United States Australian Football League Umpires Association – USAFLUA

 

 

2021 USAFLUA Umpire Accreditation Awards

Every year the USAFL looks forward to the National Championships where teams are crowned as champions of their respective divisions and the Best and Fairest and the Most Consistent medals are awarded. The USAFLUA is no exception as we look forward to see all the umpires from across the country and beyond trying to show they have improved and are worthy of their accreditations.

With the borders to Australia being closed and limited access to Canada, the crew was severely short staffed both at the umpire level and at the coaching level, but in true UA spirit and commitment to excellence, everything got done and got done well! Field coaches did 34 observations over the weekend and you see below how many awards were earned at both field and goals.

We look forward to everyone having a wonderful off-season and suiting up for 2022. Until then, Play On!

 

FIELD ACCREDITATIONS

  • Advanced Accreditation (formerly Level 2) reaccreditation

Anthony Hendrie

Jon Mills

Laurie Rupe

  • Advanced Accreditation (formerly Level 2) newly achieved

Bevan Main

Callum McKern

  • Development Accreditation (formerly Level 1) reaccreditation

Paul Enzinger

Ryan Minmier

Vicky Schoennagel

  • Development Accreditation (formerly Level 1) newly achieved

Tom Barrett

James Waddell

  • Introductory Certification (formerly Level 0) reaccreditation

Seb Aguiari

Leigh Barnes

Tim Lindfeldt

  • Introductory Certification (formerly Level 0) newly achieved

Matt Byrne

George Gallindo

Dan Gibbs

Steve Noble

Craig Pearce

 

GOAL ACCREDITATIONS

  • Advanced Accreditation (formerly Level 2) newly achieved

Steven Miller

William Pittard

  • Development Accreditation (formerly Level 1) newly achieved

Aaron Wolfe

  • Introductory Certification (formerly Level 0) newly achieved

Paul Brereton

Kevin Gier

Jessica Hines

Kyle Maichle

Lachlan McDonald

Tara Miller

Andrew Mueller

Craig Pearce

 

AFL Europe is now Recruiting Umpires for 2022 Events

 

 

From Jackson Jones – AFL Europe

We’re very excited to share with you that AFL Europe is now recruiting umpires for our 2022 events.

The Fitzpatrick Cup and Champions League tournaments are locked in and have been announced on our website. We are yet to announce the Euro Cup and European Championships events.

The Euro Cup, however, has a venue confirmed, we are just awaiting the confirmation of one of two dates. The European Championships is awaiting venue and date confirmation and will be held across four days TBC (between August – October). Please find a complete event overview below.

We hope to receive interest from the many new umpires we’ve had accredited through our 2020 & 2021 Umpire Development Series, as well as reunite with all existing umpires especially those who have attended our past events.

AFL Europe’s events are a terrific opportunity to gain international umpiring experience whilst officiating alongside and learning from some of our best umpires in Europe. New umpires are always grouped with one of our experienced umpires who are happy to lend a helping hand.

To express your interest and register for our 2022 events, please complete this online form: https://forms.office.com/r/a9WcyLrPAR

Event Overview

The Fitzpatrick Cup is our 9-a-side men’s and women’s university tournament. Next year’s tournament will be held on Saturday, 5th February at St. Peter’s Rugby Club (The Harlequins Playing Fields) in Cardiff. Running across two pitches from approximately 9:00AM to 4:00 PM, umpires will officiate approximately six matches throughout the day.

The Champions League is our 9-a-side men’s and women’s tournament that invites the best local clubs from across Europe. This will return to Amsterdam and be held at the Sportpark De Eendracht complex on Saturday, 9th April. This event will run across five pitches from approximately 9:00AM to 6:30 PM, with umpires the chance to officiate up to ten games. Umpires may also choose to goal umpire at this tournament.

The Euro Cup is our 9-a-side men’s and women’s tournament that invites the best national teams in Europe. This will be hosted in Stirling, Scotland with a pending date of Saturday, 18th June and a back-up date of Saturday, 25th June. This will be confirmed soon. The Euro Cup will run across five pitches from approximately 9:00AM to 7:00 PM, with umpires the chance to officiate up to ten games. Umpires may choose to goal umpire at this tournament too.

European Championships is our 18-a-side men’s and women’s national team tournament. More details will be shared soon. We are not recruiting umpires for the 2022 ANZAC Cup. Selection for this has carried over from our 2020 event. 

Please forward this information on to any other umpires you know that may be interested in umpiring at our AFL Europe 2022 events. 

Again, head to this form to register your interest to umpire at AFL Europe’s 2022 events: https://forms.office.com/r/a9WcyLrPAR

If you have any more questions, or would like to be removed from our umpire list, please email me or umpire@afleurope.org.

Kind Regards,

Jackson Jones

Digital Content Coordinator  |  AFL Europe

 

Annual General Meeting and Nationals Umpire Meeting Videos

 

If you missed the AGM or the Nationals Umpire meeting in October, please use these links to see the videos:


2021 USAFLUA Annual General Meeting

https://youtu.be/LlwMF2tywN8

2021 USAFLUA Nationals Umpire Meeting

https://youtu.be/tI5Cp6xxWh4

Thank you,

Laurie Rupe, President

 

 

USAFL Umpires Association Video Teleconference – New Umpires

Thursday July 29, 2021 – 8PM Central

If you missed this video teleconference, a recording can be found at:

Greetings UA,

 

Our second video teleconference from the USAFL Umpires Association in July is specifically designed to assist newer umpires to know what resources are available, what the accreditation pathway is, and to answer questions. While aimed specifically at newer umpires, all umpires (accredited and aspiring) are invited to attend. 

