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Former International Umpire and Protea Player International Umpire Tester (ITP) Mentor of Umpires Course Presenter

COSANA Tri-Nations

Best wishes to the following umpires and UAP of South-Africa who have been invited to officiate at the COSANA Tri-Nations matches.

This takes place in Blantyre, Malawi from 12-16 June 2022.

Marielouw Van der Merwe – South Africa


Theophilus Moletsane – South Africa
Tharina Opperman – South Africa

Salomé Britz – South Africa

Chakatsa Lephole – Lesotho
Boikhutso Tuelo – Botswana

Travel safe and best wishes on the Tri-Nations.

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Scenario to a Short Pass

Two players from the same team catching the ball “simultaneously”.

You can still have two players from same team catch the ball one before the other, as long as the 2nd player to catch the ball removes their hands then this would not be a short pass, however if the first player removed their hands and allowed the 2nd player to have the ball this would be a short pass.

Rule 9.5 Passing Distance

(ii) If two players from the same team gain possession of the ball in
quick succession, the second player’s hands must be removed or it
will be deemed to be a short pass.
Sanction: Free pass

Umpire calls:  Short Pass – Free Pass

Which position do you play?


Goal defenders are netball’s great chameleons, required to be fast-moving, canny and adaptable to change. They may have to fly for every contest with an aerial specialist or execute a quiet, grinding game in the shadow of more a dazzling defensive partner, who picks off loose balls generated by their tireless work.

As a defender in netball, the goal is to gain possession of the ball from the opposing team. This can be achieved by interception or even blocking the opposing team players. Positioning is critical as you need to be able to read the play and stay ready for any opportunity to intercept the ball. The ball should be the centre of your attention as a defender and you should always stay alert for any opportunities to take possession of the ball from the opposing team.

Reading the play

A good defender should have the ability to predict where the ball is going and judge the best times to try and intercept the ball as well as which players need to be marked from the attacking team. Remember that the long and high passes by the attacking team are easier to intercept than the shorter, lower/chest passes. Keep an eye out for these opportunities and make the most of your intercepts. 

Stay alert

This sounds very simple but it is often harder than it sounds. Paying attention to the movements of other players on both your team and other opposing team is very important if you are defending. If the attacking team goes for a shot at goal then you need to stay alert and ready for any rebounds that will enable your team to take up possession of the ball.

Be confident

Defending in netball is really all about being confident on the court and asserting yourself. Don’t be afraid to hassle the attacker to put them off their game and hopefully get them to make a mistake that you can capitalize on by taking possession of the ball for your team.

Height doesn’t matter

A lot of the great netball defenders are slightly shorter as this allows them to be slightly agiler and means that they can move very quickly. They should also be able to hassle for the ball and have a good vertical jump. Being tall isn’t as important as a defender but your confidence and jump are!

Fast Feet

Being able to move around the court at speed will always help you to be a better defender. Moving quickly will not only help to give you more opportunities but also help to tire out the players on the opposing team. When these players become worn out they will tend to make more mistakes which, as a defender means that you will have more opportunities to gain possession.


Size doesn’t matter!

It’s the attitude that count’s.


8.1 (ii) Start of Play

The game of netball can only be played it there are at least 5 players on court, one of whom  must play centre.

8.1.1 Failure to Take the Court

If the team is not able to take the court within 30 seconds: the umpires will award the match to the opposing team.

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International Umpire’s


For a match to be ranked on the World Netball World Rankings umpires must be appointed by World Netball.

All umpires appointed to international ranking matches are independent of the teams playing in line with World Netball policy.

World Netball umpires are volunteers carrying out their role alongside work or study. No reimbursement to umpire International Matches.

An International Umpires’ Award (IUA) runs for a four year period during which time umpires are expected to show ongoing improvement. Towards the end of the four year cycle IUA go through a re-endorsement process to see if they are reappointed for a further four years.

INF – World Class Officiating

South Africa have 3 current IUA’s:

Anso Kemp (Western Cape)

Elizna van den Berg (Western Cape)

Theresa Prince (Nelson Mandela Bay)

Footwork – Dragging.


Vision and Scanning are important to see if a player drags the landed foot.  Try to scan back to the player with the ball upon release of the ball.

From the Rule Book:

9.6.3 Other Foot Movements
A player in possession of the ball may not:
(i) Drag or slide the landing foot.

Whistle + Signal (Terminology) Dragging-Free Pass

9.6 Footwork 9.6 3 (i) drag
In all other situations use footwork