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  • 7/6/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…   

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 7/6/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…   

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/30/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    We are very excited to announce that the NCAA Field Hockey Officiating website “Hockey Corner” is open for registration July 1, 2020. Hockey Corner is designed to be the premier site for collegiate field hockey umpire information. The NCAA, ArbiterSports and USA Field Hockey have worked together to develop the site and are looking forward to a very successful and information 2020.

    Inside Hockey Corner, you will find all rules, clarifications, guidance documents, and informational links necessary to keep you current in your umpiring knowledge. In addition, briefings, videos, rule applications, quizzes and the annual rules test will be available.

    As Hockey Corner is an ongoing informational site, there will be frequent changes and updates to the information throughout the year, not just during the season.

    In order to be eligible for postseason assignment to the NCAA Divisions I, II or III Field Hockey Championships, you will be required to register and be active with Hockey Corner. Registration opens July 1, and the registration fee for officials is $50. Beginning July 1, you may register by clicking the REGISTRATION tab.

    Additionally,in order to be eligible for postseason assignment to the NCAA Divisions I, II or III Field Hockey Championships, you will be required to take and pass the 2020 written rules test. The test will be open on July 15th. It must be completed and passed by September 15th. The test is in the same format as last year. It will be 50 questions out of a pool of 95. The questions will be randomized for each person and the required passing score is an 88%.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at shorgan@usafieldhockey.com.

    Best wishes for a great season!

    Steve Horgan
    NCAA National Coordinator of Field Hockey Officials
    NCAA Field Hockey Rules Interpreter

  • 6/29/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…   

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey! 

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/23/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…   

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey! 

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/18/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…   

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/16/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…   

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/12/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/9/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/4/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 6/2/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…  

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/28/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,
     
    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!
     
    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.
     
    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 
     
    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link
     
    Stay safe and stay with hockey!
     
     Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/22/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…  

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/19/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…  

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/15/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Please take a few moments to look at the video message from Steve Horgan, Coordinator of Officials for NCAA Field Hockey.

    There is some good information about the fall season and guidance to be ready when we can get…”Back to Hockey”

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/14/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/12/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…  

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/11/2020

    Please click the link to view 2020 Rules Modification Document.

  • 5/8/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…  

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/4/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/1/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,
     
    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!
     
    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time. 
     
    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 
     
    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 
     
    Stay safe and stay with hockey!
     
    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter
  • 4/28/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 4/24/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,
     
    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!
     
    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.
     
    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting…
     
    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link
     
    Stay safe and stay with hockey!


    Steve Horgan

    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

     

  • 4/21/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 4/16/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

     

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

     

  • 4/13/2020

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Thanks to all for “Staying with Hockey” during this downtime period!!

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 4/13/2020

    Dear NCAA Official,

    The NCAA has engaged The PICTOR Group to conduct a National Review of the State of Collegiate Officiating. As an NCAA official, your voice is central to this review. Below is a link to a confidential survey designed to help identify general as well as divisional issues across 15 sports in NCAA Divisions I, II and III. The survey is estimated to take approximately 30 minutes to complete and will remain open for three weeks. Since there is no central location to connect with all NCAA officials, you may receive more than one request to participate. Please complete only one survey for each sport that you officiate.

    Officials who complete the survey and provide contact information, will be entered to win an NCAA Gift Pack to include items such as free Arbiter Central Hub registration, NCAA apparel or gift cards to purchase sport-specific officiating equipment and apparel. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience.

    Click here to access the NCAA Officials Survey.

    The over-arching goal of the National Review is two-fold: a) identify general and divisional issues that are affecting NCAA sports as a result of the decline in the officiating pool, and b) to present strategic recommendations to meet the officiating needs of the membership. Click here should you wish to learn more about the project scope:  National Review of Collegiate Officiating

    Thank you in advance for your participation and thoughtful contribution. Should you have any questions about or problems accessing the survey, please contact Mary Struckhoff at mstruckhoff33@gmail.com.

    Sincerely,

    Anthony Holman

    Anthony Holman
    Managing Director, NCAA Championships & Alliances

  • 4/9/2020

     

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    Please take the time to continue to view the most recent “Behind the Whistle” postings to keep yourself thinking hockey during this challenging time.

    Kindly use this link to access the most recent posting… 

    For a full list of postings and videos please use this link… 

    Stay safe and stay with hockey!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 4/7/2020


    Click here to first watch video clip 1 and video clip 2.

    Rule:  9.13…Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact. Reckless play, such as sliding tackles and other overly physical challenges by field players, which take an opponent to ground and which have the potential to cause injury should attract appropriate match and personal penalties.

    Application(s):  Clip 1…Player goes to ground intentionally to play the ball and does not physically interfere with or cause danger to the attacking player…Play On. Clip 2…Player goes to ground intentionally and physically takes out the opponent in a very dangerous manner…10-minute Yellow Card.

