Umpires help keep the game safe, fair and fun for everyone
Not to mention developing personal skills like communication, resilience and leadership. Netball umpiring is also a great pathway into the world of professional sport.
Our objective is to broaden and deepen the umpiring experience across our netball association, and do all in our ability to have the role of umpires recognised and respected.
Our game would not be complete without umpiring. We all have a role to play in creating a culture where umpires are respected. In addition to assigning umpires for A1 and A2 games, the NSNA Umpire’s Committee supervises umpires for National Badging as well as for representative opportunities (Rep Carnivals, State Championships, State Age Championships). Assisting clubs in developing their umpires is the goal of the NSNA Umpire’s Committee.
In the winter competition, clubs are responsible for providing umpires who are of a suitable standard for their teams. The NSNA Umpire’s Committee can provide clubs with information on pathways that are available to umpires and support them in developing umpires.
The NSNA Umpire’s Committee facilitates:
The NSNA Umpire’s Committee has implemented an umpire development program at NSNA:
Change in Rules for 2024 Winter Competition (Saturday matches)
Rolling Substitutions will be played throughout the NSNA Winter Competition for all grades that participate in the Saturday Fixtures.
Rule 10: Substitutions and Team Changes 1-4 – WILL NOT BE IMPLEMENTED AT NSNA
Rules for Rolling Substitutions
While play is in progress, any team may choose to use rolling substitutions provided the rolling substitution is performed with players on the team bench who have been named on their team sheet.
(a) The rolling substitution stands at the designated area. This is will be in line with the centre circle.
(b) Before leaving the designated area, the substitute tags (with hands) the player leaving the court.
(c) Only 1 rolling substitution per team can be made at a time.
(d) Play is not to be held up for rolling substitutions. If play is delayed, the player will be penalised under Rule 19. Foul Play, Unfair Play 2. Delaying Play, which states a player or team may not intentionally waste time or delay play.
(e) Players must observe the offside rules as they enter/leave the court, in the event a player goes offside: Sanction: Free pass where the infringement occurred (offside area) unless this places the non infringing team at a disadvantage when the sanction will be given where the ball was when play stopped, or advantage applied.
(f) Players must not interfere with the umpire’s movement during the substitution, in the event a player interferes with an umpire: Sanction: Free pass where ball was when play stopped unless this places the non infringing team at a disadvantage when advantage will be applied.
(g) If a player leaves the court as a rolling substitution and there is no player at the designated area, the replacement player will be treated as a late player under the rules and can enter at a “break in play” (defined in the Rules of Netball 2024 Edition)
Note the player leaving the court must be substituted with a player into the same position – team changes can not take place during the rolling substitution (ie GK leaves the court, new player must take the GK position)
Becoming an umpire for your club is easy, here’s how:
Before National Badging
It is also recommended that all umpires do the Foundation Umpires Course. It is a mandatory pre-requisite prior to undertaking National Badging. Once passed, it does not need to be repeated. The exam cost is $45. This course is found on learning.netball.com.au
National Badge Camps
For those umpires who already have a National Badge, we strongly recommend that you attend a National Badge Camp. Our umpires who have attended have indicated that they found it especially useful and enjoyable. These courses are run yearly by Netball NSW.
Want to umpire A Grade at NSNA?
The Senior Umpire Development Program has been established to support and develop National badged umpires (A, B or C) wishing to umpire at the highest level within the Association. Umpires should display the desire to strive for excellence and professionalism in umpiring. The program will include allocation to a range of A grade matches (divisions will depend on number of participants). Umpires will be provided with mentoring / feedback from the Director of Umpiring or her appointed Senior Umpiring Personnel. Please register your interest by clicking on the ‘Register Interest’ button below and completing the form.
All clubs can seek assistance from our Umpires Committee to develop and nurture their umpires.
If you need assistance, feel free to contact a member of the Committee below.
The purpose of the NSNA Umpires Committee is to provide guidance and leadership towards the development of umpiring at NSNA as well as to support the umpires and clubs in the NSNA competition.
Members: Stephanie Backhouse, Bianca Jensen, Nikki Kundrus-Little, Stephanie Maxwell, Melissa Fisher