Netball umpire

Looking to buy a whistle to umpire netball games?

Firstly, you need to make sure your netball whistle is loud enough without being too loud. All umpires need to be aware of the appropriate sound power (dB levels) that is necessary or alternatively excessive for a netball game, as you do not want to cause hearing damage to yourself or the players. For example, a dB level of 115 or greater can be heard from over a kilometre away therefore you should consider whistles that don’t exceed this when blown at full strength.

That said, the noise emission level will depend upon the individual undertaking the activity. As you are well aware, netball umpires like yourself are constantly moving up and down the sideline of the court, which can shorten your breath as a result. Therefore a whistle with an easy blowrate with a high blowtone is recommended so you can maintain your performance and authority throughout the game. Then there are factors concerning sound type (pea vs pea-less) and aesthetics (metal or plastic). As the later comes down to personal preference, we have put together a shortlist (that has taken into account all of the above) so you can decide on which to purchase!

Metal netball umpire whistle

If your preference is metal the ACME Thunderer No 60.5 Small Solid Brass Pea Whistle is recommended for you.

Features include:

  • Small, solid brass pea which helps to produce a “shrill” sound
  • Tapered Mouthpiece
  • Dimensions: 4.5(L) x 1.8(W) x 2(H) cms
  • Weight: 0.02kg
  • dB level: 109
  • Blowrate: Easy
  • Blowtone: High
  • Blowsound: Very High Volume

Please note: Metal netball whistles are prone to rust or freezing so depending on your typical climate conditions at games, metal may not suit. That said, the best alternative is plastic, in particularly ACME Thunderer 660 Whistle.

Plastic netball umpire whistle

Those that prefer a plastic umpire whistle then here is the one for you. The Gilbert Finger Grip Whistle is powerful and reliable. A pea-less whistle that operates without the presence of a ball in the chamber to produce a trilling effect. Flawless, consistent and penetrating sound keeps the umpire in control of the game. Ensure every call will be heard!

Features include:

  • Waterproof
  • De-luxe Safety Lanyard
  • Dimensions: 5(L) x 1.8(W) x 2(H) cms
  • Weight: 0.01kg (Light weight to carry with you the whole game)
  • dB level: 112
  • Blowrate: Easy
  • Blowtone: High
  • Blowsound: Very High Volume


To enable you freedom during the game so you run with your whistle, we recommend either the Rucanor Whistle Wristband/Strap with an elasticated wristband and strap with clip to attach whistles (whistle not included), or the ACME Black Wrist Lanyard (sold in packs of 2).