AFL Community Umpiring Round

This week is AFL Community Umpiring Week with the aim to encourage people to get involved in umpiring Australian Football at the grassroots level.

This week to show recognition to umpires that their efforts are just as important as any of the participants on the ground, we’d like:

  • our captains shake the hands of umpire(s) before and after the game,
  • our coaches shake the hands of umpire(s) before and after the game, and
  • ask our supporters to continue refraining from directing abuse towards umpires.

AFL umpire, South Metro Junior Football League umpiring ambassador and Under 12 Brown parent, Justin Schmitt, spoke to SMJFL Media ahead of Community Umpiring Round this weekend. 

We have several members of our club that are umpiring in the SMJFL – parent, Mark Vormwald (Under 14 Gold Team Manager) as well as players Tom Raymond (Under 16 Gold), Michael Ferracane (Under 15) and Daniel McCusker (Under 15). Former club member, Tim Beer, has also joined the umpiring ranks this season.

If you are interested in becoming a SMJFL umpire, contact Amanda Beet via


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