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Match Protocols for Umpires
Before the match:
  • Inspect the court and its surrounds to ensure that the playing surface is safe, with adequate run off and the goal posts, nets padding ball etc comply with the specifications in the Rules of Netball.
  • Ensure that both Team Benches comply with the Rules and Regulations.
  • Inspect the players’ uniforms, jewellery adornment and fingernails to ensure safety.
  • Encourage the Captains to toss as soon as possible.
  • Toss for ends as soon as the Captains have notified of the result of their toss
  • If there is a Timekeeper confirm that they need to notify umpire with 30 seconds and 10 seconds prior to the start of the match and whistle accordingly - this is the procedure during all quarters and half time. If there are no Timekeepers then the timing is handled by the Umpires in the same way.
  • Umpires will stand together near to the Official Bench (if there is one) give the 30 second whistle to call the teams onto court. At 10 seconds whistle again if teams not on court and umpire responsible for umpiring the opposite side line takes the ball and moves to the other side line – giving the ball to the centre and then turning and moving backwards across to the side line so that there is a clearer view of the court.
  • Whistle for Centre Pass is then blown when the 10 seconds has elapsed.
Whistle Protocols:
  • Both whistles are warnings and only blown if the teams are not on court.
  • 30 second whistle is whistle roll.
  • 10 second whistle more urgent.
  • Usual/normal whistle for all decisions including goals scored.
  • To start and end play, with one arm straight in the air, there is a longer (sustained roll) whistle blow
During play:
  • Work closely with co-umpire by being in position and ready for an appeal at all times (along the sideline and just beyond the transverse line of the co-umpire).
  • Indicate each Centre Pass immediately after each goal is scored.
  • Position to be able to conduct a Toss Up if that decision is given and you are the nearer umpire (along the sideline and just beyond the transverse line of the co-umpire)
  • Consistent and appropriate use of signals to enhance communication between the umpires and the players. Signals to be meaningful re-creations of what the umpire is penalising.
  • Setting of penalties to be accompanied by clear signals indicating what the Penalty is for, to which team it is being awarded and which player , if any, is being stood out of play. (Players must take on total responsibility when involved in a Penalty (beside and away and not in front etc.)
  • Support the other umpire with eye contact – subtle appeal and subtle response.
Injury or Illness:
  • It is the responsibility during any stoppage for the umpires
    a) to have a clear view of the Court, the players and Team Benches as well as the incident for which play was stopped;
    b) to allow coaching to take place;
    c) to allow both Team Managers to go to the Side Line for the purpose of rehydration
    d) to make sure that drink bottles are kept off the Court;
    e) to make sure play restarts as soon as all conditions are correct.
  • After ‘court’ player calls ‘time’, verify reason for request (ask “WHY”) time is given for injury and illness only
  • Hold time, with arm held straight in the air, whistle blown;
  • First injury per team, per quarter/half/ or extra time if both team benches are on the same side line
    a) the controlling Umpire (i.e. the Umpire who has blown the whistle for time) has ‘right of way’ and walks to a position along the Side Line to the Team Bench of the injured/ill player)
    b) Co Umpire moves across court to same Side Line to the other team bench
    c) the controlling Umpires checks that the injured / ill player is receiving treatment or recommences the game
    d) if the controlling umpire has not already restarted the game then the Timekeepers must adhere to Rule 3.3.1 (d) notify the umpires when there are 30 seconds and 10 seconds remaining at the end of a stoppage
  • Both umpires are then able to provide adequate visual coverage of the whole of the Court, and the teams etc and ensure that all the Rules of the stoppage are being adhered to.
  • PLEASE NOTE: IF THE TEAM BENCHES ARE NOT ON THE SAME SIDE LINE BUT DIAGONALLY OPPOSITE EACH OTHER THEN THE FOLLOWING WILL APPLY for both first and subsequent injury per team, per quarter/half/ or extra time
    a) the controlling Umpire (i.e. the Umpire who has blown the whistle for time) has ‘right of way’ and walks to a position along the Side Line to the Team Bench on their Side Line.
    b) Co Umpire moves along the other Side Line to the other team bench.
    c) the controlling Umpires checks that the injured / ill player is receiving treatment or recommences the game
    d) if the controlling umpire has not already restarted the game then the Timekeepers must adhere to Rule 3.3.1 (d) notify the umpires when there are 30 seconds and 10 seconds remaining at the end of a stoppage
  • Ensure that drink bottles are kept off the court (as a safety measure)
  • Players may go to the sidelines for refreshments and only the Team manager may approach the side line (no Coaching is permitted)
  • Note where the ball is, without needing to pick it up and hold it
Intervals:
  • Meet with co-umpire mid court and walk off court together.
  • While walking off, verify next Centre Pass with each other.
  • At appropriate time, blow 30 seconds and 10 seconds whistle and then move into position for the re-start of match.
Match Ending:
  • blow long whistle roll immediately the Timekeeper calls ‘time’
  • hold arm straight up in the air.
Reserve Umpires:
  • Be ready to go on court if needed (little or no time should be lost during the change over).
  • Keep Centre Passes at all times: same as on court umpires.
  • Be aware of the surrounds of the court and the needs of the umpires on court.
  • Respond to either or both as required.
  • Look after match umpires during the intervals e.g. fill drink bottles as required.

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