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Netball Umpire’s Intermediate Course

Place:  Stellenbosch High School

Date:  25+28 July 2022

(25 July – Theory / 28 July Practical and Exams)

Starting time:  17:30

Closing date:  13 July



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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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)

Leonard Masao – Invited to Officiate in Europe


Leonard Masao

have been invited to officiate at the Europe Regional Netball World Cup Qualifiers (Oct 2022).

The matches take place at Emirates Arena Glasgow from 12/10/2022 to 16/10/2022.

Countries that will take part:

  • Gibraltar
  • Isle of Man
  • Northern Ireland
  • Rep of Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Congratulations and best wishes on your preparation for this event.


Hope you knew them all!!


1.What is the height of a Goal Post?


2.How wide is the Court Surround?


3.How long is the interval after full time – when the two teams need to play extra time to determine a   winner.

 4 minutes

4.Who is the Match Officials?


5.The GA wins the ball in a toss-up in the goal circle.  She/he decides to shoot and the shot is successful.

  Goal allowed

6.How long is the halftime interval for an hour match?

  8 or 12 minutes

7.The GD causes the goal post to move while defending the shot.  The GA takes up the ball and successfully shoots for goal.

  Advantage – would have been a Penalty Pass if the shot was not successful.

8.What is the sanction if a player takes the penalty in the goal third and the umpire has indicated centre   third?

  Free Pass – (Not set or incorrectly taken)

9.If the umpire indicated centre third and the player takes the ball in the goal third.  Where will the   sanction be set?

  Goal Third

10.The GD who has been penalized, indicate to her partner to defend the GA.  What is the sanction?

  Penalty Pass