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How to umpire field hockey safely


No room should be given to dissent, poor sportsmanship or uncontrolled aggression verbal or physical. Umpires have a duty of care for the safety of all participants on the pitch and should be given the full support of both teams and supporter, anything less is detrimental to the sport. Umpires should make every effort to show their love of the sport by the consistency of their actions and the respect given to all participants.



Simple: keep the game moving

Management: think safety

Interpretation: keep abreast of the rules

Look: rule only on what you see

Enjoyment: be consistent, be fair




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