How to Become an Umpire - Accreditation

Netball Victoria will continue to offer opportunities for umpires to progress through the Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation Pathway, conducting courses and workshops designed for each level of the accreditation structure.

Become an Umpire

Have you ever considered the benefits of becoming an umpire? Umpiring provides you with so much more than just the ability to officiate the rules of the game. It can make you feel:

Connected – Umpiring is a great way to make friends for life and be an integral part of the vibrant netball community.  

Respected – Umpires provide the opportunity for everyone to play the game in a safe, fair and enjoyable environment. Umpiring also develops skills that can be used for life: communication, resilience and leadership just to name a few!

Energised – Umpiring lets you experience the thrill of the game, contributes towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and offers a pathway to participate in the sport at the highest level.

There are many opportunities to become involved as an umpire in Netball, with clear pathways and support structures available for those aspiring to officiate at the highest level.

How to Become an Umpire

To check for courses in your area, please check our umpiring calendar below.
Alternatively, please contact your local Association or League and speak to the Umpire Supervisor regarding umpire development programs held at their association

Umpire Accreditation Pathway & Badge Levels

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Competition Pathway

Beginner Umpire

Association or League.

National C Badge

C Grade Development Camp, Association & League Games.

National B Badge

Victorian Netball League, Netball Victoria’s Talented Umpires Program, Netball Victoria’s High Performance B Grade Squad, Inter Academy Weekend, Association & League games.

National A Badge

National Tournaments, Australian Netball League, Victorian Netball League & Netball Australia’s Emerging Talent Squad.

National AA Badge

Suncorp Super Netball, Australian Netball League, Victorian Netball League & Netball Australia’s High Performance Umpire Program.

International Umpiring Award

Commonwealth Games, Netball World Cup, INF Appointments & Suncorp Super Netball.

Badge Levels

C Badge

Pre-requisites:

Current financial Netball Victoria Member;

Rules of Netball Theory Exam pass mark of 70% or higher;

Current Foundation Umpire Education Course (formerly known as Level 1).

Practical Test:

Local Game – 4 x 10, 12, or 15 minute quarters

  • Basic game management in order to keep game moving and maintain player safety in low to average standard matches
  • Basic procedural competence (late arrivals, failure to take the court, stoppages). Basic positioning and vision skills.
  • Reactions/timing appropriate for low to average standard matches.
  • Usually recognises and penalises obvious infringements, both major and minor.
  • Applies “advantage goal” so as not to disadvantage non-offending team.
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B Badge

Pre-requisites:

Current financial Netball Victoria Member;

Rules of Netball Theory Exam pass mark of 80% or higher;

Current Foundation Umpire Education Course (formerly known as Level 1).

Practical Test:

Local Game – 4 x 15 minute quarters

  • Sound game management and implementation of procedures.
  • Some understanding of when measures need to be taken to keep game safe (for example, overt unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play)
  • Positioning and vision are not restricted to the immediate area where the ball is or the bulk of players are, to take into account what is happening behind and ahead of play. This requirement is matched by the requirement that the candidate demonstrate basic advantage skills
  • More consistent recognition of minor infringements and more refined understanding (footwork, played ball for example).
  • Obstruction: beginning to understand implications of rule beyond simple 0.9m defence (jump and land, standing within 0.9m and interfering with throwing/shooting action); beginning to recognise use of arms to limit movement of player without ball; obvious defending out of court.
  • Contact: beginning to go beyond obvious examples of interference to distinguishing fair contest from contact (understanding body movements, including recognizing when a player or players cause an opponent to interfere).
  • Advantage: vision skills allow some recognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.

 

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A Badge

Pre-requisites:

Current financial Netball Victoria Member;

Theory pass mark of 90% or higher;

Current Elite Umpire Education course.

Practical Test:

Victorian Netball League game – 4 x 15 minute quarters

  • Detailed understanding and application of all aspects of game management, including foul play (13.2) and the actions that may be taken by umpires (13.1, 13.3).
  • There is an expectation that positioning, vision and timing will be guided by play and informed by an understanding of the game context. General principles are consistently executed, including adapting positioning and vision to specific circumstances to secure best view of play.
  • This in turn allows a more refined application of the Advantage Rule, which allows the game to flow without losing control or undermining the standards set for game management.
  • Rule interpretations demonstrate an understanding of the rule, an attention to detail and a common-sense application in the game context.
  • There should be a high level of consistency across both minor and major infringements. In particular:
  • Obstruction: consistently penalises all forms of 0.9m defence across court areas; consistently recognises obstruction of player without the ball; consistently identifies defending by a player who is out of court.
  • Contact: consistently distinguishes between contact and contest (again, allowing the game to flow without losing control or undermining game management); accurately identifies and penalises causing contact and inevitable contact cognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.
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AA Badge

**The AA badge should not be seen as a “natural progression” from the A badge. It is an elite umpiring qualification reserved for candidates who display the highest levels of technical proficiency, rule understanding and game management.

  • Complete understanding of all aspects of game management which allows necessary procedures to be implemented promptly and professionally when they are required; good judgment and “game sense” to ensure that the available actions are used at the right time and for the right purpose.
  • Positioning, vision and timing work together to be in the best place at the right time, even when this is counter-intuitive. The umpire reads play to adapt to different paces, patterns and styles of play with minimal disruption to timing and decision-making.
  • High level of decisional accuracy across major and minor infringements: makes decisions quickly and precisely, and applies them efficiently. Shows ability to prioritize correctly when multiple infringements occur.
  • Demonstrates particular consistency and expertise in application of the Contact and Advantage Rule to enhance the contest and allow skilled play to occur, while maintaining control and ensuring that no team is unduly disadvantaged.
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