Umpire Education

The education of umpires is critical to the continued success and growth of the game of netball within Victoria and on a national level.

Umpires who are willing to learn and become educated in the Official Rules of Netball will find greater enjoyment and satisfaction in their role.

Netball Victoria currently manage umpire education programs which are aimed to service all levels of umpiring from beginners through to the national level.

Introduction to Umpiring Workshop

The Introduction to Umpiring Workshop caters for anyone who is interested in becoming an umpire and for players and  coaches who want to cover basic rules, positioning and areas of control. It is a great course to attend prior to undertaking practical umpiring. In 2014 these workshops will be conducted by your local netball associations. For dates and costs for this workshop contact your local association.

Download an Introduction to Umpiring Resource Order Form here.

Section 1 Theory Exam

Prerequisite for a C Badge and a Development Coaching accreditation.

The Section 1 Theory Exam is a free online exam that takes approximately one hour to complete.

Click Here to complete the online exam.

Level 1 Umpiring Course:

The Level 1 is a prerequisite for “C” grade testing;
Current financial Netball Victoria membership is required for attendance at this course and to receive the accreditation.

Associations can apply to host a Level 1 Umpiring course between February and November at their local association.

Click Here to view the Umpiring Calendar to see upcoming courses in your region.
The Level 1 course is nationally accredited and is open to all, from beginners to those who are currently umpiring and aiming to be tested for their C badge. You should wear comfortable, loose clothing and runners, bring your whistle and Official Rules of Netball booklet with you.

Length: 4 hours
Cost: $45.00
Requirements: Current Netball Victoria membership.
Preferred: Current Section 1 Theory exam mark of 70% and above.
Course Material Provided: Certificate and Netball Victoria resource material.

Level 2 Umpiring Course

The Level 2 course is a prerequisite for “A” and “AA” testing and endorsement (along with attendance at the “Rules in Action” session).

Current financial Netball Victoria membership is required for attendance at this course to receive accreditation.

The Level 2 course is nationally accredited and is open to “B” and “A” badged umpires currently umpiring and working towards achieving their A or AA badge.

The course is a practical course with a theory and match assessment component. You should wear comfortable loose clothing and runners; bring your whistle and Official Rules of Netball booklet with you.

Length: 6 hours (5 hours Course, 1 hour practical umpiring)

Cost: $60.00
Requirements: Current Section 1 Theory mark, current Netball Victoria member.
Course Material Provided: Manual, certificate and Netball Victoria resource material.

“Rules in Action” Session: 

The Rules in Action workshop is designed to look at the game of netball from the skills point of view of the umpires and demonstrates how you as an umpire can embrace those skills.
The Rules in Action is nationally accredited and is open to all badged umpires, the session is not suited to unbadged or beginner umpires. The session is a prerequisite for “A” and “AA” testing.

Length: 4 hours (2 x 2hr or 1 x 4hr session/s)
Cost: $25.00
Requirements: Current Section 1 Theory mark, current Netball Victoria member.
Course Material Provided: Certificate.

Section II Theory:
The Section II Theory Exam is a prerequisite for AA Umpire Award candidates. The Section II Theory Exam is held in May and September at a Netball Victoria nominated venue. Netball Victoria organises the Section II Theory Examinations. For information on how to register for this exam, contact the Netball Victoria Umpiring Department.