What is a Ground Marshall?
a) Ground Marshall is clearly identified by a Yellow Bib.
b) The Ground Marshall is a representative of the home club and is the contact point for information for visiting teams, parents and umpires.
c) The Ground Marshall oversees the Codes of Conduct on match day and reports to the AFL BJ any breaches of Codes of Conduct and is the first contact point for any disputes/indiscretions that may arise.
d) Introduce yourself and explain the problem and he/she will provide assistance.
Ground Marshall’s Responsibilities
a) Inspect the ground on match day to ensure it is prepared to acceptable standards:
(i) Ground marking complete (including interchange cones)
(ii) Protection on goal/behind posts
(iii) Sprinklers removed/lowered
(iv) Stretcher available
b) Ensure that games commence at designated times, in consultation with umpires. If AFL Brisbane Juniors Board Member or League official is present then length of quarters may be adjusted to ensure all games start on time.
c) Ensure First Aid attendant and stretcher is in place.
d) Attend to the umpires prior to and after the game and ensure umpires have an escort on and off the ground.
e) Be the contact point for information for visiting teams and umpires.
f) Oversee the Codes of Conduct on match day and report breaches of the Code of Conduct to AFL Brisbane Juniors. It is important that Ground Marshalls conduct themselves in a firm and polite manner and are not overly officious when speaking to people regarding breeches of the Code of Conduct.
It is important to note that the Ground Marshall’s duties/responsibilities are to assist/contribute to the quality management of junior football on match day. Ground Marshalls should reflect the positive aspects of the Code of Conduct. They should be able to provide a pro-active service to all junior football participants on Match Day.