Warrnambool & District Football Umpires Association

Webposts 2018


WEBPOST #30 3.9.18

Please note Appointments are to be posted after the GF Dinner announcement.


“Performance Max in our Grand Final

This week marks another of our 3 big Grand Final weekends.
Junior Finals set a high standard and our umpires did their Association “proud”
In preparing for the big WDFNL weekend Grand Finals ahead we urge all umpires to re-visit the performance concepts we have pursued together right through the year.
Grand finals are the culmination of our year of footy and now more than ever these concepts need to be reviewed, re-read and switching us on.
A Grand Final is a huge responsibility and huge thrill and a personal achievement brought about by a long year of performances and preparations.




Consider the variables, make allowances, let them play footy and don’t overumpire the game. Adapt to the conditions.


This is the game that has to be your best work. You’ll achieve that goal by working as a team not an individual- share the thrill.
Encourage the TEAM!



Protect the ball getter, be vigilant and umpire in the spirit of the Laws. (Re read this web post) Be aware and focussed.


Fully focussed on the game, not the occasion. Concentrate and diligently do your job. It’s about the game.


This is your season reward. You and your team will manage well the most important game of the year for these two teams.
Believe in YOU


A determined warm up, your full physical application, and a 4 quarter effort.
This game will be your best.


You have earnt this Grand Final. Savour the moment, enjoy the day. Love your umpiring.

1. Allow umpires time to prepare without distraction ..do your well wishes early, keep
out of the change room
2. Don’t disturb umpires out on the ground- no social visits at quarter breaks please.
3. If officiating, clear your gear out of the way after your game.

Our very best wishes to you all!

WEBPOST #29 27.8.18


As WDFNL preliminary finals weekend approaches and the onset of the HFNL Final Series, the time is
perfect before the season culminates to acknowledge the TEAM of the WDFUA.

It all starts from the top and the team behind our President. Steve Walker has worked tirelessly at every
turn to ensure the success of our season. His portfolio is huge. He liaises with his terrific committee, his
coaching panel, our leagues AFL VIC and the clubs……a huge job. Through this he has encouraged,
supported and ensured the keel of our WDFUA stays afloat and even….thank you Steve for all your hard

Behind Steve of course are his Committee and all have played a part. Meals (thanks Bec), social events,
uniform management, printing coach notes , cleaning, supply,social media management …the place is
buzzing because so many have contributed. Mary too has kept the official administration in perfect order
Another quiet contributor is our paymaster and games recorder Jamie Lake. Jamie has worked tirelessly
for years, quietly in the background ensuring you all get paid and your game records are up to date…a
terrific contribution.

Thanks Ernie too for looking after the physical care of our umpires.

Thanks Jim and Glenda for your observing and data collation for the coaches. Glenda too has also managed
the uniform distribution.
Thanks especially to our 3 Discipline Coaches who right now have taken the helm, will direct umpiring to
season’s end and continue to give you their best encouragement and advice through the finals series. They
have developed and grown into their roles and deserve your full loyalty and respect. A special thanks also
to our fitness coach Mick….all topperformances start on the track and his program has been excellent.

Thanks Nathan too for your terrific BUmp work.

We invited all to contribute to our year at the start of this season and the response by members, the
commitment by members and the efforts of many need to be acknowledges and I sincerely thank you all
for this contribution. On behalf of the members we salute our Team behind our Team.

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring (Retired)


WEBPOST #28 20.8.18


With the Senior Finals finally here our preparation work now turns to performance. Stage 5 of our
season is all about performing at our best. It's what we have worked towards all season.
Let’s look at the landscape…… the Grand Final opportunities are as follows
Field Umpires: 24 Grand Final positions for 32 umpires
Boundary Umpires: 31 Grand Final positions for 56 umpires
Goal Umpires: 15 Grand Final positions for 17 umpires.
For some weeks now your coaches and observers have been ranking umpire performances to
enable us to determine the level of form, consistency and team work of every umpire. Observers
serve to ensure we maximise viewings and get feedback on performances. Their input is much
valued. However, the decisions to appoint umpires remains primarily and rightly so with the 3
These appraisals continue in the coming weeks and better umpire performances can change
rankings and improve opportunities. Simply, every game counts and the finals journey is all about
maximising your performances each game.
The order of grand finals is as follows



HFNL Seniors  


WDFNL Seniors

3 F 4 B 2 G

HFNL Under 18.5

2 F 2 B 1 G  

HFNL Reserves

2 F 2 B 1 G

WDFNL Reserves

3 F 4 B 2 G

WDFNL Under 17.5

3 F 4 B 2 G

WDFNL Under 14

3 F 4 B 2 G

HJFNL Under 16

3 F 4 B 2 G

HJFNL Under 14

3 F 4 B 2 G


The privilege and responsibility of our coaches is to ensure the best in-form umpires make up each
Grand Final TEAM.
Make every game count and most of all…TEAM TOGETHER….Love Your Footy!!!

As this is my last communique to Association members before I retire, may I personally extend
my thanks and best wishes to you all in your finals quest.

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)


WEBPOST #27 13.8.18

“THE FINALS MESSAGE” Are you prepared?

This week we offer our umpires the opportunity to tune-in to their finals
preparations. For some weeks we have been preparing our bodies, our heads
and our on-field performances (skills) for the 2018 Finals Series.
The coaching panel wish all umpires the best for the series and urge you all to
proudly perform for this association.
Best wishes, best work-TEAM TOGETHER –love your footy.

Field Umpires

“Mental preparation and a positive, confident focus contributes to high performance”

o GEAR = Packed checked and ready to go
o GROUND INSPECTION = With partner & all aspects checked
o WARM-UP = Stretch and sweat, the game will start quick
o WHISTLE & SIGNALS-= Clear, loud, communicated and decisive-get in
o HANDOVERS = Communicated, appropriate, rotations constantly shared
o POSITION= Square up and side on to play for all contests-skirt the packs
o MARK CONTROL= Clear zones, police the mark
o DECISIONS= Confident and decisive
o PLAYER MANAGEMENT = Respect and communication-protect the ball
o GAME FOCUS = 4 quarters of total concentration on play
o TEAMWORK = Starts with me working closely with others
o MOVE = Smartly-“Finish how I start”
o ENJOY = Performing at my best

“THE FINALS MESSAGE” Are you prepared?

Boundary Umpires

“Mental preparation and a positive, confident focus contributes to high performance”

o GEAR = Packed checked and ready to go
o GROUND INSPECTION = With partner & all aspects checked
o WARM-UP = Stretch and sweat, the game will start quick
o WHISTLE & SIGNALS-= Clear, loud, communicated and decisive-making
eye contact
o POSITION= Moving constantly, adjusting, reading play-anticipating.
o SPRINTING= Powerful, strong sprints, effective pass-offs at speed, quick
to post & communicating.
o DECISIONS= Confident and decisive
o THROW INS: BTI’s are high, deep, consistent to ruck contest
o GAME FOCUS = 4 quarters of total concentration on play
o TEAMWORK = Starts with me working closely with others
o MOVE = Smartly and stylish -“Finish how I start”
o ENJOY = Performing at my best


“THE FINALS MESSAGE” Are you prepared?

Goal Umpires

“Mental preparation and a positive, confident focus contributes to high performance”

o GEAR = Packed checked and ready to go
o GROUND INSPECTION = With partner & all aspects checked
o SIGNALS = Smart, crisp, WOW factor
o FLAG WAVING-= Smooth. Strong, efficient, continuous
o POSITIONING = Work the “d” through centre line & be at the post.
o GUTFOB=Under the flight of the ball for every set shot, snap and offline
kick at goal
o DECISIONS= Confident and decisive
o SCORECARD = Accurate and correct
o GAME FOCUS = 4 quarters of total concentration on play
o TEAMWORK = Starts with me working closely with others
o MOVE = Smartly-“Finish how I start”
o ENJOY = Performing at my best


WEBPOST #26 6.8.18


You know, writing this weekly Webpost as a coach has never been a chore. We are constantly
inspired and motivated by the commitment and effort put in by so many of our umpires. Each week
these regular web posts have aimed to give your season a focus and a context.

