What Is Technical Officiating

A short introduction to Technical Officiating

Technical Official at Hockey Futures Cup 2019

Technical Officiating is a great way to be involved in hockey, being close to the action and experiencing a different side of the game. The best thing is...anyone can get involved! Whether it’s being involved in the National Programme of competitions, or locally at a junior competition at club level, the role of Technical Officials is key to the game day experience being so high for all involved.

There are four main roles in Technical Officiating, these are:

Tournament Director – the individual who ensures that the overall competition is operating within the rules and regulations for all participants

Technical Officer – is pitch side for each game of a tournament to ensure the games run smoothly, working with both team managers, benches and umpires.

Judges – are pitch side for each game of a tournament, administering and recording events from the game accurately and timely. They also manage the game time to ensure that the competition runs in accordance with the rules and within the allotted time on the day.

Match Official – this role is only available during the English Hockey Leagues, where Match Officials conduct a mix of the Technical Officer and Judge roles on a match day.

For some Officials, there is the opportunity to quickly progress up the career path within the English Hockey Leagues and Tournaments to ultimately reach European or even full International level, as well as taking charge of some of England Hockey’s top events.