Member Profile – Laurie Rupe


First Name: Laurie


Last Name: Rupe


Nickname: Boom Boom


Home City, Country: Minneapolis, USA


Home Club: Minnesota Freeze


USAFLUA Membership: Current






Field: Level 2


Goal: Level 1


Coach: In training


First year umpiring: 2015 as a goal umpire, 2016 as a field umpire


Favorite AFL team: North Melbourne


Willing to travel, outside of Regional and National Tournaments: Y


Proudest Umpire Moment: Winning the Golden Whistle at AFL Europe’s 2016 Euro Cup as the best umpire of the tournament


Funniest Umpire Moment: At the 2019 80/35 tournament, I forgot the hand signal for running too far so I made up something.  Well I got caught and it’s been a running joke every since.  I can guarantee that I will never forget that hand signal ever again!


Other: IC17 Umpires Association Scholarship winner, UA board member, one of my goals is to umpire on all 6 continents – I’ve been able to check off 4 so far so I just need Asia and Africa!


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