Want to be a Bench Official?
Bench Officials have an important role to play – they are responsible for ensuring the correct score is recorded, the correct time is played and other match details are recorded accurately.
To become a Bench Official, you will need to undertake a series of accreditation levels developed by Netball Australia. The Netball Australia Bench Officials Accreditation Framework has been designed to assist the development of new Bench Officials through a series of two accreditation levels that relate to the techniques required at the different levels of competition.
Netball Australia Bench Official Online Education Course
The Bench Officials Education Course has been designed to assist you in learning the skills and knowledge required to fulfil all Bench Official roles.
The Bench Officials Education course is a pre-requisite for obtaining the State Bench Official Accreditation and subsequently the National Bench Officials Accreditation.
The course looks at:
- Being a Bench Official
- Scorer 1
- Scorer 2
- Extra Time Procedures
To access the Bench Officials Education Course online visit MyNetball
Netball Australia Bench Officials Manual
The Netball Australia Bench Officials Manual is the official resource for Bench Officials and it is based on the International Netball Federation Bench Officials Manual (2017). It outlines the behavioural requirements and standards of the Bench Official role. Member Organisations are required to utilise these procedures and protocols when hosting National Netball Championships, Australian Netball League and Suncorp Super Netball.
- Appendix 1: INF Visual Indicators at Official Bench
- Appendix 2: INF Additional Technical Officials
- Appendix 3: INF Score Sheet Sections
- Template A: INF Score Sheet
- Template B: INF Running Score Sheet
- Template C: INF Shooting Statistics Form
- Template D: INF Stoppage Form
- Template E: INF Team List Sheet
- Template F: INF Team Change Form
- Template G: INF Player Team Bench Discipline Form
- Template H: INF Player Changes Sheet
Bench Officials Best Practice
Practical Assessment Forms
The following practical assessment forms must be used in any official assessment (State or National) undertaken as part of the Netball Australia Bench Officials Accreditation Framework:
Performance Report Templates
Performance reports are focused on helping develop the skills of a Bench Official. The purpose of these performance reports is to provide Bench Managers/Assessors/Mentors the opportunity to provide qualitative feedback to any Bench Official, outside of the Accreditation assessment process.
The National Bench Officials Accreditation Framework provides detailed information about bench officials accreditation and updating.
Accreditation updating requires the completion of various related tasks within a four year period following the successful completion of a Bench Officials Accreditation, unless a higher level of accreditation is achieved.
We’ve changed the way our accreditation updates work, making it easier for our coaches, umpires and bench officials. Just log in to MyNetball using your MyNetball ID.
If a Bench Official does not update their accreditation within the specified four year period, Netball Australia may:
- require the official to re-do the entire training program; or
- require the official to undertake a specified number of activities as determined by Netball Australia.