John Howorth has been involved in two decision making projects during his studies. He identified an area of his game that needed improvement and in order to develop his own knowledge and prediction of patterns of play, created a “What happened next?” video based training tool. Johnny will show how this research not only helped the decision accuracy of a group of community umpires, but also enhanced his own decision accuracy.
John is an AFL field umpire – pictured here as one of the officiating team on the field when Lance Franklyn kicked his 1000th goal of his career this season.
Christina Barrow will be presenting her research into mental-well being for the world netball volunteer workforce. Adopting a positive psychology framework Christina collected data from international panel umpires, TID umpires, members of the testing panel and umpire coaches and co-ordinators to ensure a full cross-section of the population. She asked respondents how they view and experience well-being in order to gain perspective of the lived experience of those involved in the game.
Christina is the International Officiating Manager at World Netball.
Peter Strikwerda conducted a very innovative project where he applied the Rose of Leary framework to two basketball referees’ officating performance. Peter investigated a number of interactions with both players and coaches to assess their performance along two axes (above-below, and against-together). This work provides a unique frame for exploring “dominance” and “co-operation” amongst basketball officials.
Peter is the Secretary General of the Dutch Basketball Association and a lecturer in esports games & event management at MBO College in the Netherlands.
Clare Daniels will be discussing her research with female cricket, football and rugby officials. Her work centres on the unique challenges for female officials in their development and how their choice of pathway (male game or female game) impacts upon their progression. Clare has developed her research project after conducting an independent study project which investigated the challenges of females operating in male-dominated environments such as the police force, firefighting and sports officiating.
Clare was appointed as an Elected Director on the Board of Rugby Football Referees Union to assist with female development within the game.