Our local CLFHA indoor competition got underway Sunday, and as per usual, we are all pretty rusty on indoor rules! In particular, a few questions came out of the day of matches regarding free pushes from inside the attacking half, and when can the team play the ball off the boards into the circle legally. As always, start […]
In February 2017, long-time and now-retired Kookaburra Simon Orchard published a scathing op-ed lambasting top-level umpires who “severely lack the ability to consistently apply, enforce or define” the rules of the game. Seven months later, the Irish Hockey Umpires Association withholds their services to competitions in their country including their premier EYHL. These two incidents […]
After the action in London, Brussels and Johannesburg, most tongues are wagging about the fascinating results produced by teams such as the Italian women, or the Belgian and Indian men (all for different reasons). However, real hockey nerds are talking about the umpires. As is appropriate for the third team, we’ll review three major stories […]
As a career umpire, I’ve developed the skill of watching a match with an impartial eye. An essential skill, I believed, so I could be as accurate and fair as possible on the pitch. A few years ago, I had become so proficient at my detachment, I actually outright lost my passion for the game. […]
While we hold our collective breaths waiting for the madness that will be #Rio, we have (at least) one more upgrade list for our congratulatory missives. A hearty well done to all!
It’s a wee but mighty upgrade list month, so congratulations to the fine folks contained herein. Well done, everyone!
It’s that most wonderful time of the month, when we get to revel in the successes of our brethren. And what an upgrade list it is, April has been good to the FIH umpiring community! Well done to all.
Some big changes to come in 2017 for the Indoor Rules of Hockey, as the FIH Rules Committee strives to continue to align the indoor and outdoor rules as much as possible. The biggest change is the addition of a centre line (“corner”) restart (why they can’t start out fresh with the correct terminology is […]