How to become an Umpire - Learn to Umpire Workshops
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Umpiring is very rewarding and is a great way to contribute to your community, give back to the game, and to meet and connect with others involved in the sport we love.  Umpires are essential to the enjoyment and delivery of netball at our Centre.

How do you become an umpire?

To become an umpire, you need to learn how to umpire, therefore you should attend one of our “Learn to Umpire” (LTU) workshops on offer.  Our workshops are held before the season starts so you can be ready when the teams you umpire start to play.

Click the register button (top right) to enter your details, select the workshop you are wanting to attend, and pay online.

Details below on the different workshops we offer for our members who are wanting to "Learn to Umpire", and which workshop would be best for you to register for.

(Learning to Umpire Courses are run during pre-season every year.)

Where do you start?

If you want to learn to umpire on our Futureferns Year 5 competition games, then the Futurefern Whistlers (FFW) workshops is the starting point for you.  This competition is where players are learning to play and is the 1st year they have umpires on their games, so you both learn together in a fun environment. At the end of the season, you will be awarded your FFW Certificate. Register to attend the FFW workshops to umpire the Year 5 games.

Here is a link to the info on year 5 games – Futurefern Year 5 game format - (note our Year 6 competition play the 7 x 7 format at TNC)

If you want to learn to umpire the 7 x 7 (normal format of netball game), and you are just beginning your umpire journey, the starting point for you can be to umpire our Year 6 competition games where you learn the basic skills and techniques will be of umpiring and will be awarded your LTU Certificate at the end of the season. Register to attend any of our LTU workshops to learn the 7 x 7 rules and to umpire the Year 6 games.

If you are more confident and wanting to learn to umpire to get your NNZ Centre Award, then your starting point is the year 7 or 8 Intermediate games which are the 7 x 7 format of the game. This is a formal qualification for umpiring, recognised NZ wide, and to be successful you will need to develop your netball skills and techniques as per the Key Performance Indicators for a centre Umpire. Register to attend any of our LTU workshops to learn the 7 x 7 rules and to umpire the Year 7 or 8 games games.

Click on the link to see what the KPI's for a Centre Umpire are - Key Performance Indicators for NNZ Umpires (KPI's)

What is the cost of the LTU workshops?

The cost to attend the LTU Workshops is $70.

Click this link to see whats included in the cost of the workshop - TNC Umpires Group Membership

Click this link to see more about the TNC Umpires Pathway

What’s included in a Workshop?

FFW - learn how the 6 x 6 game is umpired.

LTU - learn how the 7 x 7 games is umpired.

  • Basic rule knowledge.
  • Discover what the techniques of umpiring are.
  • Learn the areas of the court you control.
  • The various sounds of the whistle and what they mean.
  • Umpire games and be supported to put your new learnings into practice.
  • Participants to the LTU and FFW workshops receive a rulebook (if available), a handheld whistle and a Learn to Umpire shirt.


Workshops Dates for 2024

Wednesday Night competiton Club/ or Adult Umpires

Sat 17th Feb                       8.30am – 4pm

Sun 18th Feb                      8.30am – 4pm

Year 6 (LTU Certificate), Intermediate, or College (School) Competition Umpires 

Sat 24th Feb                     8.30am – 3.30pm

Sat 9th Mar                        8.30am – 3.30pm

Sat 16th Mar                      8.30am – 3.30pm

Sat 6th April                       8.30am – 3.30pm

FFW Umpires who will be umpiring Year 5 teams.

Sat 13th April                     8.30am – 3.30pm

Sun 14th April                    8.30am – 3.30pm

If you have any umpire queries please contact our Umpire Lead, Maree Body, at Tauranga Netball Centre -