America Umpires Fly Home

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Two weeks ago we had the pleasure of having umpires for America join us at training. They were here as part of the 2017 International Cup where teams from around the world descend on Melbourne to see who is the best country outside of Australia. We have a strong relationships with the USA Umpires Association. 2 Years ago the Ridell Umpires took 16 umpires over to the states to assist in umpiring in the 2015 USAFL championships. Here is a summary of the trip. 

 
“ Despite early bed for most umpires, many were still tired and sore and we entered day 2 of the Nationals. By now friendships have started to form. Riddell and USAFLUA umpires are sharing stories, swapping emails, sharing lifts and enjoying each other's company. The coaching continued today and the local umpires were so appreciate of our assistance. The improvement over the 2 days was evident. For the U.S. umpires they received more coaching in 48 hours than they would in a year. If I was proud of my Riddell Umpires yesterday they took it to a new level today. No request too small, they did extra games, extra observations and were an asset to our association.The grand finals were a highlight. They were played at a frantic pace. Riddell umpires filled in boundary appointments while the USA took up field and goals, many still wanting feedback from their games. 
 
So many players came up to thank the group. They could not believe that 16 umpires from home would travel over to assist in their championships. After a long day we sat in the umpires tent reflecting on what an amazing time we had. To our surprise the USAFLUA had arranged special medals for each of us. A wonderful gesture. We headed back to the hotel for a shower before we were invited to dinner with our new American friends. For 2 hours we sat and compared cultures and umpiring tales.


Some kicked on to the official party while others hit bed early. Tomorrow we go home!”