Ground marshalls work on the front line at sporting events dealing with crowd control and conflict situations to ensure the inappropriate actions of a few don’t ruin the overall sporting experience for everyone. Just like administrators and officials and coaches, they are an essential part of making sport run smoothly and without incident. But well before they don the shirt for their turn at ‘ground marshal’ they need to know what they are doing and how to do it…
What does a ground marshall do?
- You are responsible for managing sideline (off field) behaviour
- You support and uphold the principles of fair play
- You wear a vest and represent your club
- You are a complaints receiver, a listener and an enforcer
- You issue warnings the first time a person breaches a code of conduct on the sideline
- You report off-field inappropriate behaviour that contravenes the codes of conduct using formal incident recording and reporting processes
- Facilitate the removal of people where appropriate
- With the assistance of committee members/referees you involve the Police if the situation escalates beyond your control.