Children engaging with netball

Get your students involved in officiating netball through the Into Officiating Award. This course introduces the principals of umpiring and the rules of netball and can be delivered by a teacher. It is ideal for students who want to get involved in officiating.

It’s designed for young people from 13 to 18 years of age and consists of a six hour workshop led by an approved teacher or England Netball tutor. Once the students have had time to put their new skills into action they are assessed by undertaking a practical assessment assessed by an England Netball Umpire Assessor in order to achieve the Into Officiating Award.

Key Course Objectives

  • Introduce the principles of umpiring and the rules of netball
  • Introduce officiating to young people, to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the role that the official plays in netball and sport as a whole
  • Offer opportunities for students to umpire matches within their own school or other appropriate environments

Who Can Deliver the Into Officiating Award Course?

  • An England Netball Tutor
  • An approved Teacher*

*To become an approved Into Officiating Teacher, teachers must hold QTLS status, have knowledge of the rules (ideally with an umpiring qualification) and attend a three hour Into Officiating Orientation Workshop where they will receive the relevant information and resources to effectively deliver the fundamental skills of umpiring through the course. Teachers are only allowed to run the Into Officiating Award courses within their own school environment.

The resources include a rule book and a Learner Resource Pack.

How Can I Attend an Orientation Workshop?

Orientation workshops are organised by County Netball Development Officers.

To find a workshop in your area, please visit the Netball Finder.

The cost of the course is only £25 for teachers of England Netball member schools.

Running the Into Officiating Award in your School

Once you have attended an Into Officiating Orientation Workshop and feel ready to deliver the course you’ll need to register the course with England Netball (six weeks prior to the start) using the Course Organiser Form.

England Netball will send you current Tutor resources when you have registered your first course.

Getting Qualified

Once learners have attend the Into Officiating Award course, they will need to gain practical experience in a game setting which could be acquired through after school clubs or school matches. This needs to be supportive with appropriate feedback being offered to help develop confidence.

Once the learners are ready for the Practical Assessment they need to apply to the County Umpiring Secretary for an assessment.

Practical Assessments cost £15 and an England Netball Assessor will be organised to assess the learner. The Assessor will also offer practical advice on areas that can be improved to further assist the umpires’ development.

If you need any help drop us an email on officiating@englandnetball.co.uk and we’ll get started.

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