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Have you ever thought about becoming an umpire as you played or watched the game of hockey? Now's your opportunity. Your Club is interested in funding members (or parents) on a course to progress their umpiring in support of the junior or senior club sides.

If you are new to umpiring the Foundation Umpire Award (FUA) is the one for you. The FUA is designed for young students or inexperienced club players who want to learn about the skills of umpiring and have a basic introduction to the Rules of Hockey. It is an enjoyable, inter-active course involving three sessions totalling three hours and based around classroom and pitch based activity. It focuses on 11 a-side hockey (not Mini Hockey). The Award is not intended to provide ‘qualification’ into senior competitive hockey match umpiring.

Umpires intending to participate in competitive hockey are advised to do the England Hockey Level 1 Umpire Award.
The next Level 1 Umpire course is taking place at Down Grange, courtesy of Basingstoke Hockey Club, on Sunday April 10th. The course fee is £35 per candidate for the one day course which covers core umpiring skills and decision-making rules etc. finishing with a written test. All who pass the exam are registered with England Hockey Board as Level 1 Candidate Umpires, and must then umpire at least 3 games (of any sort) before being watched umpiring a game as the practical assessment for the Level 1 Award.

The L1 Umpire Award is open to candidates of any age, and works best for umpires with some experience, who are umpiring regularly enough to get through their games and assessment within a few months of the course.

For further advice on getting started in umpiring please contact John Whitworth or Chris Horton.

John Whitworth, HHC Junior Umpire Coordinator (07850 338457: 01420 563788, johnwhitworth2002@hotmail.com)
Chris Horton, HHUA Umpire Development [01962 810244; 07801 096175]

Come and give it a go!