Each World Netball region has an Officiating Coordinator (OC), who supports World Netball’s International Officiating Manager (IOM) to lead International Officiating. World Netball’s OCs work closely with the World Netball Members and Regions to facilitate the pathway to International Officiating.
Responsibilities of the INF OC:
a) Disseminate good practice in World Netball processes and encourage World Netball Member Associations to implement that practice
b) Co-ordinate verification for officials recommended as International Testing Panel (ITP) and ITP Cadet and International Talent Identified Umpire (ITID) by Member Associations and/or Regional Associations in line with World Netball guidelines
c) Oversee the progression of International Match Officials (Umpires) and Umpire Assessors in line with World Netball guidelines
d) Select ITP and ITP Cadet as Umpires Appointment Panel (UAP) for International matches in line with World Netball guidelines as part of the OC Forum (OCF).
e) Develop relationships with World Netball Member Association named officiating lead in order to assist the progression process and avoid conflict between international and domestic competition and support adherence to international processes.
f) Contribute to netWorld (World Netball on-line database) with pertinent data
The World Netball OCs are:
Africa: Neo Gwafila-Bulayani
Americas: Vaneisha Cadogan
Europe: Alan Anderson
Oceania: Garratt Williamson
World Netball National Associations and Regional Federations play a large part in supporting the development of umpires throughout their career.
At international level the Umpire Appointments Panel (UAP) are allocated to international matches to provide coaching support and feedback to the umpires helping to identify areas for improvement.
There is no substitute for experience, particularly in match situations. World Nebtall seeks to expose up-and-coming umpires, known as International Talent Identified (ITID) Umpires, to matches at an international level.
World Netball have an IUA Testing Panel (ITP) which is in place, for the testing of umpires for the International Umpires’ Award (IUA) and the coaching of elite umpires. ITP Cadets, with the support of the ITPs, will also be involved in identifying and training elite umpires and this role provides a succession process and pool of candidates for future ITP members.
The INF ITP/ITP Cadets are:
Deborah Lynch Theobalds
Marielouw Van der Merwe
Anne Marie Dickson Lewis