Contact the Umpire Committee:

Please contact us if your umpire is unable to make an allocated game, if your umpire has changed, if you want to join our Umpire Development Pathway, or if you just want to understand what it is our Umpire Committee do. 

All queiries are recieved by the PNC Office & Umpire Convener.  

Have you ever considered picking up a whistle and becoming an umpire?

Umpiring netball is very rewarding and is fast growing as an individual sport in its own right. It requires fitness, good analytical skills and of course a passion for the sport of Netball.

It is part of Papakura Netball Centre’s mission to provide a quality competition for all.  This includes setting the qualifications required per grade and being at the required fitness level to be able to have good position, vision, and timing.  We all expect and deserve to have a well-managed game.  

Where do I start? 

Take a look at our Umpire Pathway, and requirements to understand where you need to start.  Then take a look below, to complete online learning or register to our workshops.


All aspiring umpires are encouraged to attend a our 2x night 'Whilsters' course.  

Night 1: Theory - rules,  hand signals, umpire guidelines

Night 2: Practical - on court, whistle blowing

Introduction to Umpiring Learning Outcomes:

  • At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:
  • Identify and use umpire communication tools more effectively
  • Identify areas the umpires manage and where players can play
  • Manage match responsibilities - protocols
  • Understand basic umpire positioning and vision
  • Demonstrate a basic application of the rules of the game
  • Demonstrate the actions that an umpire takes when a player infringes
  • Umpire a practice game demonstrating umpire skills and learning what is being done well and what needs to be worked on

If you have a few umpires (5 or more) that are keen to get together to do a umpire theory & whistlers class please let the office know and we can try organise with our Umpire Convenor. Contact the office on 295 0176 or via email


Please click the button below (Umpires Practical Assessment form) and submit payment of $10 and we will put you on the list to be assessed by our Umpire Assessors.

You will be notified of when you will be put on a game to be assessed once payment has been confirmed.

Any questions please dont hesitate to give us a call at the PNC office on 295 0176 or via email


2022 Exam Dates: 

EXAMApplications OpenApplications DueExam Date
Zone Theory 131-Mar-223-May-22 16-May-22
Zone Theory 215-Jun-2218-Jul-228-Aug-22
NZ Theory 120-Apr-2223-May-2213-Jun-22
NZ Theory 227-Jul-2229-Aug-2219-Sep-22

Payment details will be sent to applicants after registrations have closed and Umpire Leads have approved their candidates to sit.

The exam will be held on the 16th of May 2022 between 6pm - 8:30pm.

Price:$55.00 NZD

Instructions to Apply:

1. Need to sign up on the Netball NZ website.

2. Select Search Learning - Netball NZ Catalogue

3. Click on 'Zone Theory Exam 1'

4. Read information and then click on 'Request Now'

Zone Theory

The NNZ Zone Theory Exam is the first step in gaining your Zone Umpire Award
NZ Theory
The NNZ New Zealand Theory Exam is the first step for umpires who hold a Zone Umpire Award and are looking toattain their New Zealand Umpire Award


Per Team Grade at Papakura Netball Centre

(Refer part 3, 7.1 – F - I, of the PNC Regulations) as follows:

Grade                                    Qualification Required

Senior Premier Current         Zone Theory

Senior A, Res, B, Res           Local Centre Award

Collegiate Premier                Local Centre Award

Collegiate & U15                   Junior Badge

Intermediate                          Junior Theory or New to Umpiring cert

(Y6 teams)                             Junior Theory or Foundation module completion

(Y5 teams)                             Junior Theory or Foundation module completion



Click on the image above to take you directly to NNZ Online learning portal.  There you will find the following modules:

  1. New Player Umpire Online Module - which provides you with a NNZ Certificate at the end if you pass.
  2. Understanding 6v6 Netball - which is great for ANZ futureFERNS umpires, coaches and players.  No pass required.

If you are having trouble logging, please see our ​​​​​​​Introduction to Umpiring guide under Umpire resources.  



When: Tuesday 5th, 12th, 19th and 21st April

Where: Papakura Netball Centre Hall

Time: 6pm Warm Up, 6:30pm test starts

What is Fitness Testing?

The Yo-Yo Test measures your VO2 Max which is the maximum rate at which the heart, lungs, and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise. The Yo-Yo Test is used as a way of measuring a person's individual aerobic capacity and it’s how Netball New Zealand measures the fitness of its umpires. The Yo-Yo Test is not easy, but there are ways in which you can prepare to give yourselves the best chance to prepare.

We recommend reading the Effective_Yo-yo_Testing.pdf

We recommend reading the 2020_Community_Umpiring_Fitness_Testing_Guidelines.pdf

Why is Fitness Testing required?

At PNC our current regulations expect a Premier umpire to meet a 13.2 Yo-Yo test result, or at the discretion of the PNC Umpires committee at the very least be on the pathway to meeting this.  This was implemented in 2020, to encourage our Senior Umpires to ensure fitness levels were at the level of the Premier players.  This change has resulted in a reduction in Officials complaints, and gives Umpires KPI’s they can work towards. 

From a National perspective, Representing a national organisation comes with a responsibility to uphold the high standards of the award. Netball New Zealand have minimum fitness standards for the various levels of netball as follows:

  • NNZ National Umpire Squad: 16.1
  • NNZ Open Champs: 15.1
  • NNZ Secondary Schools Champs: 14.5
  • NNZ U18 Champs: 14.5
  • NZ B or NZ C: 14.3
  • All other umpires (recommended): 13.2

Click here for more details on NZ Umpire levels

Who is it for?

All Umpires! Whether you are working towards National level, umpiring Premier, preparing for the season ahead or you want to experience a Fitness test.  Come along.

Register here or by clicking the button below:

Please register here if for the April Fitness Testing Dates:

Fitness testing dates for June, August and September will be released by the end of the month.