UNISS is a full on tournament in terms of fitness and injuries! As you will be required to umpire 10 games over the week, plus any games as part of your reserve duties, all umpires should be working on their fitness now. Make sure you are using your UmpireSmart warmups from NetballSmart to keep injury free. To view the UmpireSmart Warmup, click here
The games will be played according to the World Netball Rule Book. There may be some minor changes that are outlined in the Tournament Rules. To view the World Netball Rule Book, click here
A minimum of Centre Award is required.
This is a Netball New Zealand (NNZ) sanctioned event and therefore we would expect umpires to abide by the NNZ Umpire code of conduct at all times.
Umpires are neutral at all times and you might even be appointed to umpire the team you came with to UNISS. We expect you to be professional at all times. You do not address the players on the game by name but rather playing position e.g. Wing Attack. As per umpire protocols both umpire check both teams prior to the game. We are assuming none of you are management of any of the teams but if you are please inform us of this dual role.
Umpires can stand and watch teams play when they are not umpiring but must not be wearing the schools uniform/jacket/hair ribbons or be cheering for the school, and must not stand in or near the designated Team Bench for the school.
Teams have been asked to provide a scorer/timekeeper for all their games and all schools will bring a stop watch. Umpires will ask for these 2 people (one from each school) to stand next to each other opposite the Centre Circle for the duration of the game. Teams benches are either side of these scorers/timekeepers. Umpires will time their own injury stoppages (up to 30seconds).
Umpires should come prepared for all weather conditions. If you wish to wear a sweatshirt, sleeveless jacket or rain jacket these should be neutral in colour.
There will be an Umpires Coaching Panel at this tournament
Colds will be available for umpires so bring your own towels
For those of you who have not been to an event like this before start preparing your kit now to ensure you have 2 of everything e.g. spare skirt/shorts, spare top, spare whistle and pass indicator, drink bottle clearly named.