Umpiring can be a rewarding, fun and a challenging opportunity!  Cannon Hill Stars players are welcome to express an interest to umpire from 12yrs of age, however due to numbers may not begin Saturday competition until 13yrs of age.
 

Umpiring Support Structure


Nationally accredited umpires will oversee all umpire development.  Whilst a separate umpire convener will coordinate the umpire rostering and opportunities.
 

Mentoring and development advice will be regularly communicated with you via Stars Umpire Mentors or the convener.  At MDNA, collaboration occurs across all clubs and at times other club's mentors, may provide supervision, mentoring advice and feedback.  All mentor advice and feedback should be welcomed, as it is preparing you to umpire more challenging games and attain the MDNA Silver and Gold awards.  If advice sounds contradictory or confusing, please clarify with Stars mentors as soon as you can.  The newer umpires will nearly always have a mentor present.


All rostering, communication, MDNA liaison and administration duties will occur via the convener.

 

Collaboration with other Club's conveners occurs to ensure an appropriate roster is scheduled.  A prompt reply to availability requests for rostering is appreciated.  An attempt will be made to circulate the proposed roster for the forthcoming Saturday by Thursday morning.  This will give you an opportunity to review the roster and make adjustments no later than Thursday night at training.  In order to have the roster ready for Thursday morning, Saturday availability will be required no later than Tuesday 7pm.  If there has been no communication from you regarding availability prior to Tuesday 7pm, it will be assumed you are unavailable that weekend and therefore won’t be rostered to umpire.


Umpire Expectations


Umpiring requires a certain level of maturity and responsibility; and for many, this is your first job.  As this is a job, you will get paid whilst you represent the Club.
 

Like all jobs, certain expectations exist:

- Your conduct and appearance needs to be in line with Club and Umpiring expectations

- If you cannot do a rostered game, you must communicate this as soon a you learn you are no longer available - not the day before, or the day of your scheduled roster

- You are expected to attend Umpire training sessions, workshops and courses that are offered to you

I want to umpire, what now?


1. Study the Rulebook
This can be found online at: Umpire Resources - Netball Queensland.  A ‘Rules of Netball’ app is also available. You are encouraged to download it onto your phone.


2. Theory Exam
The theory exam is an online, open book exam with a pass mark of 70%.  Umpires are required to pass this exam prior to umpiring on a Saturday.  The exam can be found at Australian Sport Learning Centre. Log in to the site (netball.com.au). The exam costs $12 to undertake and the club will reimburse upon evidence of the receipt.


3. Registration
If you are not a registered player this year, you still need to be a member of Netball Queensland via the club. The non-playing membership is $47. This membership is not required if playing in a Netball Queensland
competition. If you are a registered player, please also register as an umpire via the netball connect app ($5).


4. Training
Workshops will be provided at different times throughout the training season.  Expectations to attend at least one workshop exists.  Obviously the more workshops that are attended, may potentially lead to faster consolidation of skills.


5. Communication
The completed Theory of Netball Exam certificate, as well as contact details is required by the convener. If you know you are unlikely to- or forget to- read your emails and texts, please provide an additional contact. Regular communication will occur via email and sometimes text.  If you are not happy for me to share your contact details to your fellow umpires, please alert me to this.

 

Once you are ready to umpire fixture games, please provide your bank details to the umpire convenor.