Not a lot feedback on our weekly web posts, but whether they are geared to inspire or challenge
you, the aim has always been to bring out your best in the sport we share and love. Our traditions of
professionalism and doing things better are what we can all share and be proud of. The sporting
environment we have created is one to give every umpire a fair go, a fair challenge and lots of
opportunities in umpiring footy.

We have focussed early on our finals preparations. We want all contenders to be ready for the
exciting competition ahead of finals footy. It’s exciting for the clubs and players, but equally so for all
of us as we aim to work towards good season rewards (finals matches).

Monday August 20 th will see the Director of Umpiring finally bow out and retire from the WDFUA.
This is very difficult to do but a very necessary part of the succession planning and exit strategy in
place for our season.
I will be heading away to visit family interstate and have decided this is an ideal time to let our
terrific coaches take the helm and see the year through. With many administrative and coaching
details not only well established, but well handled by this group, I feel it necessary to let them
manage their season-end with all the confidence and leadership that we have put into place this

Andrew , Warren and David have established their coaching credentials in a very meaningful and
practical way. They have the full confidence and support of the membership and in my opinion have
done a terrific job….like I said hard to leave this group but necessary for our future sustainability and
progress. Changes are inevitable but right now the ONLY PRIORITY is to get the best out of the
umpiring group and acknowledge their season progress and achievement.

Next week the FINALS MESSAGE will be delivered as together you march into the most exciting stage
of our season.

Good Luck, best wishes, best work!!

Dedy Friebe


WEBPOST #25 30.7.18

THE 2018 Finals Series Preparations


Part 3 of our Finals Preparation Web Post Series

This Webpost will give you a clear insight into the process of finals selections and contains
some good practical advice about how YOU can prepare to earn your best Finals

Talk and discuss your performances, talk to your coaches/observers and your team on
matchday-work openly together

Put your skills, knowledge and talents into action on game day and into your weekly

Make the commitment to your own performance and level of achievement- it will not just
happen for you. HAVE A FAIR DINKUM CRACK

Right now is the time to sort your niggles, work fully on your aerobic and physical stamina-
we are looking for 4 quarter efforts.

Get the one percenters into order-you need to fine tune your skills and be consistent.

To achieve your best you need to behave professionally, with focus, maturity and the
absolute right frame of mind. (Humble, encouraging, focussed)

You will get opportunities to work with our best and you will play a vital role on match day
to make the team shine.


Each discipline has a certain number of Grand Final berths. You are already being ranked
weekly in comparison with your peers. This process is entirely out of your control and you
need to place your faith in trust in the coaching team and observers who have watched your
development all season and your current form.

Finals matches are opportunities to rise up and perform well. Rankings are reviewed every
week even up until Grand Final week. You not only get ranked but you need to hold this
place or improve it by performance… again in comparison with your peers.

Ultimately, your ranking will place you into whatever grand final you have earned .
Our best in-form and reliably performed umpires will finish last on both senior Grand Final

LOVE YOUR FOOTY- enjoy these coming weeks of sporting challenge.

True sporting endeavour will test your character, application and skill. At the end
of the day, you need to be personally satisfied with your endeavours and have

ENJOYED it fully-Nothing more matters.



WEBPOST #24 23.7.18

#2 of 3 Webposts that will assist you in your preparation for this year’s finals
season. Part 1 was on Finals Motivation


I put the following question to some of last year’s senior Grand Final
umpires…here’s what they said

How do you best prepare for a Grand Final?

Steve Walker 2017 HFNL Senior Grand Fnal Field Umpire

“It is another game of football. Still played on the same size grounds with 18 players from
each team competing. As it is a finals game, let the players “play” the game. They know
what is at stake so the teams will just come to play football.”

Jamie Lake 2017 HFNL Senior Grand Final Field Umpire

“For me finals preparation starts in pre season getting a solid fitness base , setting small
achievable goals along the way ,ie interleague matches also just to do a Senior final.
All the while performing each week to the best of your ability leaving nothing on the
I/we must remind ourselves that whilst we aim for the ultimate we do not get there without
our team mates (teamwork is imperative.)”

Casey O’Keefe 2017 WDFNL Senior Grand Final Field Umpire

“Be in the best condition you can. Don’t try to “run through “ a niggle. Get it sorted weeks

James Rea HFNL Senior Grand Final Boundary Umpire

“Prepare by getting the little things right, enjoying every game and focusing on doing your

Ash Jennings 2017 WDFNL Senior Grand Final Goal Umpire

“My advice is to have a consistent and best practice routine on and off the field. Then you
can approach the day with a clear mind , confident you are ready for every challenge that
comes your way.”

The Coach Perspective: Dedy Friebe

This is no good luck exercise. For our semi-professional top umpires, it is a journey of self-
improvement, objectivity and focus. Self-belief, loving your umpiring and giving it 110%
every week is how we climb the rankings and earn the top prize Grand Finals.
Next week’s Webpost is the final one on the topic of Finals Preparation
It will give you a clear insight into the process of finals selections. This web post will contain
some good practical advice about how YOU can prepare to earn your best Finals
Look out next Monday for the web post “Part 3 Finals Preparations-GEARING UP
 On field leadership by umpires is decisive, firm, friendly and respectful

to players.

 Keep working on the one percenters….be proactive in your team

WEBPOST #23 16.7.18


Already our weekly appointments have taken on a new look. Our coaches are
pairing and comparing. They are team building and seeking commitment and
on-field consistency in umpiring. Think closely now about what you want to
achieve this season…. The next 3 Webposts will be well worth the read in
assisting you in your preparation as finals umpires. Coaches are keen to talk
to each of you about your aspirations.


1 of 3 Webposts that will assist you in your preparation for this year’s finals


I put the following question to some of last year’s senior Grand Final
umpires…here’s what they said
What’s the Buzz? How does it feel to umpire a Senior Grand Final?
Steve Walker 2017 HFNL Senior Grand Final Field Umpire

“Success for a season’s hard work. The nerves and then enjoyment at umpiring a senior GF
is hard to describe. The shared teamwork of the group is fantastic as all involved understand
how hard you have worked to get there and the “buzz” that comes from this .”
Jamie Lake 2017 HFNL Senior Grand Final Field Umpire

“A senior grand final is the ultimate. Finishing last means you’ve finished first . It’s an
awesome feeling walking on and off the ground knowing you are representing the
association and that everyone is there supporting you.”

James Rea 2017 HFNL Senior Grand Final Boundary Umpire

“Doing a senior grand final feels like a great reward after a long season. The crowd is huge
and the game is awesome.”

Ashley Jennings 2017 WDFNL Senior Grand Final Goal Umpire

“A senior Grand Final is not only a nice reward for a season’s good work but also a great
honour. It is the showcase for the league with the 2 best performed teams and a team of
the best performing umpires.”

The Coach Perspective: Dedy Friebe

A Grand Final is not yours to choose. It is an honour to be picked to do any Grand Final.
There aren’t that many. The appointment by Coaches acknowledges that at this time your
umpiring form is the best we have. You tick the boxes (skills, fitness, umpiring, mindset,
consistency of performance.)
You are our most reliable umpire and will handle the pressure of this biggest of all
local/regional football umpiring platforms, a Senior Grand Final team member.
Next week’s Webpost asks our 2017 Senior Grand Final Umpires how they prepared for
such a big and important game. Look out for PART 2 “FINALS PREPARATION”
PART 3 the following week is titled “QUEST FOR THE BEST“ Walk the talk and talk the

WEBPOST #22 9.7.18


Let’s talk about the future, it all started last week.
Last week a special extraordinary meeting was held to discuss the future coaching needs
of the WDFUA.
Convened by President Steve, an open invitation was extended to members via email to
attend. About a dozen members turned up. As always in these kinds of open discussions
we started with what’s working well and what can be improved.
We are talking about 2019 now because often in the past coaching appointments have
tended to be left quite late into the pre-season.
With the old fossil about to retire, and a fairly active group of aspiring and newly appointed
coaches the discussion aimed to get things moving.
There was a good open discussion on the current coaching model.

