Umpiring Netball in Victoria
The sport of netball is set apart by its unique and distinctive rules, which define the skills of the game and the limits within which they must be performed. The Rules of Netball are interdependent and of equal importance. As a whole, they direct its fundamental spirit and conduct, and ensure safety and fairness for all competitors.
Umpiring is an integral component of netball and is essential to the progress and success of the sport. As independent arbiters, umpires are ideally positioned to apply the rules to the best of their ability without fear or favour, and to make decisions in the interests of the game and its tenets of equal opportunity and sporting conduct. Skilled umpiring enhances the standard of the game by complementing and encouraging skilled play, for the enjoyment of participants and spectators alike.
Like players and coaches, umpires are not perfect. In order to improve, their performance should be the subject of regular analysis and constructive review. However, unwarranted and uninformed abuse of umpires damages the integrity of the game of netball, and undermines the important efforts made to recruit and retain umpires. Netball Victoria recognises the significant contribution that proficient and intelligent umpiring makes to the sport of netball.