Dangerous Tackles and Umpire Dissent

From Robyn Elms РAdministrator, Fremantle Conference.

At the last Competition Directors meeting Dean Margetts, the WAFC Umpire Development Manager, raised two points to be passed onto Clubs, Coaches and Officials.

(1) Dangerous Tackles

Part of my role is to ensure as many stakeholders are as educated as they can be around “decisions” which cause the most hysteria, Dangerous tackles being number 1 at the moment.

Two video examples are included below – this first clip is a RED CARD every day of the week and as you can see all the cues the umpire looks for are covered.

– Arms Pinned
– Excessive Rotation
– Legs lifted off the ground
– Head is placed in a very vulnerable position

We Must and Will protect the player and the players head at all times

Red Card – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwOTYP2ZfqqBTUx0SjRmX2dIVlk/view

The other one is “flirting” with those boundaries, I am not unhappy it wasn’t paid and at the same time would have been OK if at Juniors it was paid. As I say each decision always has that one which will be on the edge of both, that’s the challenging nature of football.

Borderline – would be OK to pay in Junior/Youth Football – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwOTYP2ZfqqBbmlfRDNoMVRtbm8/view

(2) Umpire Dissent, Intimidation and Abuse

There are continuing reports of dissent of umpire decisions and intimidation and abuse of umpires, leading to umpires leaving the game.

We remind all players, coaches, officials and parents there is ZERO TOLERANCE for any of this. Umpires are there to make decisions – you may disagree with the decision, or the decision may actually be wrong, but there is no excuse for umpires abuse. This is defined in Codes of Conduct and By Laws:

22.11 All team participants, team officials, parents, spectators and club officials are expected to adhere to the following; WA Football supports a ZERO TOLERANCE stance against any form of umpiring or official’s abuse, verbal dissent or intimidation. Any breaches of these codes will result in penalties and sanctions directed at the person responsible, the team and possibly the club.

Players, coaches, officials or parents using any form of umpire abuse, verbal dissent or intimidation will be penalised.