Netball is changing. Participation is growing, more clubs are developing and players are getting faster and stronger. High quality umpiring at all levels is essential in helping us achieve our vision to be the number one sport for women and girls in Scotland.
As the game progresses, the role of the umpire in helping to ensure matches are played safely and to the rules are needed at all levels of the game. Netball Scotland following the Netball Europe Umpire pathway and assessment criteria. There are also times where Netball Scotland hosts specific workshops to meet the demand of members to ensure we continually grow the quality of umpiring in Scotland.
Anyone over the age of 13 can become an umpire. The game doesn’t just need young umpires. Current or ex-players with a wealth of experience at various levels make excellent umpires.
Irrespective of age, ability, or experience at playing netball, if you have a passion for the game and can successfully complete Netball Scotland’s Online Introduction to Umpiring and then complete your C Award Course you can start your journey to becoming a netball umpire.
New Umpires learn by getting out there and having a go. Contact your local league or drop us an email via firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help you to find somewhere to get started.
The Umpire Pathway below will give you a detailed guide of how you can progress through each level and all of the resources you will need to be successful
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This course is perfect for learning the basic rules of netball and refreshing your memory before beginning the C Umpire award. If you volunteer at grassroots level this course is a fast and easy way to brush up on your knowledge of the rules and how to apply them. The course is online and takes around 30 minutes to complete.
Delivery: Online Course
This Course is Perfect for those who are Umpiring at a lower level or in Schools.
After you attend the course you will be able to:
- Improve current understanding and knowledge of the rules of the game
- Identify the requirements for Netball Europe C Award
- Improve umpiring skills by identifying/observing and penalising infringements of the rules
- Demonstrate how positioning, movement and vision impacts on an umpires performance
- Begin to develop an awareness of when it is appropriate to playing advantage
- Introduce awareness of Contact v Contest
- Understand the importance of Game Management for control and discipline
Once you complete the initial course you need to complete the C Theory Assessment and then the C Practical Assessment.
Minimum age: Candidates must be age 13 or over to attend the C Umpire Course and sit the theory paper, and 14 to sit their C Umpire Practical exam.
Prerequiste: Online Introduction to Umpiring
Breakdown of Costs:
C Course – £70
C Theory – £10
C Practical – £20
Resources to help you pass Theory and Practical Assessments can be found here.
Please note, that there is no longer a fitness test requirement for the Level C Award. However, it will be helpful for you to have a look over the information regarding umpire fitness to help you prepare for your umpiring journey. This can be found here!
Perfect for those that have gained the C Umpire Award and are over the age of 16 officiating in local or regional leagues.
After you attend the course you will:
- Know and apply the rules in a more demanding game environment
- Use recommended hand signals to illustrate decisions made
- Apply Match Protocols
- Apply advantage where appropriate
- Expand on vision, positioning and movement skills
- Demonstrate the difference between Contact that does or does not interfere with play
- Utilise effective Game Management techniques
- Understand the requirements to progress along the officials pathway
Once you have completed the course the next step is completing you theory and practical.
Prerequisite: C Umpire Award
Duration: 6 hours
Delivery: Practical & Theory
Cost of course: £170
Breakdown of Costs:
Course – £80
Theory – £40
Practical – £50
Resources to help you achieve your theory and practical Assessments can be found here.
Bookings are available through our membership portal.
As part of your Umpiring Assessment you must submit your Fitness Bleep Test Result using this document: for the B Award, you are required to reach a minimum of 6.1.
This award is perfect for those who are looking to progress their umpiring and look at performance and international matches. There is no course around this but a series of workshops and mentoring. If you are interested in doing your A Umpire Award please contact email@example.com
As part of your Umpiring Assessment you must submit your Fitness Bleep Test Result using this document: for the A Award, you are required to reach a minimum of 7.1.
The Netball Scotland Umpire Endorsement programme, which came into effect in September 2017, is in place to ensure the quality of umpiring across Scotland is at a suitable and standardised level. This helps create a positive environment for both players and future umpires to progress, as well as ensuring the standards within the league are met.
Booking for endorsement programme should take place online through the membership portal here.
You should then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your up and coming match dates so we can arrange an assessor to attend locally.
Information around criteria assessed on can be found on the Umpire Resource Section under Endorsement Criteria.
Your league may have other ways of operating and your Umpire Secretary for the Local Association will be able to inform you of this.
A list of Local Associations and contact information can be found here.