Charlestown Netball Association Inc.
Netball Courts - Dudley Road, near Central Charlestown Leagues Club.







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To develop confident, enthusiastic coaches that will develop good Netball skills and good Sportsmanship for the players of Charlestown Netball Association.

To encourage every coach at Charlestown Netball Association to obtain their 0TC Coaching Certificate.

To encourage and develop existing 0TC coaches to go on and obtain their Level I Coaching Certificate.

To encourage all Level 1 and 2 Coaches to maintain and keep updating their qualification.

To encourage and develop existing Level 1 coaches to go on and obtain their Level 2 Coaching Certificate.

To encourage young coaches or players to be co-coaches at either Club or Association level.

To educate coaches of modified teams on the importance of participation not competition, to develop the player’s skills rather than the need to win.

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  1. Establish a coaching committee, consisting of Association Coaching Convenor, Representative Coaches and Co-Coaches.
  2. To hold a minimum of two 0TC coaching courses each season, one at the beginning and one towards the end of the season.
  3. To liaise with Club Conveners in regard to any help that can be offered from the Coaching Committee; e.g. setting coaching programs, borrowing videos or books from the Charlestown Netball Association’s library.
  4. Organise modified coaching lectures for Coaches of Modified teams about the difference in the rules and why it is so important to develop our young players.
  5. To display any information on the Coaches notice board in regard to any courses being held by other associations or NSW Netball.
  6. To involve interested Junior and Intermediate players in training sessions to develop their confidence, so they will become co-coaches, junior coaches and/or help out with the training squads in later years.

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To have a high standard of umpiring at Charlestown Netball Association. To develop and build confidence with our younger umpires and non-badged umpires in the hope that they will continue and gain a National Badge. To commit to our badged umpires continued support and coaching so they can maintain their level of umpiring and if they wish to go further and gain a higher badge.


Establish a good working committee, which will best meet the goals set, to develop high standard umpires.


The committee to consist of four (4) accredited National Badged Umpires, to work with the Umpire’s Co-Ordinator so the goals can be achieved, nominations are taken and the executive committee will appoint from these nominations.


   Chair Umpires meetings
   Attend Regional meetings - where possible
   Attend Umpires Seminars - where possible
   Attend CNA General and Executive meetings with a written report
   Allocate Umpires for Representative Selections
   Allocate Umpires for Representative Carnivals, State League, NSW Interdistrict, and Hunter
   Interdistrict (from nominations)
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   Encourage Umpires to attend NSW Camps
   Select accredited Badged umpires for Badging Panels
   Encourage Umpires to attend NSW accreditations

   In conjunction with the Umpires Co-Ordinator, meet and discuss
   the seasonal calendar for umpiring events and programs.

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Netta Netball: Modified Day in conjunction with the Coaching Co-Ordinator, talk to coaches re the application of Modified Rules and how to umpire Modified Rules.

11 Years Orientation Day: As it is their first year of umpiring, the 11 year old players need to be assured that they will be able to cope, this camp is to be held before the season starts. Talk on the basic rules, have a workshop on court and then have teams involved in a Round Robin, coach umpires with badged umpires. When the competition starts, Clubs may use the Buddy system in accordance with CNA Guidelines (see below).

Red: Clubs to organise this over a period of six (6) to eight (8) weeks, when all Clubs have completed the theory exercise, CNA Umpires Committee will set an exam which will determine whether the candidates have been paying attention and learning.
Blue: The Blue Badge is achieved in the second season by practical umpiring, with a coaching committee umpire advising how to apply a decision in a better way, a comment sheet is filled in on how the coaching umpire thought the umpire went over a couple of games. This is accessed near the end of a season with a pass mark of A, B or C.
White: the White Badge is achieved by sitting for the NSW State Examination Paper and gaining a 70% pass or better, if they fail they are allowed to resit the following year.

The Talented Umpires Squad is derived from District Badge achievers who show that they have the confidence, concentration and ability to go further with their umpiring. These persons will gain further coaching till they are of standard to gain a National Umpires badge, which must be obtained on a much higher senior game (A or AR).


