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.
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.
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