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The Gary Burgess Trophy

Gary Burgess, International Umpire, started his umpiring career in our league. He has donated a trophy which is given to the umpire who officiates for the highest number of different teams in the league.

Congratulations to Jackie Stigwood won the trophy for the 2016/17 season.

Who is going to win it this season? – why not make it you?!

Consult your umpire handbook if you have any questions and of course, as umpires let your league know of any information you would like added to the handbook. A copy of the Umpires' handbook is available to download below

Welcome To Umpiring

We currently have in excess of 120 England Netball qualified umpires affiliated to the clubs in the League, umpiring across 6 divisions. Our umpiring expertise ranges from the most experienced level A Award to those just embarking on their umpiring careers at Beginner level.

We have England Netball qualified tutors, testers, mentors and assessors within the League and our aim is to provide a centre of excellence with regards to the development of umpires. This will ensure that our umpires perform in accordance with the relevant umpiring standards as defined by England Netball.

Umpiring Secretary and Subcommittee

Umpiring within the League is overseen by an umpiring subcommittee, headed by the Umpiring Secretary. The league has a dedicated email address for all umpiring, scoring and mentoring enquiries. Please email

Umpiring Code of Conduct

England Netball has Codes of Conduct across the sport which is driven by its core values of leadership, integrity, teamwork and excellence.

Download the EN Umpiring Code of Conduct.

The Bedford & District Netball League provides an Umpiring Handbook with guidance on Health and Safety, Code of Conduct and specific rules of the B&DNL.

Click here to access the League Umpiring Handbook for 2019/20.


For up to date details on umpiring courses in the Bedford area, please click on the courses tab. Into Officiating Award courses are run by the league, C Award courses are organised by the county and B Award and above by Netball East. Please click here to go to the Netball East website. We always need more umpires, so if you want to give it a go, then you are more than welcome to attend one of our Into Officiating Award courses.


If anyone wishes to progress their umpiring or just want some advice then please do not hesitate to contact the Umpiring Secretary,  email: 

Helpful Tips

Level of Award to Umpire Games

In order to umpire in the B&DNL you must have successfully passed the England Netball Into Officiating Award. To umpire Premier and First Division matches, you must hold the England Netball ‘C’ Award or above.

Widening Umpiring Experience

It is suggested that umpires do not umpire for the same team on a regular basis. Although undertaken with good intentions, it does not benefit the team or the umpire’s development, as both need a wider range of experience. This also guards against any accusation from the opposition of over familiarity between the team and umpire.

With this in mind an umpire may not umpire more than 10 matches for the same team in any one season (excluding Summer League).

Working Together

Remember you and your fellow umpire are a team, working together. Meet before the game starts, during the breaks to discuss aspects of the play which may need attention, court conditions etc. and after the game to complete the cards. Support each other and discuss rule interpretation, stay with each other during the breaks, do not stand with the teams. You are an official of the game and therefore you must be and be seen to be impartial.


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