About to Start Umpiring

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  1. SLM285

    SLM285 FHF Regular Player

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    Hello team, lol
    I am about to start umpiring (albeit for junior teams, but umpiring none the less) quite excited really, but I dont really know what to do, to an extent
    SO, I was wondering if Anybody had any tips, or hints, beyond learn the rules,
    Your help is much appreciated, thanks
    Bye
     
  2. aussieump

    aussieump FHF All Time Great
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  3. foozbear

    foozbear FHF Regular Player

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    first things first.

    congrats on a great decision.

    umpiring can be one of the most rewarding things you can do...especially at a junior level.

    first thing I would recommend is....be a duck....as in everything rolls off your back when you start. NEVER take anything personally. In fact...when somebody questions your call...remember it...look at the rules later on and see if they had a valid point. If they didnt...come on here and share...so we can all laugh. ( on second thoughts...dont).

    If you have questions come on here and ask them....dont be afraid of teh variety of answers...some answers will seeem like common sense and "feel" like the rules mean that.

    when you start blowing in a game...blow consistantly....even if it is just feet to start off with. players are more forgiving if you call a game VERY consistantly.

    relax...smile...smiles will difuse a multitude of problems before they get too much.

    zone out ALL comments from parents. They can be the biggest headache at junior games.

    last thing I can say is....love what you are doing. LOVE the look of a ground before the players get on it....love the sounds of two teams warming up....love the sounds of the laughter BEFORE the game...LOVE the sound of the first whistle.

    If you dont love what you are doing it becomes harder to keep going. it gets harder to do anything of what I have said.

    where are starting umpiring?
     
  4. controller

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    Congratulations on starting to umpire.

    1. There has been some great advice already on here so try and follow it.
    2. Find someone local who is an umpire to come and watch and be your mentor
    3. Common Sense, think about everything that happen and see if you think afterwards that you were good with that decision.
    4. Enjoy it, then socialize with the team and ask them what they think and get ready for some comments.
     
  5. majwalrus

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    Slight correction - often a lot of banter over several jugs.
     
  6. Goalie64

    Goalie64 FHF All Time Great

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    And remember you form a team with the other umpire.
     
  7. Ballingdon

    Ballingdon FHF Top Player

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    Well done.
    Enjoy.
    As others have said, use your common sense
    Man-management is a great thing - and very useful in outside life. On that front, if you're still young, tread carefully in the adult game but don't be put off. Just keep on reviewing and learning from the experience
     
  8. SLM285

    SLM285 FHF Regular Player

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    Hi everyone,
    First off thanks for all the advice, it really has helped, keep 'em coming lol
    I did find someone local, infact most teachers at school, and I umpired a training match a couple of days ago, and my mentor basically let me umpire but walked around with me, showed me where to stand, when to award advantage etc...
    WOW its alot harder than it looks, more than anything my problem is that i dont blow early enough or loud enough, but i suppose that'll come with practice.
    SLM285
     
  9. foozbear

    foozbear FHF Regular Player

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    its not hard.....22 other players on the field know the rules as well.. lol

    but stay in it....dont get discouraged...

    i went through hell when I started...it made me want to be better!
     
  10. justin-old

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    I was lucky in starting at age 18 with my school girls team.....I definitely knew the rules better than they, and in those days, diissent was not common :)

    Good luck...if you blow firmly and signal clearly it helps to make you look confident...even if you are not!
     
  11. johnreiss

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    / blow signal with confidence. Seems you have learnt lessons 1 and 2! Keep up the good work, keep umpiring. The more you do it, the more experience you get and hence the more confidentconfident you will get. Get these 'basics right' and the rest will sdurely follow.
     
  12. Resslys Agent

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    You've discovered the best way to meet lots of hockey players!
    When you play you mainly socialise with your team and maybe one or two of the opposition. As an umpire you either just socialise with your colleague or you speak to both teams!
    Use this opportunity to get feedback, especailly if there are some senior players in the sides!
    ask them if they'll spend 10-15 minutes in the bar talking through where they think you can improve, what you did well, what you didn't, as long as it's constructive
    When I started one or two players were willing to do this and it helped enormously.
    One of the best bits of advice I got came from a senior player, who was constructive and he gained my respect by the way he spoke!
    I still see this person now, he mainly coaches county junior sides but he is someone who I will always speak to and count as a friend but would never had met had I just been a player!
     

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