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Girls, Girls, Girls....

Hi everyone,

I am thrilled to be able to say that in the last few weeks I have had no less than FOUR senior umpires approach me "out of the blue" with the sole intent of telling me how much FUN they have had umpiring our Girl's matches. Whether Under 15 or Youth Girls (U18), the feedback is coming thick and fast, that the standard is excellent on the whole, the games are "clean" and that the girls are obviously having a great time, which makes for easy umpiring! Once you've tried it, you may, like these umpires, be putting in requests for a girl's game, so please, if you are allocated one - DON'T assume it's beneath your lofty standards, and refuse the game. Any umpire declining a game on this basis will NOT be allocated a different game that week.

Please remember to know your responsibilities as an umpire - for those of you not at our training session the other night click this link to download the one page summary that was gone through.

For those of you still having troubles with logging into the SP Match Day Paperwork app - please click the following link (or go to our website and check the Umpires > News page) to get an instruction sheet on how to change your password. This really does work for most people unlesss there is a major problem with their account NOT related to the app.

If it still doesn't work AFTER following the step by step instructions then let me know. It may be that you have different email addresses setup in Sporting Pulse and Schedula which can cause problems.

Good luck for this weekend, and CALL ME if you have any issues!
Amanda Beet
SMJFL Director of Umpiring
0421 170 756
As you are aware, it is important that all umpires nationally are registered on the FootyWeb platform so the AFL and State Leagues can track umpire numbers and accreditation status. As an added incentive for umpiring groups and umpires to comply, the AFL is offering the chance for a registered umpire to win two (2) reserved seats to this year’s Toyota AFL Grand Final. To be eligible, umpires must register on Footyweb by 31 July 2016.

As all of our umpires are registered before they can umpire in our league they will receive an automatically entry into this competition. Make sure anyone you know who hasn't re-registered does so in order to be in line for this great prize.

This will now be a regular newsletter item - highlighting one or two areas of your umpiring day that have been "in the news" (or my inbox, this week! Clubs are paying for our services, and we need to show them that we are taking the game and our job very seriously. They are entitled to a PROFESSIONAL performance from all of our umpires from the youngest to the oldest. This week's tips are:-
  • Check where the teams are on the ladder and look at their win/loss ratio before you go to the game, this will give you an indication of what sort of game you can expect - HOWEVER, remember to umpire it from the first bounce without any pre-conceived bias.
  • Talk to other umpires involved in the match (2nd field/boundaries) find out their names, how long they've been umpiring and agree on a style for the day. Obviously our younger umpires will be on their own, but if a coach or mentor is present LISTEN to what they have to say.
  • DO assume the game will proceed well. Umpire it based on what happens today, not what you heard happened a month ago between these teams!
  • Make sure you've checked the rules variation matrix to make sure you are aware of any differences to age groups you may have umpired previously.

Please make sure your AVAILABILITY is set correctly in Schedula. Several umpires have complained that they are not getting appointed, only for us to discover that they have NOT set availability and therefore don't appear in the list of possible umpires. If you are not sure whether your availability is set correctly call Amanda from Monday-Friday (please only call about match day issues on a Sunday).

If you haven't set it - it's NOT set. By default you will NOT be given a game!
On match day you need to leave any valuables such as phones and wallets somewhere secure - in the car, with mum or dad, or failing those being there, ask the canteen at the club to mind them for you while you umpire. Unfortunately it isn't practical for clubs to lock doors to umpires rooms for junior football, as there is a constant stream of umpires coming & going all day.

Unfortunately we have had several phones stolen from umpires rooms this year already. Don't be the next victim - keep them safe.

PROGRESS! - I believe we will have the smaller sized shorts next week. Shirts are about another week to 10 days away, so hopefully by the time training resumes the following week we will have all sizes back in stock. We do have some pre-packed parcels ready to collect (Med & Larger sizes only) please contact Tom Grundy on if you've paid and haven't collected yet.

Make sure you sign the attendance sheet at every training session you attend. Our coaches use this data to allocate umpires to games, and the more often you are at training , the better your chance of getting a game on the weekend. If you can't find it - ASK.
Click here to download these very useful references:-

2016 SMJFL Rules Variation Matrix

2016 Umpire Handbook

2016 Laws of Australian Football

2016 SMJFL By-Laws

General Umpire queries: Amanda Beet (Monday-Friday) contact details below
Uniform: Tom Grundy
Appointments: Nick Bergman

MATCH DAY issues: Amanda Beet 0421 170 756 /

Please ensure you have my phone number in your mobile - you NEED to call me urgently on Sunday as soon as possible after a game where there is a report (red card) or serious issue.

NB: If you just have a general query which can be dealt with on another day please don't call me on a Saturday (I do try to have ONE day away from work) or a Sunday when my phone runs hot with MATCH DAY issues.
Please note: this box is a repeat of information which was not easily read in last weeks newsletter!


Clubs have been warned that umpires will be taking a very tough stance on any dangerous tackles from now on. If you see that a coach is doing the right thing and taking players off to warn them if they get too rough then you have no need to use cards UNLESS the action is actually a RED or YELLOW offence. In simple terms - give coaches a chance to self-police their playing group.

Please note that although a Yellow Card must be noted on the CMR it is NOT an actual report, so no need to call Amanda, or fill out the separate player report form. Players who get another yellow card within 12 months will receive an automatic suspension.

The following is what has been communicated to every club Secretary last week:-

Dangerous Tackles [Forward to Coaches]
As per the Dangerous Tackle Initiative, the SMJFL is very serious about doing all it can to ensure the safety of players. Regardless of the intent of the tackler, the onus is on them to protect the opposition player. If the opposition player is hurt due to their head hitting the ground the tackler can expect to be charged with "engaging in rough conduct against an opponent which in the circumstances in unreasonable".
Examples of tackles can be found on the Coaches' Box page of our website.

Moorleigh Reserve, Bignell Road, East Bentleigh.
Wednesdays from 4.45pm (warmup) for 5.00-6.00pm session.


Before you ring anyone for help on anything please check our website first. Click the link above, then go on to UMPIRES and a range of options will appear. Most of your queries will be answered somewhere on this site.
YELLOW and RED cards available at training if you don't have a set yet, or need new ones.

Make sure you always have these at games - if you use either one it MUST be noted on the CMR - under no circumstance can you not log the use of a card.
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