The EHF Institute held the 2nd instalment of online workshops during June for all three different umpiring education programmes.
The Umpires 4 Nations (U4N) programme was led by EHF Educator Tamas Hermann who described passionately the session objectives and flows, “Instead of going through slideshows, we decided to let them work in teams. The tasks were to pick rules and explain them to a non-hockey person in the shortest, and most digestible way. The other tasks were situated around answering, sharing thoughts, and simple explanations: Why do we need rules, Why do we need Umpires, and why do we need you as an Umpire. Those who attend worked awesomely as a team.”
The Umpires 4 Europe (U4E) session was full of commitment and ran by EHF Educator Liz Pelling who effused about this very engaged group. “It was all about ‘Maximising Peak Performance.’ We designed a rules quiz and then started with a focus on tournament preparation and then communication. There never seems to be enough time to deliver when the group engages so well, and we are organising an extension of this session for part two in a few weeks where we’ll use the amazing Coach Logic technology more.”
The Umpire Development Programme (UDP) renowned for producing internationally appointed umpires was led by the inspirational EHF Educator Louise Knipe. “Our evening was in two parts, 1) how to use Coach Logic. This was done interactively and facilitated online, whilst working on Coach Logic. I showed them the importance of the feed, clipping, and playlists. How to contact mentors via the feed platform using their clips either on a one-on-one or in a group. 2) Analysis of NED V GER EHC game, forensically examining 2 minutes of actual play that actually lasted 10 minutes. In this presentation, decision-making, rules, video umpire role, teamwork, etc were discussed. We invited the umpires to share their views, and thoughts if they were an umpire in these highly pressured situations. The conclusion was to know and understand the rules, understand the FIH Outdoor briefing and of course to keep things simple and trust your colleague. Learn from your mistakes. That old motto….’Be prepared’.”
Nominations and selections for all these programmes for the 2022 cohorts will start in quarter four of 2021. Keep an eye on EHF channels for more information.
Photograph: © Col Morley of UDP Umpires Appointed to the EPHC 2019, Antwerp