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Seven USA Umpires & Technical Staff Appointed to Prominent International 2024 Events
USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce that seven USA representatives have been appointed as umpires and technical staff to several prominent upcoming international events.
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Four Named To 2023 Pan American Games Technical Staff
With less than 3 months to go until the start of the 2023 Pan American Games, USA Field Hockey is pleased to share that four USA representatives have been selected to the technical staff. 🇺🇸
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USA Field Hockey | USA Field Hockey Offering Online 3 Week Beginner Level 1 Umpire Clinic
USA Field Hockey is offering an online Beginner and Level 1 Umpire Clinic that will start Monday, August 21 and run for three consecutive weeks.
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USA Field Hockey Home
Check out this week's 𝘽𝙚𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚 umpire scenario. The goalkeeper comes out doing a slide tackle on a breakaway by the attack. The goalkeeper makes a clean play on the ball 3-4 meters outside the circle. Click the link and view the video clip, rule, application and guidance.
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Check out this week's 𝘽𝙚𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚 umpire scenario on a penalty corner obstruction. Click the link below and view the video clip and then answer the question.
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Back by popular demand, the 𝘽𝙚𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙒𝙝𝙞𝙨𝙩𝙡𝙚 umpire series where video clips of recent plays/calls are used for educational purposes. Check out the first one of the fall going over playing advantage.
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USA Field Hockey Home
It is an honor to announce that the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has appointed Steve Horgan, USA Field Hockey’s Director of Umpiring, as the chair of the FIH Rules Committee effective immediately. This 2-year appointment will run through March 2023, where Horgan will oversee a committee of six representatives from different continental federations. 👏🏼
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It’s the team behind the team. The ones that don’t get that much recognition but put in as much work as the competing athletes. They watch film, run fitness tests – nurture their minds and bodies to prepare themselves for the international stage. USA Field Hockey is proud to have three individuals representing Team USA at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as an umpire, umpire manager and technical official. 🇺🇸
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Behind the Whistle: Restart of Play After Warning
A verbal warning is one of the many tools in an umpire’s toolbox that can be quite effective. The latest "Behind the Whistle" is now available. Watch the video and read the corresponding guidance.
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Up, up and in... 🤔 Take a look at the video in this week's Behind the Whistle. The ball deflects three times before being played into the goal. What should the call be?
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Later this year, Steve Horgan, USA Field Hockey's Director of Umpiring, will attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as one of four Umpires Managers. 🏑 But what exactly is an Umpires Manager? In a special interview, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) sat down with Steve who gave some insight into what it takes to ensure that the umpires can perform at their best on the biggest stage in world sport.
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Lessons for New Umpires from a Fellow Umpire
Olive Lara started umpiring over a year ago. Along the way she has already learned several worthwhile lessons and wants to offer some advice to all the beginner umpires out there!
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‘We Take Pride In What We Do’: Referees & Custodians
Lyn Vera has been officiating more than 40 years, but this season she faced new challenges. Due to the pandemic, officials this fall were understaffed and officiating a dramatically shortened season. However, they remained dedicated to the sport they love. Check out the following feature from VTDigger's Anika Turcotte.
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Behind the Whistle: Video Review at a Crucial Moment
Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact. Check out the latest "Behind the Whistle".
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Behind the Whistle: Hitting the Ball After the Whistle