Umpire Coaching and Expectations

Umpire Coaching and Expectations


Canterbury Hockey is pleased to announce its umpire coaching groups for the 2021 season. This involves having an umpire coach/es paired up with a suitable group of umpires to provide them coaching session throughout the season with the vision of upskilling these umpires. 


The four steps of umpire coaching are


Step 1: The CHA umpire coaches go through an umpire coach workshop (Thursday the 10th of June)


Step 2: Once this is complete, our umpires can approach any of the umpire coaches and request an umpire coaching session. This is where the umpire coach will come to your game and watch you umpiring a match. The umpire coach will use the tools that they have and have learnt at the workshop to help have conversations with you before, during (if requested) and after your game to help develop you as an umpire. This will include goal setting, self/pair evaluation, coach and player feedback .


Step 3: The umpire coach will submit a google form, in partnership with the umpire, regarding their coaching session they have had. All appropriate umpires can request access to this form to view their recorded sessions, their goals for upcoming games and coaching points from their session. The umpire coaching session google form is FOUND HERE for umpire coaches to fill in. The database of umpire coaching sessions will be emailed to all umpire coaches and umpires involved in this program . Please contact Sam@canterburyhockey.org.nz to receive access to this if you dont have it. 


Step 4: Your umpire coach will get paid your match payment for that game as a recognition of their time and expertise (submitting the google form is proof of the coaching session for payment)


It is envisaged that each umpire will have 2-3 coaching sessions each by the end of the season. Below are the umpire coaching groups for the 2021 season. 


Umpire Coach Resource


The THINK MOVE COMMUNICATE template is used to break down the three key pillars of umpiring and umpire coaching and highlights the specific areas for each umpire to focus depending on the ability level of the umpire THINK MOVE COMMUNICATE Template.docx


Next is the Umpire REVIEW tool which is a great document and process to help umpire coaches facilitate discussion and learning opportunities with the umpire they are working with Umpire REVIEW Tool.doc


Junior umpire coach guidelines is the next document which help describe the type of person you need to be when working with younger umpires. Building positive rapport with the umpires you work with is key and having a positive inclusive approach is paramount Junior Umpire Coach Guidelines.docx 


The link to the umpire coaching session feedback form is found HERE



The Canterbury Hockey Umpire Community is continually striving to develop and upskill its umpires at all levels. Below are the set of expectations, created by members of the umpire community themselves, which set the standards of behavior, professionalism and development that our community look to achieve. Click here to download the PDF of our umpire expectations Umpire Expectations.pdf


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