CertificationHow do I become a certified field hockey umpire? FHC and FHO play a role in administering the FHC Umpiring Certification program. http://www.fieldhockey.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=category&id=48&Itemid=10
There are five levels in the national program:
- Attend and complete the umpiring classroom session taught by a FHC Certified Facilitator
- Obtain field assessments or "ratings" once the classroom session is completed. (This is done by arranging for a certified umpire assessor to come and watch you umpire.)
- For specific details please see the clinics page.
At what umpiring level do I start?
Any person who has never held an FHC Umpiring Certification is required to start at either the Community or Provincial level and then progress.
- Community -if you are either new to the sport or are currently just interested in umpiring your local Junior, high school or lower leagues, then this is a good option. The course will cover the basic rules, communication tools of an umpire and practical scenarios that you may experience and how to deal with them and facilitate the game.
- Provincial -even if you are new to the sport or have a lot of playing experience, but are interested in umpiring towards a higher level, then this would be the option. The course will cover the rules, communication & game management tools of an umpire, also theoretical and practical scenarios that you may experience and how to deal with them.
Before the end of the 4 years, you may either take another course to get upgraded, or you must attend a rules update clinic and have new field assessment.
The process to attaining your level of umpiring will be as follows:
- attend the clinic
- pass the written and/or oral exam, if any
- pass field assessments
- COMMUNITY -Minimum of 4 hours classroom with a minimum of 1 hour for practical (whistle blowing, signaling, positioning if required at a suitable venue) and 1 coached session and 1 field assessment at appropriate level game
- PROVINCIAL -6 hours classroom and 2 field assessments (minimum 40 minute games)
- REGIONAL -5 hours classroom and 2 field assessments (70 minute games)
Community -$75.00 per participant (includes participant's manual, whistle)
Provincial -$80.00 per participant (includes participant's manual, whistle, cards)
Regional -$90.00 per particiapant (includes participant's manual, rule book)