By Steve Keating
NEAFL Coach, Sydney
Post match meetings can take two forms:-
Firstly, the officiating umpires immediately after the game engage in an interactive discussion around learnings and any issues arising from the match. The umpiring team might ask itself some simple questions.
It is expected to be an honest and open discussion from a team perspective, and not so much about individual critiquing.
It can be lead by any of the goal/boundary/field umpires and not necessarily the most senior umpire.
Umpire coaches are either not involved or can help get the ball rolling with open questions to start the process.
The group debrief may occur on a Tuesday night following training for 15 to 20 minutes around what came out of the post-match discussions.
The post match meetings can be extended to include club captains, coaches, team managers with field umpires in an organised setting facilitated by an independent person/umpire coach. An independent person is the preferred option.
It is currently being trialed at state league level in the North East AFL Eastern Conference, NSW/ACT.
The meetings follow a set agenda providing some structure for the discussion.
Following the umpire/club post-match meetings feedback suggests:-
Some specific examples/questions included:
The different perspectives and understandings around how umpires and football teams operate on-field and off-field and the opportunity for all to better understand each other’s role will lead to greater empathy and a better match-day experience for all.
Have you undertaken any post match meetings involving club personnel? How did they go?