Officiating


National Officiating Accreditation Scheme

Officials play an important role in managing and allowing a match to be played safely, fairly and within the laws of the sport of Bowls.

Officials who are accredited through the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme are recognised by Bowls Australia, the STA and the Australian Sport Commission (ASC). Bowls Australia has three accreditations which once achieved last four years: Marker, Measurer and National Umpire. These accreditations are skill based and require specific competencies. Bowlers can choose to gain accreditation as a National Umpire which encompasses accreditation as a Marker and Measurer, or they can choose to complete a Marker or Measurer accreditation depending on their interests and needs. This gives options for members to officiate as a marker but not an umpire at their local club or allow a third to brush up on their measuring skills.

The final step in the Officiating pathway is to become an International Technical Official (ITO). This accreditation is a World Bowls accreditation. The ITO accreditation is designed for those already accredited as National Umpires who wish to umpire at national and international events and on TV at events such as the Australian Open, Commonwealth Games, and World Championships.

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Officiating Course Outlines

Marker


Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. Markers are responsible for the efficient management of singles matches. Markers must understand the bowls environment, be well prepared with the necessary equipment, and be able to organise themselves and the match environment

During the Marker course you will cover:
• The Marker’s duties;
• Positioning on the green and positioning for different shots;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of essential equipment;
• Communication, terminology and signalling skills;

Measurer


Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. Measurers are responsible for the measuring of bowls when called by players. Measurers must be familiar with the appropriate and correct use of all measuring equipment and able to effectively communicate the results of measures.

During the Measurer course you will cover:
• The Measurer’s duties;
• Laws relevant to measuring;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of measuring equipment;
• Process of measuring.

National Umpire


Officials at all levels are expected to have a set of skills and be able to perform relevant duties competently. A National Umpire is to be neutral and fair as they can be called upon to decide disputes or to give interpretation of the laws. National Umpires must be proficient measurers and have full knowledge and awareness of all aspects of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls.

During the National Umpire course you will cover:
• The Umpirer’s duties;
• Interpreting the laws;
• The Measurer’s duties;
• Laws relevant to measuring;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of measuring equipment;
• Process of measuring;
• The Marker’s duties;
• Marker’s positioning on the green and positioning for different shots;
• Knowledge of correct and appropriate use of essential equipment;
• Communication, terminology and signaling skills as a Marker.



Accreditation and Reaccreditation of Officials

The State Umpires Committee has reviewed the procedures to be undertaken for accreditation and reaccreditation of Officials (Umpires, Markers & Measurers) in order to satisfy the requirements of the National Officiating Accreditation Scheme.

All Presenters and Assessors (Umpire Educators) were sent an email with a document outlining the procedure and updated resources for conducting courses and assessments.

To assist with administration, members of the State Umpires Committee have been assigned to designated areas of NSW. Each member will work with the Officials, Presenters and Assessors and liaise with District/Zone Umpires Committees and/or Umpires Discussion Groups within their areas to facilitate the smooth operation of the accreditation procedure and to assist in ensuring access to courses and assessments for all who wish to be accredited.

State Umpires Committee

To contact the State Umpires Committee, send an email to umpires@bowlsnsw.com.au

State Umpires Committee MembersDesignated AreaAreas Covered include:
Sue Thurley & Alan ClarkeWestNorth, Central & South West NSW
Gaye Scarfe & Milton RigbyNorthCentral Coast to Far North Coast NSW
Pam Hockings & Bruce GoldsmithSouthIllawarra to Far South Coast NSW
Maureen Randell & Geoff HatchMetroSydney Metro & Greater Sydney


Administration Procedure Overview

  • The candidate for accreditation or reaccreditation completes the appropriate application form and forwards the complete form (with any required payment) to Bowls NSW
  • Bowls NSW verifies the details on the form
  • The members of the State Umpires Committee ensures that the candidate is assigned to the appropriate course and/or assessment with an appropriate P&A. The State Umpires Committee will work with District and/or Zone Umpires Committees as appropriate to ensure that candidates are assigned to courses.
  • The Presenters and Assessors conduct the courses and assessments and forward notification of assessments to Bowls NSW.
  • The State Umpires Committee confirms the outcome of the assessment, after which the details of the candidate are submitted to Bowls Australia and the NOAS accreditation is issued.

The role of the State Umpires Committee is also to work with District and Zone Umpires Committee to support those bodies in their work to promote quality officiating and to liaise to arrange courses and assessments as required.

Officials Accreditation Application Form

Officials Reaccreditation Application Form



Presenters and Assessors (Officials)

P&A Reaccreditation

The State Umpires Committee is aware that the accreditation of many Presenters and Assessors (P&As) in NSW (and around Australia) is now due for renewal.

The State Umpires Committee is currently working with NOAG (National Officiating Advisory Group) to update the procedures and requirements for accreditation and reaccreditation of P&As for Officials.

The accreditation of all P&As will be regarded as extended until such time as an updated procedure and requirements is completed and appropriate assessments can be arranged.

This will allow the highly valuable and greatly appreciated work of those P&As to continue and for the accreditation and reaccreditation of officials to continue.

P&A Role

The State Umpires Committee advises that any P&A in NSW is able to undertake the education and assessment of any candidate.

Courses and assessments for either gender may be undertaken by any accredited P&A.

Members can complete course accreditations outside of their District/Zone. Presenters & Assessors from outside your District/Zone can conduct course accreditations, once allocated by Bowls NSW.

The State Umpires Committee will encourage the relevant local District and Zone Associations to promote such courses to the members of their constituent clubs. The State Umpires Committee will also work to ensure that all P&As in an area are given the opportunity to conduct courses and assessments and to work with other P&As in their area to efficiently and effectively deliver those courses and assessments.