Irish Hockey Umpires Association

Irish Hockey Umpires Association

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18th FebIHUA JACKETS - Urgent Action Required!

If anyone wants any IHUA jackets including the warmer ones, you will urgently need to advise us, by no later than tomorrow, Wednesday 19 February.

Condivo (rain)
Core (long rugby style)
Winter (puffy)

Email us at to advise us of your order.

8th Feb**CANCELLED** EYHL Mid-season Training Update

Unfortunately given the recent upgrading to a national orange weather warning for 0500 until 1200 tomorrow we have had to take the decision to cancel the EYHL training event.

Thank you to those who have contributed to the planning of this event - particularly our guest speakers Niall Denham and Emma Russell, and the facilities we were kindly offered at UCD. We will be in touch with potential reschedule dates in the future.

20th JanNon EYHL Umpire Expenses (Deadline: Sun 26 January 2020)

Whilst the vast majority of claims should have been submitted already, could we remind everyone to please ensure that any non-EYHL (HI Cup Competitions, Interprovincials, international friendlies etc.) are submitted to the appropriate Umpire Co-ordinators (Tom or Kim) no later than Sunday 26th January 2020 as the Hockey Ireland 2019 accounts will be closing shortly. Late claims will not be paid. Thank you kindly for your compliance.
***** Please Note - you are entitled to claim subsistence & expenses regardless of where the game is *****

11th JanInternational Promotions

The FIH has recently promoted the following umpires: -

Linda Coughlan to International Umpire
Russell Donaldson to International Umpire
Shane O’Donnell from International Umpire to Advancement Panel
Malcolm Coombes from International Umpire to Advancement Panel
Rob Abbott from International Umpire to Advancement Panel (Indoor)
Carol Metchette to International Umpires Manager

We would like to congratulate all of them on their fantastic achievement, particularly Linda and Russell on gaining their international umpiring badges, and wish them every success for their future umpiring.

21st Dec (2019)Two New Umpire Programmes Launched!

Hockey Ireland is delighted to announce the launch of two new programmes aimed at growing the base of umpires within hockey: - the Elite Umpiring Programme and the Club Umpire Programme.

Working with the IHUA and Provincial Associations, the Programmes will run in 2019/2020. Hockey Ireland aim to see influential changes right from grassroots hockey through to European level. While the Programmes are aimed at growing umpiring at all levels, the Programme is funded by the Sport Ireland Women in Sport Programme and the focus for the first year will be on female umpiring.

Elite Umpiring Programme

The main aim of the Elite Umpiring Programme is to create a fast-track pathway for females, for those wanting to achieve high standards of umpiring in a short period of time.

Across the whole of Ireland, we need to engage 24 female umpires. Within the duration of our funding we are aiming to have one female working with the EHF on the Umpire Development Programme. This Programme will be done through an application process, so if you are between 18-30 years old and are actively umpiring within club or have a strong desire to umpire at the highest level what are you waiting for?

All we need is a brief background on your umpiring career along with a 2/3 minute of you umpiring emailed to before January 10th!

Club Umpire Programme

The Club Umpire Programme is aimed at tackling grassroots umpiring. It involves the creation of a Club Umpire Officer in clubs. The main aims of this programme are as follows;

To support clubs by training up Club Umpire Officers
To deliver courses and workshops to support clubs (National courses, indoor course, Young Umpire)
To encourage engagement and movement up pathway – e.g. membership to provincial organisation and personal umpire development from qualified coaches

If your club is interested in the Programme, please enter your details at the following link:

15th Dec (2019)Ellie Duffy is selected for Elite European Programme!

Catch up on this recently uploaded story including a 16 minute on-air interview with Galway Bay FM..........

11th Nov (2019)Umpire Radios

We are aware of a few problems that have developed at the end of last season and the start of the current season with some of the UmpireTalk radios, mainly due to natural wear and tear. Of course there are a number that continue to work with no problems.

This notice is just to say that we are working on solution in conjunction with the Provinces as everyone recognises the widespread importance of radio usage for all matches. It is important that we try and get a radio that suits our wider needs as well as ensuring the cost is affordable. For this reason we will be looking to test some options in the next couple of weeks.

If we can agree on a radio then realistically we are probably looking at just after Christmas for their introduction.

5th Oct (2019)EHF Umpire Development Programme - Ellie Duffy

We are delighted to inform you of the announcement from the EHF that Ellie Duffy has been selected on their Umpire Development Programme (UDP). Ellie will join five other participants in the 2020-2022 Programme.

We would like to congratulate Ellie on her selection and this excellent opportunity. We wish her every success in what will be a challenging three years.

Tom Goode has also been selected as a mentor on the Programme along with Caroline Brunekreef (NED) and we also wish Tom Goode a successful three years developing umpires of the future!

11th Sep (2019)Changes to the Rules of Hockey 2019

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has made some changes to the rules of hockey. These came into effect in the domestic game within Ireland on 1st August 2019.

It is important for all participants and officials that these changes are communicated and that we understand the concept of these changes so that their introduction is as smooth as possible.

Please see the attached document which details the main changes for the coming season.

For a full copy of the FIH Rules of Hockey 2019 - click on 'Information and Downloads' and go to 'Rules and Guidance'

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