Green Shirt Umpire Program

The Green Shirt Umpiring Program is a practical umpiring course aimed at developing and training beginner umpires, of all ages, to ultimately attain their National C  badge. Introduced to netball associations in 2007, the program has continued to grow, introducing an increasing number of individuals to umpiring and assisting to develop their umpiring. As an association we are strongly encouraging the more mature athlete to enrol along with coaches, parents and spectators alike.

The program is run twice a year in the Winter and Spring seasons. It aims to

  • Make new officials easily identifiable, so that they are easy to recognise and support;
  • Raise awareness and increase the recognition and support of new officials;
  • Assist in reducing the pressure and lessening abuse and conflict directed towards new officials; and
  • Create a culture of support for these new officials through the education of players, spectators, coaches and the media.

Enrolment for the 2018 Winter Season is now open!

All umpires new to the program MUST attend two compulsory training sessions held in the WDNA club rooms on the 21st and 28th Janary 2018, 3pm – 6pm. This is basic training consisting of both practical and theory drills. The cost of this training is $50 which is payable prior to the first session (this also includes the cost of the trials as listed below).

NEW Umpires to THIS program please enrol here 

Once training has been completed or you are a returning umpire you will be required to attend trials. During these trials you will be umpiring the trials for the TACT program, as the trials are split into age groups you will be able to participate in this program and also trial as a player. Attendance is required at a minimum of 2 of the trials:

Monday 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th February 2018. All held at the WDNA courts from 6 – 8.30pm.

If you are a returning umpire and have not completed the training then you will required to pay a trial fee of $15. This fee covers the coaching provided over the potential four trials, those who attend training has this fee incorporated into their initial fee.

RETURNING Umpires to THIS program, who are NOT attending the training please enrol here


Following the trials you will be emailed to advise if you are successful in securing a place in the program.

There are two levels to our program in Winter: Full Program and Train On. Both programs cost $130.00 and run for the entire 14 week season.

Full Program

Umpires will umpire each week based on their availability that they have advised us at the start of the year. They are guaranteed 10 games in the season and they are paid on the side of the court for these games.

On each game they will have an umpire coach assigned to their court who will coach them so they receive feedback there and then, the umpires also have work books to complete to help them ‘see’ their progress.

Each umpire will receive a green shirt polo shirt which is to be returned at the end of the season.  Should they be successful and obtain their National C Badge they are rewarded with a squad shirt which is yours to keep, they also continued to be allocated games and receive coaching for the remainder of the season.

Train On Program

Many umpires find umpiring extremely daunting and quite often they need to build confidence. We help them obtain this confidence by working with them as a separate group and a designated coach. For 2018, we have secured the services of a highly experience umpire coach to run this part of the program. The program will be run predominantly at the 8.30am time slot (dependent on registration numbers) and once the umpires gain confidence they will move into the full program and their requested time slot. Again, each umpire will receive payment for the games that they umpire.

Incidental costs

The online Foundation Umpire Education course (Formerly Level 1) which costs $30 and an online Theory Exam which is free must be completed prior to week one of the season.

Each umpire must also have a white skirt (shorts if male), a Thunderer whistle and 2018 rule book – we do sell if required.

WDNA heavily subsidise badging costs with umpires contributing $40 to the cost.

Is there an age barrier?

No, we strongly encourage mature umpires to come through our program.

Over the last few years we have managed to attract a number of adults who have enjoyed and successfully progressed through the program.

Junior umpires should be born in 2005 (turning 13 in 2018), those born after 2005 are welcome to attend the training sessions and trial as we accept into the program based on ability.  Junior umpires MUST have completed a season playing in full rules to be eligible.

Direct all enquiries to Rachel Williams via email on umpiring@wdna.net.au or call WDNA on 9409 9950