Section 2: This examination can be sat for in May or September, NSWNA has a charge on this paper and the pass mark is 85%. Candidates can only sit for the examination once in each calendar year.
Section 1: This examination can be sat for by anyone in May or September, the pass mark is 70%. Candidates can only sit for the examination once in each calendar year.


Anyone may approach the Umpires Co-Ordinator or committee and request coaching, but that person must make a commitment to make themselves available on a regular basis, otherwise it is a waste of the committee’s time.


Club convenors will be requested to attend a meeting before the season starts when the various programmes for that season will be explained and dates set.


Where possible Badged Umpires will be used, if there are not enough Badged Umpires, competent non-badged umpires will be used. All games will be individually timed and all umpires to wear all white, all players to wear official team uniform.

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Season 1
Age group 12 years, to and including seniors.

  1. Purchase a rulebook and read it, knowledge is a wonderful thing.
  2. Purchase a metal whistle - for better power when blowing for and infringement, and getting players attention.
  3. Set a programme over 5/6 weeks, using the manual as a guide, and the rulebook for interpretation and knowledge. The participant’s workbook is only a guide - encourage more use of the rulebook.
  4. Encouragement to build up confidence, concentration, consistency, control and competence.
  5. Encourage enjoyment of umpiring by using practical activities, making it FUN not a task.J
  6. Be aware of participants that may need extra encouragement - one on one.
  7. An exam will be set by CNA at the end of six (6) weeks (when all clubs have finished). This is not to be feared by participants, it is only to see whether the correct knowledge has been passed on, in a way that all can comprehend.
  8. A Presentation Day at the end of the season, so that all participants can receive a RED patch from CNA.


Season 2

  1. Purchase of a ‘U’ for Umpiring book to study for the NSW State Examination.
  2. Encourage participants to return to follow on with their umpiring, to gain a stronger knowledge of the rules.
  3. Three/four weeks of reading through the ‘U’ for Umpiring book, preparing them for the NSW State exam, and also to gain more understanding of the rules, and how to interpret them.
  4. Sit for the NSW State exam paper, Section 1, gaining 70% or better pass mark.
    If a person fails the exam they may continue with the Blue badge, but should re-sit next season just to gain their white badge.
  5. A roster for the Blue badge will be drawn up by CNA’s Umpires Committee, for no less than two (2) games with a CNA coaching umpire on the sideline, writing and talking to the young umpire where certain interpretations can be improved upon, encouraging and praising on interpretations well applied.
  6. A Presentation at the end of the season to award the White and Blue badges to worthy participants. From this the naming of CNA’s Talent Squad. Those chosen for the Talent Squad, will be encouraged to return and go on to try and gain a National badge.


  1. Must have participated and passed their Red, White and Blue District Badges.
  2. Roster on for practical umpiring on higher than normal standard games, drawn up by CNA’s Umpires committee.
  3. Be willing to avail themselves for regular coaching on such games set by a CNA Coaching umpire, who will write a coaching sheet on their performance and advise, encourage and praise their efforts.
  4. Work to improve standard of umpiring, and the rewards are setting their goals to obtain a national badge.
  5. Assist where possible the Association at Representative Carnivals and training games to gain confidence and learn the art of Umpiring.

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  1. Encourage the umpires to look for any rules that are broken. (Remind the umpire that these are the same rules that they play the game by, except that now they must blow the whistle and penalise these infringements).
  2. Direct the umpire towards any infringements that they have missed thereby questioning the umpire if they saw the infringement happen e.g. did that player step? Is that player 3 feet? etc.
  3. Suggest/direct the umpires where they should be positioning themselves so they can secure a good view of play to observe any infringements e.g. where to stand on a centre pass, when and where to move along the goal line, where to stand for throw-ins and to move down the court to follow the progress of play.
  4. Define and explain any rules that the umpire may be unsure of the definition and application e.g. contact, obstruction - penalty pass and/or penalty pass or shot. Minor infringements i.e. stepping, offside etc. free pass.
  5. Build the umpires confidence by them knowing that you are there to support them by allowing them to control the game, encourage them to a loud and sharp whistle and have a loud voice to enable the other umpire to hear the decisions (as loud as when you are fighting with your siblings at home). A confident umpire with a commanding voice and whistle will quickly gain respect of the players and spectators.
  6. While the play is continuing in the other umpires area, when the umpire is standing on the transverse line, talk to your umpire about previous decisions and/or about the decisions being made by the other umpire.


