Development Tools Positioning Truism

Discussion in 'Umpire Development' started by steve, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. steve

    steve Founder/Owner
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    Ritual Velocity 95

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    - The arrows are the runs
    - The oval coloured areas are the position during Penalty corners in own circle
    - The coloured circles are the position during Penalty corners when it's taken on opposite circle
  2. Diligent

    Diligent FHF All Time Great
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    Thanks @steve that's a good diagram of where umpires move. The next question is: When?

    As this is the Umpire Development section, and I've been studying watching reports on this, the order in which skills develop is: Mobility; Positioning; Anticipation.

    The first step for a new umpire is to be mobile - as play moves the umpire moves - so the position might not be ideal, but at least there is a fair chance of being close enough to see. Next is that the umpire consciously moves to be between play and their back line, to be usually positioned with a roughly diagonal view into play. With experience the umpire develops a repertoire of movement patterns, and learns to pick the pattern most appropriate to the current phase of play. With even more experience the umpire learns to read play and anticipate the need to move, to be 10 or 20 metres towards where they need to be, before play even thinks of arriving.

    The usual experience of an umpire in their first few seasons of appointment is that each successive coach/assessor gives completely different and conflicting advice on positioning. Do not worry about it. It's just that different games need different patterns, and the coach/assessor is simply adding different ideas for your repertoire. Take the advice, bring it out for the games that need it, and leave it on the shelf in games where it isn't.

    If you see what's happening, you picked the right movement pattern. If people keep getting in your view, find another pattern.

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