Level One AFL National Umpire Accreditation

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Level One AFL National Umpire Accreditation

LEVEL ONE UMPIRE ACCREDITATION The Level One Umpires Manual will introduce you to a range of modules/units to assist you to gain the knowledge and skills to adequately perform the basic tasks associated with umpiring Australian Football. AIMS OF THIS COURSE An underlying belief of the Level One Umpiring course is you become responsible for the development and improvement and hence take a proactive role in managing yourself. THIS COURSE IS DESIGNED TO: 1. Engage you in coaching and related activities to assist with gaining and developing basic knowledge and skills of umpiring Australian Football. 2. Assess your ability to demonstrate the basic skills of umpiring under match conditions. 3. Encourage you to take increased r


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  • 1. 
    MODULE 1 - QUALITIES OF AN UMPIRE Personal qualities and the manner which the umpire goes about his/her role is the cornerstone, or foundation of umpiring. Of the qualities/values/beliefs below please mark which qualities are important in umpiring?
    • A. 

      Integrity

    • B. 

      Honesty

    • C. 

      Dominating

    • D. 

      Trust

    • E. 

      Controlling

    • F. 

      Intimidating

    • G. 

      Impartiality

    • H. 

      Reserved

    • I. 

      Respect

  • 2. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 1) - THE ROLE OF THE UMPIRES There are a great number of factors that contribute to the umpires success and enjoyment.  The first of those is to understand the role of the umpire. Which of the answers below is the MOST CORRECT in relation to the role of an umpire on matchday?
    • A. 

      Be strict on all the laws and interpretations regardless of age.

    • B. 

      Ensure game goes ahead as scheduled no matter what.

    • C. 

      Interpret and apply the laws, ensure safety of all participants, ensure all paperwork is complete and given to correct person.

    • D. 

      Make sure both teams play fair and within the rules

  • 3. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 2) - ATTITUDE TO UMPIRING Attitude is often the reason why some people are successful.  Most successful sportspeople say that a positive, enthusiastic and responsible attitude is a key factor in achieving success.  This is also true for umpiring. A positive, enthusiastic and responsible attitude towards umpiring can be demonstrated in the following ways.... (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      Accepting all appointments given to you.

    • B. 

      Just doing enough to get through a game easy.

    • C. 

      Only participate in training drills you like.

    • D. 

      Attend training regularly.

    • E. 

      Never criticise colleagues, coaches or observers.

    • F. 

      Don't listen to feedback as you know better.

  • 4. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 3) - PERSONAL PRESENTATION All umpires have a responsibility to contribute to the creation of an image which potrays umpiring in a professional and positive light and as an attractive sporting career to other people. In aiming to fulfil expectations of umpires they should be aware that first impressions are often lasting impressions therefore appearence is a crucial factor. Is the below statement true or false? The Dress Standard of an umpire both on and off the field should be clean, neat, tidy and appropriate?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 5. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 4) - INTERPERSONAL SKILLS Effective interpersonal skills are attributes that are important for umpires and are demonstrated when communicating, relating and interacting with other people. It is important that you do the following before, during and after the match th show good interpersonal skills 1. Introduce yourself and shake hands upon meeting club officials, coaches and other umpires for the first time. 2. Use please,thankyou etc. 3. Be polite and show respect. 4. Speak how you like to be spoken to.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 5) AN APPROACH (PHILOSOPHY) TO UMPIRING AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL (Field Umpire) The Spirit of the Laws, in association with the fundamental principals upon which the laws were developed (the safety of players, enjoyment of players and spectators, the exhibiting of the skills of players and the entertaining features of the game itself) lead us to the conclusion regarding the major aspects of an approach to philosophy for umpiring, Mark all appropriate selections below which associate with the approach (philosophy) of a field umpire.
    • A. 

      Protect the player whose sole objective is the football if he/she is infringed against then award a free kick to them.

    • B. 

      Pay as many free kicks as possible

    • C. 

      Ensure that the game is close by helping the team who may not have the best players

    • D. 

      Protect the player in possession if tackled incorrectly award them a free kick

    • E. 

      Reward the tackler if the player in possession is tackled correctly and effectively and has been given every opportunity to dispose of the football

    • F. 

      Ensure that the game goes ahead no matter what.

  • 7. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 5) AN APPROACH (PHILOSOPHY) TO UMPIRING AUSTRALIAN FOOTBALL (Boundary and Goal Umpire) The Spirit of the Laws, in association with the fundamental principals upon which the laws were developed (the safety of players, enjoyment of players and spectators, the exhibiting of the skills of players and the entertaining features of the game itself) lead us to the conclusion regarding the major aspects of an approach to philosophy for umpiring, Mark all appropriate selections below which associate with the approach (philosophy) of a boundary and goal umpire.
    • A. 

      Ensure you are in the correct position

    • B. 

      Remain calm and composed in making the decision

    • C. 

      Pick up the ball and kick it to the player whose free kick it is.

    • D. 

      Jump over fence if ball goes over as we need it quickly.

    • E. 

      Signal and indicating in a confident manner

    • F. 

