Getting Started

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Technical officiating is a great way to be involved in hockey, get close to the action and experience a different side of the game and anyone can get involved.

Do you have:

  • A good understanding of the game of hockey, its rules and regulations?
  • An ability to stay focused?
  • Accuracy in record keeping?
  • The ability to develop rapport and show empathy with players, coaches, team managers and umpires?
Can you be:

  • Firm, fair and flexible?
  • Confident but not dogmatic?
  • Official without being officious?
Then you could be just the person England Hockey are looking for! Domestically, nationally and internationally you could work indoors or outdoors with both genders at all age ranges. There are many opportunities throughout the year working at national league matches as a Match Official or at England Hockey tournaments as Judge, Technical Officer or Tournament Director and you get the best seat in the house whilst you work!

For those with advanced technical ability and enthusiasm there are opportunities to be nominated by England Hockey to the European Hockey Federation (EHF) technical officials register and from there onto the International (FIH) register. This could be your chance to see the world, enjoy top level hockey and make new friends from other countries - all at minimal personal cost!

Responsibilities
The key responsibilities for each role are outlined below:

Match Official    Judge    Technical Officer    Tournament Director

Match Official (National League and Cup)
  • Apply the appropriate league regulations and rules including procedures for substitutions, suspensions, dismissals and other serious incident
  • Support and assist the umpires where required
  • Liaise with home team Liaison Officer, Team Managers and media
  • Inspect and risk assess pitch and facilities
  • Liaise with the home club regarding medical provision and emergency procedures
  • Key liaison regarding anti-doping testing
  • Ensure proper behaviour on the team benches at all times
  • Match admin and post match duties including official Match Report Form and reporting to appropriate organisations including England Hockey
Tournament Officials
Judge
  • Assist the Tournament Director with match/tournament preparation and paperwork and venue, team or equipment checks
  • Obtain and study the appropriate regulations and other event documentation
  • Attend any briefing meeting as required by the Tournament Director
  • Liaise with other officials throughout the event
  • Report to the Technical Officer on duty on match issues
  • Act as designated timekeeper or match report writer
  • Contribute in disciplinary or protest hearings after a match if required
Technical Officer (TO)
  • Assist the Tournament Director with match/tournament preparation and paperwork; venue, team or equipment checks; liaising with media
  • Obtain and study the appropriate regulations and other event documentation
  • Attend any briefing meeting as required by the Tournament Director
  • Liaise with other officials and support and assist the umpires where required
  • Apply the Tournament Regulations and rules including procedures for substitutions, suspensions, dismissals and other serious incidents when on match duty
  • Ensure proper behaviour on the team benches at all times
  • Ensure the judges carry out their designated roles
  • Keep the technical equipment and bench area in good order
  • Report any breaches of Regulations etc to the Tournament Director immediately after the match
  • Contribute in disciplinary or protest hearings after a match if required
Tournament Director (TD)
  • Liaise with England Hockey, the umpire manager, technical officials, teams and venue on match/tournament preparation, appointments and presentation procedures
  • Obtain and study the appropriate regulations and other event documentation
  • Prepare and distribute the appropriate pre-event paperwork
  • Full inspection of the field(s) of play, technical equipment and facilities
  • Brief team officials and technical officials and attend the umpire’s briefing
  • Apply the Tournament Regulations and rules including procedures for substitutions, suspensions, dismissals and other serious incidents
  • Enable good communication links between officials and umpires at the hotel and venue
  • Liaise with members of the media in the absence of a media officer
  • Observe and evaluate the performance of the technical officials and umpires, and the behaviour of the teams
  • Deal with player or team management indiscipline or protests
  • Ensure match results and the table of results are displayed at the venues
  • Complete post event paperwork and results to England Hockey
  • Report on the venue, organisation, tournament officials, umpires and umpire manager
If you would like to find out more or wish to put yourself forward, please contact: