HOW DID YOU GET INTO UMPIRING?
Before turning 12, I’d shown interest in umpiring and couldn’t wait to start. So when I did turn 12, I completed the umpiring test online and started umpiring with LCNC!
WHAT TRAINING HAVE YOU HAD?
I completed the NSNA test and training course to become an umpire. Then I completed the NSNA Round Robin Clinic, which was a couple of hours practicing the skills required for umpiring. Throughout the first season, a few LCNC and NSNA umpires mentored me, making sure that I was fitting in well and learning to be a successful umpire. Since then, I’ve levelled up a few times, with each assessment being done by a NSNA official, who would provide me with feedback on how to be even better.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT UMPIRING?
I love umpiring because I’m in control of the game (which can be intimidating at times but also rewarding), get to be involved even more with netball and get paid at the same time! I’ve learnt lots of useful skills and of course it has also been a massive confidence boost. Making lots of quick important decisions and thinking on your feet, means that you gain confidence.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO SOMEONE INTERESTED IN UMPIRING?
If you’re interested in umpiring I would definitely give it a shot! Just try it for a season and see if it’s for you. You’ll have mentors that will help you to improve, and you’ll get paid at the same time! If you are a bit shy or want to gain more confidence, then you should definitely consider umpiring - it would be challenging at first but very rewarding.