The Ballarat Football Umpires Association has kicked off its pre-season preparations under the care of a new leadership group.
On the back of Roger Le Grand's decision to step down from his roles with the association, Billy Mitchell has become the BFUA's director of coaching/senior field coach.
Mitchell will work closely with new chairman Justin Davey, who has replaced Richard Carroll in the position.
Umpires have started training for the new football season at Ballarat Grammar's Tunbridge Oval and will soon move to the BFUA's home at City Oval.
BFUA operations manager Scott Carey said the association has seen growth, particularly in female participation, but was still on the hunt for more members.
Carey said recruits were being sought for all disciplines of umpiring, including field, boundary and goal.
He said many ex-footballers from around the region were joining the BFUA.
For more information, contact Carey by calling 5333 1977.