Field Hockey Rules:
Umpire Mentoring Procedures:
Umpire Mentors are to have a Hockey Queensland Community Advance of higher Accreditation themselves to be able to mentor beginner/learner umpires
There are two types of Umpire Mentors:
On-field Umpire Mentor
Off-field Umpire Mentor
An on-field mentor accompanies the learner umpire on the field during the fixture and assumes one of two roles:
- Engaged Mentor (blowing the whistle) – are required to umpire the fixture, with the learner umpire no further than 1 metre away, ‘shadowing’ them.
- Disengaged Mentor (not blowing the whistle) – are present to ‘shadow’ the learner umpire no further than 1 metre away, while the learner umpire officiates the match.
Only ONE person will be responsible for blowing a whistle during the fixture.
On-field mentors assist the learner umpires by showing them positioning, signalling, explaining rules where necessary, prompting decision making, areas of control, teaching them all facets of umpiring.
ON-FIELD Umpire Mentors are allowed on all divisions up to and including Premier League 4, JT2 and MM2.
ON-FIELD Umpire Mentors are NOT allowed on Premier League 1, 2, 3, JT1 and MM1 – at any time.
An off-field mentor accompanies the learner umpire to pre-match duties (e.g. coin toss) and then observes the learner umpire from the side line during the fixture.
The off-field mentor takes notes and approaches the learner umpire at half time and full time to discuss their observation.
Off-field mentors are NOT responsible for blowing a whistle during the fixture.
An off-field mentor should not enter the field of play except in extra-ordinary circumstances.
Circumstances where it would be appropriate for the off-field mentor to step onto the field may include an increased risk of danger to the players (losing control of the match) or umpire (behaviour management of players).
OFF-FIELD Umpire Mentors are allowed on all divisions.
Finals Series Rules (Inc. Shootouts):
BWHA’s stance on the “Tomahawk”
Tomahawks are a legitimate skill and are allowed in ALL DIVISIONS of BWHA hockey. The Tomahawk is a skill to be learnt, but poor execution that leads to dangerous play – must be blown, especially in Juniors. Clubs need to instruct their players on the skill, including how to defend it and where and when to use it (e.g. not in a crowded circle).
Turf Umpires Talks 2018
Hosted by Jan Hadfield
Turf Umpires Talks 2017
Hosted by Jan Hadfield
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