More about the HART Sapphire Series

How are umpires selected into the HART Sapphire and Ruby Umpire Squad?

Umpires are identified at previous Netball Queensland competitions and events (Vicki Wilson Champs, various forms of Premier League, and 16u & 18u State Titles).

Umpire Coaches provide the NQ Officials Development Coordinator with recommendations of umpires to be annually selected into either the Sapphire or Ruby Umpire Squad based upon their performance capabilities and exceeding the following selection criteria:

Performance and capability at Netball Queensland’s highest level of game/training session;
Commitment and regularity to umpiring for Netball Qld comps and events; 
Coachability and identified with potential for further development and progression to higher levels; 
Proven minimum level of fitness (YoYo Test – Level 14.1); and
National A Badge Accreditation (or working towards achieving an A Badge).
National B Badge Accreditation is accepted for the Ruby Squad.

What is expected of the umpires in these squads?

An insight into what the selected umpires endure to ensure they are ready to umpire to the best of their ability consist of:

Umpire High Performance team training sessions and match play, and educate teams about rules interpretation when required
Provided with a running program from Firebirds conditioning staff to enhance fitness and preparation for the season
Complete a minimum 14.1 on the YoYo Intermittent Test to demonstrate fitness level
Participate in multiple online Zoom theory development sessions
Provided with nutrition information to assist with maximising energy consumption and convert to a high-level physical output
Detail an Individual Umpire Development Plan and liaise with umpire coaches to assist with umpire development
Self-assessing their umpire performance from the match vision, and provide examples linking to the Umpire’s Development Plan

Netball Queensland is focused on delivering competitions that respects all players, umpires, officials, spectators and staff.

To lodge a code of conduct complaint please follow the below steps:

Code of conduct complaint process;

Complainant completes complaint form
Complaint manager contacts complainant to discuss complaint and process
Complaints Manager contacts Respondent to discuss the complaint and sends a copy of the complaint for response
Complaint is determined or further evidence is obtained
Sanction (if any) issued
The Hart Sapphire Series adopts the below Netball Queensland and Netball Australia Policies and Procedures. Click the button below to read more.

Code of Conduct & Integrity 
Disciplinary Procedures & Regulations 
Participant Terms & Conditions 
Netball Australia’s Collection Statement 
Compliant Application forms
Adverse Weather Condition Policy 
First Aid Policy 
Affiliation & Membership Policy 
Volunteer management Policy 
Concussion Policy 
Blue Card Policy 
 Netball Australia’s Member Protection Policy

HART Sport is the Official Naming Rights Partner of the HART Sapphire Series.

LeGassick Jewellers are a Major Partner and Official Jeweller of the HART Sapphire Series.

Mizuno are the Official Footwear Partner of the HART Sapphire Series.

Mount Franklin is an Official Beverage Partner of the HART Sapphire Series.

Powerade is an Official Sports Drink Partner of the HART Sapphire Series.

Please call Netball Queensland on (07) 3426 9500 or email

HART Sapphire Series Teams