Sunday, September 19, 2021

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

FIH urges England Hockey to adopt four quarters

World Hockey chiefs hope that England Hockey will still introduce the four quarters rule across the domestic game after a decision to implement the ruling at national level only. With time ticking until the opening weekend of this season, grass...

Why the 2019 hockey rules are umpire friendly

By David Ellcock | Umpire's view In my last column I looked at two of the biggest changes to the Rules of Hockey in their 2019 edition. This time I’ll review the other, no less important, changes. Rule 13.2(f), relating to...
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Alan Forsyth on GB Hockey Olympics: I gave away all my kit

Alan Forsyth, English club hockey's leading scorer who was picked as a GB reserve in Tokyo, has revealed he...
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