New Laws in 2019

If you aren’t already aware, there are a number of new laws in the VAFA for 2019! 

A document with all new laws can be downloaded/viewed here:

We will be running coaching sessions focusing on the new laws at Elsternwick Park on Wednesday 13, 20 & 27 March.

We will also be running them at Koonung Reserve & EP on 25 March with the South Metro & Yarra Juniors.

Every field umpire will be expected to attend one of these sessions prior to the start of the season.

Practice matches (and JLT cup) have started, so time to get acquainted!

For further clarification, come down to training at Elsternwick Park on Mondays & Wednesdays at 6pm.

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
Shorts
Socks
Wristbands (Green, VAFA logo – new item)

Goal Umpires:
Long Sleeve Shirt
Pants
Hat
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.

Pre Season Week 3 Update

For season 2019 we will be trialling a weekly video to help communicate events and training information to all umpires (and save you reading some text!). Week 3 features Westbourne training information, coaching arrangements for Wednesday 20th, and an explanation of our training methodology this week.

We hope you enjoy the first of these videos!

Western Campus Underway

In addition to our main base at Elsternwick Park, the VAFA provides training opportunities in the West and North-East.

Our long-running, tight-knit Western Training campus resumes for 2019 this Wednesday 20 February, once again under the guidance of Terry Gunn. We have been fortunate to once again secure the use of the oval at Westbourne Grammar School, which provides us with excellent facilities.

Training is every Wednesday from 6pm at the ovals at the back of Westbourne Grammar School, 300 Sayers Road Truganina.

Any and all umpires are welcome to join the Western group for their training and famous social events!

For those in the North-East, our Koonung Reserve training commences on the 18th of March – keep an eye out for more info!