Save the date – 2022 USAFLUA Umpire Clinics

From Jeff Persson – USAFLUA National Umpire Coach
August 10, 2022

Greetings to all the USAFLUA Umpires and future umpires.  It is now two months out from the biggest footy carnival in the world, our very own US Nationals!  And that means that it is time for us to make sure we are prepared for running the event with the best possible umpiring crew.  To that end, your Umpire Association is once again hosting virtual umpire clinics in addition to the field-based clinic at Nationals and requesting that you attend both sessions.



The USAFLUA seeks to improve umpire skills for all disciplines (field, goal, boundary, and coach) for all levels of umpires, from Introductory Certification (formerly Level 0) to Development Accreditation (formerly Level 1) and Advanced Accreditation (formerly Level 2).


This year we are fortunate to have several AFL umpires in attendance.  And not only that, we are doubly fortunate to have Chris Donlon helping us with our two virtual umpire clinics.  Chris is a veteran of the AFL Umpire team and of the US Nationals, having been a part of a couple of tournaments in the past few years.


Save The Dates

Be sure to put a hold on your calendar for the following two dates as these are going to be when the two clinics will be held.  Don’t worry if you are unable to make it, though, as we will be recording them both and posting to our website.

August 29th, 2022 – Monday, 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific

(Tuesday 9:00 am August 30 in Melbourne


September 19th, 2022 – Monday 8:00 pm Eastern, 5:00 pm Pacific

(Tuesday 9:00 am August 30 in Melbourne


October 14th, 2022 – Friday 2:00 pm Pacific

This is the usual field-based clinic where we will be running drills to practice the skills we learn in our virtual sessions.


Clinic Content

The August 29th Clinic –

  • Presentation & Communication: signals, whistle, use of voice
  • Fundamentals: teamwork, protect ball player, position

The September 19th Clinic –

  • Situation/Match Management: covering prohibited contact (such as sling tackles), Free after disposal, dangerous tackles, umpire abuse

The October 14th Clinic –

For Fieldies

  • Positioning in the two-man system
  • Signaling
  • Kick-out Management
  • Ruck Contest Management

For Goalies

  • Working set shots
  • Signaling
  • Communication with field and boundary umpires
  • Other duties

Prep Work

In order for the two virtual clinics to maximize discussion time (as we are only scheduling for an hour) we will be providing video content that we expect umpires to review ahead of time for each session and to bring your questions to the clinics.  Keep in mind that these will be recorded so you can review them later as well.


Look for a follow-up notice next week with the webinar details and the content to review.


In the meantime, be safe and talk with everyone soon! PLAY ON!

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