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BY


2013


By Will Byrne & Steve Horgan


Umpires must treat themselves as athletes, present themselves as athletes and be able to perform like an athlete on the level they are umpiring at all times.


There is a reason that for the uppermost levels of hockey in the world, there is a mandatory retirement age of 47 for umpires. Players retire when they can no longer make a team, usually not due to their ability to perform the skills but their ability to perform them as fast and precise as the younger players. The same holds true for the umpires. When umpires start to lose a step, they cannot be in the most effective position to make the calls that keep the game fair, safe, and fun. The umpiring community must begin to encourage the younger crowd who have played, coached or formerly officiated to stay or come back to the game they love, as umpires.


In the next calendar year, there will be many umpire training opportunities across the country, mainly for the novice umpire looking to be confident and comfortable in the profession. Becoming a USA Field Hockey umpire is as easy as contacting the organization at shorgan@usafieldhockey. We have personnel all over the country to direct those interested in umpiring the game. Also, as opportunities are confirmed, information will always be posted on usafieldhockey.com.


1,000 strong may seem like a lofty goal, but in no way is it unattainable.


HOW CAN YOU HELP? m If you are a current player, pick up a whistle!


m If you are a mom or dad that would like to be on the field instead of the sideline, umpiring could be for you!


m If you are a coach of a junior high team, get your players to umpire a scrimmage!


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