Love Netball? Can’t get enough? Considered becoming an umpire? Umpiring is a fantastic way to get further involved in netball and also to give back to the club/association. Becoming an umpire can help you gain a whole new level of appreciation for the sport and respect for everyone involved. Plus, it is a great way to meet new people, and not a bad source of some extra pocket money!
Test your Umpiring Knowledge
Want to become an umpire but aren’t ready to blow the whistle just yet? Have a look at the entrance exams. Before an umpire can take the court and pull up penalties they need to complete the Foundation Umpire Education Course and the Rules of Netball Theory Exam. Umpire resources (including a link to the online exam and course) can be found on the Netball NSW Umpire Resources page. These tests are a great way to test your knowledge of the rules and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Think you know the game? Let’s see how much you really know!
Whistle ready – Let’s umpire
If you are interested in umpiring and are keen to get started we suggest you start with the Umpire Development Program (UDP). This is an 8-week program run by ERNA where participants get a chance to learn in a small group and experience umpiring real games with a mentor helping you along the way. This is a great way to get started with umpiring and gain confidence whilst still having an experienced umpire by your side.
So now you’re a whiz-bang umpire, what next? How about mentoring!
Mentoring is a great way to help other umpires. There are a few ways you can get involved. Each year we enrol new umpires in the Umpire Development Program (UDP). This is a great program for aspiring umpires to gain some on court experience and confidence. As part of the program, participants have an experienced umpire mentor assist them each week. As a mentor you are there to help them make the right decisions and to build their confidence in making those calls.
If you are interested in becoming an umpire, want to mentor please or just have some further questions, please contact our Umpiring Convenor.
Exam and Course Information
Further Documents & Information about Umpiring