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How to deal with an unfair and rude umpire

I play in a back to netball league, the various other teams also agree that one of the umpires is rude and overbearing with a lot of the players. Her decisions are not explained and she doesn't answer any questions we have. We don't feel we learn anything from her. She also shouted a sarcastic comment across the court to me during the match. Is this something we can complain about? We look to her for guidance and encouragement and she just snaps back and is rude. Advice what to do about this situation would be good.
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you could start by approaching her in a non aggressive way, and just explain to her that you are just coming back into netball and some of the rulings are a little confusing to you and would she mind explaining some of them to you. (do this after the game not during).  If she happily does this in a professional manner, then maybe if you feel it necessary, kindly let her know that she may not know that some of her interactions with you have come across as a little condescending, and the only reason you are telling her this in case she was not aware of how her message is being received.  Again not aggressive and only with the aim of informing her of something she may not be aware of.  Although she should not bring such an attitude to the court, you have no idea of what this person is going through personally, and a little kindness and understanding may go a long way.  If this does not work, (either she will not explain her calls or her rudeness continues, then take it to her superior and explain the situation.

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