******CLARIFICATION OF YOUR C AWARD VALIDITY*******
When you attend a C award course it has a 2 year validity for an umpire to train towards their award. They can take the C theory paper at any point in that 2 years.
The validity of the training period then runs until the end of the 2 years that the C theory paper is valid – it doesn’t matter if the C course goes out of date.
However, if an umpire has not achieved a successful C practical PRE assessment before the expiry of the theory paper, then they have to do both the course and the paper again. It is not possible to just renew the paper to stay in date.
With regards to insurance, when a trainee umpire is out of date in their training (i.e. no valid course or theory paper), they are not insured by England Netball should anything happen during a match which they are umpiring and the player/s decide to take action against them. Their own EN insurance cover may also be reduced.
So with that in mind, please check the dates of your course and theory test and get yourself valid again so you can carry on being the fantastic umpires you are!
*****CLARIFICATION OF YOUR INTO OFFICIATING COURSE*****
These umpires have one year as a trainee umpire. Within this year, they either need to apply for the Into Officiating Award or attend a C award umpire course. If they do not do either of these things, then they will become out of date and will not be insured as per the details above for C award.
All umpires should have attended a New Rules Forum before umpiring in the 2016-17 season, as well as players and coaches so they are also aware of the rule changes. For a clear summary of the rule changes, take a look here.
The guidelines for umpiring in the different divisions at NLNL can be found in our League Rules.
Division 5 & 6 are the divisions beginner umpires can start to umpire and develop their umpiring skills. You must be working towards your C Award and have reached at least 4.1 on the bleep test.
Divisions 2, 3 & 4 umpires must hold at least a C Award and have reached 5.1 on the bleep test.
Division 1 umpires need to be actively working towards their B award and have 6.1 on the bleep test.
Premier Division umpires must have a minimum of a B award, or a C award being mentored for their B award with their mentor present. 6.1 is the minimum needed on the bleep test.
But please the rules above to clarify. Umpires need to hold valid umpiring qualifications and all umpires must be affiliated to England Netball and know their affiliation number. Clubs will be penalised if their nominated umpires do not meet the minimum requirements. Clubs need to ensure new umpires to the league have details of their qualification, bleep test result and affiliation number forwarded to the umpiring secretary before they officiate.
For umpire courses, tutoring and testing please look at the Middlesex County Netball Website for further details.
Here is how a scorecard should look before you put it in the results box.