Community Umpire

Who should become a Community Umpire?
The Community Umpire program is directed towards the needs of players, parents, teachers and other new umpires who are involved in Hookin2Hock

Minimum requirements to undertake Community Umpire qualification?
There are no minimum requirements; it is an enjoyable and straight forward training program. You should be willing to learn and be prepared to undertake two hours of training.

How to get the qualification
There are four easy steps to gain your community umpire accreditation.

1. Visit the HockeyEd site and log into your account. If you are new to HockeyEd, you can create an account by filling in a few of your details.

2. Once logged-in, you can register for the Community Umpire Accreditation (free of charge) by clicking on ‘umpire’, then ‘community umpire’. Here you can view the learning material which is categorised in four sections; manage self, manage athletes, manage others, manage environment.

3. Once you have read learning material, there is a short quiz with interactive hockey videos and questions for you to answer. This should take you between and 30 minutes to an hour.

4. Finally, you download the Practical Competency Checklist and organise with our local club assesor Jen Kiel to have your umpiring practically evaluated during one match (45 minutes minimum).

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Burnside Hockey Club Supports the Coloured Shirt Program for developing umpires

The Coloured Shirt Program aims to increase retention, value and appreciation of all officials by making beginner or inexperienced officials easily recognisable in green shirts.

The program helps to educate all participants, including players and spectators, about the demands, pressures and supporting the needs of all beginner officials.

Sports provide mentoring and support to the new official and promote and raise awareness of the program and it’s aims.

The Coloured Shirt Program is based on the successful SANFL ‘Red Shirt’ program that helped umpire retention at the grassroots level.

New officials wear green shirts.  Please support and respect them through your positive sideline behaviour.

If you see officials and umpires wearing the green shirt, then it’s important for you to know they are beginners.  As with any learner, they may make mistakes.

Without officials, sport would not survive, so it is up to the clubs and associations of each sport to build a positive culture of support for officials.

Career next step
If you are interested in umpiring higher levels of club hockey, intra-state championships and low-level Australian Championships please visit the Level 1 Umpire page.