Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Umpiring

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...

Secret Hockey Umpire: Free hits, position and retakes

We want to encourage quick free hits in as fair a way as possible and to avoid retakes, writes Secret Umpire. The more quick free hits we can allow the more opportunities are created and the more excitement for...

World hockey to vote on gender-neutral terms

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) will decide on approving gender-neutral terms in its statutes at next month's Congress. While hockey has already seen mixed gender umpiring in the Pro League and women's matches take equal preference at major tournaments on...

Hockey guidance sees green card for spitting, players to clean up area

By Richard Bright Players will be handed a two-minute suspension for spitting or nose blowing without a hankerchief or tissue under new guidance for the 2020/21 English hockey season - with offenders left to clean up the affected area before...

Umpire’s voice in danger of losing out to player-centric hockey

Hockey is in danger of having an overly player-centric sport, writes our umpire columnist Andy Mair I was fortunate enough to be working with the umpires at the Premier Division indoors this season. One of the main things to come out...

The discrimination case which led to England Hockey disrepute changes

England Hockey say that a discrimination complaint levelled against a regional umpires' association four years ago led to "significant changes" in governance and how disreputes are handled. The issue has come to light after several of the signatories in a...

Power game ‘will continue to lead to hockey collisions’

The faster, stronger nature of the current world game may be a boost to the sport, but it will also result in more collisions and injuries, according to Nicola White. White watched the FIH Pro League last year and recalled...

Why the whistle should be mandatory for all hockey players

As a coach at school and club level, much of my preparation for a season would be focused on drills, cones, bounce boards, enough practice and match balls and pitch availability, writes leading official Andy Mair. But here’s a thought:...

Young Pilgrim makes progress as 11-year-old hockey umpire

By Richard Bright An 11-year-old hockey fanatic is widely thought to be the youngest ever in the country to become a Level 1 hockey umpire and he now wants other youngsters to follow suit. History was made in December when young...
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