Most leagues follow the International rules format but you should also check the rules of the league you are umpiring in. There are also details about your responsibilities and tips on communication.
“A GOOD UMPIRE” is one who….
- Has a sensitivity and understanding for play and the players
- Contributes something of their personality, as well as their knowledge of the rules
- Is involved in the game and is part of the game
- Is not afraid to show a little positive emotion on court
- Enjoys moments of good team work and quietly sympathises with mistakes
- Is human enough to make the odd error and big enough to admit it afterwards
- Can lift the game from the doldrums of mediocrity and bring out the best in players
- Players readily say, “good we have got that umpire again”
Umpires have “Duty of Care” to the Players to….
- Exercise reasonable skill and care to enforce the rules
- Apply the rules fairly
- Effect control of the game, so as to ensure players are not exposed to unnecessary risk of injury
- The duty of Umpires is to exercise that degree of skill and care for the safety of the players which is appropriate in the circumstances
- The standard of skill and care to be exercised is that which is to be expected of a reasonably competent Umpire
A reasonably competent Umpire is required to fully understand and enforce the rules of the game, making decisions which show sound technical ability combined with good professional judgement exercised according to the circumstances.
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