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Back To Netball – Officiating

INF’s Regions and Members are publishing Netball guidelines that are relevant to officiating to help ensure a safe return to the sport for all.

For more information on general guidelines please refer to the Community Netball Guidelines available here.

Published guidelines and resources relevant to officials can be found below.

Netball New Zealand 

Guidelines For Participants

Hygiene and Sanitation Guidelines 

Netball Australia 

Return to Play Guidelines – Volunteers

Extension of INF issued dates for officials with expiry in 2020 or 2021

INF appreciate the uncertainty that COVID-19 is bringing and have been reviewing the impact on the expiry dates of status issued to INF officials.

To mitigate the immediate impact, those officials whose INF issued status is due to expire in the next 12 to 18 months will have their end date extended by 12 months. This applies to IUA, ITID, ITP, ITP Cadet and ROC whose current status expires in 2020 or 2021.

INF recognise that access to netball (both domestically and internationally) could be limited for a long period of time so the situation will be reviewed again in 6 months to see if any further exceptions need to be made as things progress, e.g. for officials whose INF issued status expires in 2022.

In addition to this, the International Regional Officiating Coordinator (ROC) group will be meeting on a regular basis during this time, to ensure it is best placed to react and respond to the ever changing environment. If you have any questions or queries in relation to international officiating during this time, please don’t hesitate to send them through. We are committed to providing updates as and when information in made available.

INF remain open to review individual circumstances, but please be assured the INF Procedures continue to have the usual measures in place to manage the end of issued status:

  • IUA: A test may be scheduled at any time up to twelve months before or up to eighteen months after the expiry date of the previous grade ‘Met’ test (if deemed appropriate by ITP)
  • ITID: The ITPs and ITP Cadets can make a request to the ROC and IUM for ITID status to be continued after four years should an umpire still be progressing and further time be required for this
  • ITP: ITP status will be reviewed at the end of an appointment by the IUM in conjunction with the Regional Federation, INF Member Country and ROC to determine if there is a recommendation for that appointment to continue
  • ITP Cadet: ITP Cadet status will be reviewed at the end of an appointment by the IUM in conjunction with the Regional Federation, INF Member Country and ROC to determine if there is a recommendation for that appointment to continue, or if there is enough evidence to support that the accreditation pathway has been completed, the issuing of ITP status will be considered by the INF.

All related procedures can be found in the International Umpiring Handbook

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