Umpire Development

Umpire Development


Canterbury Hockey is very proud of our pool of umpires who are a fantastic mixture of experienced senior umpires and enthusiastic umpires who are relatively new to the game. We have several international umpires and many umpires who have been involved in major tournaments. Our newer umpires are often players would like to be involved in the game from a different angle, or parents who have recognised the need for confident umpires in their children's games.

There are plenty of ways to be involved in the game and umpiring is a vital part of our sport. Canterbury Hockey is looking to grow the pool of umpires at all levels. If you are an experienced umpire new to the area or just keen to start umpiring Canterbury Hockey can help get you into the game.


It's never too early to get started and the Canterbury Hockey Umpire Committee supports clubs to help train their younger umpires. Senior umpires present courses to starting umpires who will receive hands-on feedback via the Junior Mentoring Programme throughout the season.


Club appointed umpires are an integral part of Canterbury Hockey competitions and the Umpire Committee supports courses that can be presented at clubs to help develop and up-skill their club appointed umpires. For further information please email Sam Grimshaw.


Canterbury Hockey uses appointed umpires at the Canterbury Premier League (CPL) and Division 1 and 2 men's and women's open grades. Appointed umpires at these levels are required to have attended a HockeyNZ Level 1 umpiring course or have the equivalent experience.

Umpiring opportunities are also available in the summer months through Canterbury Hockey Masters and Super 6 competitions. 

For more information on all Canterbury Hockey umpire programmes please email Sam Grimshaw.

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