SUSIE GANZENMULLER OBSERVERS PROGRAM
Follow Up Letter
The following form letter has been created to use specifically for the Observers Program. The idea is to provide direct and personalized feedback for each observed official.
- Review the letter and omit those “phrases” that do not pertain to the official/game you observed.
- Make every effort to keep the observation positive, but focus on one or two areas that need the most help.
- Be as clear as possible in what you think needs to be improved (“You have to see between players to identify who initiated the foul,” “look past players with the ball to recognize shooting space earlier,” etc.) and then…
- Give suggestions on how to do that (“Make sure you are constantly moving to see chests and sticks, not backs and butts,” “move to look over the ball carrier’s shoulder, not directly behind her,” etc.) in the comment area.
- Remember, this is NOT a rating letter. You do not need to critique their entire game. Just focus on a few things that they need to work on and explain how it can be improved.
- Forward the completed letter to me (NOT the observed official).
I have included a good number of phrases to make it easier for you to complete the evaluation. Feel free to delete as many as you want, and to add something that you need.
I will forward the evaluation letter on to the Observed official and keep a copy for my records. When the second evaluation is scheduled, I will send the original evaluation letter to the next Observer so they can review before the second evaluation (you may or may not be the Observer for both observations.)
Again, the idea is to identify key areas for improvement and then follow up to see if the officials have implemented the suggestions into their games.
Thanks for you participation in this. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know.
(month) (date), 2017
Dear ( ),
Thank you for participating in the Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program. The purpose of the program is to develop officials by using on-field evaluations to help you improve your game. Below are some of the strengths and challenges _____ discussed with you after your observation:
Professionalism, Responsibility, Ethics:
- Arrived on time and properly equipped for the game.
- Participated in pre-game duties with partner
- Respectful of all participants; players, coaches, spectators
- Work to improve your knowledge of the “language of the rules” so you can quickly address players and coaches questions
Knowledge and Judgment:
- Accurately judges on and off ball major and minor fouls and properly administers penalty.
- Made timely calls at the boundary and set up properly for restart.
- Recognized shooting space.
- Started to identify scoring play and use of flag
- Accurately recognized beginning and end of scoring play.
- Penalize fouls sooner. Call the first foul on all plays to stop situations from escalating and allow for a safer game.
- Improve ability to identify who initiates contact (offense or defense.)
- Work on recognizing shooting space sooner & more consistently.
- Work on recognizing beginning and end of scoring play so you are administering flag appropriately.
Positioning, Field Coverage, Fitness:
- You have great athleticism and can quickly move up and down the field.
- You hustle to maintain proper positioning.
· Stayed ahead and outside of play while keeping all players and partner in view.
- As Trail, you maintained proper proximity to play in transition and CSA.
- As Lead, you worked to stay on tangent with ball.
- Demonstrated basic understanding of off-ball responsibilities.
- Improve off-ball focus to help ensure officials are seeing and managing all areas of play.
- Develop partner awareness and respect areas of responsibility in the 2-person system so you are not reaching into your partner’s area for calls.
- Strengthen understanding of tangent (Lead) and arc of movement (Trail) to position properly in relation to ball
- Anticipate play and transition to ensure proper positioning throughout field
- Re-position to see the space between player to increase recognizing foul accurately
- Strengthen presence in CSA to assist Lead with 8m free positions and player management.
- Improve ability to anticipate play and transition and have a faster response in order to stay closer to ball.
Game Management, Penalty Administration, and Mechanics:
· Demonstrated ability to properly set up draw and properly whistle and signal goals.
· Demonstrated proper mechanics for fouls.
- Displays directional and foul signal in a timely, clear, and confident manner.
- Demonstrates correct and clear mechanics for issuing a card.
- Administers free positions correctly and efficiently without delay.
- Takes time to assess fouls (defensive or offensive) occurring around ball carrier after shot.
- Improve the use of signals, directional, whistle talk, and concise language to be more efficient in these set ups. Always insist on 4M of space. Be consistent in use of cards for dangerous play
- Stand when administering penalty and use concise instructions and signals to instruct players
- Vary your whistle depending on the situation or foul. (shorter whistle for re-starts and longer whistles on some fouls, depending on the foul itself.)
- Whistle fouls quicker to keep game safe.
- Work to administer free positions more efficiently and consistently.
- Take time to assess fouls (defensive or offensive) occurring around ball carrier after shot.
- Work on using slow whistle (flag) correctly in the CSA.
- Vary whistle tone to match severity of foul.
- Step in to assist partners with penalty administration in the CSA.
- Improve recognition and management of off-ball fouls and players “jockeying” for position, particularly free positions in the arc/fan/CSA.
- Work on determining when and when not to call foul. This will be an expectation as an advancing umpire to consider.
Comportment, Communication, and Teamwork:
- Showed respect for all involved in game and officiated in a composed manner.
- Good eye contact with partner as Lead and Trail on draws, goals, and free positions
- Attempted to use proper terminology (“language of the rules”)
- Maintains a calm, composed demeanor throughout game.
- Receptive to feedback
- Develop your presence through confident posture and controlled voice tone
- Improve teamwork by officiating off-ball when appropriate
- Allow partner to administer penalty when you are the non-calling umpire. Manage other responsibilities (off-ball player management, reposition for restart).
- Work on being receptive to feedback and immediately incorporating suggestions into your game.
- Develop a working knowledge of rule terminology to more efficiently and effectively communicate with partner, players, and coaches. Eliminate extra verbiage; “That was a…(name of the foul)”
We hope that you found this Observation experience beneficial.
The information above was provided to help you improve. It will be reviewed by your next Observer to assist you in incorporating these suggestions into your game, if you have not already done so.
If you have any questions about the Observation process, do not hesitate to contact me.
Susie Ganzenmuller Observers Program Coordinator