Welcome back to the 2023 Netball Season!!!​​​​​​​

Keep checking our website for the most up to date information

Want to be apart of our allocation pool of umpires this season? Or want to know more around what is happening? Complete the form above!


Umpire Coach Meeting

Tuesday 18 April 2023

Vautier Park Pavillion

6.00pm - 7.30pm

Innes Dean Club Competition

Grading Day

Saturday 29 April 2023

9.00am - 3.00pm

Super Sunday Premier

Pre-Season Tournament

Sunday 30 April 2023

CET Arena, Palmerston North

10.00am - 4.00pm


Learning to Umpire Module

NNZ has a Learning to Umpire Module for New Umpires and Player Umpires which replaces the Netball New Zealand Centre Theory test. This module is the first step towards the Centre Umpire Award or a pre-requisite for some Centres for Player Umpires.

The Module helps New and Player Umpires understand some of the rules of netball as well as some practical techniques to enhance their umpiring.

This module requires registering on the NNZ Learning & Development Platform which can be accessed here;



Starting out Umpiring - basic rules for new umpires, parents, players and netball coaches

New Player and Umpire Module - for new and player umpires, this is the theory pre-requiste for the Centre Award

(Available and completed online)

Techniques 1 - new and Pre-Centre Award Umpires, helps with understanding of Position, Vision and Timing and how they impact on umpiring

Techniques 2 - Centre Award umpires working towards Zone Award, similar concepts

Obstruction - Umpires and Umpire Coaches at all levels

Post Match Discussion -for umpires working towards Centre, Zone and NZ practical, learning to benefit from post match discussion and the NNZ coaching approach

Self Analysis - umpires working towards Centre, Zone and NZ practical. Growing umpire ability to analyse, understand skills needed and managing disappointment

Umpires Coaches and Assesors

Introduction to Coaching and Assessing -  for new umpire coaches and assessors​​​​​​​

Assessor Development Programme - introduction to assessment and selection at Centre level

Fitness Testing Due Dates 2023

  • 15th March (completed)
  • 1st June
  • 1st August (for umpires wishing to attend NZ Open Champs)
  • 1st September

Umpire Level

Yo-yo Test Level

Fitness Test Deadline

Umpires selected by the NNZ Umpire Selectors for the NNZ Open Champs


1 August each year

Umpires selected by the NNZ Umpire Selectors for the NNZ Secondary Schools Champs


1 September each year

All umpires applying for NNZ U18 Champs


1 June each year

Umpires prior to screening for NZ B or NZ C, including endorsement


Within two weeks of the most recent fitness testing deadline

All other Umpires (recommended)



All umpires wishing to be appointed to NNZ events must provide current Yo-Yo Test results as per the table above. Current means within two weeks of the fitness testing deadline

Umpire Fitness Testing Dates

Come along and give it a go!


​​​​​​​Please ensure you email ashleighkate@netballmanawatu.org.nz to signal your attendance to any of the following dates.

If you cannot make any of the following dates, email to make alternative arrangements.

Development Opportunities

Theory Exams

There are two exams for Umpires who have completed their Centre Umpire Award.

  1. NNZ Zone Theory
  2. New Zealand Theory Exam

 All exams will be conducted online.

All exams cost $55.

Netball Manawatu coach leads or identified personnel will facilitate any Theory study groups to support you in preparation for your exam. If you would like to know more about this, please email ashleighkate@netballmanawatu.org.nz 

Dates for the 2023 NNZ Zone Theory and New Zealand Theory exams have been set as shown below:


Applications Open

Applications Close

Exam Date

Zone Theory 1

11 April 2023

9 May 2023

29 May 2023

NZ Theory 1

18 April 2023

23 May 2023

12 June 2023

Zone Theory 2

13 June 2023

18 July 2023

7 August 2023

NZ Theory 2

27 June 2023

1 August 2023

21 August 2023

Module Calendar

Coming soon........

Umpire Coach Expression of Interest

If you are looking to give back to the sport and interested in learning more around coaching opportunities, fill in the expression of interest form and one of our coach panel leads will be in touch with you.



Margaret Kaihe-Woolston & Sarah Orr – Centre Panel Leads

Lisa Aull – Zone Panel Lead

Linda Liggins – NZ Panel Lead

Guidelines and Resources