Bench Officials have an important role to play. They are responsible for ensuring the correct score is recorded, maintaining the correct time and that other match details are recorded accurately such as penalties, free passes and substitutions.
Bench Officials Accreditation
There are two types of Bench Official accreditation.
State Bench Accreditation
The State Level Bench accreditation is the first accreditation as a Bench Official and allows the holder to officiate at a State League game.
The first pre-requisite for a State Bench Official accreditation is to complete the online Bench Officials course.
The Online Score Bench course can be accessed online through the MyNetball website.
The next step is to complete the Online Section 1 course which can be accessed online through the same website and processes as the Score Bench course and is also free.
Once all participants have completed their Score Bench courses and their online Section 1 courses they can print their certificates and present them to their club’s Bench Managers or a Netball Tasmania recognised Score Bench assessor. The assessor will arrange a suitable time and date for the person to be assessed at a State League match. The officials are assessed as a scorer for half the match and as a timer for the second half. They must be assessed as competent by the assessor(s) to attain their State Level Bench official accreditation.
State Score Bench officials must be assessed with a State Bench Officials Practical Assessment form.
National Bench Accreditation
The National Level Bench accreditation is the second accreditation as a Bench Official and allows the holder to officiate at a national game.
Holders of State Bench Accreditation may approach a Netball Tasmania recognised Score Bench assessor, who will set up a testers panel at either a top level State League match using a Tissot clock and the national scoresheet, or at national games such as ANL. They will be assessed at two matches, once as a scorer and once as a timer using the National Bench Official Practical Assessment form.