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In junior Australian Football, parents are often asked to be Goal Umpires. Many have no experience of the game and are reluctant to take on this responsibility. Often, boys, not much older than those playing, end up “doing the goals”. This is not the best way to see the game organised. It is really a job for more mature people.

This article will offer several hints for parents on how to become a competent goal umpire for junior games.

Let me begin with the basic rules related to scoring.

1. A goal is scored if the ball is kicked by the attacking player through the two central post (called the goal posts), providing it is not touched by any player of either team.
2. If it is touched or it hits either of the two central posts, it is a behind worth one point only.
3. If the ball goes between the outside posts (called the behind posts) and the goal posts, it is a behind.
4. If the ball hits the outside posts (the behind post), it is out of bounds and no score is recorded.
5. A kick is defined as the ball hitting the leg below the knee.
6. To score, the ball must be totally over the goal or behind line.

Now let me talk about the positioning of the goal umpire. These are the things to remember.

1. Always keep your eyes on the ball wherever it is.
2. When it comes into the forward line near you, stand 2 to 3 metres behind the goal line.
3. Using the centre of the goal line as a pivot point, line up with the ball through that point and move with the ball keeping your line of sight with the ball through the pivot point.
4. When the play is getting close, watch the ball off the boot. This will best indicate in which direction the ball will go.
5. Try always to get under the flight of the ball.

Next, let me talk about what happens when there is a score. ข่าวฟุตบอล

1. Once a score is made, stand erect at the centre of the goals and look to the field umpire for the “all clear”.
2. Once the all clear is given, indicate to the field umpire the score and then get your flag/s and signal the score from the centre of the goals to your fellow goal umpire at the other end.
3. Now record the score on your card.
4. If you are not sure of the score, simply run to the field umpire to discuss the issue. On the other hand, if the umpire sees a problem, he will come to use to advise you on what to do.
5. At the end of each quarter, you should compare scores with the other goal umpire. At the end of the game, check again and when you have agreed on the score, sign your score card and give it to the field umpire.

Some parent acting as goal umpire try to catch the ball as it goes through. This is not your job. Your job is to determine the score. After that has been recorded, maybe you might need to get the ball. The players and spectators appreciate parents who act in a professional way when goal umpiring. It shows the boys particularly that you want to do a great job for them.




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