Umpiring

Valleys Netball Club takes great pride in our umpires who cover a wide range of ages and experience.

The Club provides mentoring and coaching for all umpires throughout the season, allowing for continual improvement for all umpires and assisting individuals to achieve their personal goals.

General information about umpiring with Valleys Netball Club can be found below and detailed information can be found in our Umpiring Policy and Essentials document.

NOTE: Valleys 2022 Beginner Umpire Program is full! Please DO NOT register for the DPNA Beginner Umpire Clinic if you are not part of the 2022 program.

Valley Umpires are expected to -

  • Be available whenever possible.

  • Perform at their best each week no matter what division they are allocated.

  • Notify of unavailability in a timely manner.

  • Advise of any issues regarding allocations within 24 hours of roster distribution.

  • Be on time for games.

  • Notify the Valleys Umpiring Convenor in a timely manner if running late.

  • Be willing to learn.

  • Be enthusiastic!


New Umpires

  • Minimum age. New competitive umpires must be turning 13 in the first year of umpiring.

  • Beginner umpires will be allocated to under 11- and 12-years games and, if appropriate, lower division 13 years games.

  • A 'Buddy' is assigned for all new ‘junior’ umpires for at least the first 2 fixtures to provide guidance and support. Buddies will stay courtside for the entire game.

  • Parents are welcome to sit courtside for moral support but are not to coach umpires.

Non-Competitive games

  • Player’s parents are expected to umpire Non-Competitive games.

  • No rostering is undertaken by the Umpire Convenor.

  • Non-parent Non-Competitive umpires must have at least 1 season of experience and must be born in 2007 or later.

  • All Non-Competitive umpires are advised to attend an information session offered by Downey Park Netball Association or Valleys Umpire Convenor.

Umpire Education

Rules of Netball Examination

  • All umpires are expected to complete the Rules of Netball Examination as early as possible in their first season of umpiring.

  • The Rules of Netball Examination is available through Netball Learning. (https://learning.netball.com.au). There is a fee of $12.00 to undertake the exam. This cost is not covered by Valleys Netball Club. HINT: Once logged in, go to 'Find learning' and search for 'rules of netball'.

  • The exam can be undertaken as many times as you wish, however, the most recent examination mark is the current result and Pass marks are valid for 4 years.

  • All umpires are expected to maintain the currency of their exam (expires every 4 years).

  • Exam certificates or a screenshot of current results must be supplied to the Valleys Umpire Convenor.


Foundation Umpire Course.

  • All umpires are expected to complete the Foundation Umpire Course in their second season of umpiring.

  • It is a prerequisite for umpires on Cadet, Intermediate and Open games and is compulsory for umpires wishing to progress to a Netball Australia C badge.

  • The course is available online through Netball Learning and costs $45. This cost is not covered by Valleys Netball Club. This course is only required to be undertaken once.

  • Evidence of completion of the course must be supplied to the Valleys Umpiring Convenor.