Any official umpiring a game of hockey in Wales, should be qualified or working towards a qualification. The WHUA, in partnership with Hockey Wales, offer a number of different courses to enable you to progress up the umpiring pathway.
Whilst you are on the pathway the WHUA will strive to provide all the opportunities needed to enhance your skills and umpiring knowledge.
Any queries about courses should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
Introduction to Umpiring Award
The Introduction to Umpiring Award is the first step in to umpiring hockey in Wales and is suitable for anyone aged 14+. The Award looks to build people’s confidence and game management skills in a hockey environment.
People who attend this course will be able to:
Level 1 - Regional Umpire
Level 1 Club Umpire -> Level 1 Regional Umpire
A Level 1 Regional Umpire is an umpire who wishes to take neutral appointments within the region (South Wales, North Wales). This replaces the old Welsh Level 2 award.
To become a regional umpire you need to be watched at two appropriate level games and passed as suitable for progression. To maintain your status as a regional umpire you must umpire at least 8 neutral games each season.
If you are interested in becoming a Regional Umpire then you should contact your regional umpiring association to arrange the necessary watching. This can be done by emailing Umpires@hockeywales.org.uk
Level 3 and beyond ...
Level 2 Umpire -> Level 3 Umpire
Level 3 is achieved when an umpire progresses onto NPUA panel and is umpiring National League games.
Level 1 - Club Umpire
Level 1 Unassessed -> Level 1 Club Umpire
A level 1 course is suitable for those with some experience of playing hockey and may have had some practice with umpiring previously.
Completion of the award is based upon the following
Level 2 Umpire
Level 1 Regional Umpire -> Level 2 Umpire
A level 2 umpire will be looking to progress their umpiring career to the upper echelons of the regional leagues.
A level 2 umpire MAY be considered for Welsh National and International Panel selection.
To progress to this level an umpire must receive a nomination from the Regional Umpire Association and then pass the practical assessment.