Become an Umpire

Become an Umpire

Welcome to Ulster Umpires

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, to take part in discussions in the forums and to raise the profile of umpiring in Ulster.

In this part of the Ulster Hockey website you will find details of umpire appointments for weekly matches, details on how to become an umpire, umpiring resources/videos and contact information for anyone interested in developing as an umpire.

To get people started, we have put together a step by step process of how to become a top class umpire.

The best way to start umpiring from scratch is to get out and watch experienced umpires in action. This will give you the basics of how the rules are implemented and how games are managed. Of course it is also advisable to read and understand the rules as laid out by the FIH. Once you feel you have a basic understanding of the rules, put yourself forward for some club games in the lower leagues. This will give you a great opportunity to learn the basics and understand how the game work's from an umpire’s point of view.

Once you feel you are ready for the next level, get in touch with Ulster Umpires by sending your contact details to Ulster Umpires Chairperson, William Stewart at who will be able to assist you with your development.

You can then attend an umpiring course with an exam and eventually one of our Umpire Assessors will grade you over the course. Ulster Umpire assessors will give you great feedback on your game and how you can develop as an umpire. They will also be able to put you in tougher games as you progress. This will give you crucial experience of different situations and pressures that can be expected with umpiring at a high level within Ulster Hockey.

Once you and our Assessors feel you are ready for a higher standard and have the necessary experience, the Appointment Secretary will begin assigning you to appropriate fixtures within the Senior Leagues.

This will enable you to learn with another senior umpire who will act as a mentor allowing you to learn more about the game as you progress as an umpire. 

Throughout the season, grading forms are completed by the Ulster Umpires and will enable you to see how far you have progressed in umpiring. As a result you could be advanced in terms of grading as an umpire and may be asked to undertake tougher games on a weekly basis to ensure your development continues.

What you need to become an Ulster Hockey Umpire?

  1. Fox 40 Whistle
  2. Umpire Cards - Green, Yellow and Red
  3. Stopwatch
  4. Pocket Notebook and Pencil/Pen
  5. Kukri Umpire T-Shirt
  6. Astroturf Shoes
  7. Latest FIH Rule Book (As of January 2015)
  8. Willingness to develop within the game

Get Involved, Stay Involved

Ulster Hockey and the Umpires Committee have launched an appeal for former players, players coming to the end of their career, teachers, supporters, juniors, interested parents and supporters to think about becoming an umpire.

With the increase in player numbers in recent years the Umpires Committee has recognised the need to look long term to ensure the future supply of umpiring talent and the Umpires Committee encourage anyone interested in becoming an Ulster Umpire to contact the Ulster Umpires Chairperson, William Stewart for further information.


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