What does a Bench Official do?
The Bench Officials are responsible for accurate scoring and timing of the game while also recording the shooting statistics.
Netball Scotland launched the INF training and resource manual in December 2011 and has trained Bench Officials from Aberdeen, Argyle & Bute, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire.
Courses run regularly in districts around Scotland and volunteers of any age can train to become an accredited Bench Official.
How do I become an accredited Bench Official?
Candidates must achieve competencies in all 4 disciplines (scorer1, scorer 2, timekeeper 1, and timekeeper 2) at local league level before progressing to national and international events.
What skills do I need to become a Bench Official?
A pleasant, cooperative and efficient manner
Good concentration and focus during match time
Clear and consistent handwriting with legible figures, writing and symbols
Mathematic skills for accurate calculation
The opportunities for Bench Officials are a formal recognition of the important volunteer role of officiating and many had the chance to officiate at the World Youth Netball Championships and some Bench Officials have been lucky enough to be appointed to Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow.
What are Statistics?
Statistics are an enjoyable part of the game and offers a rewarding role while providing a ‘story’ about the match to coaches,spectators and media.
A high degree of accuracy is required to ensure that a high standard of results are captured. Where it is unrealistic to capture all statistics from the match, we hope to capture those most relevant and appropriate to our sport to benefit the coach and players and to inform the spectators and media.
What qualities do I need to be a Statistician?
Personal qualities are listed below but most certainly are not all essential. Previous experience is not required but an understanding of the game is useful;
- I know and understand the game of netball
- My communication skills are extremely good, as are my listening skills and visual awareness
- I have the ability to work in a performance environment i.e. Test matches, Netball Europe Championships
- My expectations are to work to high level of accuracy
- I am enthusiastic and motivated
- I always strive to achieve
- I have the ability to prioritise, manage and cope with stressful situations
- Coping with unanticipated demands does not faze me
- I believe I am a good team player
- My sport is important to me and I would love to be a Netball Scotland committed volunteer
- I would love to be able to create an impact on the sport by providing others with the tools to solve problems/improve player performance
How do I become an accredited statistician?
Candidates must achieve competencies in both disciplines (Caller and Inputter) at local league level before progressing to national and international events.
The statistics programme will involve a new national accreditation award for trained volunteers. This is another positive step to benefit and improve our sport and enhance the skills of the committed team of volunteers in Scotland.
Link to the INF Technical Officials Manual CLICK HERE
INF changes “Whats New” in the Technical Officials Manual CLICK HERE