New Umpires

Beginner Umpire Trial Day

We take on new umpires twice a year, with between 8-12 candidates offered positions in our Beginner Trainee Program. These candidates are selected through a trial day, in which beginner umpires have a go umpiring a team of volunteer athletes. Our experienced selectors are looking for umpires who have the confidence to have a go and are ready to take on the responsibility of umpiring. Everyone’s umpiring journey is different, and candidates are encouraged to trial numerous times if unsuccessful.

Benefits for you

  • having a go at umpiring before starting training to see if it is for you
  • a start to your umpiring journey when you are truly ready, not when your name comes up on a waiting list
  • experience of a trial process similar to that for paid casual employment in a supportive environment
  • the opportunity for immediate feedback on how you can improve

Benefits for players, coaches and the wider community

  • umpires beginning their training after having some practice, providing a safer environment for all
  • umpires who are ready to take on the responsibility of officiating netball
The dates for our next trial are published on this page in advance. Trials will typically occur in late January before the Autumn season and late July before the Spring season.

If you would like to prepare for your trial, try doing the following:

  • umpiring practice games at netball training
  • Foundation Umpire Education Course (online via MyNetball)
  • Rules of Netball Theory Exam (online via MyNetball)

or attending an Intro to Umpiring course run by Netball Victoria. Please note we do host this course for all new trainees before they begin umpiring at CDNA.

Adult Beginner Umpire Program

This program has finished for 2022, check back for updates on when the next program will be held!

This program presents an alternative training opportunity for 6-10 future umpires aged 18+ to learn to umpire over a 6 week course on Thursday nights 4-7pm (specific times TBC) at Duncan McKinnon Reserve starting Thursday 28th of April.

Time commitments: a 2-hour training course on Thursday 28th of April (time and date TBC), and 1-2 hours per week of paid umpiring 1-3 games from Thursday 5th May with one of CDNA’s experienced umpire mentors to support you.

Our community thrives on a fantastic group of umpires between the ages of 14 and 90, however the majority of our umpires are between the ages of 14 and 24. To keep netball competitions running smoothly, we are looking to boost numbers in the community by providing alternative training options for mums, dads, uni students, players and other community volunteers who would like to give umpiring a go.

Benefits for you:

  • A great opportunity to stay active
  • Local school matches, night time and mid-morning competitions and tournaments paid at between $25-$45 per game and $90-$120 per tournament
  • Inclusion in a supportive community of passionate netball people
  • Elevated understanding of the game
  • A new skill and hobby income to support you during study or time out of work

To join the program please contact Lucy at

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Experienced Umpires New to CDNA

We welcome new badged or experienced umpires to our association!

With testing programs for C badge, opportunities to mentor new umpires and pas son your knowledge and B skills program to prepare our umpires to train for their B badge, there are lots of opportunities for experienced umpires to engage at CDNA.

If you are an experienced umpire who has completed beginner training elsewhere and looking for extra games, looking to get your C badge or are a badged umpire looking to bring your experience to a new environment, please email