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    Steps to becoming an umpire:

    Umpiring provides you so much more than just the ability to officiate the rules of the game. It can make you feel: 

    • Connected – Umpiring is a great way to make friends for life and be an integral part of the vibrant netball community.

    • Respected – Umpires provide the opportunity for everyone to play the game in a safe, fair and enjoyable environment. Umpiring also develops skills that can be used for life: communication, resilience and leadership just to name a few!

    • Energised – Umpiring lets you experience the thrill of the game, contributes towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle and offers a pathway to participate in the sport at the highest level. 

    There are many opportunities to become involved as an umpire in Netball, with clear pathways and support structures. 

    Umpiring at Norths Netball Club.

    It's important to understand the club's role in providing umpires for Illawarra District Netball Association (IDNA) competitions.  As a member of the association having active umpires supports the smooth running of the competition but also enhances the clubs reputation and contribution to the sport.  

    Each club within IDNA is required to provide a certain number of umpires for games. This ensures that all matches are covered by certified and skilled officials, maintaining the quality and fairness of the competition. The requirement to supply umpires is often proportional to the number of teams the club has entered in the competition.  

    Age Requirements for Umpires

    The age at which young umpires can start officiating varies based on grades / ages:

    • Junior Umpires: 12  years  of  age,  or older,  by  31  December in  their first  year as  a Junior. They are usually assigned to umpire matches for younger age groups, such as under 10s or under 12s, depending on their level of experience and competence. ​​ 

    • Senior Umpires: 15 years old, with a strong recommendation for them to have earned at least a National C Badge. This ensures they have the necessary skills and knowledge to manage the complexities and pace of adult matches.

    Umpire Payments 2024

    All umpires should be paid immediately after each game they umpire on a Saturday.


    Payment differs for each age group.

    Umpiring Payments

    NetSetGo – $10

    Juniors – $15

    Intermediates – $20

    Senior/cadets – $25

    Premier League – $40

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    Duty Umpires

    Clubs also need to provide duty umpires min 15 years of age or older for various matches in association competitions. These umpires are scheduled to officiate games that may not necessarily involve their own club's teams. This duty is critical for ensuring that all games have neutral, qualified umpires, which helps maintain the integrity and fairness of the competition. 

    All umpires will be required to complete the Rules of Netball Theory Exam (RONE) which tests the basic rules of the game.

    The RONE is an online examination through Netball Learning 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 (2024). 

    Become an umpire for Norths. 

    Have you ever considered picking up a whistle and becoming an umpire?

    As an umpire, you have the best seat in the house at every game!

    It’s a great way for players and coaches to increase their rule knowledge; plus, for those that have hung up their bib, why not pick up a whistle — it’s a great way to stay involved! 

    To get started, all you need to bring is a bit of enthusiasm and a passion for the game — we’ll take care of the rest and give you the tools and support you need to become an umpire.

    Rules of Netball 2024 Edition

    Register Your Interest to Become an Umpire at Norths.

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