Saturday, December 4, 2021

Umpiring

Umpiring: Why the ‘old’ skills still matter in hockey

The domestic season is now well and truly under way and for umpires around the country, we no doubt prepared in a variety of ways. But how many of you were thinking about doing less, asks ANDY MAIR. In this...

Secret Umpire: Second defenders and the trap

For me the five-metre issue inside the 23m can be a really tricky one. Why so? Well, because the umpire may be trying their best to be proactive and managing where the free hit is going to be taken...

Hockey umpire racks up 19 years and 500 matches not out

National League umpire Rob Jenkins became the first to clock up 500 games at the top level in English hockey last weekend and says friendships and camaraderie have kept him going. Jenkins began umpiring in 1999 before taking on his...

Players and umpires: Let’s approach post-Covid hockey by respecting all participants

Let’s set aside all the GMS-related issues and confusion caused by the new Area hockey structures and focus on the fact that we can once again play the sport we all love, writes DAVID ELLCOCK I have a feeling that...

Rule changes that can make hockey a safer game

Sam Ward’s high-profile injury in 2019 added urgency to considerations as to whether or not anything can be done to increase player safety in hockey, writes Chris Maloney from the USA While wearing protective equipment can prove to be very...

Behind the whistle: Sense of fair play and focus ability

David Ellcock takes a look at the role of the hockey match official Most of you will be aware that there is a match official (MO), or as they often erroneously called, a ‘TD’, appointed to every English national league...

Secret Umpire: The overhead whistle

The most inconsistently blown rule in world hockey is the overhead and understandably so, because it is a three-dimensional decision at times, that can be in an area neither umpire is sure of responsibility. So, how can we aim to...

Olympics Hockey: Great Britain’s ‘use referrals better’ note to self after controversy

If Team GB want to get past India and secure a semi-final men’s Olympic hockey berth, players concurred they’ll need to get better at using the referral system after they were denied a stonewall goal in Friday’s 2-2 draw...

Tokyo Olympics: World hockey admits to ‘poor’ video umpire service

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has described as "substandard" the myriad of video review issues experienced so far at the Olympics as world hockey officials defended themselves over the TV production service provided by Tokyo organisers. In an apologetic email...

‘No advice possible!’: Hockey’s TV umpire review system mocked

World hockey’s umpire review system has received its sternest test on the sport’s biggest platform over the last few days, with several media outlets ridiculing the video challenge procedure while it was roundly mocked online during the opening days...
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Christmas is the ideal opportunity to splash out on those extra-special gifts. We’ve scoured the market for the most...
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