Being a Ground Marshall is a very rewarding job that requires a calm but firm presence when working at our tag football events. Ground Marshalls are remunerated for their efforts and play a very important and integral part in the tournaments success. It is vital that all major sporting events are proficient in this area so that any issues during the event can be dealt with quickly and efficiently.
- a) A Ground Marshall is clearly identified by a high visual orange fluoro bib.
- b) The Ground Marshall is a representative of the NZTFI Events Administration team and is the point of contact for information for teams, parents, spectators, and referees.
- c) The Ground Marshall oversees the Codes of Conduct at the tag event and reports to the Ground Marshalls Director for any breaches of the NZTFI Codes of Conduct and is the first point of contact for any disputes/indiscretions that may arise.
- d) Introduce yourself and explain the problem and he/she will provide assistance.
Ground Marshall’s Responsibilities
- a) The NZTFI Ground Marshalls Inspect the fields before during and after the events to ensure it is prepared and maintained to acceptable standards:
- Field marking complete (including checking referees, tags, balls, refs buckets, cones, scorecards, Field Number Flags, Event flags signage )
- Guide ropes and cones on the fields
- Any obstacles removed or reported on the field or surrounding area
- Crowd behaviour of spectators behind ropes and behind the try lines
- Team substitution box control
- Ensure water carriers, trainers, support staff abide by the codes of conduct
- Side line behaviour by competing teams
- Checking score during game/results
- Scorecards returned to admin headquarters
- b) Ensure that games commence at designated times, in consultation with the referees. If an NZTFI event admin official or NZTFI Referee’s Assessor is present then length of game may be adjusted to ensure all games start and finish on time.
- c) Ensure First Aid medic are advised in the event of an injury
- d) Attend to the referees prior to and after the game and ensure referees have are supported during the games
- e) Be the contact point for information for all teams and referees.
- f) Oversee the NZTFI Codes of Conduct during the tournaments and report breaches of the Code of Conduct to the Tournament Director. It is important that Ground Marshalls conduct themselves in a firm and polite manner and are not overly officious when speaking to people regarding breeches of the Code of Conduct.
It is important to note that the Ground Marshall’s duties/responsibilities are to assist/contribute to the quality management of the tag event. Ground Marshalls should reflect the positive aspects of the Code of Conduct. They should be able to provide a pro-active service to all participants before during and after the event.
If you are keen to be a Ground Marshall at our tag events please contact:
NZTFI Tournament Logistics Manager