People often view umpiring as a thankless and tough task. Although it can be challenging, those who umpire thoroughly enjoy it, seeing it as an opportunity to: give back to the game, stay involved in netball, facilitate games effectively, keep fit, and umpire at the highest possible level.

In 2015 the International Federation of Netball have comprehensively reviewed the rules of netball. The new rules came into effect on the 1st of January 2016 (with the exclusion of the 2016 NZ Masters Games Netball Competition). 

Click here to read a summary of the new rules.

Umpiring Resources

Want to become an umpire (we are always in need of you)!

  • Revise the rules through the above links
  • Sit your centre theory online here

To find out about the courses North Otago Netball offers for umpiring please see the “Courses” tab.

Want to progress your umpiring?

The first three Awards in umpiring are composed of a theoretical and practical aspect, these are the Centre, Zone and NZ Qualifying Awards.

To be considered for a practical assessment, an umpire must first have their theory. The link to the Centre Theory is above. Zone theory will also be online from this year, and there is NZ theory too. You can sit your Centre Theory at any time, but Zone and NZ theory have a specified time twice a year. The dates for 2019 Zone and NZ Theory exams are below

ExamApplications DueExam Date
Zone Theory 123 April 201913 May 2019
Zone Theory 215 July 20195 August 2019
NZ Theory 120 May 201910 June 2019
NZ Theory 226 August 201916 September 2019

Umpire Coaching/Assessing

Netball New Zealand has a training and accreditation system for Umpire Coaches/Assessors. Those interested in being a Umpire Coach/Assessor apply to NNZ.

All umpire coaches and assessors are required to attend at least one workshop each year to retain their accreditation. New coaches and assessors are required to attend the Introductory workshop. Those who have completed that workshop shall complete the Level One workshop. If a coach/assessorhas completed both of the above they shall complete the Update Workshop.

If this role is of interest to you, watch this space!