When I first started umpiring in Warrnambool back in 1996 you had to make a choice between either playing Football or Umpiring, you couldn’t do both. Something that has been great to witness not only with the Geelong Umpires but all Umpiring associations across Victoria is the number of players, especially juniors, umpiring and also playing football. Umpiring gives players better knowledge of the rules, helps with their fitness and skills such as reading the play, anticipation and knowing where to run for the next act of play, decision making under pressure and leadership skills having to communicate to all involved. Also the added bonus of earning money being involved in the game they enjoy usually makes Mum and Dad happy as well. The development our juniors have shown especially over the last few weeks is unbelievable and was evident on Wednesday night when we had over 30 kids at training working on their umpiring skills. Over coming weeks you will notice our new umpires wearing Green Vest saying “Training Umpire” which is a program the AFL have in place for all new umpires when starting their careers. Make sure you give these kids some encouragement and praise on match days as they are not only learning the craft but will be the future of umpiring in the region hopefully for years to come.
In umpiring when an interesting or unique situation comes up in a game we call it a “Blue Mooner”. Each week in this article I will ask a “Blue Mooner” question for you to answer. To find out the answer all you need to do is go to the Geelong Umpires website, www.gful.com.au, and look at “What’s your Decision” under the Coaching Information Tab. This week’s question is?
A match at is stopped 10 minutes into to the 2nd Quarter due to a freak hail storm. The match is unable to recommence within 30 minutes. What is your decision?
Remember to head to the website or check out next week’s article for the answer.
Last Week’s Question was:
A player whilst taking a mark, 2 seconds prior to the siren, is accidently contacted high by his team mate causing a blood nose. Is he able to take his kick after the siren? What is your decision?
Answer is Allow the player to take his kick.
If you are interested in umpiring contact the Geelong Umpires on 03 5229 8599 or get down to the umpires’ rooms at Kardinia Park on a Monday or Wednesday from 4.30 pm onwards. Further information can be found on our brand new Geelong Umpires website. www.gful.com.au .
Remember to say something nice to the Umpires this weekend as they are giving it their all!
The Geelong Umpires would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2015.
Major: Metricon & Specsavers.
Gold: Buckley’s Entertainment Centre, Ford Credit Coop Society and Geelong Galvanizing.
Silver: Crossfit Geelong, Fagg’s Mitre 10, Kardinia Café, Rinnai, SC Technology and Technika.
Bronze: Barry Plant, Promote-It, and Routleys.