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A GUIDE TO BECOMING AN UMPIRE

An umpire is responsible for managing the hockey game. They uphold the rules, ensure fair play and provide a duty of care for players.

As you can see, hockey umpiring is definitely a pivotal role within the game. From grassroots to elite, umpires are an active and integral aspect of all levels of development in the Hockey for Life Framework.

A skillful player does not necessarily make a good umpire – although the ability to “read” the game and anticipate what might happen is a definite advantage. Umpiring is fundamentally about communication with players and trying to enable fairness and consistency for the players to get on show their ability. Hockey is a fast-paced game and occasionally passions can rise and it’s the umpire’s job to spot this and stay on top of it.

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