Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Umpiring

Hockey umpires skirt over the issue of skorts

The coach of a female player who was refused by a local umpire to play in shorts and was asked to swap skorts with a team-mate behind the dugout has lambasted the decision as “total madness”. The player was about...

Hockey’s best April Fools Day jokes

Portsmouth HC is rolling out Zorb Hockey next season. To increase player safey, all outfield players will be forced to wear increased protective equipment. FIH Press Officer, Evan Alarf, was quoted as saying: "This ridiculous suggestion will ruin the...

Volunteering: the life blood of hockey

Dave Miller is retiring after 45 years of volunteering. He tells The Hockey Paper why we shouldn't take volunteers for granted Hockey, like so many amateur based sports, has been and always will be reliant on the volunteer. Sure, the sport...

Marlow’s young leader programme is force to be reckoned with

Marlow HC’s Kate Porter on success of club’s young leader programme Having coached young people in club and school hockey for the last 20 years, I have always believed that involving teenagers in developing younger players has real benefits for...

Taking next hockey umpiring step doesn’t have to be daunting

By David Ellcock In a recent Hockey Paper piece, I suggested that people should just try umpiring and that this might lead to their getting the bug and wanting to take the next step. But what does that next step...

Hockey Ireland seeks FIH review of video referral system

Hockey Ireland are seeking for world hockey to review its own video referral system following Ireland men's defeat to Canada which saw them exit the Olympic qualification stages. Canada beat Ireland in October in a shoot-out after the hosts scored...

A hockey Christmas wish list: umpire support, parahockey, indoors and cards

No turkeys here! The Hockey Paper's columnist Todd Williams creates his 10-point vision to make hockey a better place in 2020  Dear Santa, I’ve just been up to my daughter’s bedroom and found her Christmas list. You can imagine how surprised...

Olympics: Ireland hockey debacle leave negatives for umpire community

Video Umpire expert Andy Mair picks the bones out of the Canada v Ireland controversy The national teams to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games have now been decided, and apparently the ‘blame game’ has been all too often...

Olympic hockey qualifier: Ireland captain blasts video umpire as Canada reach Tokyo

Ireland men were denied a berth at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after a controversial decision to award Canada a last-gasp penalty stroke as the Green Machine were ultimately beaten in a sudden-death shoot-out in Vancouver. Ireland were losing 2-1 on...

England Hockey rule changes 2019/20

There are a number of changes to the Outdoor Rules for the 2019/20 season - so be ready before your first game of the season. The key rule changes are summarised below, while players, coaches, umpires and officials are...
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Ayeisha McFerran issues appeal after hockey World Cup medal stolen

Ireland women's goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran has appealed for the return of her World Cup silver medal after it was...
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