Have you considered the benefits of becoming an umpire?

Have you ever considered the benefits of becoming an umpire? We have! Umpiring provides you so much more than just the ability to officiate the rules of the game.
  • 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 available for those aspiring to officiate at the highest level.

Umpiring for Sylvania Heights Netball Club (SHNC) offers rewarding experiences and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Here’s why you should consider becoming an umpire for SHNC:

Essential Role:

Umpires play a crucial role in ensuring fair play, enforcing rules, and maintaining the integrity of the game. By becoming an umpire, you contribute to the smooth and successful running of netball matches.

Deepen Your Knowledge:

Umpiring allows you to deepen your understanding of the game. You’ll gain a comprehensive grasp of netball rules, positioning, and decision-making, enhancing your overall netball knowledge and expertise.

Develop Leadership Skills:

Umpiring nurtures leadership skills, as you take charge on the court, make decisions, and maintain control of the game. It builds confidence, assertiveness, and the ability to handle challenging situations.

Contribution to the Sport:

Umpiring for SHNC contributes to the growth and development of netball in the Sutherland Shire. Your dedication helps ensure a high-quality playing experience for all participants, fostering the love of the sport.

Community Engagement:

Umpiring offers an opportunity to engage with the vibrant netball community in the Sutherland Shire. You become part of a supportive network of umpires, coaches, players, and families who share a passion for netball.

Personal Growth:

Umpiring challenges you to improve your communication, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills. These skills can be transferred to various aspects of life, enhancing personal growth and development.

Officiating Experience:

Umpiring provides valuable officiating experience that can be recognized and utilized in other sports or professional contexts. It opens doors to additional opportunities within the realm of sports officiating.

Enjoyment and Satisfaction:

Umpiring allows you to be involved in the game you love, contributing to its fair and enjoyable play. The satisfaction of a well-officiated match and the appreciation from players, coaches, and spectators are highly rewarding.


Find common questions and answers on umpiring in netball below

What are the benefits of becoming an umpire?

There are many benefits of netball umpiring, including:

  1. Increased knowledge of the rules: As an umpire, you will have a better understanding of the rules of the game, which will enhance your overall netball knowledge and improve your gameplay.
  2. Improved decision-making skills: Umpires have to make quick and accurate decisions, which can help develop their decision-making skills in all areas of their life.
  3. Enhanced communication skills: Umpires have to communicate with players, coaches, and officials, which can help them develop their communication skills.
  4. Development of leadership skills: As an umpire, you will be responsible for making decisions on the court, which can help you develop your leadership skills.
  5. Opportunity to give back to the sport: Umpiring is a way to give back to the netball community and help grow the sport.
  6. Development of confidence: Umpiring can help develop confidence as you gain experience and knowledge of the rules.
  7. Improved fitness: Umpiring requires a level of fitness, which can help improve your overall health and well-being.
  8. Potential for personal growth and development: Umpiring can provide opportunities for personal growth and development, including learning new skills, meeting new people, and gaining experience in a new role.
How old do i need to be to umpire?

In Australia, you can umpire netball from the age of 13. This is the minimum age requirement set by Netball Australia to become a nationally accredited umpire. However, some local associations or clubs may have their own age restrictions for umpiring. It’s important to check with your local association or club to find out their specific requirements.

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