To become an accredited official in your sport, contact your State Sporting Organisation and ask about the opportunities that are currently available for sport specific training.
The Coloured Shirt Program aims to increase retention, value and appreciation of all officials by making beginner or inexperienced officials easily recognisable in green shirts.
The program helps to educate all participants, including players and spectators, about the demands, pressures and supporting the needs of all beginner officials.
Sports provide mentoring and support to the new official, and promotes awareness of the program and its aims.
The Coloured Shirt Program is based on the successful SANFL 'Red Shirt' program that helped umpire retention at the grassroots level.
New officials wear green shirts. Please support and respect them through your positive sideline behaviour.
If you see officials and umpires wearing the green shirt, then it's important for you to know they are beginners. As with any learner, they may make mistakes.
Without officials, sport would not survive, so it is up to the clubs and associations of each sport to build a positive culture of support for officials.
The following sports have been involved in the Coloured Shirt Program:
Gaelic and Hurling SA
Little Athletics SA
Resources are available for sports involved in the Coloured Shirt Program.
The "FAIR ENOUGH" program has been developed to remind all who are involved in sport, of the importance of respecting everyone involved. This program is linked closely with the Coloured Shirt Program.
A series of short videos are available through YouTube and can be used to spread the 'FAIR ENOUGH' message.
In addition, a 5 minute educational video and simple resources are available for a team or club activity to promote a message of respect for all.
Sport Australia provides online resources for officials and also for those involved in officials’ development.
For further information on any of the above or for general enquiries, contact the State Coaching and Officiating Centre on ORSR.CoachingandOfficiating@sa.gov.au or on 1300 714 990.
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