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Umpires To Take Pay Cut

Umpires To Take Pay Cut

Local umpires to take pay cut to help local clubs get the season started

In a media release sent by AFL Barwon on behalf of the Colac District Football Umpiring Association

Sport in Australia at both community and elite levels are currently navigating through unprecedented times as we deal with the impact of COVID-19. Recently, 80% of the AFL workforce was stood down due to a stoppage of work in response to the pandemic, and community leagues haven’t been immune to tough decisions either, including at AFL Barwon.

With our clubs and competitions face significant reductions in their revenue due to COVID-19, umpires across our region from the Colac District Football Umpiring Association (CDFUA) have agreed to a reduction in pay if there is a potential return to play. AFL Barwon thanks the umpiring association for its collaborative effort to limit our game’s financial losses and ensure we keep the industry going.

“Due to the current COVID-19 situation, AFL Barwon approached the CDFUA regarding rate of pay for umpires in the 2020 season. Considering players have had to take a 50% pay cut, it is only proper that umpires also reduce rates for 2020. “All stakeholders in the CDFNL need to band together in this time to make sure all clubs come through the other side. Reducing umpire fees will help clubs survive while still allowing our umpires to get out and do what they love" CDUA President Craig Kerr said

“The CDFUA Executive have come up with two Senior Grade pay structures for a 2020 season if it goes ahead, based on a two-umpire scenario and a three-umpire scenario. In the situation of matches with three umpires, these rates will reduce further per umpire. Reserve and Under 17 games will also be reduced rates. In addition, only two games per round will feature reserve goal umpires. This is to give all our goal umpires a game for the weekend so we do not lose members. Umpires love doing what we do and that is why we need to make sure we do our bit for the game we all love. It is to everyone’s benefit to make sure the CDFNL and its member clubs including the CDFUA come out of this situation as best as we possibly can. Let us all get back to playing, officiating, supporting the game we all love.”

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The reductions to umpire payments across the CDFNL are as follows:

For all senior competitions, the following changes will be applied to match payments: - Field – 29% reduction - Boundary – 13% reduction - Goal – 14% reduction

For all reserve grade competitions, the following changes will be applied to match payments: - All field, boundary and goal umpires will be on agreed to reduced percentages of match payments - Goal umpires will only be appointed to two reserve games per round

For all games that involve a travel allowance, the following changes will be applied: - There will only be a travel charge to Apollo Bay FNC, Lorne FNC and Simpson FNC. This will reduce the overall travel costs to all clubs in the league Umpiring is a fundamental element of community football, and our community umpiring associations have acknowledged they can play a positive role in contributing to the ongoing sustainability of our game going forward. A discussion was held in regard to a reduction in junior umpire payment, however action wasn’t deemed necessary.

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