  1. DO NOT UMPIRE FOR THEM, make them think.
  2. Do not take your whistle with you, as you will not need it. Tell the umpire that you do not have a whistle so they will have to blow their whistle for all infringements.
  3. Let them umpire, let them make mistakes and then correct them at the appropriate time. Umpires need to learn from their mistakes to enable them to become better and more confident umpires. Don’t over-ride them, as they will quickly lose their confidence.

Memo from Netball Australia - Re Injury/Illness/Blood
2nd August 2016.
Over the past months, Netball Australia has received a large number of queries regarding Rule 9.3.1. (Stoppages – Injury/Illness or Blood).
The purpose of this memorandum is to address common areas of confusion, and to assist in the consistent and correct application of the Rule.
In ordinary circumstances, the umpire shall hold time for injury/illness or blood after receiving a request from an on-court player (Refer Rule 9.3.1). The player requesting time does not need to be the injured/ill player, or the player who is bleeding. Rule 9.3.1 further provides that in exceptional circumstances, the umpire may hold time for injury/illness or blood without a request being made. An example would be a situation where the injured or ill player is physically unable to call time and no other on-court player does so, and there is an overriding concern for player safety. Another example would be where there is obvious blood on a player but they are unwilling to request time – again, overriding health and safety concerns would require the umpire to hold time in order for the situation to be dealt with.

Regardless of whether time is held for injury/illness or blood following a request from an on-court player, or by an umpire in the absence of such a request, the same provisions apply (that is – Rule 9.3.1(i)-(ix) inclusive). In particular, the player concerned must leave the court. Therefore, umpires should exercise caution in holding time without receiving a request from an on-court player, and should be sure that there really are “exceptional circumstances” that require this action to be taken.

Rule 9.3.1(ii) provides that the player concerned (that is, the player for whom time has been called) “must leave the court within 30 seconds” and that any treatment must be received off the Court. This means that on any occasion when time is requested and held for a player due to injury, illness or blood, that player is required to go off. It does not matter whether the player needs or receives treatment or not, and it does not matter whether any treatment given can be completed within 30 seconds. The player is not permitted to continue if time has been held for them.

Rule 9.3.1(vii) states that during a stoppage for injury/illness or blood, both teams may make substitutions or team changes, provided these are completed within the time allowed for the stoppage by the umpires. In ordinary circumstances, this time is up to 30 seconds (refer Rule 9.3.1(ii) – player concerned must leave the court within 30 seconds). Any substitutions or team changes made by either team must therefore be completed within the time allowed for the stoppage – being the time taken for the injured/ill/bleeding player to leave the court, which usually will not exceed 30 seconds.

If the stoppage extends beyond 30 seconds because the player concerned cannot be removed from the court safely within 30 seconds (refer Rule 9.3.1(iv)) or, the case of blood, in order for the ball, court or clothing to be cleaned (refer Rule 9.3.1(vi)), the teams have the whole of the time allowed for the stoppage to make substitutions and/or team changes. The player concerned must still leave the court. This applies even if, in the case of blood, the player would be in a position to continue by the time the clean-up process has been completed.

The player concerned may be replaced during the stoppage (refer Rule 9.3.1(vii)). Alternatively, play may resume with the position left vacant. If the player concerned is Centre, one player must move to play at Centre to allow the match to continue (refer Rule 9.3.1(viii)). If the position is vacant, the player concerned or a substitute may subsequently, after advising the Umpire, take the Court immediately after one of the following:
(a) a goal has been scored (in this case, the player concerned or the substitute must play in the position left vacant);
(b) a stoppage for injury, illness or blood;
(c) an interval.

Thus, in the case of (a), if the player concerned was playing Centre at the time of leaving the court, they would not return to the original position (Centre), but to the position left vacant.

It is not possible for the vacant position to be filled at another time when play has stopped (for example, when a sanction or action is taken). It may only be filled when one of the three events specified in Rule 9.3.1(ix) occurs.

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Last updated 2nd August 2016.