Our next event is quickly approaching and it’s a big one! On Tuesday 20 June, students from all 9 of our association schools will be competing across 4 sports and venues in our Lightning Carnival. Fixtures are now available for each of the 4 sports: netball, volleyball, Australian rules football and soccer.
Sadly, when contacting volunteer groups to assist with umpiring, I was told that there were issues with parent behaviour at two of our sports in 2016. While parent spectators are always welcome at our events, and add enthusiasm and atmosphere, we ask that you remember that our umpires are ALL volunteers. Quite often they are high school students who are trying to give back to the community they were once a part of or trying to gain valuable experience and learn.
If you have an issue with an umpire decision, firstly ask yourself if it is really an issue worth disputing or if in the spirit of junior community sport can you let it go? If you do feel like your team was disadvantaged and it would change the outcome of the game, please speak to your school’s supervising teacher first and let them liaise with the umpire and any CPSSA reps present. As an association we have decided that parents who are causing distress to our volunteers will be given a warning. If they continue, points will be deducted from their school. We truly hope it does not come to this but the policy has been put in place to ensure a continued positive relationship with our volunteer groups.