VAFA & YJFL Partnership Begins

A reminder to all members that there will be NO training at Elsternwick Park tomorrow night (Monday, 18th March).

The YJFL & VAFA Umpires begin their partnership tomorrow night, kicking things off with training at Koonung Reserve from 6pm.

This will be an option as a training location for all VAFA umpires on Mondays throughout the season, so do your best to get down and meet some new faces!

Uniform 2019

It is time to order your new gear for 2019!

It has been three years since our last major uniform update, and there have been some changes in the off-season with the VAFA updating its logo, and Holmesglen joining the VAFA as jumper sponsor. Returning umpires should see below for required changes.

You can place your order by logging into the website, then selecting Members > Uniform from the menu

Uniform Policy

As a reminder of uniform policy, the following applies (mandatory items are in bold):

Field & Boundary Umpires:
Short Sleeve Shirt
Wristbands (Green, VAFA logo – new item)

Goal Umpires:
Long Sleeve Shirt
Goal Jacket

Short Sleeve Shirt

Goal Umpires must have a long sleeve shirt as their primary umpiring shirt. On match day umpires may elect to wear a short sleeve shirt if both umpires so do.

All Umpires:

Match Day Polo (Mandatory for all umpires in Premier grades and for field umpires in all senior matches (for match arrival/attending after matches). Highly recommended for all other umpires.

Training Tee – Highly recommended. It is expected that umpires who regularly attend training will wear this garment.

Returning Umpires

To minimise the cost to returning umpires the change will be progressive, with only some items requiring update this season. Please see the list below for changes:

2019 Updated item mandatory:
Wristbands (uniform green with VAFA logo) – Field/Boundary only
Shirt – Mandatory for Premier and Premier B Umpires, recommended for all other umpires.

2019 updated item optional:
Shirt (For other than Premier/Premier B umpires)
Shorts (New stock from May will feature updated VAFA logo)
Goal Pants (New stock from May will feature updated VAFA logo)
Socks (New stock is a redesigned product)

2019 Items unchanged:
Match Day Polo – same as 2018
Training Shirt – same as 2018

We are currently evaluating our off-field jacket options and will provide more information shortly. If you are confused about requirements please contact your coach, or [email protected] for more info.

2019 Development Mentors Announced

We all know that joining a new club can be a daunting experience with much to learn. To help smooth this process for our 2019 recruits, we have named 6 Development Mentors who have recently been through the development system and are now umpiring senior football.

2019 Development Mentors. From left: Ben Wells, Will Houston, Tom O’Connor, Matteo Barba, Shaun Bourke (Absent – Harry Warmington)

Our mentors will not only act as an initial point of contact and someone to help with introductions, but will also be available to provide umpiring advice on stepping up the grades.

We congratulate these members for being selected to support our new umpires, and say thank you to them for giving up their time.

New umpires – please feel free to reach out to any of these umpires on the training track for any questions you might have!

Pre-season Training Cancelled (Wednesday 30th Jan)

Please be advised the running session scheduled for Wednesday January 30th at the Tan has been cancelled due to high temperatures! (VAFA Umpiring Department note attached).

Looking forward to seeing all new & returning members at Elsternwick Park on Monday February 4 & Wednesday February 6 to kick off another big season.