Identified strengths were
1. It’s great have coaches for each discipline

2. It’s great that current coaches utilise the tremendous amount of experience from
within the Association to assist in their coaching.

3. The Commencement Coaching Program has been deemed a good encourager and
“toe in the water” experience for people aspiring to consider future coaching

4. The BUmp Program remains a vital element in our future growth and development
of umpires.

5. Providing necessary administrative support to the Director of Umpire who co-
ordinates the total coaching program meant lots of people can help out with
administration processes…not just left to one person.

6. Weekly Coach Notes and Web Posts provide a vital link to the whole cohort of
umpires from the regular and committed umpires to the social umpires, new
umpires and those only partially interested or with the time to commit.

7. The use of observers and a variety of feedback options all work successfully to
connect with umpires and their progress.

8. Having a main fitness coach to oversee the training program and balance it with skill
development sessions has been extremely successful under Mick’s tutelage.

Identified needs for serious consideration for next season
a) We need to have both a senior and Junior Boundary umpire coach
b) We need to investigate new technologies and training resources.
A new (AFL Mentoring Program is also coming)
c) We need to move toward s building a closer relationship with the growing number of
Club umpires now required so we can influence their progress and development
(This is shared responsibility between leagues, clubs, AFL and WDFUA)
d) A number of strategies to streamline both the administration of the appointment
process and the DoU need to be further investigated.
e) Strongly successful programs need to continue into the future
(Egg CCP, Accreditation, High tech appointment processes, BUmp Training)

There seems to be plenty here to focus on between now and your next season. The task of
coaching needs a wide leadership team who can in their own way, bit by bit, contribute to
the total picture of successfully developing and appointing our umpires.
Think seriously about what part you can play if any in the Coaching Program of 2019.

Dedy Friebe (fossil)

WEBPOST #21 2.7.18


With Round 13 approaching and a HFNL Bye weekend ahead this week’s appointments may give a spell to
a number of umpires. Lots are away on holidays and it is the perfect OPPORTUNITY for our dedicated
umpires to get some RULE BOOK TIME.
Below is an article we prepared for the football community via Footy Record Articles and puts the Rule
Book into an important context.
No matter what your discipline, umpires are expected to be good students of the game. No-one should
know the rules better that an umpire (you.)
More so, umpires really need to closely read the SPIRIT OF THE LAWS STATEMENT.
Rules are always open to interpretation. That’s our/your biggest responsibli9ty. The Spirt of the Laws is an
outstanding guide into a common sense approach to umpiring….digest this well.

Our AFL Vic Country Handbook is a huge manual for all leagues and some 63 Pages are devoted to the Laws of
Australian Football and they are quite complex and specific.
All of us who follow footy have our views on the rules and for umpires the task of applying the rules is quite a
To assist in the individual interpretation of the rules (laws) of Australian Football the AFL provides further guidance
through what is called the “Spirit of the Laws” and these drive the laws of the game
The objectives of the laws are: To ensure the game is played in a fair manner and a spirit of true sportsmanship and
to prevent injuries to players participating in the match. 5 Main areas have been identified

“The player who is making the ball their sole objective will be protected against any form of illegal contact”
such as contact to the head, knees, push in the back, kicking in danger, held when not in possession etc.

“The player whose sole objective is to contest the mark shall be permitted to do so.”
Illegal contacts include players who unduly push, bump, block, and hold or interfere with the arms or make high

“The player whose sole objective is to contest the ruck shall be permitted to do so.” Illegal contact
includes players who push, bump, and block, hold or make high contact.

“For a holding ball free kick to be awarded the tackle must be legal”


The ball shall be kept in motion. Players are not permitted to drag the ball underneath their body and if
correctly tackled will be penalised. They must either knock the ball clear or correctly dispose of it

The player who has possession of the ball and has not had prior opportunity, and is tackled by an opponent,
shall be given reasonable opportunity dispose of the ball correctly

PRIOR OPPORTUNITY- must legally dispose immediately
Where a player has possession of the ball and has had a prior opportunity to dispose and is then correctly
tackled they must immediately dispose of the ball correctly (kick/ handball)

The player in possession drops throws or places the ball on the ground without making a genuine attempt to
handball or kick will be penalised.

After a mark or free kick has been awarded a 50 metre penalty will be awarded against the opposing team
which unduly delays the play or abuses an umpire.
Undue delay includes cribbing, not retuning the ball directly, unduly holding the player, remaining in or
entering the protected area.

Our great game is heavily scrutinised and the interpretation of the rules in a fair and consistent manner is the task
before every umpire regardless of the level they umpire.
NB This article has been sourced from the Worksafe AFL Victoria 2018 Handbook and the Spirit of the Laws
pamphlet. www.aflvic.com.au

Dedy Friebe Director of Umpires Warrnambool & District Football Umpires Association.


WEBPOST #20 25.6.18


Next weekend (June 30 th ) sees the end of our third stage of the season.
From Pre-season we moved into the Establishment Stage (Rnds 1-6) then onto the Consolidation Stage (Rnds 7-12) These phases allow us to get the best out of our season.
This means we will be 4 weeks from Junior finals and 6 weeks from District League Finals.
Where has the time gone? Our current period of progress has been about Consolidating our skills.
Dedicated and committed umpires have been…..

1. Building consistency into their game
Consistent whistles, consistent signalling, consistent positioning, consistent running effort,
consistent concentration, consistent BTI’s consistent pass-off and centre returns, consistent, flag
waves etc

2. Having high self-awareness
Seeking feedback on your progress from coaches and observers. Identifying your weaknesses and

3. Setting short term goals
Focussing each game on the aspects of our umpiring we want to improve.

4. Building a strong sense of team
Working together to get the best result out of everyone’s performance- Teaming together and
loving our footy.


This is the 6 week lead up period to finals and we will be urging and emphasising to all umpires the need to
refine and work on your 1 percenters. We actually now go into competition with our peers. Umpires begin
to be ranked and their weekly form closely watched.
Nothing in coming weeks will be more impressive than strong team performances. No single umpire will
stand out alone because in finals footy we work to get the best team performance. The encouragement,
the support, the motivation of our team is everyone’s concern and all have a part to play- from Schultzy’s water bottle support to matchday teams to our top senior umpires in each discipline. Every umpire has a part to play.
As you make preparations for your 2018 Finals campaign, focus on your feedback, your physical fitness, your match preparation and your four quarter efforts on game day.
We expect consistency, we expect focus and we expect the team to shine. Refine your skillset.
Best wishes to you all.


Be at rooms by 5.45 for the car shuttle.

WEBPOST #19 18.6.18



Today we salute some amazing milestones in football umpiring. For many it will be hard to
believe that these quiet managers of our great game have been out there for hundreds of
Saturday afternoons over many years making the game possible for our local teams.
Umpires are often the forgotten essential element that ensures the game is played in the
spirit of the Laws, that the game is fair and just and safe.
These names will be no strangers to those of us who regularly enjoy our Saturday footy.

100 Games: Sam Walker, Nathan Hoy

150 Games: Tom O’Neill

200 Games: Jim Rylance, Mal Clapp

250 Games: Nathan Hoy

300 Games: Phil Meade, Jim Rylance

350 Games: Brian Thomas John Maddock

750 Games: Jamie Lake

AND some big milestones before seasons end………

Mick Soulsby 300 Games, Gavin Sell 500 Games, Casey O’Keefe 600 games, Mick Lowther
650 Games, Norn Gibson 650 games and Arno Pennings 800 games.
We salute our local umpires for their amazing contributions to our great game…we are
proud of you all!! Decades of commitment to footy…well worth the applause.
How do they inspire? They commit, they are loyal, they are involved and always there.
I am inspired as a coach to influence the progress and continual improvement of these
football umpiring icons. Thank you for what you do and what you inspire in us all.

