Volunteers are essential to the conduct of sport in Australia and when it comes to playing the game none more so than officials (umpires & measurers) .
Umpires are vital to the conduct of bowls, even though on most occasions the umpires are themselves most probably playing at the same time – unless they are appointed as umpires for specific championship events. Knowledge of the Laws of the Sport of Bowls, of Bowls Australia Domestic Regulations and of Bowls Victoria Rules for Competition and State Championship events is fundamental, as is the ability to apply the appropriate Law/s at a particular time and place.
Many State Sporting Associations have identified the importance of having qualified Umpires and subsidise the cost to participants. That is certainly the case with Bowls Victoria in keeping costs to an absolute minimum for the end-user.
Many Bowls Clubs actually pay the course fees for bowlers who wish to undertake training as an Umpire or Measurer (provided they satisfy the accreditation requirements!) and that is a practice Bowls Victoria fully endorse. Supporting volunteers in this way is a great investment for the club and the sport.
National Officiating Accreditation Scheme
The National Officiating Accreditation Scheme (NOAS) provides the framwork for the accreditation of Umpires and Measurers. It will continue to operate in much the same form as over the recent years for Level 1 National Umpires and Measurers, and for Level 2 National Umpires. There is no Level 3 National Umpire accreditation or reaccreditation.
Process for Becoming an Umpire or Measurer
Bowlers interested in becoming an accredited NOAS Level 1 National Umpire or Measurer, should forward their application to the Chairman of the Umpires Committee for their Region or Division.
Click here to download the BA-BV National Umpire/Measurer Application Form
For those bowlers interested in becoming an Umpire or Measurer, or in being re-accredited, the Bowls Victoria Umpiring Committee (BVUC) has produced a training resource, containing 75 questions and answers on the Laws of the Sport of Bowls and the Bowls Australia Domestic Regulations.
If you have held your Level 1 National Umpire accreditation for four years or more, and you are interested in becoming a Level 2 National Umpire, or you need to reaccredit as a Level 2 National Umpire, you will need to make an application to the Bowls Victoria Umpiring Committee (BVUC)
For those bowlers interested in becoming Level 2 National Umpires, or in being reaccredited, the BVUC has prepared two Tutorial Papers that can be completed and forwarded to the Committee, for assessment.
All enquiries regarding Level 2 Umpires should be directed to : Haydn Williams, Chairman, Bowls Victoria Umpiring Committee - telephone 0417 390 341 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Documents for Bowls Victoria Region and Division Umpires Committees
The Bowls Victoria Umpiring Committee has collated a number of documents that will be useful administrative and training tools for the Umpires Committees established for the BV Regions and Divisions.
The documents are as follows and can be accessed by clicking on the applicable link:
Bowls Victoria - Ph: 03 9819 6177 Scott Nicholas email@example.com
BVUC - Haydn Williams - Chairman - Ph: 03 9532 4139 Mob: 0417 390 341