How exciting is this - we just can't wait - I'll bet there are boys and girls sleeping in their club jumpers tonight and tomorrow night! It's only a couple of sleeps before the Carnival kicks off with Under 8s and 9s. Hope the day encapsulates the fun you've had all year!
Whatever happens on the day the MOST important thing to remember is the league's tag-line "It's about the kids". If you see or hear any adults behaving in a manner which could potentially spoil what will be the last day of footy make sure you report it to a ground manager. The very last thing we need is a player having a wretched day, and thinking about it all summer, then deciding not to come back in 2017.
BE THE ADULT and make sure the day runs smoothly!
Please make sure that you read the reminders below to ensure a fun day for everyone to wrap up the season. To those of you who will umpire their last game for the year this Sunday - I hope you've had a great year, and finish it off with a fun day for all the kids.
Good luck for the Lightning Carnivals - I hope to see those of you at the grounds I'll be supervising!
Finally, please take a few minutes to complete the survey below - the information you provide will help us continually improve the modified rules competition going forward.
Lightning Carnival Info (I know this box is repeated from last newsletter - but it's VITAL info)
For those of you who are approaching your first Lightning Carnival - DON'T PANIC! The day seems to be a frantic one, with hundreds of kids running round a huge venue, but it's great FUN.
Please ensure the day remains FUN and is approached as a way to wrap up the season with a round robin format of shorter games, designed as a season finale! Encourage your team to enjoy the whole day, and not to worry about "results" and focus on names printed in records, lots of games, footy food and sirens going every 10 minutes - pity the poor neighbors!
A word of warning: particularly for the Under 8s who haven't had this experience before. I remember my son's first carnival and the coach giving the team last minute instructions. He was told "the games about to start" but didn't worry, remarking "they can't start without us!" - guess what - they did. 90 seconds later they hit the ground to find they were already 3 goals down!
Warn your Coaches: on Lightning Carnival day the siren waits for NO coach!
Click one of the the following links for the appropriate Carnival handbook for your group. Check anything important to you as an umpire, and pass on to your coach if they haven't received it from your club secretary yet.
There will be an SMJFL Match Manager at all Lightning Carnival Venues. If you have ANY questions, or want a ruling please go and see them rather than causing a scene!
LIGHTNING CARNIVAL RULES:
- here's a tip, they haven't changed!
Can Mid-Fielders kick goals? (AGAIN)
PLEASE READ - Despite this being in the last newsletter we still had a couple more umpires allowing this which confuses everyone. The answer is still NO.
If a ball is kicked through the goals by anyone except a forward zone player the kick is to be treated as Out of Bounds. If one goal-hog in the Mid-Zone keeps having pot-shots pay a free kick from the forward/mid line, if it's a genuine accident pay the free where it went out.
Can a team play with a numerical advantage?
Please leave this one to your team manager - in short a team CAN play with an advantage of one eg: 17 vs 16 players IF the team with 17 has no further players sitting on the bench it could loan to the other side to make it even. This is a by-laws issue, and if pushed can't be challenged! No girls match can be played however unless numbers match exactly - in the above example they would need to play 16 v 16.
Does the SMJFL provide umpires for Lightning Carnivals?
We certainly do - it's YOU! Well done, you've earned your first go at the "big day" - enjoy it!
Let me know if you have any issues you want clarified for next week - the most controversial will probably be the one featured!