Umpiring at Raiders

Umpires are an essential part of our game. We help to keep the game safe, fair, and enjoyable for everyone.

Rules Changes 2024

To see a summary of the Rule Changes for 2024 - head HERE

Register for umpiring in 2024 now!

Experienced umpires to register via email to 

2024 Umpire Development Program information to come, stay tuned!

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Raiders Netball Umpiring Squad

By joining the Raiders Umpiring Squad you will:
  • Make great connections with other people who love netball
  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of our great game
  • Develop confidence, leadership, and effective communication skills
  • Maintain your fitness 

At Raiders Netball Club we aim to support our umpires by:
  • Providing access to relevant resources and programs
  • Allocating suitably qualified and experienced mentors to assist umpires in their development
  • Nominating individuals to be assessed for their WDNA Award and National Umpiring Badges

What do I need?
  • 70% Pass on the Rules of Netball Exam 
  • Be a registered member of Raiders/WDNA or Netball Queensland 
  • Minimum age is 12 years (turning 13 in 2023). Umpiring is not just for kids – we really encourage adults to join too! You do not need to be a player.
  • A Working with Children (Blue Card) if you are over 18 years of age
  • White shirt/Raiders Umpiring Shirt and either dark or white shorts/skirt (Players are permitted to wear their Umpiring Shirt over their playing uniform)
  • Whistle – we recommend the ACME Thunderer 477 (there is a black plastic one for around $10 or a metal one for $25 at Rebel Sport)
  • Copy of the Rules of Netball
  • Hair tie/scrunchie to help you recall direction of Centre pass
  • Enthusiasm, a willingness to learn, and a commitment to fulfil your roster allocations
  • General fitness 
  • Statement of Supplier form Statement by a supplier (

What should I do once I am accepted?
  • Read and become familiar with the Rules of Netball
  • Take a look at Netball Queensland’s Introduction to Umpiring presentation
  • Undertake the Rules of Netball Exam via the Netball QLD Learning Portal
  • Complete a Basic Introduction to Umpiring Course through Raiders; WDNA or Netball Queensland
  • Talk to your coach about the opportunity to have a go at umpiring the friendly game at the end of your training session. If you are not a player, ask our Coordinator about opportunities to practice your skills
  • If you are under 14 years of age, you will need a parent or guardian to support you by being at your games each week and making sure that you are able to fulfill your rostered allocation
  • Complete the Netball Australia Online Foundation Umpire Course prior to being assessed for your C Badge
  • We expect all new umpires to register for the WDNA Twilight program in October. This is a 6-week social competition for players aged up to 14 years. The competition is run shortly after the completion of our day season competition, one evening during the week. The twilight program offers umpire skill development sessions and qualified mentors to provide you with feedback each week.

Umpire Roster

  • Raiders has a weekly Umpiring Roster that is shared via our Umpire WhatsApp group. The Umpire Coordinator publishes the roster in the lead up to Saturday matches. Umpires are responsible for ensuring they are at their allocated court 10 minutes prior to game time. The Raiders Umpire Coordinator allocates games based on the umpire availability and level of skill.
  • Umpire payments are made are weekly into your allocated bank account. Umpires will be paid according to their qualification/experience.

Snapshot of Key Rule Changes

  • IMG 9212 ( 002)Umpires no longer blow their whistle when goals are scored and if it is clear that the ball is out of court.
  • The use of the world 'penalties' has been changed to 'sanctions'. Sanctions will include free pass or penalty pass. Throw-ins and Toss-ups are considered actions as opposed to sanctions.
  • When taking a centre pass, the Centre is required to now only have one foot wholly within the centre circle.
  • Once a player taking a penalty pass is in the correct position, the player may choose to either play the ball immediately or to wait for the infringer to stand out of play. However, it is important to note that the changes to the rule regarding the taking of the penalty pass do not remove the requirement for a player who is sanctioned for a major infringement to stand out of play. 
  • All injury/illness stoppages, which include blood, will be 30 second, and the player must come off the court.
  • Goal tending will no longer be allowed. Players will not be able to deflect a shot once the ball is on a downward flight towards the ring, including touching the ball up through the net. 

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