HOCKEY REFEREE COURSES : HOCKEY COACH SUPPLIES.
Hockey Referee Courses
- evaluate professionally a colleague's work
- Act as referee
- be a referee or umpire in a sports competition
- Officiate as referee at (a game or match)
- (sports) the chief official (as in boxing or American football) who is expected to ensure fair play
- (course) move swiftly through or over; "ships coursing the Atlantic"
- (course) naturally: as might be expected; "naturally, the lawyer sent us a huge bill"
- A procedure adopted to deal with a situation
- The way in which something progresses or develops
- The route or direction followed by a ship, aircraft, road, or river
- (course) education imparted in a series of lessons or meetings; "he took a course in basket weaving"; "flirting is not unknown in college classes"
- field hockey: a game resembling ice hockey that is played on an open field; two opposing teams use curved sticks try to drive a ball into the opponents' net
- Hockey is an album by John Zorn featuring his early "game piece" composition of the same name. The album, first released on vinyl on Parachute Records in 1980, (tracks 4-9), and later re-released on CD on Tzadik Records with additional bonus tracks as part of the The Parachute Years Box Set in
- Hockey refers to a family of sports in which two teams play against each other by trying to maneuver a ball, or a puck, into the opponent's goal, using a hockey stick.
A young Preston player bowled over in an attempt on goal but lawfully under the rules of the game. Field Hockey can be dangerous but the risks are kept to a minimum by two umpires . Of course at local league level, the standard of umpiring can vary quite a bit and as a rule each side provides an umpire . In higer league and national and international games more experienced , better qualified and very carefully vetted umpires control the games. As with football the most popular team game in the UK ( hockey is the second most popular in terms of numbers who participate actively) the arbitrqators who uphold the rules have a vital but increasingly difficult role to play. It is of course far easier for fans and spectators and indeed players to criticise and often be abusive to referees and umpires than simply accept the decision and get on with the game. Some of this criticism is fueled by passion and frustration but much of it is "denial." In field hockey both umpires use a fix set of signals so that each of them knows what decision they have given and so do the players and most umpires i watch also briefly explain / justify their decision to the player / players whom the decision goes against. I've been watching hockey and shooting it for maybe five years now and still haven't mastered what are a quite complex set of rules. In fact, i know , that , in lower leagues, many of the players do not know the minuteae of the official rules and thus contest genuine , correct and impartial decisions made. The nightmare for many arbitrators oif team games is when they are unsighted and an infringement occurs. They can only make their best call and players really ough to accept them and get on with the game. In virtually all such scenarios that I have witnessed through the lens , the disdavantage to a penalised team by difficult decisons they find hard to accept is much less than the disadvantage they bring on themselves in terms of losing the plot, losing focus and indeed making their side vulnerable defensively where the opposition quickly get on with it whilst their opponents are bickering about a decision. Mosy recently, whilst in Bolton after the game, back at the clubhouse , I had the pleasure / priveledge to meet a world class FIH field hockey umpire , a charismatic Canadian called Keeley Dunn. She is in the UK on secondment for six months . Keeley is extremely articulate and passionate about her vocation , for that is what umpiring seemed to be for her and I found her to be most direct and completly honest. From that conversation I learned a great deal about the game from an umpire's perspective and the way top class field hockey umpires get accredited and are monitored to ensure the highest standards and to ensure impartiality. Hence for example, FIH umpires are elected to cover national and international games but , as I understood it , are merely renumerated for travel , accommodation and get a modest allowance for food. They are not paid. When I retorted that they ought to be , she replied that , in some cases where that had happened , mentioning no countries here of course , this had led to corruption and that of course is detrimental to the game and the integrity of officials , which in my view should never be in question. I guess you need knowledge, experience, courage and a lot of self confidence to umpire such games. Keeley has a website / blog and is a member of Flickr. One of her most recent entries is an honest and at times moving account of why she sought secondment in the UK and how that has helped her in her goal to be one of the best. My guess is that she has got there and that is just on a chance meeting. In that account (of what was a crisis of confidence that led her to these shores) she speaks of one of those enlighteningmoments , a few words in the right palxce that triggered a theraputic re-think. It was mainly the simpel advice to be in the right palce at the right time during a game. this shot from the Preston Bolton match is illustrative of how that advice applies to my trade as well. I am becoming increasingly more ruthless in deleting shots friom all the one's I take at games and I was in two minds about this one but couldn't bring myself to bin it. In many ways covering fast moving team games through the lens it is a bit of a lottery , with players and sometimes umpires moving into the shot and you get shots like this. still can't look back and live by the 'what if ?' mantra! Can't wait to shoot the game tommorow night. so excited that I haven't gone to bed yet. Andrew just sent a message by gmail that he had finsihed packing and was off to sleep. He has to get a taxi at four a.m. to Manchester airport this morning. I am taking a bus from Eccles to the airport in Liverpool at around 3 in rthe afternoon . It will be a push to get to the stadium at least 30 minutes before the game starts but fingers crossed I'll get there a little bit earlier .
Bruised and Battered
seventy six This weeks challenge for SoulPancake is to be punched. It's an odd challenge and although I fully intended to do it literally it's not going to work out. It is pretty awkward to ask someone to punch you, and then you have to try to explain it. I thought I had a good candidate as I work with someone who is a black belt in Kung Fu and she spars every week. She's not in the office this week though and on top of that I'm currently sick. If someone were to punch me in the stomach I might throw up on them. Instead let me relate this challenge to my life. I have not been in an honest to goodness fist fight since I was in grade school. I did get into a number of fights one year as I stood up to the schoolyard bully. Don't get me wrong, I stood up to him, I did not win. He was two grades higher than me and won every fight we had, however it was not without cost. I did land some good punches too and he eventually decided to prey on meeker kids. In at least one of our encounters I was standing up for a meeker kid. As many of you know I play hockey regularly. For the past 13 years I have played pretty much year round, sometimes as often as three times a week. Although technically I play recreational hockey it is still competitive and hockey is a fast paced physical sport. There is always a lot of banging, pushing, shoving and yes even punching. Throwing punches is of course frowned upon but what the referee doesn't see, didn't happen. During hockey games I probably get punched every week. Of course I'm in full gear so it's roughly equivalent to being hit by a nerf ball. Far worse than the punching is just the physical toll such an intense sport takes on your body. I am finding as I advance in years the day after playing hockey is getting worse and worse. The joints ache, the bruises take longer to heal, in general I just feel it a lot more. You may not think it based on my recent good behaviours but I'm really usually quite lazy when it comes to exercise. If not for the required dog walks and the exercise from playing hockey I would not get much exercise at all. I will continue to play hockey for the exercise it gives me for as long as I can. My father is still playing in his late 60s. I hope to be as lucky. The bruising visible on my shoulder above is from the physiotherapy I have been receiving for a nagging shoulder injury. I believe the injury is from hockey as it appeared the morning after a game. Although it's a relatively minor injury, bothering me mostly while trying to sleep, I am going to physiotherapy for it because it's been nagging since September. I have been fortunate because despite playing hockey constantly for 13 years I have never received a major injury, many of my teammates have not been so lucky. I am also lucky that I am not superstitious and believe that saying that will somehow jynx my good luck.