For Officiators

Why Umpire?

UmpireAn Umpire’s role is to facilitate a flowing, enjoyable game for all participants, including players, coaches, administrators, spectators and other officials.  The approach that umpires take plays a large part in the success of the game for all.  Netball America has therefore developed a framework for Umpire Development, Education and Awards for Netball in the United States.  This framework provides umpires at all levels with a pathway to understanding the requirements, procedures and processes involved in umpiring Netball in the USA.

Umpiring Development, Education & Awards

2016 RULE CHANGES AND 2016 UMPIRE PROTOCOLS.  Download the 2016 full rules hereWatch the video on how the new rules impact the start of play.  New sanction rules.  New rules during a match.  Personnel and game management.  Umpires hand signals.  Netball conclusion.

The Umpiring Executive and Education Committee (UEEC) is responsible for all matters relating to umpiring nationally.  Netball America also has the premier USA Netball national pool of umpires.

The National Awards System is a 4-Tiered Pyramid of ‘C’, ‘B’,’A’ and ‘AA’ (All American).   Exams and education clinics are conducted throughout the year – refer to our calendar for more information.   Email us to apply for an examination or umpiring evaluation, to attend a clinic, or if you require a clinic in your area.   Practice exams and  other umpiring information is located in the members area of the website.  A copy of the rule book is available here.

In an effort to reward umpires for their hard work, dedication and professionalism an Umpire of the Year Award  is announced annually at the U.S. Open Netball Championships.

Rule Tips for Umpires and Coaches

Sometimes during the game, two opposing players may look like they have gained simultaneous possession of the ball, but in fact one player may have gained possession momentarily sooner.  In these situations, the umpire will blow the whistle and call “Possession Team Name”.  This is not a penalty or a free pass!  The player who is awarded the possession call should continue play.  If two players simultaneously gain possession of the ball then a toss up should be taken.  Alternatively, if a player has possession and then the defending team attempts to gain possession, then the umpire should call contact.
Tip for Coaches: A possession call is not a free pass – players should not put the ball on the ground or give to another player to take.
Tip of Umpires: For junior games, it is ok to advise players to “play on” during a possession call.  Advising of the rule is encouraged.  For senior games, players should understand this rule and be penalized for incorrect application.


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