From the 'opinions on calling the umpire?' topic: Experienced umpires generally get appointed with partners of similar experience and standard. But every so often a colleague has very little experience, or seems to be not waving but drowning at a new and higher level of hockey. Beginning umpires in lower club games see their partners missing the same amount and making similar mistakes. But every so often a colleague turns out to be really experienced and maybe this game will go much better - with chances to pick up tips and tricks from a master. So how should you umpire differently with an inexperienced partner? What do beginners, or umpires advancing beyond their comfort zone, really want and need? And yes, let's hear what senior partners have done, often with best intentions, that really bashed our confidence, made us umpire worse not better, so the only thing we learnt was to never again umpire with them again.