It’s Ok To Mention The Waugh, O’Keeffe, Croxford And Bennison

When it comes to Australian sport, there are a number of families including Waughs, Ablett’s, Daniher’s and the Chappell’s, just to name a few, that everyone has heard of. As umpires often look at the teamsheets before our games and we see common surnames. Quite often brothers or cousins play in the same team. Recently the RDFL had a father son combo of Jamie and Tierone Cuffe playing for the Sunbury Kangaroos. Football is a family sport, quite often mum or dad is on the sideline cheering or is filling in as the goal umpire, doing a stint in the canteen or is on the committee helping to run the club.

Riddell umpires is a place to keep fit, make new friends and participate in Australia’s number 1 sport. It is also a place for families. At times in life you want to get away from your family, however at the Riddell umpires, this is barely the case. In 2013 alone, there were over 20 family groups, including brothers, brother and sister, father and daughter and father and son combinations. In the past we have also had mother and son and husband and wife combinations. They are often in different disciplines however sometimes they find themselves competing with each other for that coveted finals selection.

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Umpiring Is Everyone's Business Campaign Released

The Riddell Umpires are proud to release their Umpiring Is Everyone's Business campaign.

Thanks to RDFL legends Brent Tuckey and Dean Helmers for participating alongside Riddell Umpire Billy Mitchell in this promotion.

For more information and links to the AFL programs, please visit the Promotions menu tab and click into the Umpiring Is Everyone's Business tab.

Sunbury College Umpiring Academy

Umpire Academy22014 has seen the return of the School-Based Umpiring Academy hosted this year by Sunbury College. The academy is facilitated by the Riddell Umpires and is led by Billy Mitchell, the Riddell Umpires Junior Coach. Billy is being assisted by Harley Darmanin, the newly appointed 1st Year Development Coach, and David Hili, a senior goal umpire and Riddell Umpires President.

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2014 Umpiring Promotional Photos Released

UmpiringEveryone2-WEB1The Riddell Umpires are proud to release the 1st of their 2014 promotional photos. Please visit the newly created Umpiring Promotions menu item to view the Umpiring Is For Everyone picture and article. Remember to check back later this week when we will release the Riddell Umpires version of the Umpiring Is Everyone's Business promotion, and in coming weeks as we will release our new Green Shirt Program promotional photos.

So Your Playing Days Are Over. What's Next?

You don't need to have played Australian Rules Football to become a good umpire, but it in some circumstances it really can help. People that have played the game can transfer the skills they had as a player when they make the transition to umpiring. They have an ability to read the play, position themselves correctly knowing where the play is going and are able to communicate well with players and coaches as they know exactly how these people are thinking. The AFL has recently experimented with transitioning past players to the AFL ranks. Mark Fraser, Jordan Bannister and Leigh Fisher have all successfully umpired at the top level following playing at AFL level.


When a player decides to retire, they are often lost to the football system. Just because your playing days are over, doesn't mean your involvement in football has to be to. Some players become coaches, administrators or spectators however a number become Umpires. Each and every week, the Riddell Umpires appoints games to umpires that have previously played the game. Each week there is over 2000 senior games of experience on the field from past players. These umpires have played at various levels and have had varied levels of success but they now all share a common interest, umpiring.

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