There has been reports of umpires being abused at junior footy games recently. As such, I wanted to reiterate the AFL’s policy on this issue.
Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES are coaches, managers or any parent from the team allowed to approach an umpire. This is clearly defined in the AFL Sydney Juniors By-Laws.
If you have a grievance with umpire, you should first notify the team manager, who will then speak to the ground manager (who is the only person who can approach them).
Aside from the by-laws, this behaviour goes against everything the club espouses to. We are a family friendly club, which promotes sport to be played with a positive attitude. We ask our kids to respect the coaches, the opposition and the umpires. We also expect the same behaviour from parents.
We also need to be mindful that the umpires are just kids. They are usually boys and girls who love the game, and want to give something back to the sport. They will make mistakes from time to time, just like the rest of us.
Just remember, this is just a game. Sit back, relax and enjoying watching your child run around the field having fun.
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