Every player will agree that umpires play a key role in the game of hockey, you can’t play without them. At Holcombe, our need for umpires is greater than most as we have 15 adult sides in action on Saturday’s throughout the season and a number of junior teams playing on Sunday’s. This also means there is a big window of opportunity for those wanting to take up umpiring and be actively involved in the game.
We are always looking at increasing our pool of umpires and over the course of the season, we will be running various sessions with a qualified coach and assessor to assist our umpires in their development and enjoyment of the game, together with regular feedback from umpires and players with the aim of ensuring as far as possible that players know why decisions are being given. This is available whether you have intentions to move through the ranks and aim for national league status or if your only intention is to umpire club games.
The men’s section of the club has to provide at least seven umpires every Saturday home and away, and often we are asked to provide additional umpires for our home games. The ladies section need to provide up to two umpires to the Kent and Regional pool and two additional umpires for club umpiring. Umpires must be qualified to a minimum of EHA Level One to umpire league fixtures in the Ladies calendar.
If you are interested in umpiring for the club, either as part of the pool for the ladies or for any level of club umpiring, please get in touch with Adrian Hull so we can discuss how we can support you.
Click here for more information from Kent Hockey on umpiring.