice during game time

Umpiring Accreditations

To become accredited as an umpire you will need to sit theoretical exams as well as have a NSNA representative grade you as you umpire a live match.
There are a number of accreditation levels in netball.

Junior Level Prerequisites
JL3 Must be turning 12 this year or older
70% or above pass rate in the Rules of Netball Exam completed online through your mynetball login
Attend the Red Robin Umpires Clinic
Have umpired a few games with a RNC mentor
Not compulsory to wear whites when umpiring as a JL3
Be examined by NSNA on a Friday evening
JL3 Assessment Sheet
JL2 You don’t have to be a JL3 prior to getting your JL2 – it is possible to go straight to this level.
You will need to have a umpired quite a few games at a higher/older grade 13C/14D/15D
Not compulsory to wear whites when umpiring as a JL3
Be examined by NSNA on a Saturday
JL2 Assessment Sheet
JL1 You should have umpired for a couple of seasons and umpired faster games
You will be a very confident umpire
You must wear whites when umpiring
Be examined by NSNA on a Saturday umpiring one of the following games 12A, 13A, 14C, 15C
JL1 Assessment Sheet
C Badge Given your service to NSNA by umpiring at a rep carnival. You will be mentored during the rep carnival.
Have completed the Foundation Umpire Course
Be examined by NSNA on a Saturday umpiring one of the following games 14A or 15A. Senior umpires are assessed on A3/A4/B1/B2
Assessment Sheet

Umpiring is rewarding in more ways than one!

Umpiring is a rewarding and sometimes challenging task. At RNC we pay our levelled umpires to umpire and mentor other umpires working their way up through the levels.

Umpiring Accreditation Hourly Rate
Unlevelled $0 – We ensure you have a mentor
JL3 $15
JL2 $18
JL1 $20
C Badge $25
Umpiring Mentor Dependent on umpiring accreditation


To become a Roseville Netball club umpire head to PlayHQ   

  • Log in or register a new account in Play HQ. 
  • Registration Tabs 
    • Choose User: Choose the person who is going to umpire 
    • Choose Role: Choose “Official” from the roles offered 
    • Participant Details: Enter the umpire’s details 

 Umpire Registration

Umpiring Juniors

Sit the Rules of Netball Exam Now

The Rules of Netball Theory Examination tests the basic rules of the game.

It is an online examination that is accessible all year. A certificate is generated for all candidates who achieve a pass (70% or above). The most recent examination mark is the current result and Pass marks are valid for 4 years.

It is highly recommended that prior to commencing this exam you read a copy of the Rules of Netball (2020).  The Rules of Netball is also available for purchase here.

To take your netball theory exam please go to Netball Australia’s Netball Learning system at You will need to log in, then scroll down the page to find the Rules of Netball Exam under Recommended Courses.

If this is your first time taking an official netball exam or course, you will need to create an account first.

Umpiring Juniors

NSNA Red Robin Clinic

NSNA offer a great introductory umpiring course prior to the start of the season, the Red Robin Clinic, which new / unlevelled umpires should attend. Registration is required, refer to the NSNA website at

For further information, please email the umpiring convenor at  

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