    Guidance:  Going to ground to play the ball, in itself, is not an illegal skill. If the grounded player only plays the ball and during the attempt does not “take out” the opponent, play can continue. If the grounded player’s actions force the opponent to ground, this is dangerous and can cause serious injury and must be penalized accordingly. The appropriate personal penalty in these dangerous instances is a 10-minute yellow card to the offending player. Clip 2 is exactly what the FIH and the Rules Committee is trying to eliminate from the game of hockey.

    Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.

  • 4/6/2020


    Click here to first watch the video clip.

    Rule: 9.5…Players must not play the ball with the back of the stick.

    Application: Defender #24 recovers from a long distance then, from behind, pulls the ball away from the attacker with the back of her stick. This action is inside the attacking 23-meter line.

    Guidance: The defender made no attempt to make a legal tackle, the back of the stick was clearly used to stop the play. In the reaction of the defender, it is obvious she knew the foul was on her and what it was. That is also an indication of the intent. This should be called a Penalty Corner for the back-stick foul and a misconduct card for a total disregard of the rules.

    Additional Guidance: The umpire is crossing the 23-meter line at almost the same time as the player with the ball. When the ball is crossing the 23-meter line, especially on the far side away from the umpire, the umpire should be ahead of the play, entering the circle looking to create the best sight line to make a decision.

    Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.

  • 3/30/2020


    Click here to first watch the video clip.
     
    Rule:  12.1 Advantage : a penalty is awarded only when a player or team has been disadvantaged by an opponent breaking the Rules.
     
    Umpiring Skills (Page 44) 3.3.c…umpires must take responsibility and be prepared to assist when their colleague is unsighted or has difficulty seeing certain parts of the field. If necessary and if mobility is good, umpires must be prepared to cross the centerline and go as far as appropriate into a colleague’s half of the field to assist. This helps to reassure players that decisions are correct.
     
    Umpiring Skills (Page 45) 3.4.a…umpires must be mobile so they can move to appropriate positions throughout the match.
     
    Application:  At the 7 second mark of the video you can clearly see and hear a stick interference just inside the 23m line. The ‘trail’ umpire, in front of the team benches indicates the foul, but does not blow the whistle to stop the play. The player loses control of the ball and is then dispossessed by the defender and play is allowed to continue…Leading to a goal.
     
    Guidance:  Run the video in slow motion to see the development of the play. The foul happens in a very gray area for umpire responsibility in which “both” umpires can make the call, if a proper sight line and position are established. The lead umpire appears to have a good sight line on the play. The trail is on the opposite side of the midway line and looking through a number of players after attempting to play advantage. Is there really an advantage to be played in this instance? From this angle, it appears the player in white could not maintain control of the ball after being fouled by the player in black and is immediately dispossessed…thus no advantage. Do not signal unless you are prepared to make the call especially from a long distance. Showing a signal and then not calling it can be perceived as being unsure and players can lose confidence in you.
     
    Additional Guidance: The team attacking going toward the trail umpire has no player in their attacking half of the pitch. Thus, no real need for the trail umpire to be in that half. A better sight line for this situation would have been just over the midway line in the opposite attacking half out near the sideline. Keep mobile, read the play and create the best sight line possible at all times.
     
    Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.
  • 3/27/2020


    Click here to first watch the video clip.

    Rule:  9.8… Players must not play the ball dangerously or in a way which leads to dangerous play.  A ball is also considered dangerous when it causes legitimate evasive action by opponents.

    Application:  Due to the delayed signal or reaction by the umpire, there seemed to be much thought on the proper application. So, based on the rule above, and the fact that the defender is hit by the ball high on the body, this should be a free hit to the defense immediately.

    Guidance:  The defender (#22) originally was in a position to prevent a crossing pass by the attack team. She was not placing herself in a position to block the goal at this point. It is a myth that a shot on goal cannot be dangerous. Therefore, since she was playing legitimate defense, the attack cannot shoot the ball dangerously through her toward the goal…Free hit out.

    Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.

  • 3/23/2020

    Hello Fellow Umpires,

    In this time of social distancing and concerns for the health of ourselves and loved ones it is our hope that you all are following the guidelines necessary so that you are happy and healthy when hockey eventually resumes.  The best we can do is to project that the situation will get better in time and we can be prepared for the fall hockey season. You can be assured that the players and coaches have programs in place to keep themselves both physically and mentally fit so that once the green light is given, they can be in top form as quickly as possible. 

    Therefore, even though you may not have the opportunity to get onto the field and actually umpire for a while, there is still plenty you can do, not only pass the time, but to also prepare for the fall hockey season. Here are some strategies.

    GET AND STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE…. GET IN HOCKEY SHAPE!

    Social Distancing does not mean that you are confined to your house. Take and make the time for yourself and your family to do things together. When hockey season does pick back up, we cannot allow ourselves to be so far behind that our performance, decision making, and presentation are below the expected standard.

    Specifically, for hockey umpires, running and sprint work is a full requirement. Find activities that mimic this to keep you in shape. Pick up the old tennis racket (quick movements), go throw a frisbee with a friend (long runs), ride a bike (cardio) to keep your body active and fit as much as possible.