 

The USAFL Umpires Association is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: USAFLUA Umpire’s Summer Series – Meeting #2 – New Umpires

Time: Thursday Jul 29, 2021 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

 

 

USAFL Umpires Association Video Teleconference – Rules Refresher

Wednesday July 21, 2021 – 8PM Central

 

If you missed this video teleconference, a recording can be found at:

 

Thank you to our fiends at the American Gold Sports Alliance (AGSA) for their assistance with hosting our USAFLUA video teleconference recordings. To learn more about the AGSA and their mission to support student-athletes from undeserved communities, please visit their webpage at AGSA.org.

As we move to doing more virtual operations in 2021, we are providing a couple of virtual calls in July for our Umpires Association.  The call on Wednesday night, July 21, 2021 call is aimed at updates to the Laws of AFL, the USAFL modifications to those laws, and how to apply the laws in game (as well as to answer questions). All umpires (accredited and aspiring) are invited to attend both sessions.

Laurie Rupe

USAFL UA President

 

 

APPROVED AFL/USAFL RULE CHANGES AND INTERPRETATIONS SUMMARY CHART

 

In anticipation of the restoration of play for the United States Australian Football League (USAFL) in 2021, the USAFL Umpires Association is providing this AFL/USAFL Rule Changes and Interpretations Summary Chart reference for players, coaches, and administrators.

 

This chart can also be found in PDF format at: Approved AFL-USAFL Rules and Interpretations Summary Chart

 

 

 

Year AFL Rule/Interpretation USAFL Adopted Explanation and Rationale
  2021 Maximum of 75 Total Player Interchanges per Match   No This rule addresses specific AFL considerations and is not applicable to USAFL games where there are no limitations on interchanges.
  2021 Mark set at 15m from center of the top of the goal square at Kick-Ins   Yes The USAFL adopted the previous rule change moving the Mark to 10m from the center of the top of the goal square and there is no reason not to adopt this change.
  2021 Three Players to be Stationed Inside 50 Meters at Each Stoppage   No This rule addresses specific AFL considerations and is currently experimental. As such, there is no reason for the USAFL to adopt it.
      2021 Standing the Mark      No The AFL is interpreting this rule to require the opponent on the mark to remain stationary until the umpire calls “play on.”  This interpretation addresses a specific AFL concern with the pace of the game, scoring, and defensive tactics. This is viewed as difficult to administer in the USAFL where players and umpires are often inexperienced. Therefore, players will not be penalized if they move (other than forward) while standing the mark. Umpires will continue to make it clear where the mark is set.
    2020 Team Officials and Team Runners   No This rule specifies when team officials may enter the playing surface. USAFL games are played in summer and at the community level, so Water Runners are allowed on the field provided they do not interfere with the game or carry messages. Team Runners may enter at any time to deliver a message and return to the boundary, provided they do not interfere with the game. They may not be in the 50m arc at a Kick-In.
  2020   Starting Positions   No This rule implements a “traditional” set up at center bounces requiring each team to have six players inside the 50m arcs, including one in the goal square. This rule is viewed as impractical to implement in the USAFL where games are often played with fewer than 18 players on each team and/or with one field umpire.
  2020 Kicking for Goal Post-Siren   No This interpretation allowed a player awarded a Mark or Free Kick before the siren to use a Snap or Check-side kick for goal. This interpretation is viewed as to difficult to administer in the USAFL.
    2020 Procedure After a Behind Has Been Scored     Yes The Mark at a Kick-In is set 10m from the center of the top of the goal square, though for USAFL metro games, the distance may still be set at 5m. A player need not kick to himself to play on out of the goal square. A player who plays on from the goal square and kicks out of bounds without the ball being touched is not penalized for “out on the full” but may be penalized for “deliberate out of bounds” if appropriate.
  2020

50m Penalty

  No This interpretation allows the player with the ball to play on during the advancement of the mark. This interpretation is viewed as impractical to implement in the USAFL.
  2019 Marks/Free Kicks   Yes For all Defenders who take a Mark or are awarded a Free Kick within 9m of the goal line or reasonably close to the behind post, the Mark is set in line with the top of the goal square. There is no reason for the USAFL not to adopt this rule.
2019 Umpire Contact Yes Players are prohibited from setting up behind the Umpire at each Center Bounce. This rule is desirable in the interests of umpire safety.
  2019 Marking Contest   Yes The “hands in the back” interpretation is repealed, allowing a Player to place his hands on an opponent’s back to protect his position in a Marking contest, but not to push the opponent in the back. There is no reason for the USAFL not to adopt this interpretation.
    2019 Ruck Contests/Prior Opportunity     Yes A Ruck Player who takes possession of the ball while contesting a bounce, throw up, or boundary throw in will not be regarded as having had Prior Opportunity. Where there is uncertainty as to who is the designated Ruck, the Ruck for each team will continue to nominate to the field umpire. There is no reason for the USAFL not to adopt this interpretation.
  2018 Kick-In After Goal Umpire Signal   No This rule permits an immediate Kick-In after the Goal Umpire signals a behind (one raised index finger). This rule is viewed as impractical in the USAFL where games are often played with non-accredited Goal Umpires. Players must wait for the flags to be waved.
  2018 Advantage Rule   No The AFL allows a Player’s choice to be considered in applying the rule. This is viewed as difficult to administer in the USAFL where players and umpires are often inexperienced. The field umpire will continue to have sole discretion to award advantage.
  2018 Deliberate Rushed Behind   No The AFL interpretation allows a Free Kick to be awarded when a Player, not under pressure or close to goal deliberately knock or take the ball over the goal line. This is viewed as difficult to administer in the USAFL where players and umpires are often inexperienced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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USAFL Umpires are invaluable volunteers who give their time to ensure that the league has professionally run games. Without the umpires, the games would not exist. It is important that these individuals become and remain accredited and that they are available for all USAFL games.

 

 

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