Umpiring

2014 Rules

As per official notification from SAHA, the following will apply with regard to rule changes for 2014:

  1. Own goal rule will not be played.
  2. Playing the ball above shoulder height is not permissible, unless saving a shot on goal.  (Playing the ball above shoulder height is merely permissible in selected FIH tournaments.)
  3. Maximum of 45 seconds for the taking of a penalty corner – only applicable at all National tournaments.
  4. Green (2min) and Yellow (5, 10 min, etc) suspension cards are applicable.
  5. White socks are permissible.

Maintaining Standards

Schools are reminded that they are to ensure that umpires are correctly attired when officiating all matches, regardless of the level of play.  All umpires are required to wear one of the three colours of official Malik umpire shirts, with both umpires wearing the same colour.  Men are required to wear black slacks and ladies a black skirt with long black socks.  All umpires must wear suitable sports shoes, preferably black or a dark colour.  Sunglasses are not to be worn under any circumstances and, while caps may be worn if conditions necessitate it, it is generally not recommended in order that completely unobstructed eye-contact with players remains possible.

Should any schools wish to obtain the official umpire shirts, they may contact Kathleen Faling from K&T Sports, the official distributors of Malik products in South Africa, at 079-873-7089.

Umpiring Course Facilitators

In order to empower more people who wish to become active in School Hockey Umpiring, the following facilitators have been given the mandate by the Mpumalanga Schools' Hockey Executive to present the Level O Umpire course:

Juanita Louw – Volksrust Region
Susan Currie – Middelburg Region

If you wish to make use of their services then please contact the Provincial Rules and Technical portfolio holder who will initiate the process.

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