FENA C Umpiring Award

There are two components for the FENA C Umpire Award, a written test and a practical assessment. The written paper comprises 20 questions that require either a YES or a NO answer. The test has a 30-minute time limit and candidates should achieve at least an 85% pass rate (ie correctly answer 17 of the 20 questions).

 The All England Netball Association has approved the use a sample paper, a copy of which follows.

  1. May an Umpire decide to penalise a fault in the other Umpire's half of the Court if she decides the controlling Umpire has not seen it?
  2. At Start of Play, the game shall be started by the umpire into whose half the play is to be directed. Is this also true when play is re-started after a goal is scored?
  3. May an injured player return to the game at a later stage if no substitution was made?
  4. Is a Wing Attack offside if she leans on the ball in the shooting circle without making contact with the ground?
  5. If a player enters an offside area should the penalty awarded be a Penalty Pass or Shot?
  6. Is a ball which hits any part of the Goalpost and rebounds into play, out of Court?
  7. Is it true that a player who is in Court holding the ball is deemed out of Court when any object or person outside the Court is touched by that player?
  8. At a Centre Pass, if one player enters the Centre Third before the whistle is blown, should a Penalty Pass be awarded to the opposing team where the infringement occurred?
  9. If the ball from the Centre Pass goes untouched over the Side Line bounding the Goal Third, is a Throw In awarded to the opposing team where the ball crossed the Side Line?
  10. May a player throw the ball while lying on the ground?
  11. May a player who has dropped the ball then bounce it towards another player?
  12. May a player jump, catch the ball in the air and land on both feet simultaneously, then move either foot to gain balance?
  13. After the whistle for Start of Play, a Centre takes a long step outside the centre circle, lifts the other foot and then passes the ball. Is this allowed?
  14. Does play continue if a player other than the GS or GA throws the ball through the goal ring?
  15. A GS retrieves the ball whilst landing on one foot outside the Goal Circle, steps into the Circle onto the second foot and prepares to shoot. Is this allowed?
  16. From the correct distance, may a defending player step towards a player who is holding the ball?
  17. When a player catches the ball while standing on both feet and then moves one foot, a defending player must measure 0.9m (3 ft) from the foot that remains grounded. Is this correct?
  18. Should an Umpire award a Penalty Pass or Shot if a player accidentally knocks the ball from her opponent's hands?
  19. Is it correct that only contact which impedes an opponent's play should be penalised?
  20. At a Toss Up, should the umpire release the ball midway between the two players at waist height?

 Sample Paper 1 (Amended in May 1999)

 

So how have you done? The answers, with some comments follow:

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  1. No.
  2. No.
  3. Yes.
  4. No.
  5. No. (But a free pass should be awarded!)
  6. No.
  7. Yes.
  8. No. (The game has not started. The game cannot be started by the umpires until all players are "on-side")
  9. No. (The "Over a third" rule applies in preference to the "Out of Court" rule)
  10. No.
  11. No.
  12. Yes.
  13. Yes.
  14. Yes.
  15. No.
  16. No.
  17. Yes.
  18. Yes.
  19. Yes.
  20. No. (Ball should be placed in at the shoulder height of the smallest player).

 

If you'd like to have another attempt, follow this link to Test Paper No.2

 

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