Taieri Plains Junior Netball secretary Jules Clunie (second from right) shares umpiring tips with Taieri College pupils (from left) Shanae Burgess (12), Meara Acheson (11), Emma Campbell (11) and Portia Blair (12) at the school this week. Photo by Linda Robertson.
An initiative is taking a shot at bridging the gap between
junior and secondary school netball on the Taieri.
The Pinkies Umpiring Programme, based on similar initiatives
elsewhere in New Zealand, will give junior netballers an
introduction to umpiring netball and improve the players'
game, Taieri Plains Junior Netball secretary Jules Clunie
A group of year 7 and 8 pupils would meet on Fridays from
3.30pm-4pm, starting from May 9, to ''go over a rule'' of the
game each week, Miss Clunie said.
By focusing on one rule each week the junior players could
focus on a small piece of the game while increasing their
knowledge of umpiring.
They would then referee a game on Saturdays, focusing on the
rule they had learned and with assistance from an experienced
umpire, she said.
''Last year I had several year 7 and 8 players come and ask
me if they could umpire this year,'' Miss Clunie said.
''We are screaming out for umpires, so I thought `I want to
drive this thing through'.''
About 17 players had expressed interest in the programme so
far, but there was still space for more players, she said.
As secondary schools' players had to umpire games at the
Edgar Centre, the programme would benefit the players in the
It would also ''help drive their game as well'' by increasing
their knowledge of the rules of the sport, she said.
• Pinkies Umpiring Programme will meet on Friday, May 9, at
Taieri College from 3.30pm-4pm. The first umpiring games are
on Saturday, May 10.