Officiating Update

March 2021



Cancellation of Netball Europe B/A Written Assessment in October

3 September 2020 In light of the continued uncertainty regarding COVID-19 and after consultation with members, Netball Europe has taken the decision to cancel the October 2020 sitting of the Netball Europe B/A Written Assessment.

At this stage we are hopeful that the next opportunity for candidates to sit the B/A written assessment will be the 13th February 2021, following the new B/A Written Assessment calendar as previously circulated.

Should you require any further information at this time please do not hesitate to contact us.

NE Officiating Awards Extension

28 May 2020 For an update on the NE Officiating Awards, click here.

Netball Europe Umpire Assessments Holding Statement

Following a meeting of the Netball Europe Officiating group the following brief holding statement is provided to address some of the questions you may have.

COVID-19 and Implications of Qualification Timescales

Whilst the situation with COVID-19 remains uncertain we are unable to provide any firm update regarding the expiry dates of written assessments and associated deadlines with Pre and Final Practical assessments. The NE Officiating group is currently undertaking a consultation as to what any potential extension will look like and further information will be shared with individual countries once a decision is made. Please note however, the NE Officiating Group are looking to provide as much support and understanding to candidates and not place unnecessary barriers in the way of your progression. So any decisions made by NE will seek to ensure that we do not disadvantage you.

New Rules Implementation

There will be no change to the agreed Netball Europe roll out of the new INF Rules of Netball and this will remain 1st September 2020. All written assessments thereafter will be set using the 2020 version of the International Rules.

Netball Europe A/B Written Assessment Dates and Deadlines

Please find updated sitting dates and the associated deadlines for submission of your electronic applications.

Date of Sitting

Deadline for Applications to Netball Europe*

Saturday 10th October 2020 @10.00am GMT

Friday 4th September 2020 @17.00pm GMT

Saturday 13th February 2021 @10.00am GMT

Friday 8th January 2021 @17.00pm GMT

Saturday 12th June 2021 @10.00am GMT

Friday 7th May 2021 @17.00pm GMT

*Candidates should check with their local NGB for deadlines as these may be earlier than the final submissions to Netball Europe.

Sending best wishes to you all at this difficult time.

Netball Europe Officiating Group

Date of implementation of new INF rules (2020 edition) for NE officiating and events

NE Officiating will introduce the new INF rules 2020 edition for all NE officiating functions including written papers, assessments and tutoring from 1st September 2020.

NE Events will introduce the new INF rules 2020 edition for all NE Events as follows:

  • NE Competitions involving INF ranked countries – from 1st January 2020
  • NE Competitions involving non-INF ranked countries – from 1st September 2020

Members are responsible for deciding when to implement the new rules 2020 edition within their own country, but this must be on or before 1st September 2020.

Notice to NE members of change of date for B/A written

From October 2020, the dates of the B/A written paper will move from February, May and November to February, June and October and will be based on the new rules 2020.

This will allow 4 months between each paper allowing more time for the preparation of the papers and learners who do not meet the requirements for a pass will have more time to prepare to retake the paper.

NE Umpiring C Award

Netball Europe is proud to announce the introduction of online testing for the written element of the C award.

Four of our member countries are taking part in Phase One that commenced on 1 September 2019: Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Emirates. For full details of the system, click here.

NE Officiating is responsible for:

  • Managing the NE Umpiring Awards Scheme.
  • Implementing relevant policies, procedures and processes, including:
    • Safeguarding (accredited umpires aged under 18 years)
    • Transfer of Umpire Accreditation (within Europe and between INF Regions)
    • NE Umpire Tutor Award
    • NE ITP QA process (for NE events)
    • Umpiring Awards Fee Scheme (in conjunction with the NE Finance Director)
  • Cheryl Danson is the current NE Director of Officiating.
  • Alan Anderson, previously the NE Director of  Officiating, is currently the INF Regional Officiating Coordinator (ROC) for the Europe region.

The following officiating roles took effect in September 2019:

 NE deployment manager – Heather Gleadall
 NE B/A written manager – Gary Burgess
 NE awards pathway manager – Elaine Douris
NE Officiating portfolio managers:
 Yvonne Adshead
 Gary Holden
 Jane Kelloe
 Bernadette Palmer
 Anne-Marie Riddle
 Bernie Young