ABOUT WET WEATHER FOOTY…It is a must read!
ACCREDITATION: Our thanks to all coaches and those involved in delivering the workshops last
Wednesday. We had a high attendance of 84 umpires- thanks for making that effort.
Reminder to all Level 2 umpires their worksheet/questionnaires are due in to Dedy by the end of June

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring WDFUA)

WEBPOST #18 11.6.18


EVERYONE WANTS TO DO A SENIOR GRAND FINAL- but it’s not a realistic goal for
most. WHY?
There are 5 Senior field umpire, 3 Goal and 7 Boundary appointments this year. The highest ranked
umpires (based on your performances) get these games.

Getting a senior GF is an aim but cannot be a goal…it is beyond your direct control. (sorry but you
have no say)
Goals setting can be quite private and not shared. They can also be shared with someone who
encourages you…like a coach or peer.
So how do we set shirt and long term goals?

SHORT TERM GOALS: These are nuts and bolts tasks. With the feedback you get from coaches and
observers you hear of skills, tasks and actions you need to immediately address and work on. These
are short term goals. It’s about building your skills to be a better umpire in a determined and mindful

LONG TERM GOALS are somewhat seasonal. These goals are about being in a better place than last
year. What aspects of your umpiring need to grow and develop (training, communication,
knowledge, of rules, matchday prep or effort?)
Terrific season finishes are often incremental. Your development over time is about the steps along
the way and the rungs on the Ladder.
To give your season meaning…to make a commitment to yourself and this association , you need to
spend a bit of time thinking about goals and what you’d like to achieve.

 Set goals that focus on your skills and the aspects of your umpiring
 Set goals (not a game or specific final)
 Set goals that are achievable and incremental 9step by step)
 Articulate your goals..that is talk to somebody about what you want to achieve.. it’s good to
talk to someone but you don’t have to.. you gotta talk to yourself for sure!.
 Check the progress of your set goals along the way…evaluate and assess how you are
Doing things for a purpose is a hell of a lot more rewarding than just chasing the bucks in a half-
hearted way.
Our Association is built on professionalism and pride….70+ years of it; our successes are significant-
just look at our AFL history? Setting goals is an important part of being fair dinkum about your


WEBPOST #17 4.6.18


Most people associate success, achievement and self –improvement with COMMITMENT.
To be good at your sport, to rise above and be at your best you must show commitment in the way
you apply yourself. No one achieves success without commitment and it involves time to yield the
results you seek.

COMMITMENT means to show dedication, to have a strong allegiance, to be loyal, to have a
personal obligation. When you are committed you have made a PERSONAL pledge to yourself in
the effort you want to put in to your sport. Simply, you try to give your all.
Let’s put commitment into umpiring terms.

To show commitment to your umpiring consider:

 Availability: You are available each week of the season- you regularly attend.
 Punctuality: You are on time for training, match rides, match day pre-game prep.

 Attendance: You attend training two nights a week
 Effort: When you train you put-in and work hard at your fitness.
 Extra training: You do more than just 2 sessions a week.
 Encouraging: You inspire and encourage your peer’s at training

 Feedback: You actively get feedback and work on it every game.
 Coaches: You regularly talk to your coaches
 Goal setting: You consciously set short/long term goals in umpiring.
 Learning: You read your rule book, Webposts, coach notes etc.

 Social involvement- you take part in activities run by the association
 Friendships: you nurture friendships with your umpiring peers.
 Time; You spend time socialising at the rooms.
 Mentoring: You share your skills, help new umpires.

 Time: You share your time to give umpiring the focus it needs
 Habits: You take good care of yourself


Dedy Friebe

WEBPOST #16 28.5.18


Make no mistake about it….winter umpiring is a thing you need to prepare for. Extremes of weather are on the way and it is now time to make preparations for these events.

No doubt most of us will get caught initially with no dry gear on that first rainy, windy, cold day.

Here’s a few tips for the wise…..and kids…..heed these words.

  1. If you do not have a change of umpire shirt then make sure you now pack in an extra t shirt to wear under your match shirt which may get soaked. An extra layer helps.
  2. Don’t go to your game dressed to run…if you get wet you’ll have nothing to change into and warm-up in later.
  3. Dress warmly when you go to a game so that afterwards you will have warm dry clothes to get into.
  4. Pack in a towel for a hot shower after the game.
  5. Pack in some plastic bags to store wet and muddy gear.
  6. Have a pair of footy boots or sprigs packed for better traction in the mud.

No doubt all of this sounds corny when the weather is fine and mild…. Freezing cold Saturdays will come and if this advice is early then that’s good….you can get prepared.

Those tough cold and wet days will challenge you. Running is harder, traction is less effective, footy is a different game in the slop and we have to adapt to it and be prepared even in what we pack to wear.


The game itself is more congested, kicks are less reliable and unpredictable, as are the tackles and the contests. The ball is constantly in dispute.

As an umpire your concentration and application is tested by uncomfortable weather and mentally challenging games…we all have to work at our winter footy skills and be dressed to cope in bad conditions.


This advice includes our Monday and Wednesday training sessions which will be undertaken in bad weather as part of our adapting and developing wet weather umpiring skills. Get your gear sorted and be ready now for all conditions.

Dedy Friebe

WEBPOST #15 21.5.18


As a sport football is largely UNPREDICTABLE.
Players energetically contest, within the Laws, moving the ball forward for a score
Umpires aim to keep up with game, moving to position to ensure the contest is within the spirit of
the game.
Match day preparation helps umpires deal with unpredictability and take into account many of the
factors that influence the contest of the game.
WE insist umpires be at grounds early to adequately prepare for the game ahead


a) Weather b) Ground C) Zones

Wind direction, intensity of the wind, sun glare, likelihood of rain and heat/cold all impact
on your performance and must be taken into account.
What to wear, sunscreen, considering the effect on play of the weather can help you better
prepare for the game ahead.
Goalies really need to be aware of wind strength, direction, sun glare and game day dress to
accommodate the weather.
Slippery ball, high off line wind-blown ball, hydration in heat, dry clothes for half time in the
wet and cold…are all matchday decisions.

Being aware of the turf condition is vital for all 3 disciplines. Hardness, soft patches, muddy
areas, water logged areas, tufted grass, length of grass, ease of movement, effect of turf on
the moving ball all need to be considered.
Wearing flats or boots, areas to avoid in centre returns, slipperiness of grass will all impact
on the game and how it is played and how you will perform. Hazards and risks in the turf can
impact and cause injuries.

Grounds can be longer, shorter, wider, and narrower

Each discipline needs to closely inspect the geography of the ground to appreciate how it
will impact on the game.
Fieldies need to look and agree on changeover areas, centre ball-up options, hazardous
areas and adapting to the impact of weather and ground on their zone decisions….check
the whole ground.

Boundaries need to check line marking, centre square points, turf conditions, hazardous
areas, pass off zones, 50m and point post zones

Goalies need to check their goal zones, line marking, turf hazards, goal posts, 50 m zones
and general forward zone conditions.

WATCHING the some of Reserves footy gives you a good idea on how players and umpires
are coping with the conditions.
Getting to your game early, switching on to your task ahead and doing the 3 Point Check
will enhance your performance and help you deal with variables that impact directly on the

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)

WEBPOST #14 14.5.18


This week our webpost focus is some down to earth local housekeeping so please read

Next Saturday there is a bye in all Victorian leagues to allow for these Championships
between some 30+ Leagues to take place.
For most of you it is a rare weekend off and a chance to watch some top level country
15 of our umpires have the honour of being selected for some of these prestigious Inter
League matches.

