None of us can play and enjoy our hockey without umpires, and we always need new volunteers to give it a try!
As part of our club’s aspirations to improve the hockey, we wish to encourage more people to umpire and help develop the skills of our existing umpires. In addition if you want mentoring we will happily arrange this for you.
Level 1 – Qualified Umpires
If you are already qualified, let us know and we’ll get you involved with the club. You can find the contact details for our current umpire co-ordinators on the Contacts page of this site. Don’t worry if you qualified elsewhere – there’s a good chance your qualification is transferable. If you can help out with club umpiring that’s fantastic; if you wish to umpire at a higher standard even better, we can get you involved in league appointments (see below).
The annual subscription is £10 for OHUA membership, which covers on-going support and insurance (the rule book is sent to you every 2 years). For active club umpires this annual subscription is paid by the club.
The next local England Hockey Level 1 umpiring course is :
Sunday 26th November, 9:00am-4:40pm at Thame Leisure Centre, Thame, OX9 2BB. The booking deadline is 15th November. You can sign up here.
What you’ll get out of umpiring
- Club umpires receive £5 for each game you umpire. Not much but better than nothing!
- The skills you learn as an umpire are transferable – the key skills being communication and leadership – and will add to your CV.
- The opportunity to give something back to your club.
- The satisfaction of umpiring well and contributing to a great hockey match.
- Improving your own knowledge of the game as a player, from a different perspective.
Ladies’ Club Games
The Ladies’ 4s, 5s, 6s and 7s’ home games are umpired by our own club umpires. (Away games are umpired by the opposition’s club umpires – thus clubs avoid having to ask umpires to travel to away games. ) These games are at an enjoyable and competitive level, and a fantastic place to start once you’ve got your Level 1 qualification.
Ladies’ League Appointments
The ladies’ leagues from Trysports Premier 2 upwards have umpires appointed by the Oxfordshire Hockey Umpires Association (OHUA). This covers the Ladies’ 1s, 2s and 3s.
If you have a Level 1 qualification and plenty of umpiring experience, please consider taking league appointments. You can note your availability on the OHUA website and plan appointments in advance. You can even specify the geographical area you wish to take the appointment in. OHUA pays mileage to cover your fuel, and you should be fed after the game.
Find out more
If you’d like to get involved in umpiring or have any questions – please email email@example.com.