Umpires

Mosman Netball Club provides umpires for all junior and senior matches.  NetSetGo must provide their own umpires and we ask that two parents from each team volunteer.

We currently have a pool of enthusiastic and well-qualified umpires. However, there are occasions when we need to call on the reserve umpires nominated by each senior team.

All enquiries regarding umpiring should be directed our administrator.

  • Dress: Umpires Junior Level 2 and above should wear a white skirt and top. Nettas umpires should wear a white top and white skirt or white top and pants OR white top and black or navy track pants. All umpires must be in sport shoes.
  • Sign on 15 minutes before your match at the umpires’ desk. Sign in the column for your team ie if the sign on sheet shows Mosman v XYZ, you sign on as the umpire in Column 1. If the sheet shows XYZ v Mosman, sign on in column 2. There is always an NSNA official near the desk if you need help.
  • Sign the score sheet at the end of the match and check that the Mosman team has completed it correctly.

Each netsetgo team must provide two umpires. No prior umpiring experience. Basic knowledge of netball is preferred but not required. Netsetgo matches are generally controlled by one umpire. Teams are rostered by NSNA to provide an umpire approximately every second week.

What do you have to do to become a NetSetGo Umpire?

  • Be 16 years of age and over
  • Attend the Mature Red Robin Umpires Clinic run by NSNA at Willoughby courts in early March - date to be advised each year. Attendance on this day is compulsory. At the clinic, you will learn the modified rules of netball, receive umpiring notes and gain some practical experience. Attendees at the clinic are divided into those with no netball experience and those with some knowledge.
  • Purchase a rule book and a whistle at the Clinic. Rule books and umpires exam guides are available online from www.netballnsw.com.
  • Achieve a pass in the online AANA Umpires’ Exam.  Please forward your certificate of achievement to mosman.netball@gmail.com.
  • If you have completed your examination in previous years, you do not have to resit the exam each year.

Responsibilities on Match Day

  • Dress: Netsetgo umpires will be given a high-vis vest to put on at the beginning of the game. This can be found in the centre circle of each court and is provided by the NSNA. All umpires must be in sports shoes.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes before your game to familiarize yourself with the teams, carry out the coin-toss (to determine first centre and goal ends) and to commence the game on time.
  • Sign the score sheet at the end of the match and check that the Mosman team has completed it correctly.

How do you know when you have to umpire?

  • Look at the Netsetgo draw on the NSNA website. If your team is listed first, you are required to umpire that round.
  • Teams are rostered by NSNA to provide an umpire approximately every second week.

Mosman Netball Club is committed to training new umpires and provides a pathway for progress in umpiring.  We require all under 12 players to attend the Junior Red Robin Umpires Clinic run by NSNA at Willoughby courts.  The clinic is beneficial even for those who do not go on to umpire.

Junior players can start umpiring in the year that they turn 12.

Umpires rosters are emailed on Tuesday or Wednesday of each week of the Winter Competition and umpires are expected to confirm their availability for the rostered match by Thursday of each week.

Junior umpires receive a payment at the end of the season in recognition of the effort they have put in for their club.  The payment is based on the qualifications the umpire has achieved during the season.

All  junior umpires at Mosman Netball Club are mentored.  First-year umpires have an umpire on the sideline for the entire match and no umpire is left on their own unless they feel confident to do so and their mentor is confident they are capable of controlling the match.  Mentors generally are senior players or older junior players with umpiring qualifications.

Senior umpires must be 16+ years of age and hold a current pass in the AANA Umpires' Exam

Senior Umpires receive a payment at the end of the season in recognition of the effort they have put in over the season. All umpires must sign a tax form, 'Statement by Supplier' each season. This form allows the club to pay the club to pay umpires without deducting tax and without requiring umpires  to quote an ABN.

  • Junior Red Robin Umpires Clinic -All junior players aspiring to umpire must attend  the Junior Red Robin Umpiring Clinics run in early March each year by NSNA.
  • NSNA Umpires' Exam - Umpires who are turning 12 the year that they start umpiring have the option of completing the NSNA Umpires Exam (1 year currency) or AANA exam (see below). The NSNA Umpires' exam is not a valid qualification for those over 12 years of age. Mosman Netball Club advises umpires to sit the  NSNA exam before attempting the AANA exam and will give candidates all possible assistance
  • AANA Section 1 Theory Exam-  is required to umpire  all senior matches and to progress  to Junior Level 1 and higher.  The exam is an ONLINE exam and has a 6 year currency. You will need to register and log-in to Netball Australia before starting the exam. (Note: Association is Northern Suburbs)
  • Umpire Levels - Umpires progress through levels from Junior Level 3, Junior Level 2, Junior Level 1, Senior Level 3, Senior Level 2, Senior Level 1 followed by National Badges (see below). The levelling process is started on the recommendation of mentors and Umpires' Convenor.  To achieve umpiring levels, umpires must demonstrate a set of skills on a match of a designated level.  Umpires are assisted in achieving these skills by their mentors and by the NSNA Umpires' Committee.  It is not necessary to achieve one level before proceeding to the next eg an umpire can gain a Junior 2 qualification without having a Junior 3.
  • NSNA Mini Merit Programme - a  coaching  programme for junior umpires to assist clubs in training umpires.
  • NSNA Merit Programme - an umpire coaching programme for umpires 15 and over who want to umpire senior matches.  The Mosman Umpires' Convenors will select and nominate umpires from our club to participate in this programme.
  • Level 1 Umpires Accreditation Course  - a theory course required before eligible for a National Badge.
  • National Badges - National C, B and  A badges  are AANA qualification.  Mosman currently has 8 C badge umpires, 3 B badges and several umpires working towards C and B badges.

For more information and pathways, visit the Netball NSW Umpiring page.


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