The Reid Oval Warrnambool will host the big clash between the Hampden FNL and Bendigo
Jamie Lake, Nick Ross Watson, James Rea , Pat Nolan and Andrew Taylor have been
appointed to the senior game. Damon Harrison, Andrew Lougheed, Archi Perriss, Damian
O’Connor, Paul Fimmel and Gerard Auld have been appointed to officiate in the Under 18
Further afield, Gavin Sell has been appointed to the Geelong District and Heathcote clash at
North Geelong.
Harry Rooke is off to officiate in the Under 18’s Riddel Vs Central Highlansds at Buningyong.
Lachi Rooke will officiate in the Senior match Kyabram Vs Colac in Colac and Nathan Hoy will
officiate in the Under 18’s.
These games are career highlights and bring much honour to these umpires and our
We congratulate them all and wish them well this week in their match preparation and a
successful day next Saturday.
Two of our coaches (Ferg,and David) have been invited as matchday coaches here in
Warrnambool. Congratulations fellas!


Training will be as normal and everyone is urged to continue their programs of regular
training. Monday will be the usual recovery session with Mick

Wednesday night will see one of our combined Junior and Senior all disciplines training
nights on the Hockey oval. Everyone is urged to attend, take part and again be supportive
of an all-in training night.


Once again this year we are inviting all umpires to participate in a special one-off discipline
specific coaching session.
Over 40 of our umpires are undertaking Accreditation which requires them to attend a
coaching workshop. This is COMPULSORY for these umpires.

their respective disciplines of field or boundary or goal umpiring.
The workshops will be held at the rooms instead of training on WEDNESDAY JUNE 13 TH
from 6pm sharp to 7pm.
Level 1 Umpires and new Junior Umpires are having their workshop on MONDAY JUNE 18 th
at the rooms from 5-6pm.
Umpires undertaking Accreditation will receive their email notification and information this

This week we have felt the immediate effects of wet and cold weather.
On training nights and match days make sure you dress appropriately.
Winter wogs will get you if you don’t cater for the colder and wetter weather.
On training nights..bring a change of clothes for after training…kids bring a hoody or coat
to put on after you train. Waiting around for rides home after running in the wet and cold is
NOT CLEVER. Older guys…get the skins out.
ON GAME DAY.. remember to bring a dry T’Shirt or thermal to wear under your Umpire T

After the game again have warm dry clothes to change into.
Senior blokes ensure our female umpires get their chance to change first after your game if
sharing change rooms. Cater for weather extremes- they are rel.

MAY 26 th sees the start of Stage 3 of our season THE CONSOLIDATION PHASE.
Previous webpost and Coach notes highlight the meaning of this. Training will be ramped
up, game performances will need more focus as we all strive to reach our levels of best
performance in the next 6 rounds.
Consolidating means improving, setting short term goals to strive for in order keep
improving our skills.

TRAIN harder, work on your matches, seek that improvement to lift you to a new and better

TEAM TOGETHER-Love your footy.

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)


WEBPOST #13 7.5.18


Round 6 on May 12 th WDFNL marks the end of Phase 2 in our season- the Establishment Phase.
This milestone is one that should prompt you to review your progress so far.
In Phase 1 Pre-Season you focussed on getting ready for the season
In the Establishment Phase you were asked to re-connect to your skills, build match fitness, review
the laws/rules of the game and work solidly to set up a good strong weekly framework of teamwork
and match review?

So here are 5 critical questions for YOU right now?

1. Are you happy with your weekly preparation for games?
2. Are you happy with your fitness?- Is your match fitness or stamina developing?
3. Are you alert and focussed on each game?
4. Are your umpiring skills re-connected and does your umpiring display your skills?
5. Are you enjoying the game and loving the footy?
The answers to these questions are yours and your alone.
Your other best friends here are your coaches and your peers…have you sought and worked on
feedback from those you work with and who work for you.

From Round 7 you will enter the CONSOLIDATION PHASE…this about getting your skills, your
fitness, your matchday performances and your mojo into top gear for a 6 week period where you
focus on doing your best work.

In 6 weeks time, your self-review will ask if you are at your best, where you want to be, doing the
games and achieving the short term goals you have set.
Time now from this review to set some short term goals….again your coaches need to discuss this
with you…seek them out.


The Phases of our season are markers for self-review and further self- improvement.
Next week, our coaching panel too will review our progress, our goals and our improvement
What you will get out of season 2018 is what you put in to season 2018.

Finally, we are again stressing the need for umpire commitment to availability. Field and goalie
numbers are very tight…we need you all to make the contribution we are calling for.

TEAM TOGETHER-LOVE YOUR FOOTY- Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)

WEBPOST #12 30.4.18



Last Tuesday evening the 3 rd of our Commencement Coach Program Seminars was held.
So far our CCP participants (Gavin, Radar, Dom Bourke and Pat) have taken training sessions,
look at Match observations and sat in on Coach Appointment meetings.

This latest Seminar aimed at getting current coaches (Andrew, Warren, David) to explain
what they looked for in weekly umpire performances, and how it shaped their coaching.
It was terrific to see both the current and new generations’ coaches focussing on what their
role is, how they can influence umpiring, and how they plan to develop umpires and their

It was furthermore; really pleasing to hear them discussing team work, commitment,
fitness, match day enthusiasm, continuous improvement, player respect, resilience
…many of these factors make up our current 2018 Coaching Plan. These are the
ingredients of good matchday performance.

As Director of Umpiring, to me it means the culture we are trying to perpetuate is strongly
shared by both young, older, newer and aspiring coaches and umpires. The message is
getting thorough.
Our next Seminar will involve preparations for the coaching sessions all umpires will be
involved in around NUAS accreditation.

In June a special coaching session night will be announced for all umpires to attend.
Umpires doing accreditation have a few other tasks to do, but essentially all umpires will
benefit from the Accreditation Coaching Session run by the coaches and our 4
Commencement Coach participants.
More news on that soon.

As announce in last week’s Coach Notes we extend our congratulations to our umpires
officiating in the May 19 th Interleague matches both here in Warrnambool, Colac,
Buningyong and North Geelong.
15 of our umpires will represent our Association on these big stage appearances…well done
all. (Prepare well)

Umpires who wish to volunteer their time for these games in Hamilton are asked to place
their names of the noticeboard at the rooms. It would be great if we could take 2-3 car
loads. Field, Boundary and Goal umpires required. (No fee paid)

Dedy Friebe
(Director of Umpiring)



WEBPOST #11 23.4.18



On Sunday May 20 TH at Pedrina Park Hamilton we have again been invited to send umpires
along to this day of terrific family junior footy action.

Teams from all over the South West Junior Leagues enter a one day premiership program.
We have sent 2-3 cars of umpires of all disciplines to this day in the past it is a really good
day of footy played in good spirit
We are calling for all interested umpires of any age to indicate on the sheet on the umpire’s
noticeboard if they would like to attend and be a part of the many umpires needed for these
multiple short 2 quarter games.

THERE IS NO MATCH PAYMENT and transport will be arranged for those wanting to take
Having been along to the last 2 Carnivals I highly recommend this for all interested umpires.


Membership by invitation to the V Line Academy is a special opportunity for our aspiring
local umpires.
Interleague matches, special AFL invitational games, U15 and U16 State and National
Championships and TAC Cup games are all the domain of these top performing umpires.
All of us here at the WDFUA proudly acknowledges the 9 Field, 14 Boundary and 7 Goal
Umpires who are members of this year’s Academy.
The coming AFL Victoria Worksafe Community Championships this year are a big drawcard
for them as they vie for important Interleague appointments. None more so than the game
scheduled at the Reid Oval involving the best HFNL squad under the tutelage of Jonathon
Announcement will be made soon and we wish them good luck at the selection table.


