Umpiring is an integral component of netball and is essential to the progress and success of the sport.  As independent arbiters, umpires are ideally positioned to apply the rules to the best of their ability, without fear or favour, and to make decisions in the interests of the game and its tenets of equal opportunity and sporting conduct. Skilled umpiring enhances the standard of the game by complementing and encouraging skilled play, for the enjoyment of participants and spectators alike.