The Netball Australia Umpire Accreditation system is an educational and development pathway, culminating in a 4-tiered badge system – C Badge, B Badge, A Badge and the highest national award, the AA (All Australia) Badge.
• Basic game management in order to keep game moving and maintain player safety in low to average standard matches.
• Basic procedural competence (late arrivals, failure to take the court, stoppages).
• Basic positioning and vision skills.
• Reactions/timing appropriate for low to average standard matches.
• Usually recognises and penalises obvious infringements, both major and minor.
• Applies “advantage goal” so as not to disadvantage non-offending team.
• Sound game management and implementation of procedures.
• Some understanding of when measures need to be taken to keep the game safe (for example, overt unsportsmanlike conduct or dangerous play).
• Positioning and vision are not restricted to the immediate area where the ball is or the bulk of players are, to take into account what is happening behind and ahead of play.This requirement is matched by the requirement that the candidate demonstrates basic advantage skills.
• More consistent recognition of minor infringements and more refined understanding (footwork, played ball for example).
• Obstruction: beginning to understand implications of rule beyond simple 0.9m defence (jump and land, standing within 0.9m and interfering with throwing/shooting action); beginning to recognise the use of arms to limit movement of the player without the ball; obvious defending out of court.
• Contact: beginning to go beyond obvious examples of interference to distinguishing fair contest from contact (understanding body movements, including recognising when a player or players cause an opponent to interfere).
• Advantage: vision skills allow some recognition of context of play and some assessment of what is of advantage to the non-offending team.
• Detailed understanding and application of all aspects of game management, including foul play (13.2) and the actions that may be taken by umpires (13.1, 13.3).
• There is an expectation that positioning, vision and timing will be guided by play and informed by an understanding of the game context. General principles are consistently executed, including adapting positioning and vision to specific circumstances to secure the best view of the play.
• This in turn allows a more refined application of the Advantage Rule, which allows the game to flow without losing control or undermining the standards set for game management.
• Rule interpretations demonstrate an understanding of the rule, an attention to detail and a common sense application in the game context.
• There should be a high level of consistency across both minor and major infringements. In particular:
• Obstruction: consistently penalises all forms of 0.9m defence across court areas; consistently recognises obstruction of player without the ball; consistently identifies defending by a player who is out of court.
• Contact: consistently distinguishes between contact and contest (again, allowing the game to flow without losing control or undermining game management); accurately identifies and penalises causing contact and inevitable contact.
ALL AUSTRALIA (AA) UMPIRES BADGE
• *The AA badge should not be seen as a “natural progression” from the A badge. It is an elite umpiring qualification reserved for candidates who display the highest levels of technical proficiency, rule understanding and game management.
• Complete understanding of all aspects of game management which allows necessary procedures to be implemented promptly and professionally when they are required; good judgment and “game sense” to ensure that the available actions are used at the right time and for the right purpose.
• Positioning, vision and timing work together to be in the best place at the right time, even when this is counter-intuitive. The umpire reads play to adapt to different paces, patterns and styles of play with minimal disruption to timing and decision-making.
• High level of decisional accuracy across major and minor infringements: makes decisions quickly and precisely, and applies them efficiently. Shows ability to prioritise correctly when multiple infringements occur.
• Demonstrates particular consistency and expertise in application of the Contact and Advantage Rule to enhance the contest and allow skilled play to occur, while maintaining control and ensuring that no team is unduly disadvantaged.
THE IUA (INTERNATIONAL UMPIRES AWARD)
The IUA is an award of excellence which qualifies the holder to umpire at international level as a member of the International Netball Federation pool of umpires. The KPIs for the IUA are the same as the AA badge, however each Award is independent of the other and no umpire may be tested for both badges at the same time.