The Officials are the third team on court, without whom the game would not happen. England Netball supports it’s extensive playing programme with a fully developed officiating department offering assistance from grass roots up to the elite international level.
Officiating Courses and Mentoring support are available across the County and South Region. Both Beginner and C award courses are organised by the County Netball Associations whilst B award courses are organised regionally.
Into Officiating Course
Aim: To introduce the rudiments of umpiring a netball match.
- To have knowledge of basic rules of the game
- To identify obvious infringements of the rules
- To apply correct use of voice, whistle and terminology
- To be aware of correct positioning
- To keep an accurate scoreboard and call the score
- To identify the requirements for the England Netball Into Officiating Award
- Prepare candidates for assessement
Towards C Course
Aim: To prepare umpires with knowledge of the rules and umpire competencies to umpire at average adult club level.
- Penalising correctly obvious infringements of the rules
- Correct use of whistle, voice, hand signals and terminology
- Positioning and movement on side line and goal line
- Understanding when contact interferes with play
- By widening vision beyond the ball
- To identify the requirements for the FENA C Award to include competencies
- To prepare candidates for assessment
If you are interested in becoming an umpire or match bench official contact your County Umpiring Secretary for further information:
England Netball Officitating Pathway
Into Officiating Practical Assessment - Booking Form
C Award Online Assessment Paper - Instructions
C Award Practical Assessment - Booking Form
Extension of the INTO Officiating Award - COVID 19 Information
Course information in regards to COVID-19
Policy for the extension of expiry dates for the England Netball INTO officiating awards, due to COVID-19, is as follows (and attached):
Attended an INTO course and not applied for INTO practical assessment
Learners have 2 years from the date that they attended an INTO course in which to take their practical assessment. This is being extended by 12 months from the recommencement of competition following the end of lockdown (date to be confirmed).
Application for INTO practical assessment
All applications for practical assessments that have already been submitted to a county organiser will remain valid. When competition recommences following the end of lock down (date to be confirmed), organisers will be required to arrange the INTO assessment within 3 months (currently 1 month).
Validity of the INTO award
The INTO award is currently valid for 4 years. This is being extended by 12 months from the recommencement of competition following the end of lockdown (date to be confirmed).
Netball Europe C, B and A umpiring award
Written awards C, B and A
Any umpire who already has a written award pass with an expiry date on or after 16th March 2020 will have their expiry date extended by 12 months (so for example, if your expiry date was originally April 30th2020 this will now be extended to April 30th 2021).
Attended a C or B course and not already applied for written assessment
Learners have 2 years from the date that they attended a course (either C or B award) in which to take their written assessment. This is being extended by 12 months from the recommencement of competition following the end of lockdown (date to be confirmed).
Application for C, B and A practical assessment
All applications for practical assessments that have already been submitted to a country organiser will remain valid. When competition recommences following the end of lock down (date to be confirmed), organisers will be required to arrange the assessment within the following timeframes:
• C award - 6 months (currently 3 months)
• B award - 8 months (currently 4 months)
• A award - 12 months (currently 6 months)
INTO officiating – 3 months (currently 1 month)
These timeframes have been extended to allow the candidates sufficient time to undertake relevant match umpiring in preparation for their practical assessment and to allow organisers sufficient time for the organisation of the assessment.
Update (12.04.2022) Removal of the Into Officiating Expiry Date
The expiry date for the Into Officiating award is being removed with immediate effect. Please note that this applies to all fully assessed holders of the Into Officiating Award who passed their Into Officiating award from September 2016 to lockdown. Those affected by this will have been advised directly by England Netball.
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