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 will paid by the club.
The next local England Hockey Level 1 umpiring course is as follows:
Sunday 24th September, 9:00am-4:40pm at North Oxfordshire Academy, Warwick Road, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX16 0UD. The booking deadline is Wednesday 13th September. You can sign up here.
What you’ll get out of umpiring
- This season, instead of a free dinner/dance ticket for umpiring 7 games we are paying umpires £5 for each game you umpire. This means that even if you don’t umpire 7 games you still benefit.
- The skills you learn as an umpire are transferable – the key skills being communication and leadership – and will add to your CV.
- The pleasure of giving something back to the sport we know and love.
- Enjoyment: there is much satisfaction to be gained from umpiring well and contributing to a great hockey match.
Ladies’ League Appointments
The ladies’ league currently requires umpires to be appointed for all games from Premier 2 in the Trysports 3 Counties league upwards (i.e. the division below our 2nd and 3rd teams).
If you have a level 1 qualification, please consider volunteering to be available to whistle ladies’ league appointments. These games are good quality games, but unlike the men you are unlikely to need to man manage the testosterone. The OHUA have a website where, once you’ve registered, you can note your times of availability several weeks in advance. This way you can plan appointments to avoid clashes with games you might be playing. 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 (if you’re very lucky, you get a beer too).
Find out more
If you’d like to get involved in umpiring or have any questions – please email firstname.lastname@example.org.