Ulster Hockey is dedicated to the promotion and advancement of umpiring hockey in Ulster. As part of the IHUA Development programme, our aim is to encourage people regardless of age, gender, or ethnic background, to get involved in umpiring and to raise the profile of umpiring in Ulster.

Umpiring is a hugely rewarding way of taking part in hockey. The umpire’s role is to ensure fair play and ultimately facilitate the enjoyable experience of everyone involved in a hockey match.

Whether you want to get involved with hockey for the first time or you’re an experienced player or coach looking to take the next step in your hockey career there’s an umpiring qualification suited to helping you become the umpire you wish to be.

To assist developing umpires within Clubs, Ulster Hockey will be running a series of Umpire workshops in September, October and November across the province.

The purpose of the workshops is to offer support and guidance to all club umpires, no matter at what level, in order to assist, develop their skills, improve confidence, and attain consistency in decision making and rules interpretation.

The format for the workshop will be as follows:-

Pre-match preparation
Areas of control & Positioning – Open play/Penalty Corners/Penalty Strokes.
Communication and control – Cards, Signals, Verbal, where to send suspended players.
Game Management – Players/Benches/Spectators.
Identifying and explaining offences
Areas of Difficulty – self pass, free hits, aerials, 5 metres, obstruction, etc
Code of Conduct
Question and Answer session

*** You will be expected to have a basic knowledge of the rules of hockey. This is NOT a rules test. However rules interpretations will be discussed, along with club umpire support.

Workshop Dates/Times/Venues

Date: Monday 19th September
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Venue: Queens Sport (Dub Pavilion)

Date: Monday 10th October
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Venue: Mossley Hockey Club

Date: Monday 17th October
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Venue: Cookstown Hockey Club

Date: Monday 7th November
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Venue: Lisnagavery Hockey Club

Date: Monday 14th November
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Venue: The Pavilion, Stormont

Date: To be confirmed
Time: 7.00pm-9.30pm
Venue: Limavady

Cost: £20 per person

Places are limited and will be filled on a first come, first served basis and will only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.