The Umpire and the Coach in Australian Football

Being a coach can be a very emotional experience as you watch your team develop and see them try so hard to succeed only to see “Iffy” free kicks ( in your opinion) awarded or infringements against your team go unnoticed or ignored. As coach you can be tempted to comment on the umpire’s performance aloud during the game. This does not improve the umpire’s performance but simply takes your mind off your job as coach and distracts your players’ attention on to the umpire rather than being on playing their role in the team.
It’s not your job to umpire the game. Your job is to coach.
A coach will become a better coach when the coach learns to umpired games. Then the coach will notice how quickly decisions must be made and how easy it is to miss infringements. Umpiring will show the coach not only the physical stress of umpiring but the mental stress inherent in this activity. He/she will gain an appreciation of the umpire’s role enabling him/her to watch his team’s performance and not be distracted by the umpire’s performance. The coach will also be able to teach his players how better to play within the rules of the game as well as how the umpire is interpreting the rules of the game.
Below are ideas that a coach, new or experienced, should consider in an effort to improve his coaching performance and his/her understanding of the task of umpiring. He/she must work to gain a good working relationship with the umpires.
Here is what I would suggest to a coach.
• Do a level 1 umpiring course.
• Do accredited coaching courses which will contain umpiring data as well asufabet เว็บตรงเข้าสู่ระบบ discussions on the rules of the game and, of course, ideas on football coaching.
• If you have not played the game yourself, then join a team at your club and actually see the rules in operation, first hand.
• Watch the games on TV from an umpiring point of view; listen to the comments of the commentators about umpiring decisions to get a better understanding of how the rules are interpreted.
• Watch the positioning of field umpires.
• Obtain and read the rule book, particularly where the interpretations of the rules are explained.
• Umpire practice games with your players. Explain why free kicks are given. Use the signals the umpires use and talk to the players about what they can do within the rules.
• Practice basic plays of umpiring with your team e.g. explain the rules pertaining to ruck work, throw-ins; fullback kick outs, standing the mark, when play on is called; and when advantage is called.
• Dress in white as an umpire in your practice games at intra-club games or social games against local clubs.
• Umpiring gives the coach an onsite view of what is happening. He can coach as he goes, offering advice to both teams. He can make positional changes etc. on the run.