Thursday, May 26, 2022

Umpiring

Hockey umpiring: Every day is different at international events

During the Women's Junior World Cup in South Africa, a question from a coach caught my attention. What is a typical day for a hockey umpire during a tournament?   I am not going to focus specifically here on the...

Do we need to implement a low tolerance policy for unsportsmanlike conduct?

One of the joys of hockey's amateur status is that, barring the top echelons of the sport, the players are involved in the sport purely for fun. Competitiveness is a contributing factor to this enjoyment for huge swathes of...

An umpiring journey: Missing out on Hockey World Cup was sad, but my dream is still alive

My dream started out almost 20 years ago. I was a small little girl, not that good at hockey but loving the game and enjoying being around the hockey pitch. I was always ready to help and took the whistle...

Should cards turn yellow when air turns blue?

We need to refrain from bad language in our beautiful sport and prevent it claiming a permanent foothold No one likes to hear foul language in a sporting arena. Let alone within hockey, which is a sport that prides itself...

Talking Umpiring: Hockey brains over brawn

If you are going through a match on ‘automatic pilot’ it is only a matter of time until things go very wrong, writes ANDY MAIR Like many of you out there, my email inbox is regularly added to with notifications...

Why hockey umpires are athletes: if we fail, we adapt and go again

I was going to write about my career, introducing myself and explaining why I am an umpire. I will write that story, for sure. But not today. I would like to tell you why we - international hockey umpires...

Tributes for hockey festival stalwart, player and umpire

Tributes have been paid in Yorkshire to hockey stalwart Ross Anderson, a long-serving player and umpire who attended over 50 consecutive Easter festivals. Ross had attended 52 successive Blackpool Easter Festivals before Covid struck - only festival president George Robson...

World hockey modifies penalty corner rule for protective masks

World hockey has changed the penalty corner rule to make the sport safer, allowing defenders to keep their protective equipment on after the ball goes outside the circle - before removing them at the first opportunity inside the 23m...

Umpiring: Why tournament teamwork is key to technicalities

David Ellcock explains the different roles at a tournament, when more than one official is appointed The lead official is called the tournament director, or the technical delegate for international events. This is the person usually referred to as the...

The stick block pandemic: a grass roots issue yet to be eradicated

Stick blocking, fencing, and shielding are all terms for a pandemic that has spread throughout the hockey world rapidly and is now endemic within the game, but how do we stop it?  The rule is undoubtedly one of the hardest to umpire in the modern...
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Women’s Hockey World Cup 2022: Australia women look to next gen

Australia women depart for Europe and the Women's World Cup preparations next month with an eye on the future. The...
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