The Umpire and the Coach in Australian Football

The Umpire and the Coach in Australian Football

A coach becomes a better coach when he/she has umpired games. He/she 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. Our author umpired hundreds of junior matches and uses that experience to offer advice to coaches to create the best playing environment both for his players and the umpires officiating at their games.

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