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Do you want to become a club referee?

It is fantastic that you are interested in refereeing flippa ball and/or water polo and we would like to thank you for your commitment and efforts towards making our players enjoy their sport. Being a referee can sometimes be a hard job but ensure that you are fair and transparent at all times. 

There are a number of referee clinics run by Auckland Water Polo so keep an eye out for these. Ensure you register early to attend them. Please know it can take several years to become an A or B Grade referee so take on board any sessions you can and learn from the experience of many of the older referees within our club.

You are invaluable to our sport therefore on behalf of our club and our members, we thank you very much and it is great to have you on board, or better in the pool, with us!

Alisha Geary - North Harbour Referees representative


Quality refereeing is a vital component in the development of water polo players and teams
In order to provide quality refereeing, you must recognise the need for your own on-going development. Knowledge is gained through experience, study, learning from other referees and participation in referee education programmes.

Water polo referees in New Zealand are graded on a scale of “FINA, A, B and C”. Each grade has pre-requisite and examination requirements, dress codes and minimal levels of activity required to maintain the grade.

Interested persons must email administration at waterpoloadmin@autmillennium.org.nz and include the following:

Contact email address:
Current school/club team you play for (if applicable):

If you are successful, you will be asked to attend a referee’s course. You will have the opportunity to attend them throughout the year – they will be held 4 times a year. You will be required to attend all sessions during the course.

Upon completion of the course you will then be given assistance in gaining knowledge from current referees. This is voluntary and can last up to one school term. You will begin your journey as a referee at Splash Polo/ Flippa Ball level, then proceed to referee U12 games and Junior League games on a voluntary basis until you have served your time. After this time payment will be made for each game you referee or an hourly rate dependant on where you will start your refereeing – further information can be sought by contacting admin directly if clarification required.
At the end of this time a decision can be made by the participant and the club referee representative, whether you wish to try and attain your C Grade. This involves sitting an exam and refereeing three games which will be assessed by North Harbour current FINA, A or B Grade referees.

From here, you will be assisted by the club to become a referee and you will be able to put something back into the sport that you perhaps have gained a lot from over the years. 

If you are interested in applying to become a Flippa Ball Referee please contact the co ordinator directly: Chelsea Geary on cgeary@autmillennium.org.nz. 

Chelsea is looking for people who can referee all year round on Sunday afternoons.