Saturday, April 20, 2024

Indoor hockey gives time for umpires to belong – and we need more of it

It’s worth reflecting on the benefits that involvement with the indoor programme – brief as it may be – brings to those umpires who choose to participate in it, writes DAVID ELLCOCK

We’ve reached a stage of the year where it is a rare opportunity for umpires to come together in a team and work together for an extended period of time.

Umpiring can be a lonely business. Driving the length and breadth of the country, often on your own and occasionally having to reflect on a less than perfect day, as so often happens on outdoor weekends, is no one’s idea of fun.

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