Turned up to umpire a round 1 EHA ladies cup match for my club today, and a friend who umpires national league asked if we'd (both umpires) like to borrow his mikes for the match. I laughed and said we weren't pros and it would be a bit of a gimmick, but 'what the hell let's give it a try'... It took a few minutes to get used to the fact I could hear my colleague (who I've umpired with on a number of occasions) but I was soon loving the tech! I can honestly say it was a brilliant experience and assisted in the umpiring decisions and the banter between us both. It also made me feel much more part of the team. After the match we were all chatting about the experience, and we're now going to approach our club to suggest that they buy a set of mikes (£120) to allow the home umpires to use every week (we have to supply all umpires for all home games other than Men's 1). We believe that connecting the umpires would allow some of the less experienced/confident umpires to blow in games with a more experienced colleague. Just thought I'd share my thoughts - not a gimmick (although we did get a few funny comments from some of the players and spectators before the start) but an excellent tool to assist the officials and foster a greater team experience.