Practical Assessments are an important part of the qualification process and act as the final check that the Umpire is qualified to gain the award. For all Netball Europe Awards they are three parts to the practical assessments:

  1. a) Pre-Assessment Practical
  2. b) Fitness Test
  3. c) Final Practical Assessment

Pre-Assessment Practical: This is important as it serves as a means to ensure the umpire is ready for the Final Assessment.

Depending on the award you are aiming for the Pre-Assessments are organised by nominated personnel.

For C award – contact the County Umpiring Secretary

For B award – Contact the Regional Umpiring Secretary

For A award – Contact England Netball

To apply for a Pre-Assessment Practical, complete the application form and return it to the nominated personnel listed above. The Umpires’ are responsible for ensuring they meet all the qualification criteria prior to applying for an assessment.

Any associated costs connected with the Pre-Assessment Practical will vary, check with the nominated person when sending in the application form

If successful with the Pre-Assessment Practical the assessor needs to counter-sign the Final Practical application form.

Fitness Test

The increased speed, athleticism and skills of netball players have intensified the physical contest of Netball, which presents a fresh challenge and opportunities for umpires. As a result, umpires are required to maintain a suitable level of fitness for the matches they are officiating.

Netball Europe have implemented a minimum fitness requirements for each award and uses the Multistage Fitness Test (also known as the Bleep Test). The requirements are outlined below, evidence of a successful fitness test result within 6 weeks prior to the date of the Final Practical Assessment.

Award Multistage Fitness Test Target
A >7.1
B >6.1
C >5.1

 

The testing can be administered by any of the following, and away from the Umpire’s normal club environment:

Certified Fitness Instructor

UKCC Qualified Level 2 Netball Coach

PE Teacher

Download the Fitness Test Form

Final Practical Assessment:

Award Cost Assessment Information How to Apply
A £75.00 Practical Assessments are organised by England Netball and will be conducted at a specified event. England Netball will be responsible for arranging venues, allocating Assessors and notifying umpires of the assessment arrangements. Completed application form duly endorsed by the person who has carried out the Pre-Assessment Practical and the Regional Umpiring Secretary
B £65.00 Practical Assessments are organised by the Umpires’ Regional Umpiring Secretary and will be conducted outside the Umpires normal umpiring environment (e.g. outside of their county). The Region are responsible for arranging venues, allocating Assessors and notifying umpires of the assessment arrangements. Completed application form duly endorsed by the person who has carried out the Pre-Assessment Practical and the Regional Umpiring Secretary
C £45.00 Practical Assessments are organised by the Umpires’ County Umpiring Secretary and will be conducted on a good standard school, junior or club match within the Umpires’ County.

In exceptional circumstances an assessment may be taken out of County and then only with the agreement of both County Umpiring Secretaries. The County will be responsible for arranging venues, allocating Assessors and notifying Umpires of the assessment arrangements.

Completed application form duly endorsed by the person who has carried out the Pre-Assessment Practical and the County Umpiring Secretary
Into Officiating £15.00 Practical Assessments are organised by the Umpires’ County Umpiring Secretary and will be conducted on school, junior or club matches, within the Umpires County.

The County will be responsible for arranging venues, allocating Assessors and notifying Umpires of the assessment arrangements.

Completed application form to the County Umpiring Secretary