      Throw the ball to other umpire

  • 8. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 6) - PREPARATION FOR THE MATCH Preparation for umpiring the match is an important responsibility of the umpire. What selections from the below responses aid in adequately preparing for the match.
    • A. 

      Uniform and paperwork all ready (including spares)

    • B. 

      Arrive at ground just before start of game

    • C. 

      Ensure you are in a good mental and physical condition to umpire your match

    • D. 

      When you get dressed and have walked onto ground. Just stand there and wait for game to commence

    • E. 

      Don't worry about bringing Law Book as you know all of the rules

  • 9. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 7) - FUNDAMENTALS OF FITNESS Successful umpiring is dependent upon being in the best possible position in relation to the play, from which to adjudicate. Fitness is a massive component of this. Is the below statement true or false? Umpires need to be physically fit to consistenly maintain the best possible position in relation to play in which to adjudicate, and also to resist the effects of fatigue which assists in maintaining optimum concentration levels.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 10. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 8) - PERSONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY Diet, nutrition and health care are all very important factors to assist in achieving maximum perofromance on and off the sporting field. Of the options please choose which are beneficial to umpires from a personal health and safety point of view? (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      Balanced diet

    • B. 

      Alcohol

    • C. 

      Tobacco smoking

    • D. 

      Water

    • E. 

      Sports Drinks

    • F. 

      Tanning lotion

    • G. 

      Sunscreen

  • 11. 
    MODULE 2 (UNIT 9) - IMPROVING PERFORMANCE Improving performances is a goal of most umpires regardless of what level they officiate.  The responsibility for improving performances rests with the umpire. Umpires will receive a range of feedback on their performances - from players, spectators, club officials and umpiring personnel at most matches they umpire. For improvement to occur the umpire will firstly need to know the area/s that need improvement.  This information can come from umpiring personnel - the coach or observer or a senior or more experienced umpire. The best way to manage this feedback and work on improving your umpiring is to?
    • A. 

      Just listen and hope you remember what has been said come game day.

    • B. 

      Pretend to listen as you know your areas you need to work on.

    • C. 

      Keep a diary on all aspects of your umpiring.

    • D. 

      Just write it down on scrap paper so it looks like your interested.

  • 12. 
    MODULE 3 (UNIT 1) - THE UMPIRING ENVIRONMENT The umpire IS NOT required to personally inspect the ground for hazards.  This responsibility is for the clubs only?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 13. 
    MODULE 3 (UNIT 2) - LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES The umpire is responsible for managing a match and enforcing the laws.  An umpire has a responsibility to ensure that the environment in which the game is played is kept safe. To act 'sensibly', an umpire has the responsibility (mark if appropriate)
    • A. 

      Blow their whistle as often as possible

    • B. 

      Stop a match if crowd violence threatens player safety

    • C. 

      Ensure that all equipment being used is safe

    • D. 

      Enforce the laws of the game

    • E. 

      Stop the game if it starts to rain hard

    • F. 

      Ensure that both teams are rotating their bench for player welfare

    • G. 

      Enforce safety guidelines regarding blood and infectious diseases policies

  • 14. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 1) - THE APPROACH Effective people management skills are attributes that are common to succesful umpires. Words used by the umpire in communicating why a decision was made can have a positive effect on players and help to build a relationship and develop rapport with players. Please select the effective ways in which an umpire can communicate with players? (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      Using a strong, firm voice.

    • B. 

      Yelling at players.

    • C. 

      Saying please/thankyou.

    • D. 

      Using a clear and concise voice.

    • E. 

      Shouting above players who are debating with you about a free kick.

  • 15. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 2) - ADMINISTRATION The Umpire's duties are not completed once the final siren has sounded.  There is a range of paperwork associated with a football match. Please mark all paperwork which may be the duty of the Umpire to obtain?
    • A. 

      Team Sheets

    • B. 

      Best players from clubs

    • C. 

      Best and Fairest Votes

    • D. 

      Timekeepers' Cards

    • E. 

      Interchange Steward sheets

    • F. 

      Goal Kickers

    • G. 

      Goal Umpire Cards/Score Cards

  • 16. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (Spirit of the Laws) The spirit of the laws identifies seven main areas of aim of achieveing cosistency in decision making. For the Level one accreditation we focus on three main spirit of the laws; they are?
    • A. 

      Ruck contests

    • B. 

      Contest for the ball

    • C. 

      50m penalties

    • D. 

      Tackling

    • E. 

      Marking contests

    • F. 

      Diving on the ball

    • G. 

      Advantage plays

  • 17. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (Marking) A mark is taken if, in the opinion of the Field Umpire, a player catches or takes control of the football when:
    • A. 

      The ball is caught/controlled on the full without touching the ground after being klcked more than 10m and not being touched by another player.

    • B. 

      The ball is touched with both hands on the full without touching the ground after being kicked more than 15m and not being touched by another player.

    • C. 

      The ball is caught on the full without touching the ground after travelling more than 15m and not being touched by another player.

    • D. 

