Umpire Accreditation Framework

The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation System is an educational pathway based on Netball Australia Umpiring Courses (Foundation and Elite), ongoing professional development and practical umpiring instruction through an experienced umpire coach system.

Assessment is based on the Rules of Netball Theory Examination, practical evaluation through an established competency based assessment system, self-reflection and, where possible, video analysis.

The culmination of this accreditation system, leads to practical assessment in a 4-tiered system of badges: C, B, A and the highest national award the AA (All Australia).

It is not essential to proceed sequentially through each badge level. The only pre-requisite badge level is an A Badge before testing for an AA Badge.

No age restrictions apply to candidates for any badge level.

Candidates may be tested up to twice in any calendar year for the same badge level.

Umpire Courses

The Foundation Umpire Course is one of the pre-requisites for obtaining a National C Badge and participating in the Elite Umpire Course. 

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The Elite Umpire Course is for those umpires looking at refining their skills in a high performance environment. It has been designed to further develop umpiring skills, techniques, and increase understanding of the procedures and protocols of a higher level of umpiring.

The Elite Umpire Course is a pre-requisite for obtaining a National A Badge.

The Rules of Netball Theory Examination tests the basic rules of the game.

It is an online examination that is accessible all year. A certificate is generated for all candidates who achieve a pass (70% or above). The most recent examination mark is the current result and Pass marks are valid for 4 years.

It is highly recommended that prior to commencing this exam you read a copy of the Rules of Netball (2020).

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Umpire Badge Accreditation

1. Current financial Netball ACT Member;
2. Rules of Netball Theory Exam pass mark of 70% or higher;
3. Current Foundation Umpire Education Course (formerly known as Level 1).

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

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

1. Current financial Netball ACT Member;
2. Rules of Netball Theory Exam pass mark of 80% or higher;
3. Current Foundation Umpire Education Course (formerly known as Level 1).

Practical Test:
Local Game – 4 x 15 minute quarters

Areas of Competency: 
1. Sound game management and implementation of procedures.
2. Some understanding of when measures need to be taken to keep game safe (for example, overt unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play)
3. 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
4. More consistent recognition of minor infringements and more refined understanding (footwork, played ball for example).
5. 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.
6. 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).
7. Advantage: vision skills allow some recognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.

1. Current financial Netball ACT Member;
2. Theory pass mark of 90% or higher;
3. Current Elite Umpire Education course.

Practical Test:
HCF State League game – 4 x 15 minute quarters

Areas of Competency: 
1. 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).
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Rule interpretations demonstrate an understanding of the rule, an attention to detail and a common-sense application in the game context.
5. There should be a high level of consistency across both minor and major infringements. In particular:
6. 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.
7. 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.

**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.

Areas of Competency: 
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.

Composition of Testing Panels for Practical Assessment

An umpire who has been umpiring at any badge level for two (2) years is qualified to test at that badge level, even if a higher badge has been achieved.

It is preferred that an umpire wishing to test is initially appointed to one (1) or two (2) games as a cadet with a senior mentor.

Testing for the AA badge will be conducted by 3 members appointed by Netball Australia who will form the Testing and Endorsement panel.

AA and A badged umpires may act as mentors on C Testing Panels in addition to the required testing panel.

If the appropriate testing panel composition cannot be achieved when arranging a test and an umpire would be disadvantaged, application may be made by the relevant Member Organisation to Netball Australia for consideration.

Testers must use the official Netball Australia Umpire Assessment Sheets for all testing under the national system.


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