Those numbers aren't far from my earlier post, which was also from the national (England) perspective: In the decade before 2013 course numbers were 2000 to 2200 per year, and from my contacts with EH at the time, assessments also consistent around 700 to 800 per year - almost 40%, not 20%. Whatever... there was a hole in the umpire pipeline. Maybe it spilled just 1000 to 2000 potential umpires, and 3000 to 4000 was exaggerating. Back on topic: I guess it's going to happen. Maybe I'll be drawn into it: participating at a notionally higher level, but with the same teams, playing much the same standards of hockey. As for paying gate money and TV subs to be 'entertained', I'm not a fan. That's all.