A pivotal role

Taking control of a hockey game and ensuring that the rules of the game are upheld is key to an umpire’s job, but that's just the start.

Find out what a few of our up and coming umpires have to say about the role:

A Guide To Becoming An Umpire

An umpire is responsible for managing the hockey game. They uphold the rules, ensure fair play and provide a duty of care for players.

As you can see, hockey umpiring is definitely a pivotal role within the game. From grassroots to elite, umpires are an active and integral aspect of all levels of development in the Hockey for Life Framework.

A skillful player does not necessarily make a good umpire - although the ability to "read" the game and anticipate what might happen is a definite advantage. Umpiring is fundamentally about communication with players and trying to enable fairness and consistency for the players to get on show their ability. Hockey is a fast-paced game and occasionally passions can rise and it's the umpire's job to spot this and stay on top of it.

  1. What is the WHUA?
  2. Rules of Hockey
  3. How do I get involved?
  4. What do I need to be an umpire?
  5. Umpiring Membership
  6. Additional Umpires Insurance
  7. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
  8. Equipment & Clothing
  9. Forms and Regulations

1. What is the WHUA?

The Welsh Hockey Umpires Association is a members organisation for hockey umpires and technical officials across Wales. The WHUA in association with Hockey Wales strives to provide an environment where members can fulfill their potential and get maximum enjoyment from the sport of hockey, at whatever level that may be. The WHUA are very keen to attract new members and provide support and development opportunities to current members.

Fundamentally, the WHUA aims to:

  • To improve the standard of umpiring and umpire coaching both indoor and outdoor
  • To appoint umpires / technical officials to matches as and when required
  • To provide a system of grading for umpires
  • To provide coaching and development opportunities at all levels
  • To protect the interests of umpires and officials

Visit the WHUA site www.whua.org.uk

WHUA Executive Committee Members 2015/16

Jaime HindleChairjhindle74@gmail.com
Carolyn LlewellynSecretarycarolyn.llew@btinternet.com
Mike CleverlyTreasurer 
Dave LeightonWHUA North Region Representativedleigh18@tiscali.co.uk  
Mike RichesWHUA South Region Representativestitches57@btinternet.com
Helen BushellHockey Wales Representativehelen.bushell@hockeywales.org.uk

WHUA Appointed Roles 2015/16

Jamie HooperCommercial/Communications Managerjust_jamie1990@hotmail.com
VacantCoaching Manager 
WHUA Appointments Commitee
John TaylorAppointments Managerjohnttaylor77@gmail.com
Mark StauntonMen's National & international Panel Leadstaunton_mark@hotmail.com
Jen BartonLadies National & International Pane Leadjenb27@btinternet.com
Chris BrewerNational & International Technical Officials Panel Leadchris.brewer@hockeywales.org.uk
Marcus PowellL1 / L2 Development Leadmp36458@hotmail.co.uk

2. Rules of Hockey

When umpiring, there are various differences between indoor and outdoor hockey.

Rules of Outdoor Hockey 2015Rules of Indoor Hockey
Rules Update 2014/15

3. How do I get involved?

If you want to umpire, regardless of level, Hockey Wales and the Welsh Hockey Umpires Association (WHUA) offer lots of opportunities for potential umpires at all levels through their education and training programmes.

If you’re not sure which course is the best fit for you, then you can check out our ‘How to Qualify as an Umpire’  page for more information.

Once you know which course is right for you, then simply visit our Workforce Manager* page, get yourself registered and get started.

*Workforce Manager site is currently under construction, in the meantime please contact Philip Leach via email (philip.leach@hockeywales.org.uk) or phone 029 2033 4993

4. What do I need to be an Umpire?

It all depends on where you want to umpire!

Those wishing to umpire competitive club hockey in Welsh Leagues, Cup, Shield and 2XI Competitions will need to hold an Umpire Qualification for the relevant league competition. You will not be able to umpire without an up-to-date qualification.

5. Umpiring Membership

Hockey Wales, in partnership with WHUA offers Umpire Membership. This is priced at £27 which covers your affiliation to both Hockey Wales (£10) and WHUA (£17), along with providing civil liability insurance up to the value of £1,000,000.

Other benefits to Umpiring Membership can be found on the Hockey Wales Membership Page.

6. Additional Umpiring Insurance

The umpire has a responsibility to ensure they are covered appropriately for the activities undertaken. Additional insurance is available for a premium of £55.65. For more information on this cover, as well as frequently asked questions, please email Amanda Roberts (amanda.roberts@hockeywales.org.uk)

7. Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Enhanced Check

Hockey Wales recommends that any persons wishing to work with children should undertake a DBS Enhanced Check. To find out if you are eligible for this check, please visit our DBS section.

8. Equipment & Clothing

Hockey Wales has a wide selection of clothing and resources for umpires. This ranges from polo shirts to rule books, cards, score pages and whistles. All are available to purchase from the online Hockey Wales Shop.

9. Forms and Regulations

Are you looking for Umpires forms and regulations? They are now stored on the "How can we help?" pages! Find a whole host of umpiring and officials forms as well as other useful information! Click the link to find out more!