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Identification of key performance characteristics of elite Australian football umpires

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posted on 2024-05-31, 05:05 authored by Aden KittelAden Kittel, P Larkin, N Elsworthy, M Spittle
This research aimed to present a hierarchy of key attributes for Australian football umpires. Elite Australian football umpires ( n = 19) and their coaches ( n = 5) participated in this study. A list of attributes necessary for sports officiating was obtained from past research and adapted specifically for Australian football umpires. Umpires were required to rate each attribute on a scale of 0–9 (least to most importance), and provide a justification of its importance to performance. A modified questionnaire was developed with attributes removed or added, according to the first survey round. This research identified two cognitive attributes: knowing the laws/interpretations and decision-making as the two highest rated attributes, respectively. Psychological attributes composure and concentration were rated highly by the umpires, ranked as number three and five, respectively. The game skill attribute of teamwork was rated as the fourth highest. Fitness was the only physical attribute to be rated in the most important category. Results highlight the importance of cognitive and psychological attributes to elite performance; however, participant feedback suggests that the integration of all attributes is critical. This knowledge establishes an understanding of the key attributes for expert performance, and this information could be used by coaches for the assessment and development of Australian football umpires.

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Journal

International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching

Volume

14

Pagination

490-497

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1747-9541

eISSN

2048-397X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Issue

4

Publisher

SAGE Publications

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