Tips for Umpires

Education

  • Keep up to date with rules and rule interpretations. Have you read / understood the Rule Book?
  • Request a mentor to watch you every few weeks for tips and advice.
  • Maintain accreditation / attend umpiring courses.

Appearance

  • Be as fit as the players / warm up.
  • Wear appropriate uniform.
  • Arrive on time for the start of your match. If you are running late or unable to attend your rostered game, please notify the roster manager via text message. 

Umpiring Skills

  • Blow your whistle loudly and assertively.
  • Ensure that you are always in a position to see.
  • Do not alter your initial umpiring decision – even if you realise it was wrong.
  • Do not “make up” for an incorrect decision.
  • You will make mistakes – so do AA umpires. Accept it and move on.

Attitude

  • Be CONFIDENT with your decisions

Grievance Procedures

 

  • Ask for an Umpire Mentor assistance or KDNA official if you are having difficulties.
  • Never mediate arguments without a KDNA official being present.
  • Be aware of your rights with players and parents as per the Codes of Conduct.
  • Do not be afraid to warn players & follow up with advanced penalty / ask to leave the court.