Update on the Officiating Course Launch
EN launched new courses last week, which are due to be delivered between September 2021 and March 2022. On Tuesday we launched 27 Level 1 and 25 Level 2 Coaching courses, followed by 51 Into and 29 C Officiating courses on Wednesday. Bookings have been going well and in addition to the communication sent out to EN members promoting these courses, we are planning additional communications to be sent out to a wider audience in the next few weeks.
Removal of the Into Officiating Expiry Date
The expiry date for the Into Officiating award is being removed with immediate effect. Please note that this applies to all fully assessed holders of the Into Officiating Award. From the records held on Engage and subsequent updates received from you all there are 574 Into Umpires, with the earliest qualifying in September 2016. This means expiry would have fallen in the extension periods open to learners due to Covid. As you can imagine a number of these learners have subsequently moved onto and or qualified on the C Award Pathway. It therefore makes it consistent for all involved to remove the expiry date for all qualified Into Officiating Award learners. We will contact those who this affects to inform them.
Following a few instances of confusion please note that attendance at both virtual sessions for Into and C Award is required for a learner to progress to the assessment phase. When launched this will also apply to all 3 sessions of the B Award Course – the two virtual sessions and the practical workshop.
England Netball will be launching the B award Officiating courses on the England Netball course finder in October 2021.
Netball Europe (our Awarding body for Officiating) have provided us with an update on the extension of expiry dates for Netball Europe officiating awards, due to COVID-19. To ensure a consistent approach England Netball have adopted the same directive on extensions to awards and written assessments to the Into officiating award, as outlined by Netball Europe (please see attached). The NE officiating group and Board have stated that they will continue to review this situation to determine if any further considerations and changes are required because of COVID-19 and will update us accordingly.
C Award Written
There was a discussion around old world vs new world C Award written assessments.
Those who have gone through the new C Award courses from September 2021 onwards will be automatically loaded onto a C Award written assessment. Those who attended a course pre March 2020 will need to apply directly to Europe Netball via the following link
However, there are still learners currently in the system who will be waiting to sit this written paper and we would encourage them to now do so. For these learners waiting, they can apply directly to Netball Europe and they will be set up shortly after with a written paper. Information on how to do this can be found in the guide below
RULE AMENDMENTS FROM JANUARY 2018
The International Netball Federation (INF) announced the release of the 2020 Rules of Netball for implementation across all international matches from 1 January 2020.
Whilst the news of a change of rules often creates the idea that fundamental aspects of how the sport is played will change the updates to the 2020 rule book center around a number of minor tweaks and ‘tidy ups’ to the existing text.
Like many other governing bodies across the world, England Netball has taken the decision to implement the new rules for all domestic competitions and leagues from 1st September 2020. This is to ensure there is adequate time for us to amend any course resources, competition regulations and for us to work with our dedicated County and Regional Officiating Leads to deliver any new rules sessions that may be required.
Please note the Vitality Netball Superleague will be the only league in England to be played under the new rules.
Further information will be circulated in due course but in the meantime should you require any further information please do get in contact with us at email@example.com.
England Netball wishes to acknowledge and thank the members of the INF Rules Panel for the hard work they have undertaken –