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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
Bowls In Focus 25 STOCK TAKE SALE 914A Doncaster Rd East Doncaster VIC 3109 Ph:(03) 9848-7387 www.do rtinggear. Doncaster Sporting Gear to 50% off tp 50% off 30% off 0% off 20% o 40% off Ends Wed 30th June Open Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm, Sat 10am - 2pm Understanding The Laws On Becoming An Umpire When at my doctor's surgery for a check-up a few weeks ago I asked him how many patients he sees in a day, and his answer was 'no less than 40'. My thoughts immediately turned to the inevitable reply given when an umpire is reminded that he or she must re-accredit every four years to retain his or her accreditation. The question is: 'Why? Doctors don't have to sit an exam every four years', to which my reply is, 'How many questions do you get asked every day or every season?' The point is that those umpires who regularly officiate at State or National level will tell you that they seldom are asked more than two or three law questions in a season, but these same umpires will peruse their law books at least once a week. In contrast, the average club umpire may not have even up- dated his own law book or Rules for Competition over a four-year period. I am aware of at least one Technical Official who regularly takes his law book to bed for a quiet read before dropping off to sleep. If an umpire were to make an effort each week to read and answer one question from the 75 questions and answers available on the Bowls Vic- toria website, during a normal bowls season, the need for re-accreditation would be greatly reduced to perhaps a review, or an informal seminar. As a bowler, to maintain your highest level of ability, your club will remind you that there is a constant need for practice, and then more practice. However, on becoming an umpire the average club umpire tends to think that he or she has done enough just to be accredited, and there is no further need to study. There is no doubt that clubs could do more to ensure their umpires are using their knowledge regularly. For instance, prior to the commencement of the season have them conduct a forum with their fellow club members and discuss the laws that many play- ers fail to understand. These include: Law 50 Game stoppages (inclement weather), Law 35 Possession of the rink along with Laws 20 and 21 Position on the mat and Foot-faulting. It is frequently noticed at seminars and tutorials that umpires will cite instances where they have noticed players foot-faulting, but have failed to mention there were many other players on the green that were failing to observe Law 35 'possession of the rink'. Umpires need to realise that they are an integral part of our sport, pro- viding they continue to develop their knowledge of the laws, but an umpire who has lost interest in maintaining that knowledge can be considered as having wasted his time and effort. Now to complete the season's articles here's a question to consider: In a pennant game a bowl in course hits the jack. The jack is propelled into the ditch. The bowl in course continues on and hits a live non-toucher knocking it into the ditch. The bowl in course rolls on, hits the now dead bowl in the ditch and is deflected sideways towards the jack. What advice would you give as umpire?
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