      The ball is caught/controlled on the full without touching the ground after being kicked more than 15m and not being touched by another player

  • 18. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS (Out of Bounds) In which of the following scenario's is the ball deemed to have been out of bounds in respect to boundary umpires? (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      The Ball is kicked and travels over the line on the full.

    • B. 

      The ball is contested in the air and travels over the line on the full off hands.

    • C. 

      A player kicks the ball and it rolls out of bounds.

    • D. 

      The ball bounces on the line then back into play.

    • E. 

      The ball is kicked and rolls into the point post but stays inside field of play, a player picks it up and kicks the goal.

    • F. 

      Player running with the ball is outside the boundary line and keeps the ball inside the field of play.

  • 19. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS (Out of Bounds) In which of the following scenario's is the ball deemed to have been out of bounds on the full in respect to boundary umpires? (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      The ball is kicked and travels over the top of the point post.

    • B. 

      The ball is kicked deliberately towards the boundary line and rolls out.

    • C. 

      The ball is kicked and lands on the line on the full.

    • D. 

      The ball is kicked and hits the point post on the full.

    • E. 

      Player kicks the ball off the ground and hits the goal post.

    • F. 

      Ball comes off a players knee and travels over the boundary line on the full.

    • G. 

      The ball comes off the players calf and goes over the boundary line on the full.

  • 20. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (Scoring) Subject to the "all clear" signal being given by the field umpire a goal is scored when ..... (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      An attacking player has marked the ball on the goal line.

    • B. 

      An attacking player kicks the ball through the goal posts on the full.

    • C. 

      A defending player kicks the ball through the goals they are defending.

    • D. 

      An attacking player kicks the ball and it sails over the top of the goal post.

    • E. 

      The ball comes off the attacking players shin and rolls through the goals.

    • F. 

      Attacking player handballs the ball through the goals.

  • 21. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (Scoring) Subject to the "all clear" signal being given by the field umpire a behind is scored when ..... (May be more than one)
    • A. 

      Ball travels through the goals off hands.

    • B. 

      Ball hits the behind post after a kick.

    • C. 

      Ball hits the goal post after a kick.

    • D. 

      Any player runs the ball through the behind line.

    • E. 

      An attacking player has marked the ball on the goal line.

    • F. 

      Ball travels between the behind post and the goal post

  • 22. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (Bleeding and Blood Borne Diseases) When officiating in a contact sport such as Australian Football, it is important that officials are aware of the facts about contagious diseases and blood-borne infections. Of the following circumstances in which instance do you order a player from the field in respect of the blood rule for treatment?
    • A. 

      Blood located on playing uniform

    • B. 

      Player has blood on them that is not theirs

    • C. 

      Player is actively bleeding

    • D. 

      Player has a graze on their body which has been covered

  • 23. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (Reporting a Player) One of the responsibilities of an Umpire is to report reportable offences.  It is important that umpires carry out the correct procedure when actually reporting the player as well as after the match in filling out the report sheet.  If it is done incorrectly the charge may be thrown out. On field process in reporting is;
    • A. 

      1. Identify the reportable incident (abusive language, stricking etc), 2. Advise the offender and offendee of the report 3. Stop match blow time on 4. Send the Offending Player Off 5 Blow Time Off and recommence the match

    • B. 

      1. Identify the reportable incident (abusive language, stricking etc), 2. Stop match blow time on 3. Advise the offender and offendee of the report 4. Send the Offending Player Off 5 Blow Time Off and recommence the match

    • C. 

      1. Identify the reportable incident (abusive language, stricking etc), 2. Stop match blow time on 3. Advise the offender and offendee of the report 4. Make a brief note at the time of the report (players involved, offence, location) 5. Send the offending player off 6. Blow time off and recommence the match

    • D. 

      1. Identify the reportable incident (abusive language, stricking etc), 2. Advise the offender and offendee of the report 3. Stop match blow time on 4. Make a brief note at the time of the report (players involved, offence, location) 5. Send the offending player off 6. Blow time off and recommence the match

  • 24. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 3) - LAWS AND INTERPRETATIONS  (The "Order Off" Law) The order off law applies to all competitions other than AFL first grade matches.  However controlling bodies may vary aspects of the "order off" law. The consequences of failing or refusing to leave the ground when ordered off are severe and the actions may include: 1. The player will be reported for misconduct 2. The match terminated 3. His/Her team will forfeit the match
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 25. 
    MODULE 4 (UNIT 4) - CONTROL (General Play) While the control of a match is a major responsibility of the Field umpires, Boundary and Goal umpires play a very important role in supporting the Field umpires. First umpires are decision makers, second they need to demonstrate confidence in their decisions and thirdly they need to demonstrate control by handling players appropriately in all situations. With respect to all the above what does an umpire need to do to be seen as decisive, consistent and in control? (may be more than one)
    • A. 

      Talk back to players if they challenge the umpire

    • B. 

      Award the first free kick the umpires see

    • C. 

      Ensure correct signals are performed

    • D. 

      Only blow their whistle loud if needed to diffuse a situation

    • E. 

      Only pay a free kick if it is deliberately given away

    • F. 

      If a player starts yelling at you continue to speak to them in a calm respectable manner

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