Funded Level 1 Umpiring Course

Please see below from Matt Bloor

I am in the process of setting up a Level One Umpires Course through Andy Barnes. The course is provisionally planned for Feb/Mar at Bilborough College (evenings).

Funding has been attained for the course, so I can keen to ensure that the get the right candidates trained, who will complete the assessment and then use the qualification in Notts.

The Level 1 Award continues to be the ‘passport’ to competitive 11 a-side hockey for club umpires. The Award is made up of three key parts (see below). Completion and accreditation is based upon the final part – a successful assessment on a match by a locally approved assessor.

  1. A classroom based presentation representing four hours and 30 minutes (delivered in two sessions and including viewing the Core Skills of Umpiring DVD and an examination paper). The classroom session is tutored by a county based England Hockey Board (EHB) approved tutor and it involves consideration of the umpiring skills required for competitive hockey and a detailed study of the Rules of Hockey.
  2. A minimum of three practice games. The practice games can be independently organised and candidates have up to two years within which they can complete. In some counties / areas candidates can umpire local league hockey. Hockey Umpiring Associations and / or counties can advise of local arrangements.
  3. An assessment on a suitable 11 a-side hockey match. The assessment can be on any 11 a-side hockey game where the two teams play within a competitive framework. 1st X1 school hockey is included however the match should first be ‘approved as suitable’ by the local umpiring association or county (if no umpiring association exists). It should be noted that most 1st X1 school hockey more than adequately equates with lower league competition.

Please ask anyone who wishes to undertake the course to contact me and register their interest and I will send further information once the specifics of the course are finalised.

Many thanks


Matthew Bloor

Sports Development Officer (Judo and Hockey)

County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership

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