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 more mature athletes to enrol along with coaches, parents and spectators alike.

Registrations for the 2024 Winter Green Shirt Program are now open:

*Closes To new applicants 2nd Feb 2024*

*Closes To returning Applicants 12th Feb 2024*

What is the Green Shirt Program?

The Green Shirt Program is a practical umpiring course that was introduced to netball associations in 2007 and has been continually developed into the successful program that we run today.

The program is aimed at training and developing umpires of all ages towards their National C badge. The Winter Program will run on Saturday with the 12&U age group and above.

What are the benefits for me as an umpire?

If you really want to learn to umpire, there is no better start than the Green Shirt Program. The training received is delivered by experienced umpire coaches.

The aim of the program is to ensure that new umpires are easily recognisable and are fully supported by the association, reducing the pressure and lessening abuse and conflict directed towards new officials.

Benefits of this program include:

  • start your journey on the umpire pathway,
  • develop umpiring skills and techniques,
  • learning the correct procedures and protocols of umpiring;
  • ongoing coaching by the Umpire Coaching Team and
  • support in the event of issues with spectators, coaches or players

I am involved in Winter as a player for my club, can I do both?

Yes, of course you can. Umpires who are selected for the Green Shirts program are able to play for their club teams and umpire the timeslot which does not clash with their game.

What are all the fees associated with the Training AND the program if I get in?

A fee of $67 covers the training and trial sessions and is payable online at the time of registration.

The cost of the program, running from April to August/September is $150.

This includes:   

  • A meet and greet with all the Umpiring Academy
  • Training session prior to the start of the season;
  • a minimum of 8 weeks of umpiring matches with umpire support; you will receive payment courtside for your umpiring;
  • courtside feedback delivered by experienced umpire coaches;
  • Further training sessions specifically for Greenshirt umpires only
  • Rules discussion and Game management workshops
  • subsidized badging costs and
  • the loan of the green polo shirt.

Prior to taking the court as an official, all WDNA umpires must have completed/passed:

  • Rules of Netball Exam Certificate $12.50 and
  • Foundation Umpire Course $45

These costs are in addition to the cost of the program  and are paid online through the Netball learning portal. They are valid for 4 years and do not need to be completed until you are selected into the program.

 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 2011 (turning 13 in 2024). We do allow younger umpires to do the training and the trials but they must have played at least one season in full rules before they can apply to enter this program.

Selection into the program is based on ability with all umpires facing the same criteria.

Is there an Umpire Uniform?

Each umpire must also have a white skirt/skorts, a Thunderer whistle and  rule book.

The umpiring academy has Thunderer Whistles, skorts, caps, visors and rain jackets for sale, however you do not have to purchase provided they meet the above requirements.

The rule book is also available as a downloadable app.

Should you be awarded your National C Badge within the season an additional payment of $45 is payable, this goes towards the cost of badging fees (admin, cost of the panel and NWA fees) which is subsidised by WDNA. WDNA will also provide you with a White Graduate Shirt for you to keep once you have returned your Green Shirt.

Can I sign straight up for the Winter season?

All umpires that are NEW to this program must attend our compulsory training program. Training will be held at the WDNA Clubrooms and includes both practical and theory drills. There are two training sessions and you can select which date you will attend during your registration. Please note umpires who do not attend the training will not be eligible for the program. Theses dates are:


Day One Sessions:

Day Two Sessions:

Monday 22nd Jan: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Tuesday 23rd Jan: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Saturday 27th Jan: 2pm – 6pm

Monday 29th Jan: 8:30am – 12:30pm

Sunday 04th Feb: 2pm – 6pm

Sunday 11th Feb: 2pm – 6pm


Trial Sessions

Sunday 18th February: 9am – 1pm

Sunday 25th February: 9am – 1pm [changed to 7:30am due to heat]

Sunday 03rd March : 9am – 1pm [changed to 7:30am due to heat]

OK, I’m definitely interested –  what must I commit to?

Firstly you must register in Play HQ – click here – please take the time to read through the information BEFORE you register.

Secondly attend one of EACH training day one and training day two sessions.

Finally, attend two Trials.

Greenshirt selections will be capped, those successful will be invited to continue with the training program for Winter 2024.

*Umpires who have already completed the training process should reach out to the umpiring team at before registering.

Incidental Costs

The online Foundation Umpire Education course (Formerly Level 1) which costs $45 and an online Theory Exam which is $12.50 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 2020 rule book – we do sell if required, there is also an app where the rule book can be downloaded for free.

WDNA heavily subsidise badging costs with umpires contributing $50 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 2010 (turning 13 in 2023), those born after 2010 are welcome to attend the training sessions and trial as we accept into the program based on ability, however they MUST have completed a season playing in full rules to be eligible.

Direct all enquiries via email to or call WDNA on (08) 9409 9950