Athlete Program



Program overview

The SESA Netball Umpire Program provides opportunity for eligible aspiring young netball umpires of the South East region of NSW to access quality development opportunities and support.

Umpires will receive expert coaching and participate in both practical and education development sessions throughout the program under guidance of the SESA umpire coach. The program is a part of a recognised Netball NSW Pathway for umpires. The program will commence in March 2019 and run until October 2019.

Scholarship holders will be required to undergo an induction process, attend weekend training camps, and participate in academy activities.

Scholarship benefits

Coaching Excellence – In a series of training sessions umpires will work with experienced umpires and coaches to develop skills.

Personal Growth – Off court sessions such as resilience to ensure umpires learn to prepare themselves off the court.

General Athletic Development – Testing and an introduction to Strength and Conditioning will improve speed, power and reactive ability on court and will lessen the chance of injury.

High level Competitive Experience - Two Academy Challenges are planned in 2019.  Umpires will have an opportunity to represent SESA at the Academy Games and / or the Academy Challenge.

High Performance Camp – Academy athletes and umpires all come together at Netball Central in Sydney for a weekend camp where the girls have the opportunity to learn from the best of the best.

Athlete eligibility

To be eligible for a SESA Netball Scholarship, athletes must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Be male or female aged between 14 and 20 in 2019 (born between 2005 and 1999);

  2. Have attained or be working towards a National Umpire Award (National C or B Badge); and

  3. Be a current financial member of a local Netball NSW Association located within the South East Region.

Selection process

Interested umpires must complete the online application form by Thursday 28 February 2019. Each applicant is reviewed by a selected panel of SESA coaches and administrators.

Conditions of scholarship

SESA Netball Umpire Scholarship holders are expected to:

  • Attend all program activities

  • Be committed and prepared to work toward improving performance

  • Be committed to a holistic approach to their development

  • Not take or use performance enhancing drugs or illegal drugs or participate in other activities that are prohibited by the South East Sports Academy Code of Conduct

  • Behave and dress in a professional and dignified manner when representing SESA

  • An athlete levy of $250 will apply which covers the cost of program activities.

2019 Umpire Commitment

It is expected that umpires who accept a position in this program attend the compulsory training sessions, High Performance Camp and Academy Challenge. Umpires selected to attend the Academy games will be made based on availability and consultation with the Umpire Coach.

Training sessions will alternate between various locations in the region including Broulee, Bega, Canberra and Goulburn.

Netball Program Dates for 2019 - Block 1

  • High Performance Camp, 15 - 17 March 2019, Sydney Olympic Park

  • Match Play, 30 March, Caroll College Broulee

  • Academy Games Training, 6 April, ACT Netball, Northbourne Ave, Lyneham

  • Academy Games, 12 -1 4 April, Maitland

Dates for Block 2 to be confirmed


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