Indication of Scores
Irrespective of a goal or behind decision the indication with the hands and arms needs to be crisp and precise.
The hands shall not be raised above the head during the signal procedure and must finish level with hips and parallel with the ground, and in the case of a goal, arms should be a body width apart.
All scoring signals are to be given within the scoring area and when giving indications goal umpires should be stationary and at attention.
All goal indications are to be given from goal line in the centre of the goal area. After replacing the flags, return to the centre of the goal area and record the score on your card.
For any ball crossing the scoring line near the goal post, or into the behind area - indications are to be given in line with the point where the ball has crossed the line (except where momentum of goal umpire makes this impractical or the straddle position has been taken in the goal or behind area). The following advice is given for various instances where a behind has occurred:
The first movement is for the goal umpire to raise their flag or flags above their head at a position akin to 11 and 1 on a clock face. The flag movement will be executed above the head and there shouldn’t be any embellishment.
From the position of having indicated a score, move smartly to pick up the flags, or flag, looking up the field as you do so to detect any incidents that might occur just after a score. Likewise continue to check for incidents whilst returning flags to holders.
The umpires should attempt to move together when getting their flags and waving a score, and the umpire at the non-scoring end should attempt to keep in time with their partner. If the umpire at the non-scoring end is distracted and does not see their partner signal a score, the umpire at the scoring end shall hold their flag(s) above their head ready to start waving until their partner is ready to wave.
If the goal umpire needs to move out to an incident they should wave and record the score first.
These tips have been provided by Nick Abbate (QAFL - Goal Umpires Coach). Local rules and regulations should take precedence over any specific advice provided.