This week's coaching session was around communication and working as a team. In addition, there was an emphasis on working hard as number two or an off-the-ball umpire, not switching off, and setting up for the next act of play.
The session was filmed and a video has been uploaded to YouTube.
Please note that the first part is included above. Click here to view part 2 of the coaching session video.
The key elements from this week's coaching session are:
- Remember communication and teamwork
- All umpires (field, boundary and goal) should communicate with each other
- Share knowledge of teams with each other
- Discuss the ground & weather
- Ensure you have correct uniform and equipment, that it's clean & predominantly white, and that you always carry notepads / pens.
- Come off the ground together
- Help each other with paperwork
Be open to communicating with players and questions from players. They are allowed to ask questions and you should use common sense and maturity and answer their questions. Taking the time to explain your decisions greatly enhances player respect & understanding, and reduces player frustration.
Field umpires will be rotated between divisions 1, 2 and 3, seniors and reserves. This is done for two main reasons:
- To assist with the development of younger umpires, and give other umpires the chance to run in higher football grades.
- To assist division 2 and 3 football development in the WRFL - clubs in these divisions benefit from having higher quality division 1 umpires and it helps to develop their skills and appreciation of the game. As such, it improves football overall in the WRFL.
Under 16's and 18's - Kick In From Full Back
Kicks from fullback in the Under 16's and 18's must wait until the flags are waved. Players are not permitted to kick-in after a signal. This is to assist with the confidence and development of young goal umpires, and to keep it consistent throughout the season so that when finals are reached there is no club with an advantage because they have had more WRFL umpires than club umpires during the season.
Under 9 / 10 Tackling
Players can tackle a player in the U9/10, but it must be by wrapping arms around the body only and also must be from either the side or behind and not from in front. The tackler cannot take the player to ground and must remain standing.
To assist clubs with their pre-match preparation, field umpires in senior football will visit the clubs immediately after the three-quarter time break by going to the home club first, followed by the away club.
The onus is on clubs to be ready at this time, since they have requested this procedure.
Match Replays and Reviews
WRFL matches are now available for viewing at http://www.wrfl.tv/.
All division 1 umpires are expected to self-review their match (if they have been filmed) and to discuss with coaches how they can improve.
As the Number 2 umpire
- Don't switch off!
- Support the team
- Setup for the next act of play
- Run Look Run
I have attached the PowerPoint slideshow in PDF format for further information and please speak to your partner prior to umpiring on the weekend.