Over the weekend of the 6th/7th of October (2018) Miles Newman of Australian Gridiron Officials Association (AGOA) ran an information intensive two day course delving into the details of officiating American Football. The mass of information was eye-opening, as club representatives were treated to in-depth analysis and discussion on many of the finer aspects of officiating and how much preparation and knowledge it takes to be an effective official. The course itself is a starting point for New Zealanders interested in officiating American Football, (as well as coaches and club representatives to learn more about the process and what is required) and the first step in becoming a qualified official. Miles is a walking rulebook, and with 30 years’ experience officiating in Australia and around the world he was able to convey a huge amount of information in a short time.
A wealth of knowledge was served for club representatives to absorb as Miles Newman shared his collective 30 years of Officiating experience.
The course wasn’t all rule discussion and conflict resolution techniques, as Miles also ran attendees through an outside practical session, having attendees take on the various officiating roles and get some practice seeing the field from the officials’ perspective.
Club representatives getting some practical work on the field.
The course was a fantastic opportunity for club representatives to learn from the best and build a greater knowledge of the game which can be shared with their clubs around the country. It was an especially beneficial introduction into the complexity and dedication of being an effective and confident official for those keen to be become qualified and start (or continue) officiating games in New Zealand. This is just another positive and important step in growing and developing American Football in New Zealand.