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2020 Parent Umpire Program - Registrations Now Open!

Monday, June 29, 2020 - 3:08 PM

The Parent Umpire Program launched in 2008, where parents were handed the responsibility of umpiring matches in the nine and ten age groups (now Year 4 & Year 5). The introduction of this program was not derived from a shortage of junior umpires but from game environment concerns in modified football. A proposal was put to the WA Football to train parents to umpire in these age groups with clubs recruiting parent volunteers to take on the responsibility (as they would other volunteer roles such as Coach and Team Manager).


The Parent Umpire Program, now in its twelfth year has worked to educate parents (within the team) as to modified AFL rules and in reducing game day environment issues.  Game day environment issues have anecdotally been reduced with feedback supporting:

  • Parents are less likely to question, berate and abuse a fellow parent from within their team
  • The program upskills parents in early age groups as to the role of the umpire creating umpire advocates and supporters with team groups in future years


In 2020, the Parent Umpire Program will be run in:

  • Year 3 age groups / competitions in the Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth Districts
  • Year 3/4 Junior girls age groups / competitions in the Claremont, Subiaco and West Perth Districts
  • Year 4 age groups / competitions in the West Perth District.


All clubs wishing to nominate teams in the Year 3, Year 3/4 Junior Girls (and Year 4 age groups – WP only) are required to participate in the program.


How the program works:

  • An online theoretical training component will be distributed to all participants & will need to be completed first, which includes watching a video resource alongside a PowerPoint Presentation, outlining the program & everything involved
  • A practical component, to take place at an umpire training session throughout July. Participants must complete the online component before attending & register online for the practical session to receive their umpire pack at this session.
  • Each team is required to nominate and supply a minimum of two Parent Umpires to attend training and umpire during season 2020. This is a requirement to register a team in the 2020 competition. Teams can nominate more than two Parent Umpires.
  • The Parent Umpire Program is designed to give the parent volunteers the basic understanding of how to umpire a junior match and specifically looking just at the modified rules of Year 3s and 4s football.
  • Two Parent Umpires will umpire each match (one from each team). A minimum of one Parent Umpire is required at a match for the match to go ahead however two are always preferred.
  • Parent Umpires are not to be paid for their role.
  • The Parent Umpire Program will receive support from the WAFC with training provided by staff and Umpiring Groups.
  • Parent Umpires will be required to wear the Junior Football League approved Parent Umpire Vest and Lanyard.
  • Parent Umpires will be provided with umpiring resources including rules manual, lanyard, whistle and resources at their practical training course.


Online Theoretical Training Course Link: 


Practical Parent Umpire Course Dates:

Course 1: Wednesday 8th July 2020 – Venue: Emerald Park - 6:00pm – 6:45pm

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Course 2: Wednesday 15th July 2020 – Venue: City Beach Oval, City Beach - 6:00pm – 6:45pm

Registration Link:

Course 3: Wednesday 22nd July 2020 – Venue: Ellersdale Reserve, Warwick - 6:00pm – 6:45pm

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*Please note that parents do not need to register for the course in their club’s district. They simply need to register for whichever course is most convenient for them to attend.

If you require any further information, please contact Matt Neves on 0437 965 912.