Umpires are advised that this Wednesday (Anzac day Holiday) training will be held at 1pm
from the rooms. This is for all umpires and will replace the BUmp and Senior training for
that night.
After training, umpires are welcome to stay and watch the big Anzac Day footy game on tv
and later if numbers are sufficient a pizza buy in will be held for tea.
ACCREDITATION REMINDER- You must let me know this week if you wish to undertake your
accreditation this year…See previous emails and Webposts for more information. NO LATE

Dedy Friebe
(Director of Umpiring)


WEBPOST #10 16.4.18

2018 National Umpire Accreditation Scheme

All Umpires must be registered with the AFL- this is done by the WDFUA on your behalf
when you complete your registration with us each year.
Umpire Accreditation is compulsory and various levels of current accreditation are required
for both under-age and senior football as well as pathway footy like interleague footy, TAC
games etc.

All umpires will receive an email this week outlining their current accreditation status.
There is a strict timeline. Youmust contact Dedy if you wish to complete your
Accreditation. We must apply by April 26 th …no late entries will be accepted.
As you know, many umpires have already completed our annual courses and are therefore
not required to undertake accreditation this year.
There have been some big changes in the requirements….read on.

FIRST YEAR UMPIRES- There is a new AFL Introductory Umpire Course designed for first
year umpires (we have 17 of them) This is not an accreditation course but an introductory
course introducing students, parents and club umpires to the requirements of umpiring

SECOND YEAR UMPIRES- Development Umpire Accreditation (the old Level 1)
Requirements for Accreditation are
1. Attending Induction Module Coaching module sessions
2. Observed performance by a coach- one matchday observation.

For umpires in underage footy whose accreditation has lapsed ( completed 4years ago)
REQUIREMENT = Observed performance by a coach- one matchday observation.

THIRD YEAR UMPIRES-Advanced Umpire Accreditation (the old Level 2)
For umpires regularly engaged in open- age senior and reserves footy
1. Attending and participating in Coaaching module sessions
2. Undertaking a reflective learning exercise

3. Observed performance by a coach- three matchday observations.

For umpires whose previous Level 2 accreditation has lapsed
Requirement: Observed performance by a coach- one matchday observation.
If your name is on the email sent out this week, please contact Dedy or phone/text on
0428 197 715 or email dedyfriebe@yahoo.com.au to accept your invitation to undertake
Accreditation. We must register your application by April 26 th -NO LATE ENTRIES


Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)


WEB POST #9 9.4.18

Stage 2-The Establishment Phase- Rounds 1-6

After a very successful and concerted Stage One Pre-season Phase our new football season
is upon us. Congratulations to you all on your preparation!

Games we officiate in are crucial to clubs for early success and we need to get our team
spirit together and operate at a very high and professional level.
Every loss for a team now is a big deal and like us, teams have been putting in a lot of hard
yards and miles to get the best start possible.

In the context of the whole season, The Establishment Phases identifies the first 6 rounds
for us to get our umpiring together…fitness, skills, knowledge of Laws and protocols of the
We must all focus on umpiring in the Spirit of the Game, adjudicate in the Spirit of the
Laws and be the best on-field example we can be.


What are the critical tasks on your TO DO list?

1. We are now all committed to regular training but our on track efforts, workload and
serious encouragement must lift and be team focussed. Encourage, apply and
encourage again.

2. Feedback is crucial because it is how others see us that measure our efforts.
Communicate with your team, feed back to your team post game ( see Match
Review below) and talk to your coaches and observers- we all need to grow and

3. Have a match plan. Each week as you and others assess your performance set some
targets for you to focus on each game. Aim now for continuous improvement.

4. Lifestyle…don’t forget to maintain your life balance…Family….work/school…. sport.
We call it the Establishment Phase because we are re-igniting our skills, our capabilities
and our experience to make our umpiring the best it can be.

The 90 Second Match Review is an expectation that you review your match together
immediately after your game with your on-field team.
Immediately after umpires return to the change rooms after a match we are asking a senior
umpire in the team to start a quick positive feedback session around the group.

We urge umpires to highlight in each other the work and achievements of the game and
encourage/ acknowledge each other’s performances. This need only be brief but aims to
make every umpire in your team finish their game off with something positive to say about
their own and their team mate’s game.
WHY??... “When you look for good in a performance and express that to a person, it gives
them something to live up to. In other words you motivate them to be better than they

This is at the heart of our Team Culture and something we are all asked to contribute to
every game.
We hope that in time the strength and team performances will increase. No umpire can go it
or do it alone…we need to be TEAM!
Dedy Friebe ( Director of Umpiring)

WEB POST #8 2.4.18

WELCOMING THE NEW-(Even Shaun and David were new once)

Our Association is ever on the lookout for new members.

As a new season starts, there are a number of new aspiring umpires in all 3 disciplines settling in to our Association.

We all have a duty and responsibility to make the m feel welcome, appreciated and an equal part of this group. (Team Spirit, loving their footy)

Being new anywhere is a challenge for all people. It takes time to settle-in and feel you are accepted and a part of your chosen new group. Whether you are just a youngster or an adult you like to feel welcomed in your new environment. Yes even our greatest achievers in the AFL, Shaun Ryan and David Harris, were all newbies in our association once upon a time.



We all need to take the time to talk and get to know new people….especially at those times when they walk in, hang around for training to start, on the track and of course socially.


We do have a lot of unique practices and procedures we all have to follow. Sign in’s, unavailability, uniform requirements etc…it’s all new. Encourage questions and give explanations.


We pride ourselves in our professionalism and there’s a lot to learn…we are in fact all constantly learning and striving for improvement. To a new umpire a positive and enouraging comment is “gold”. Don’t we all like to be told we are doing well?


You really start to feel accepted when people know your name, say hi, pass the time and you can freely join-in conversations.



Have you introduced yourself to and spoken with…………..

Campbell, Tara, Jemma, Stephanie, Kieran, Matthew, Clara, Caelan, Isaac, Isobel, Harley, Mitchell, Liam, Paul, Tom, Jacob, Karyn, Anna and Peter. These are our 19 new umpires.


We’ve lost a few good umpires too in Trent, Nick, Maddi, Lachy M, Corey, Kate , Branden plus other first year boundaries. Also there’s long term injuries to Phil and Robbo. Current membership is around 104.


LeaugeSeniorsUnder 18.5Under 17.5Under 14.5




There will be double up games, compulsory 3 field umpire appointments and yes some non -supply again this season.

Hence the call for us all to commit, be available where possible and together make our season a success.


On behalf of our brand new coaching team (Andrew, Warren, Dave & myself) we wish all umpires a very successful and enjoyable season in Team spirit loving our footy.

Our launch night is this Wednesday at 6pm where ALL umpires are asked to attend a pre-training briefing.

Training will be on the Reid Oval and be followed by one of our famous steak sandwich meals…Please try to attend.

Our next Webpost will look closely at our tasks as we enter Stage 2 Rounds 1-6 The Establishment Phase of season 2018.


Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)


WEBPOST #7   26.3.18

PEREPARATION ENDS-The Dawn of a new season- ARE YOU READY?

Our Association has enjoyed a very active pre-season. 

Most have taken up the challenge of preparing for the season ahead really well.

Training numbers have been robust- a credit to the work of Mick our Fitness Coach and the new Committee hitting theground “on the run” with some thorough planning and organisation- we all benefit from this. A big thanks to you all for taking up this exciting new season challenge.

As Director of Umpiring, I am thrilled-to-bits with the way our Coaches have so keenly and reliably taken up their exciting challenge for the season. I feel strongly that we all will receive a very  encouraging level of support, training, feedback and development from  Andrew, Warren and Dave.

We don’t work alone either. The Committee, headed by Stevehas been “can do” from day one. Our Commencement Coach Program (CCP) has already been keenly embraced by Radar, Gavin, Pat and Dom. Mickpreparation work and insistence on a professional approach  by all umpires has been terrific.BUmp training is coming together and its great to see people step up…thanks Lachy, Nathan and all their helpers.

