Respect for Umpires at all Times

09 May 2017

Some recent Supporter behaviour has fallen below expectations.

Setting Behavioural Standards

Over a number of years in the AFL there have been multiple instances of ugly racial and other vilification of players and umpires by spectators, and strong and decisive action has been taken against the culprits. There is clearly no place in sport or the wider community for behaviour of this kind.

Football clubs provide a valuable social and sporting environment for community members. With the large number of people attending games, collectively and individually, we have the ability to influence acceptable community behaviour.

As a football community we should acknowledge and consider what is acceptable and whether it’s appropriate. To allow everyone to have a positive football experience, before we abuse an umpire, an opposition player or a fellow spectator, consider the potential consequences on those individuals and ultimately our game.

Umpiring will always be contentious due to rule and interpretation changes, and everyone has an opinion, however at all times we need to and must, treat umpires with respect.

Every club wants more umpires, members and spectator’s coming to the game, but attendance doesn’t provide a licence to abuse individuals, it’s not acceptable behaviour in the street we don’t want it at the football.

Whether it be at Senior, Junior or Auskick level, we hope that umpires, players, spectators and parents all have a positive experience, and one that ensures they return the next week.

So at St Bernard’s FC lets continue to play & barrack strongly and passionately, but let us all do so in fairness and in good spirit. In 2015 the club received an award from the Umpires Association for being the club, from the 74 in the VAFA, that made the umpires most welcome. Let’s do all we can to maintain good behaviour in all our interactions with umpires, and players and supporters from other clubs.

Let’s set the aim and ensure we are welcoming at all times to Umpires, Rival clubs players and supporters.

Thanks and Regards

The Committee.

The Committee