Youngest umpire?

Discussion in 'Development, Skills & Advice' started by rusty, Sep 1, 2006.

  1. rusty

    rusty FHF Newbie

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    just wonderin, who knows or is a young umpire? need a proper level 1 qualification

    i think i was 12 or 13 when i got my level 1, and i rushed the thoery and got 85% :D iv been umpiring at the national mini's since i started too
     
  2. zippytime

    zippytime FHF Legend

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    well done rusty i think u were fortunate that your have been umpiring at the national minis as you will get good coaching and experience at this event
     
  3. speaker2

    speaker2 FHF Regular Player

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    Ive got level 1 (94 %) and im 14
     
  4. rusty

    rusty FHF Newbie

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    yeh lol my 1st regional minis umpiring they invited me, good stuff
     
  5. zippytime

    zippytime FHF Legend

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    I really hope that you continue to umpire alongside your playing. The world could do with more youngsters learning the rules of hockey. I made my decision to finnish playing at 26 due to injuries and the fact that I had the chance to umpire higher than I will play and people told me I was ok, if a junior sees the potential in the umpiring side of the game as they are not the best player in the world then they have a long time infront of them to develop and reach the very top in the sport. I certainly wish someone had introduced me to umpiring at a younger age
     
  6. nerd_is_the_word

    nerd_is_the_word FHF All Time Great

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    Im on state senior at age 18, Queensland did away with written tests a while ago, now you just get graded when you go away to umpire, i got my state junior at 13 (the equivalent of a level 1)
     
  7. Magpie

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    zippytime here here to players starting to umpire a younger age if they realise that they will never make it to the top as a player. By the way I stopped playing (A Grade) at 26 as well due to injuries.
     
  8. keely

    keely FHF Legend

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    I didn't stop playing competitively (I still play for my club in the top city league, but remember, this is Canada we're talking about) until I was 29. I remember it quite clearly - a career defender, I'm playing in my 10th senior national championship for Alberta. We're playing Ontario and I'm the inserter/injector/whatever you call it. The first shot is stopped, the rebound pops out straight at me and I score my first goal for Alberta (in 16 years of trying!) . As I'm jumping up and down, the all the off-duty tournament umpires are yelling from the sidelines - "Alright Keely, you can quit now!"

    And I did. :D

    In some ways I wish I'd stopped playing earlier for the international possibilities. At the same time, I know that one of my strengths is my feel of the game I wouldn't have developed it as well had I not played for so long. I continue to play club so that I can stay in touch with what's going on from the player's perspective - I watch the umpires doing my games and think "yeah, I really liked that presentation, I believe in that call" or "I'll make sure I don't do that the next time I'm on the pitch!". It's also great training.
     
  9. zippytime

    zippytime FHF Legend

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    Luckily keely I tend to grab a game every now and then and in the off season I always have mixed to play so i still get the feel of the game I also spend a vast amount of my time at the side of pitches watching all different levels of hockey as a fan, friend etc which also helps as I think that is something that has helped me keep improving as fast as I am oh yes and the watching of high level umpires improved my umpiring leaps and bounds :D
     
  10. ellzz204

    ellzz204 FHF Newbie

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    well i'm 15 so not the youngest and i'm doing my Grade C Badge Umpire. next friday (29/10/2010) is when we go to a craft night with our completed theory tests and get our results you have to get 95% (71/75) to pass and if you don't pass you have to retake it another time before you can then do the practical part.

    :)
     

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