Our Observers are all trained up and we are all READY TO GO.

Practice matches have dribbled in and we have done our best to spread the opportunities around.

WE ARE READY…bring on Round 1 next week and ouall-important Easter Showcase games this Good Friday. 


FITNESS- Are you training regularly?  Are you getting the extra run in outside of training?
MENTAL PREPHave you checked your rule book, past match reportswebposts….set your season goals?
COACHING PLANHave you read our plans and talked about your season aspirations with Dedy or your coach?
GEAR: Have you checked it all, got any new gear from Glenda, cleaned and ready to go?
COMMITMENTHave you got your own calendar obligations to the sorted (family, work,rest play) -are you ready??? 
CONTRIBUTION: Are you ready to encourage others and put time and effort in to your association, events and social activities? Remember to welcome the new members.



Either go straight there or be at rooms by 5.45pm for the car shuttle.

GOOD FRIDAY FOOTY at South and at Collegians…a showcase game for us in both leagues.

SEASON 2018 LAUNCH NIGHT Wednesday 4th April at 6pm.

This is a must attend event for all umpires where together we will launch the 2018 season.

Theres lots of important information to give out and a chance to meet newer umpires, new kids etc. 

Food will be provided after training- the best steak sandwishes around…please join us?.

Check our website later tonight after 8.30pm for provisional appointments for Good Friday.


Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)


WEBPOST #6  19.3.18

Match Day Observers.

Last Wednesday evening we held our annual Match-day Observer Training Program. We also involved all 3 coaches and our 4 Commencement Coach Program umpires.

We are very fortunate in our Association to have some very experienced people and in utilising this experience, we invite a number of senior past umpires to assist the match-day observations of umpire performances.

This year, our Match-day Observers are:

Jim Grayson, Jim Rylance, Norm Gibson, Greg Lemmens as well as our 3 coaches Andrew, Warren and David and myself. (8)

Always, our aim is to ensure umpires are observed, get some match day feedback and encouragement from Observers as well as have them report back to the coaching panel.

Feedback may take the form of post-match chats, group de-briefs and written feedback.


Our website contains documents entitled PERFORMANCE MAX for each umpiring discipline.

 “P Max” sets out a range of performance criteria that umpires should be able to demonstrate in their umpiring. Observers frame their observations based on this material and their own vast experience in umpiring. Their feedback to you is given in the team spirit and should always be encouraging with a challenge or two for you to consider for your next game performance.

Use your observers as good sounding boards and always consider advice offered. Most of all be aware that Match-day Observers are there for you to promote, encourage and acknowledge your umpiring. Coaches too value the extra sets of eyes on games they cannot get to.

Below is a checklist of skills that you might keep handy as you mentally prepare for your matches and set your match-day goals.


As our season fast approaches, everyone’s preparation is nearing completion.

Our pre-season preparation needs some………..

Important ONGOING Ingredients

  1. ENJOYMENT- love your footy….can you smell the leather yet?
  2. COMMITMENT- A solid regular attendance, availability and involvement.
  3. FITNESS- Have a crack, lots of effort, work hard!
  4. TEAM SPIRIT- get around, get known and enjoy working with your fellow umpires.

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring

P.S Check your personal email this week for important information being sent out re match selection.


2018 OBSERVERS TOOL- Pre Umpire discussion report Checklist




Match Day-preparation/ground inspection/game plan.



Whistle-Consistently loud and strong.



Ball Ups-consistent height and straightness.



 Signals-Consistently clear, prompt & communicated.



Positioning General Play-moving/reading play/anticipating.



Positioning Set Shot- got in promptly to line players up.



Decision Making-confident/accurate and warranted free kicks.

Observe warranted, unwarranted and missed free kicks



Strong Composure & Concentration –effective game management for 4 quarters.



Team Work- worked with the team/communicated well.



Speed and Agility- Proactive for 4 quarters.






Match Day-preparation/ground inspection/game plan.



Whistle-Consistently loud and strong.



Throw Ins- Consistent height, depth and straightness.



Signals-Consistently clear, prompt & communicated.



Positioning General Play-Constantly moving & anticipating.



Positioning Set Shots- At the post at all times.



Decision Making-confident/correct.



Centre Returns- Shared legs/high speed/correct positioning.



Team Work- worked with the team/communicated well.



Speed and Agility- Proactive for 4 quarters.






Match Day-preparation/ground inspection/game plan.



Signals-crisp and consistent.



Flag Waving –smooth and continuous.



Positioning General Play-moving/reading play/anticipating.



Positioning Set Shot- under the flight of the ball.



Positioning Contested Line Ball-correct positioning and straddling.



Decision Making-confident/correct (incl Scorecard.)



Strong Composure & Concentration –for 4 quarters.



Team Work- worked with the team/communicated well.




WEBPOST #5  12.3.18


2 x 2 x 2

Turn up, Warm Up

Have a Crack, Get Around

Warm-Down, Reflect



  1. TURN UP

Wear Training Gear, sign off your name, and be on time (before 5.45pm)

Make the commitment to train regularly

  1. WARM –UP

AT 5.45pm or thereafter, break-up into groups of 4-6 and lead in to some static stretches as you prepare for your training- be fair dinkum about this

At 5.55pm as a group head out and jog to your training oval…this is part of your warm up.



Short interval and high intensity training requires your full effort and application.

If you are older you still train to get a training effect. If your young then have a red hot go….Walking, running or sprinting we need to challenge and apply ourselves. Accept your challenge to improve fitness


Our team spirit demands of us that we encourage each OTHER and work together. Always make the effort to acknowledge and encourage others. This is not the scene for conversations but a foul group focus on applying our efforts to improve our skills and fitness together



When training is finished make a concerted effort to warm down stretch, get in out of the cold, dress warmly.


Take a few moments to reflect on your efforts, did you apply yourself fully?

Manage your niggles and sore spots, plan your next run/walk…2 nights of training per week is not enough for full match day fitness.

“ We are now 3 weeks from our season start. There are lots of practice match opportunities coming. It is time for all of us to make the right preparation for the challenges ahead- being fit is a vital part of this preparation.”

Finally…from now, on please put any weekend unavailability in the book before 7pm Monday nights.

Dedy Friebe  (Director of Umpiring.)


WEEK #4 - 5/3


Following on from a successful program in 2017, we will again be conducting
the Commencement Coach Program in 2018.
The emphasis from this program has already seen us not only gain a new coach
this year but also sees last year’s participants assuming leadership roles around
our club and the V Line Academy.

This year, 4 of our experienced and senior umpires have been invited into the
program and all have accepted.
Pleasingly, these experienced umpires cover all disciplines.
We congratulate and offer our best wishes to Gavin Sell, Mick Soulsby (both
senior field umpires), Dominic Bourke (boundary umpire) and Pat Nolan (goal

The program begun on Feb 18 th where participants were invited to attend the
2018 AFL VIC-Country Umpire Coaches Program at Vic Park in Melbourne.                              This day consisted of workshops, guest speakers and heaps of umpire coaches from
around the state. 3 of last year’s CCP umpires attended too so they could
further their own coach development aspirations.

The 4 umpires for this year’s CCP attended a launch meeting last week and will
be further involved in our Match Day Observers Training coming up later this
month. They will undertake Seminars in coaching, performance assessment,
Accreditation, take skills training sessions and sit in on the weekly
appointments process.
As you can see it becomes a real “toe in the water “experience for them.
I would urge all umpires to support these guys in this program for our future.
Please co-operate fully and utilise their skills and experience when offered as
part of this program. The CCP will conclude on June 30 th .

The 2018 Commencement Coach Program will again sow important seeds for
the future of our association and we commend Gavin, Radar, Dom and Pat in
making this investment for all of us.


Not quite Mick’s 10 Commandments but certainly some sound advice to
heighten our efforts and input into weekly training sessions.

Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring.)

2018 AFL Vic Country Umpires Coaching Conference….
Some comments from participants.
The day went well. On a personal note, I thought the workshops were really good. The day started
with keynote speaker Gerald Fitzgerald on his humble beginnings into coaching and now passing
on his experience...all good, then off to participate in a couple of training drills followed by
another workshop as presented by 2 informative facilitators which was well done.
Overall, positive outcome, demonstrating a lot of hands-on required in this field.



What a great experience the 2018 AFL VIC umpire conference was.
I can’t wait to start the CPP program and start coaching and devolving some umpires.
We spent some time on ground running drills and skill sessions which I will run at some stage soon.
To be able to get ideas from top level coaches is a fantastic experience and is something our
Association will only benefit from.
The Big thing for me was a coach isn’t just the game day stuff, it’s about knowing your
players/umpies better on a real personal level and being able to support their needs.



As a first year Boundary Umpire Coach it was great to be able to attend the AFL Vic
Umpires Conference last Sunday.  
Our first guest speaker was celebrated coach Gerald Fitzgerald who has forged an
outstanding coaching career in football from community grass roots right through to the
elite AFL level. His insights into coaching player performance, the club football
environment and the need to respect the work of all club volunteers were particularly
We then spent some time in a group workshop developing our Coaching Philosophy and
Coach Plan Template for the 2018 season ahead. Completion of this will include activities
from our own CCP programme involving our new CCP members.         
Finally spent some time networking with other regional based Boundary Umpire Coaches
to get a sense of some of the challenges they face in umpire retention, junior training &
development and match day logistics. Was pleasing to hear from the Ballarat Boundary
Umpire Coach that our own Johno Abraham is doing very well in the Ballarat Umpires
Association and testament to the strong training and coaching environment he enjoyed
when he commenced as a Boundary Umpire in Warrnambool a few years ago.       
We help, we support, and we encourage each other.



WEEK #3 - 26/2


Based on the important foundations outlined last web post, we can now announce and identify the key practices being put into place for the season ahead.


Phase 1. PRE SEASON STAGE (Jan 15th to April 1st.)

The focus here is the gradual intensification of whole group training- the goal is gaining fitness, some practice match opportunities etc


BUmp Training is Wednesday this year 5-6pm

Phase 2: ESTABLISHMENT STAGE- Rounds 1-6

The focus here is getting match fit, are applying your skills, getting lots of feedback to work on your game.

Phase 3: CONSOLIDATION STAGE- Rounds 7-12

The focus here is getting the match fitness and game focus applied over 4 quarters right…again lots of feedback from your observers and coaches.

Phase 4: REFINEMENT STAGE-Rounds 13-18

The focus here is consistency, high performance and getting our whole performance together- getting it right every week.


The focus here is competitively applying our very best umpiring in every allocated finals game we do.

TRAINING- from March 5th    6.00pm to 7.00pm

MONDAYS: Mick will run his weekly recovery session each Monday.

WEDNESDAYS:  Sessions are timetabled fortnightly for a Coach Skills Training session in each discipline.

As well we have HALL TRAINING Nights at OLHC Hall planned, some Dedy “all-in” sessions and some Mick “strong fitness” sessions are timetabled.

NOTE: Training attendance data and monthly Fitness Coach meetings with Coaches will keep track of your involvement and input levels at training.


As per last year Provisional Appointments will be posted on the website- Monday nights this year. Confirmed Appointments will go upon the website Wednesday nights.

All late changes are to be directed to Dedy Friebe 0428 197 715

Finally, some practice matches on the way in March which coaches will organise in coming weeks.

Observers this year are being appointed as we speak and data collection assistance has again been offered by Glenda Grayson who will keep game and training records for coaches.

Commencement Coaching Program will again be offered this year. 4 senior umpires have accepted this opportunity and we will outline this program for you next web post.


Dedy Friebe  (Director of Umpiring.)


WEEK #2 - 19/2

THE 2018 COACHING PLAN “Team Spirit- Love your footy”

All of the 2018 plans aim directly at achieving our mantra of “enjoying footy with a team

Simply, we can’t do our best in this sport by working alone. We need to work alongside our
matchday team. We need to encourage, motivate, support and work closely as a team with
each other to get the maximum gains from our input.

There are 4 basic Foundations to this important goal

1. RESPECT- The coaching program is built around valuing and encouraging member
contribution. Everybody matters, everyone is important and cared about in all we
Your happiness, satisfaction and contribution is valued.

2. COMMITMENT- Team Spirit depends on everyone contributing and committing to
the year. When you train, train regularly and with effort (have a crack) A game day
team performing effectively relies on the whole team effort.

3. COMMUNICATION- Our aim is to keep everyone in the know. Webposts, weekly
Coach Notes, Matchday feedback from observers, Association news- communication
aims to be continuous and far reaching- everyone is urged to get involved.

4. INNOVATION- We have a rich history of professionalism and success. This is not
based on the past. It’s about moving forward to the future, trying new and
innovative ways to help everyone achieve their goals.

I along with your 3 discipline coaches (Andrew David ad Wazza), your trainers Mick &
Robbo, your observers, your Committee and all support staff aim to implement this
broad Coaching Plan in the season ahead.

Be a part of our exciting move forward into season 2018.
Let’s all enjoy umpiring with a "Team Spirit"

Our next Webpost will outline the various roles of our key personnel as well as how the
season will be scheduled.
Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)


WEEK #1 - 12/2

BUILDING ON OUR SUCCESS- from Dedy Friebe (Director of Umpiring)
Pre-season 2018 is underway and this is the first of weekly Webposts to keep the
information flow happening as we prepare and move into a brand new season.

Our new Committee headed by new President Steve Walker have actively encouraged and supported what has been planned for the season ahead.

This season we have built on the success of a strong season last year. For the first time in
many seasons we have a full complement of coaches, one for each discipline and a Director
of Umpiring to steer the ship, offer support to new coaches and the appointment process as
we move forward.

In addition, we have retained our excellent Fitness Coach and arrangements are in place for
a new trainer of our junior brigade-a critically vital role for our future.
Great to welcome back Andrew Ferguson to his second year as Field Umpire Coach-. Andrew
is an extremely busy man whose heart and focus is on bringing out the best in our Field
umpire brigade.

Warren Beatty and David Dunn are our two new coaches. Wazza will head the Boundary
Umpiring coach role and David the goalies. The success of last year’s Commencement
Coach Program lured Warren and David too is keen to make his contribution and give back
to the association his experience and keen interest in coaching. I ask for all members to give
them their full support and backing as they take up their roles.

Great to have Mick Lowther coaching for our fitness and we welcome David Robertson who
will co-ordinate our highly successful BUmp Program for junior boundaries. Senior
boundaries play a big role here too.

My primary goal this early in the season is to establish an agreed coaching plan for season
This was approved last week by the Committee and was based on my prior consultations
with the coaching crew.

To build on our success of 2017, the 2018 coaching theme is “Team Spirit-love your footy”
It’s a similar thrust to 2017 where we focus on developing a team spirit, working together
and enjoying our umpiring.
In coming weeks the full plan will be outlined so all members can see our direction and
focus in the team spirit.

As always, I will aim to draw on the experience from within our association and build that
team of observers, track helpers, data gatherers and also offer another Commencement
Coach Program to 5 selected umpires. We must always look ahead to our future and the
drawing on the vast talent and experience we have.

For now though, there’s lots to set up…practice matches are coming in March and your
commitment now needs to be in earnest as you prepare to do your best work in a team
spirit- love your footy.

Coaching Team

Director of Umpiring

Dedy Friebe

Specialist Central Umpire Coach:

Andrew Ferguson

Specialist Boundary Umpire Coach:

Warren Beatty 

Specialist Goal Umpire Coach:

David Dunn

Senior Track Supervisor: 

Mick Lowther

Junior Development Coach: 

David Robertson