Netball SA Coloured Shirt Program

Is your club or Association interested in participating in the Coloured Shirt Program?

The Coloured Shirt program evolved from a successful program conducted by the South Australian National Football League (SANFL) and the Australian Football League (AFL). The Office of Recreation and Sport in association with Netball SA have introduced this initiative where new or inexperienced officials wear a coloured shirt that makes them easily recognisable to players and spectators. The primary objective is for people to identify these officials as “learners” and understand that they may make mistakes and that harassment of these umpires will not be tolerated.

The secondary objective of this initiative is to provide mentoring and support to the beginner umpire to ensure the umpiring techniques they learn will provide a solid foundation for their continuing development for years to come. A mentor within your Association or Club  will support the umpires in the program. By offering support and training, the mentor will work with participants toward achieving their National C Badge.


There are several pre-requisites for Umpire Participants and Mentors wishing to be involved in this program.

Pre-requisites for Umpire Participants:

  • Have less than two years umpiring experience;
  • Be unbadged;
  • Be a current member of the Coaches/Umpires Association; and
  • Be willing to align their umpire development with the Netball Australia pathway by sitting the Online Section 1 Theory Exam and completing the Online Level 1 Umpiring Course.

Umpiring accreditation prerequisites for the Umpire Mentor are:

  • National C Badge (at minimum);
  • Current Level 1 and Section 1 Theory pass (70% or more);and
  • Current member of the Coaches/Umpires Association.


Your Association or Club will receive an information pack on implementing and co-ordinating the program, including poster templates and the arranged number of coloured shirts.

If you would like to participate in the Coloured Shirt Program, please download the registration form below.

Coloured Shirt Program – Information Letter

Coloured Shirt Program – Netball Association/Club Nomination Form


For further information please contact the Netball SA Officiating Department on 8238 0500 or email umpiring@netballsa.asn.au