Bench Official Allocation Panel Member Jenny Tregoning shares five facts you didn’t know about bench officiating.
- Five timers are used for each game. One timer has a one-minute countdown used at the beginning of the game. After the game starts, we re-set this to two minutes to be prepared if there is a player suspension. We have two timers to countdown the minutes of the quarter, one timer is located on the bench – known as Timer 1 – and the other is the stadium clock, which is the back-up. There’s also an interval timer to time the breaks between quarters and an injury timer set to 30 seconds, in the event a player sustains an injury. Operation of the timers are shared between the two bench officials allocated to timing.
- Working with umpires. Bench officials and umpires work closely together and rely upon one another. Umpires each wear an alert, which is activated by Timer 1 and ensures the umpires know when each quarter concludes.
- Scoring isn’t as simple as just recording the goals scored. Along with the goals, we record the misses on the scoresheet, as well as if the goal came from a penalty. Scorer 2 calls the game saying out loud ‘Goal Attack penalty in’ or ‘Goal Shooter in’, while scorer 1 documents this on the score sheet.
- Team work is a key aspect of bench officiating. With up to five people on the bench, clear communication is needed especially between the two scorers and the two timers. We really enjoy our roles and one another’s company, and love watching some great games of netball!
- Bench officials are paid a remuneration for their time.
If you’re interested in becoming a bench official, there is a free workshop on Sunday 11 November at Priceline Stadium. This workshop is a starting point for anyone who is interested in learning about the role. Click here to find out more and register.