Category Archives: Umpiring



With all the development of our fabulous umpires with some achieving awards and many almost there – we’ve brought back THE RULE OF THE WEEK:   

‘Was that a goal?’  often gets asked at the end of a quarter – 1) it is NOT the WDNA buzzer that decides the end of the game, it is the umpire’s whistle and the ball HAS to pass completely through the ring.  2) Can you score an ‘own’ goal – apparently yes.  See rule 10.1 below.

  • i)  If the whistle to end play or to hold time is blown before the ball has passed completely through the ring no goal is scored.
  • (iii)  If a defending player deflects a shot for goal and the ball then passes above and completely through the ring a goal is scored.


Nicola Stevens is continuing on her umpiring pathway by achieving her National B Badge on 21 May on a QSNL Game.  Congratulations Nicola! Rangers are proud to have you on our team.


Toni Vowles – Congratulations to Toni on receiving her (long over due) WDNA Umpire Award on Umpire Appreciation Day. Another very welcome member of Rangers Team White – Well done!


We would like to welcome our new Carnival Convenor, Keiran Gilmore to our committee.  Kieran is a Rangers mum and coach and has taken on the role to keep teams up to date with Club Carnivals.  She has already sent out some information to coaches but if you have any questions please contact her via the email.


Basic Umpiring Course:  2nd week of the course.

  • Date:  3 May 2017
  • Time:  6pm
  • Venue:  Club house

Training & Games:  Training continues tomorrow night.  Game on this Saturday. Please check your time as there have been some team divisional changes.

See you all there!


Well here is an interesting read …..
Players and spectators often complain about the one decision an umpire gets wrong.  But think about this:
A standard game of netball is 60 minutes. In a game of netball, the ball has to be passed at least every three seconds. This results in the ball being passed, at an absolute minimum, 1,200 times a match. Every time a player catches the ball, an umpire has to check seven things involving the player with the ball and their opponent (footwork, contact, how they got the ball, obstruction, offside etc.).
Almost simultaneously, the umpire has to look down the court and check other players are in their correct areas and are not blocking each other in their attempts to move. This could involve scanning 10 different players, while keeping one eye on the player with the ball and their opponent.
So that’s seven things involving the player with the ball, plus potentially another 10 players to watch, each with three actions involved (contact, obstruction and offside). That’s 38 different actions to watch for per pass, including the held ball rule. 38 times 1,200 passes equals 45,600 decisions umpires make per match. Even if that figure is split between the two umpires, that’s still 22,800 decisions each.
22,800 decisions a match! And that’s assuming players take the maximum three seconds to pass the ball. The real figure is probably much higher.  Puts it into perspective!



If you are considering umpiring this year, this is the course for you:

  • Basic Introduction to Umpiring Course
  • Date:  13 March 2017
  • Venue:  WDNA
  • Time:  6.30pm-8.30pm

(Please be aware that all 7,8,9 &10 years teams must supply their own umpire so if you think you can help your team, please attend this meeting)


Our Umpiring Convenor has been busy testing our fabulous group of umpires over the last couple of weeks – apologies’ for not advertising these achievements earlier. Keep an eye out for these girls looking sharp in their official Rangers Umpiring Shirts.

IMG_2582Sophie Jenkins – Welcome to the Rangers Team White “C” Club. After working hard for the last few years Sophie stepped up to the higher level and achieved her National ‘C’ Umpiring Badge. Having shown her confidence of the three rules of umpiring (Positioning, Vision and Timing) on an ‘A” Reserve game – the two independent testers had no hesitation in awarding her this badge. Great effort Sophie – another Bamford/Jenkins IMG_0662joins the club!

Gabby Mansfield – Gabby has assisted her club with umpiring every week for the past couple of years and as a result has taken one more step in her umpiring pathway to achieve her Gold Association Award easily. She looks the goods to go one step further next year. Well done Gab!


IMG_2581Grace Bobbermien – Grace umpires like she plays, giving 100% effort and concentration and improving each week. Feedback is she is a pleasure to coach. Grace achieved her Silver Association Award

Meg Crisafulli – Showing maturity beyond her years Meg has good decision-making and instincts when umpiring. Her umpire coach is thrilled by the way she listens and then implements new skills. Meg achieved her Silver Association Award

IMG_0460Camryn Arnold – Camryn has not only been umpiring every week for a couple of years but she also backs up and umpires her sister’s non-competitive team. She has worked hard and has great positioning on court. Camryn achieved her Silver Association Award

IMG_0484Sophie Smith – new to umpiring this year Sophie has a lovely calm manner with the whistle whilst making good decision.   Each week she has been listening and learning from her umpire coach and as a result achieved her Silver Association Award

IMG_0393Jemila McKinnon – in her first year of umpiring Jemila is a natural and shows good vision across the court. She has even drawn compliment from the Wests Umpiring Committee. Jemila has worked hard each week to achieve her Silver Association Award.


After watching that great match by the Firebirds on Monday night we thought we would stick with the Contact Rule.

images-3Anyone wonder why sometimes it appears an attacking player runs straight through their defence and then the Attack is given the penalty pass?

More often then not it is the defence ‘moving into a players space’:

  • 12.2.1
  • Moving into Player’s Space
  • A player causes contact by:
    • (i) Landing in a place already occupied by an opponent before the movement began
    • (ii) Moving into the path of an opponent who is committed to a particular landing space



Teal JumpWell the excitement is building for our first game back after the break.


This week 16 July is Umpire Appreciation Day. As we always should please take the time to thank your umpires. They are an integral part of the game! Have a great day Rangers Team White!


Thought we would throw some light on a much-discussed rule – 12. CONTACT. “What is crossing the line when it comes to contact?”

  • 12.2.2 Inevitable Contact
  • Player/s, whether moving or stationary, may not position so closely to an opponent that this player is unable to move without contacting.

So girls get off the body when defending and your penalty count will thank you.


IMG_1025Welcome to the Rangers Team White “C” Club, Alanah Jenkins.

Yesterday Alanah was awarded her National C Umpiring Badge.  Alanah has been supporting her club with umpiring for several years and having earned her Association Gold Award last year has taken one more step on the  umpire pathway – must be in the genes.

Alanah had to umpire our Rangers A Reserve team, of which our Umpiring Convenor is a member,  which meant Emily had the chance to see up very close her umpiring standard.  Emily commented that it was the best umpiring A Reserve had had all season.  Congratulations Alanah!


imagesThis rule has a lot of people surprised but here it is, you can bounce the ball once, under Playing the Ball:

  • 9.4.1 Methods of Playing the Ball
    • (iii) Without having possession of the ball a player may:
      • (d) Bounce the ball once before either catching the ball or batting or bouncing it to another player.

20160615_183049Umpire Get-to-gether:  Our Team White Umpires had a great session on Wednesday with AA Badge Umpire, Dianne Cocker.  Some feedback included “It was good to hear about the successes and hardships of an experienced umpire at all Australian level” and “something that really resonated was when she said that in playing netball there is a team and umpires were also a team and needed to support each other “