Three umpires achieve National B Badge
Over the past month, three South Australian umpires – Bernadette Schmidt, Kaye Walton and Karly Oswald – have received their National B Badge.
Following the achievement, Netball SA caught up with Bernadette and Kaye to chat about their experiences as umpires.
Why did you get involved in umpiring?
Bernadette – I played netball for many years and in the readiness for when I couldn’t play anymore and knowing that I still wanted to be involved in netball I decided I would learn more about umpiring. Also, as a coach it also was useful to know the rules of play.
What is your current highlight of being an umpire?
Kaye – I was lucky to umpire the Indigenous curtain raiser between a SAASTA representative team and Pedare Christian College at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre before the Thunderbirds vs Magpies game. I was extremely grateful that I was chosen and able to do that.
How did you feel now that you have achieved your National B Badge?
Bernadette – I am very excited that I have achieved this level. Now I really want to give our younger teenage players and ex-players the opportunity to learn to umpire and enjoy the experience as I have.
What processes did you undertake while working towards you National B Badge and in the lead up to being tested for your National B Badge?
Bernadette – I attended sessions in Balaklava last season and this season to receive information on how to obtain the B Badge. I also attended another two rules of play sessions, which were held at Laura and Crystal Brook. When possible, I have had umpires provide mentoring and advice. I also received mentoring from Leanne Mason when she was in Wirrabara last season to badge the C Grade for Northern Areas.
Kaye – I’m very lucky that during the games I umpire on a Saturday I have access to some amazing mentors. Their guidance and feedback I believe has been paramount to my success in achieving my B Badge. I’m also a big believer in self-reflection after a game, I always like to write down what I did well and three things that I can look to improve on.
What Netball SA umpiring programs have you participated in along your journey as an umpire?
Kaye – Through my club netball I was encouraged to put my name in for the Netball SA Summer Program. From this program I was selected to be part of the Talent Identification Squad and invited to do pre-season with the Netball SA Premier League Umpiring Squad.
What is your umpiring goal?
Bernadette – To be a confident umpire within our area and to have the confidence to be able to umpire in other associations.
Kaye – My current goal is to refine and improve my umpiring skills and through a lot of hard work hopefully achieve my A Badge.
For more information on how to be involved as an umpire and on the umpire pathway, please contact Netball SA’s Officiating Department via email email@example.com.