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May 2021 update:

1.              England Netball (EN) Updates

Netball resumed from 29/03/2021 and continues to be played according to the amended rules of the game. The modified netball game rules, in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, will be removed on 21/06/2021 if the government continue with the planned lifting of restrictions and EN are recommending that is when the assessment pathway is restarted.

Vicki McQuaid (EN) issued an update into officiating on 12th April and I obtained the relevant attachments on 5th May – here is a summary:-


·       the normal course expiry date from course attendance (24 months) has been extended by 22 months due to the coronavirus pandemic

·       INTO award normally expires within 4 years and any that expire between 16/03/2020 and 31/08/2021 are extended by 22 months

C, B and A AWARD

·       The normal written pass expiry date is 24 months. Any written award pass due to expire on or after 16/03/2020 is extended by 22 months

·       Those who successfully gain their written award between 16/03/2020 and before 01/09/2021 will be extended by 22 months

·       A/B written assessments will commence from 03/07/2021

EN hosted a zoom meeting update on officiating on 28th April 2021, here is a summary of notes:-


·       Competencies updated and online course available from May 2021


·       Online C award course to be launched in June 2021

·       Online written assessment piloted in 3 counties with a 90% pass rate in May 2021

·       Online written assessment guidelines, user guide and paper now available

·       There is a OneFile Registration process available to all whose Engage details are up to date and correct. Applicants for the online written assessment must attend a C award course beforehand (course attendance and written assessment are now linked)

·       Applicants for the C Award online paper will be registered on OneFile and receive an email with a hyperlink to set up an account and password (password valid for 7 days, therefore 7 days to take the paper)

·       Applicants are given 30 minutes to complete 2 parts and need 21/25 and 3/5 correct to pass and no questions may be skipped

·       Online written assessment launched in June 2021 and will be connected to the course booking process


·       Online B award course to be launched in July 2021

·       A/B award written tests will commence from 03/07/2021


·       All existing applications for practical assessment remain valid

·       There is a 22 month extension from the date that the assessment was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic for a new assessment to be arranged

·       New applications for practical assessments can start from 01/09/2021 and must be completed within the following timeframes from application

o   C award 6 months

o   B award 8 months

o   A Award 12 months

·       There is a plan for the assessor to directly update ENgage following a practical assessment in Phase 3 of the development (dates not given)

2.              Outstanding Assessments

League umpiring contacts will ensure outstanding assessments will be implemented in the required timeframe according to EN guidelines listed above.