The importance of Coaching Umpires at the WAFL level is in many ways proportional to a WAFL club player coach in relation to attaining and maintaining acceptable performance outcomes on game day.
There is no single factor that determines consistency in this area however all would agree that having qualified and competent coaching, conditioning and medical teams remains a fundamental requirement to meeting performance challenges.
One of the main challenges facing umpire coaches is meeting the expectations of the football public, media, players and their coaches in light of the changing style, increased tempo, nature of play, and changing interpretations to the laws of the game.
For umpires to maintain consistency of interpretation and ensure even decision making under game situations for both teams in all matches is a huge challenge.
Consistency is paramount in umpiring to ensure all players receive equal justice under the laws. That consistency can only come from the umpires knowledge a common understanding. Being in the correct position and being observant, fit and confident in what they are doing is also critical.