At North Harbour we develop and appoint umpires to our Primary and Intermediate competitions based at our hub, The National Hockey Centre and at the Hibiscus Coast Silverdale turf.
We encourage anyone from the age of Year 5 to Year 12 (or above) to get involved as an umpire. We welcome parents/siblings or supporters to also pick up the whistle if they are around.
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Anyone wishing to umpire in the Junior Winter Season must complete the registration beside this information. There are two locations for umpiring with us.
In spring and summer NHHA appoint to a range of programmes and competitions with the first umpiring opportunity taking place in the Term 3 Holidays.
With fun as the focus, the day will provide umpire-specific development from our experienced senior umpire coaches, as well as a variety of other hockey and non-hockey elements including 6 a-side matches, 5’s and shoot outs. The umpires will get paid for their contribution to the festival. This event is for beginner or experienced umpires, aged 13/14 years +
October (dates TBC)
Our umpires are learning too just like your players, the umpires are all learning about the game of hockey. It is everyone’s responsibility to make this a positive learning experience for all players and umpires. Nurturing these young umpires allows them to build confidence and better apply the rules to your game.
It is important for all players, coaches and spectators to understand that umpires do not deliberately make mistakes. They are trying their best to apply the rules as accurately. Often the pressure that can piled on an umpire by players, coaches and spectators after he or she makes a mistake can lead to the umpire losing their confidence, leading to more mistakes.
Because the umpires are still learning, their confidence levels may not be very high.
Your encouragement and positive reinforcement will only help the umpire to build this confidence.
E.g. the umpire will not penalise every foot that he or she sees. Feet are only penalised if the ball is kicked forwards to the players advantage, if a shot at goal is stopped by a foot, or if the player intentionally kicks the ball to gain an advantage.
If you still believe that a penalty should have been awarded, it is possible that the umpire has missed the infringement.
While this is not a desirable situation, umpire mistakes are a reality and happen at every level of sport.
If you believe that the umpire may be applying the rules wrong, please approach the Junior Umpire Coordinator with your concerns rather than talking to the umpire yourself. This means the Junior Umpire Coordinator is aware of the concerns and can work with that umpire to help he or she to better understand the rules. If you consider the above reasons why an umpire may make a mistake it might help for you to explain what you saw in relation to the above so our Junior Umpire Coordinator can assist all our youth umpires development.