Sunday, September 19, 2021

Umpiring

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...

Olympic Hockey and World Cup: video umpires and rules explained

By Andy Mair | Hockey Cam Football, tennis and hockey are sports with obvious differences, but there is one common theme that runs through all of them, the use of video technology to minimise major errors by the talented but...

Secret Hockey Umpire: How to be proactive to avoid crowding

Crowding usually occurs when video referrals happen and international umpires are more aware of it. But it does happen outside the referral process too! It happens at contentious moments, says our Secret Umpire. What do we consider crowding? It is...

Scot’s passionate aim to reach hockey umpiring pinnacle

Duncan Ruzzak will forever remember the day where he was first sent off as a player and then, after a swift change of kit, ordered a player off as an umpire on the same afternoon, writes Richard Bright. As a...

Opportunities to improve understanding should be grabbed with both hands

So much of what makes a good hockey umpire is about communication, says Andy Mair That doesn’t mean a running commentary throughout the match - but making our thinking clear, be it verbally or with non-verbal signals. There are times...
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Alan Forsyth on GB Hockey Olympics: I gave away all my kit

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