Anyone over the age of 13 can become an official. The game doesn’t just need young umpires or technical officials. Current or ex-players with a wealth of experience at various levels make excellent officials, some of whom have started in their late 30’s and now officiate in England Netball competitions, something they may never have achieved as a player.

Irrespective of your age, ability, or experience at playing netball, if you have a passion for the game and can successfully complete England Netball’s Into Officiating or C Award Course you can start your journey to becoming a netball umpire.

GUIDE to Into Officiating

Hampshire's netball officials - our "Team White" - can tap into an active support network for umpires of all grades. Whether you want to start on the Umpiring pathway and attend a Beginners course or upgrade your knowledge and experience through aiming for your C, B or A Award Umpire badge, please contact Hampshire's Officiating Secretary, Carol Williams.

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C Award

Written Assessment - Cost: £10.00

When: The C written Assessment is organised within the county. Please check with your local County Umpiring Secretary to make arrangements to sit this paper when you are ready.

How to Apply: To register for the paper, please complete an Application Form and send it to your County Umpiring Secretary. 

Practice Papers: Before you attempt to sit the C Award Written paper, we strongly suggest that you prepare using the practice papers and review the past papers to look at the types of questions and the appropriate way to answer the questions. Review the rule book, signals and the application of the rules of the game. Work with a mentor or another umpire to test your knowledge. Download the practice paper and sit the paper in a simulated exam setting.

Click HERE for the Netball Europe C Award Written Assessment Practice Paper April 2017

Click HERE for the Netball Europe C Award Written Assessment Practice Paper Two April 2017


Practical Assessment

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.

Pre-Assessment Practical

- This is important as it serves as a means to ensure the umpire is ready for the Final Assessment.  To apply for a Pre-Assessment Practical, complete the application form.  Any associated costs connected with the Pre-Assessment Practical will vary, check with the nominated person when sending in the application form

Final Practical Assessment - Cost £ 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


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CHECK OUT the England Netball Officiating page for resources, officiating pathway etc

Netball Europe C Award Assessment Practice Paper April 2017 - ANSWERS AVAILABLE HERE

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