    Let’s be real…Hockey Umpiring, for today’s game is a physically challenging activity and therefore, physical fitness is required to do the job right. This is not the 1980’s or 90’s when umpires barely moved. This is 21stcentury hockey. Do not wait until August and think you will be ready for the season on a moment’s notice.

    IF YOU WATCH VIDEOS TO PASS THE TIME…WATCH HOCKEY!

    There are quite a number of video platforms available to keep you thinking and up to date with hockey. Even though the FIH Pro League is on hold… has many games available for replay, and it’s free. You will see top level umpires doing good and, in some cases, not so good. Also, if you have access to TeamXStream you can watch any number of games from the past NCAA season. In addition, for you internet surfers, there are many clips and situations on YouTube that can be interesting and helpful. 

    As you watch any game video, as umpires, do not watch the game in the way you would if you were in the stands cheering for one team or the other. Watch it from a true umpire perspective. Looking at the game and critiquing the correctness of specific decisions is NOT the way to watch. Remember, the perspective of the TV or video is not the perspective that the umpire has in the moment the decision is made. Now that the latest trend for umpires has been to be in a position that they are “in the picture” you should see the umpire more than ever before when decisions are made.

    QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK WHEN YOU ANALYZE A MATCH ARE:

               What does the umpire look like?

                            In Control of their self?

                            Fit and mobile?

                            Professional?

                            Prepared?

                Where are they when they make a decision?

                            Ahead of the play?Behind the Play?

                            Clear view and sightline created?

                            Moving in time and reading the play?

                Is the game under control?

                            Are the umpire’s decisions being accepted /trusted?

                            Is the physicality being managed?

                            Is the game flowing and enjoyable to watch?

                            Are the umpires working together/ communicating?

    If you keep these questions in mind as you watch, it will help you see the game as a tool to help you make the adjustments for your game when you are the umpire on the field. 

    CONTINUE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION

    As in any profession the key to success is your continuing development and education. 

    The game of Field Hockey is continually changing. We need to change with it. Good umpiring requires that we adjust physically and analytically. Consistent exposure to and education for the game is paramount. Education has changed and is more important in today’s game than ever before. Use this time wisely to prepare.

    Educate yourself to keep yourself sharp using the many tools that are available.

    Lumosity is a great website that has many brain games and reaction exercises that can help keep you mentally fit. Many are fun and you can also engage a partner for friendly competition…Click here to go to Lumosity.

    The FIH has also published the most recent Briefing for umpires that is available for download by clicking here.

    This is quite a large file with video embedded which is a new aspect for this briefing. You will have to download this file for viewing. It is password protected so reviewable in read only mode. Please save it in an easily accessible location on your computer. This briefing will be used at the upcoming Olympics and through the 2020 domestic hockey season. The two-year rules cycle will end at the end of 2020 so you can expect a new briefing in 2021.

    In closing, as professionals we need to be prepared for our next game which will happen. 

    As Jerry Springer would say…” Until next time take care of yourself and each other".

    All the best,

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 1/8/2020

    The NCAA has engaged The PICTOR Group to lead a comprehensive review of the state of collegiate officiating for 15 NCAA sports across all three divisions. A national review is underway and involves significant data collection, with commissioners representing Divisions I, II, and III comprising an Officiating Review Steering Committee. The final report will be submitted to the NCAA in August 2020. 

    Please click the following link for an overview of the NCAA Officiating Review Project.

  • 10/31/2019

    Click the link below to be directed to this year’s sports wagering educational video for officials.  The video is approximately 20 minutes in length and includes sports wagering information with which you should be familiar. 

    2019 NCAA Integrity Education Video

     

    Best regards,

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA, Director of Championships and Alliances

     

  • 10/24/2019


    Click here to first watch video clip 1 and video clip 2.

    Rule: 9.12 - Players must not obstruct an opponent who is attempting to play the ball.

    Players obstruct if they:

    1.  Back into an opponent

    2.  Physically interfere with the stick or body of an opponent

    3. Shield the ball from a legitimate tackle with their stick or any part of their body

    Application: In both videos, the defender is called for the body contact on the attacker thus a PC/ Free hit awarded to the attack. With the wonders of video, it can be seen that the attackers attempt to receive the ball on their right side and in the process extend their hips out in the direction of the defender preventing the defender from coming around to play the ball. Thus, depending on the timing, a very real possibility to be obstruction against the attacker.

    Guidance: READ THE PLAY! Anticipate the challenge and be prepared to look at all aspects of it. Many times the defense is penalized with a card or intentional foul because of the contact, when from these angles it appears that the attacker created the contact by extending their hips out to shield the defender from playing the ball. Do not stand still and look for this…move with the play to give yourself the best depth perception possible to make the appropriate decision.

    Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.

  • 10/23/2019


    Click here to first watch video clip 1 and video clip 2.

    Rule: 9.12 - Players must not obstruct an opponent who is attempting to play the ball.

    Players obstruct if they:

    1.  Back into an opponent

    2.  Physically interfere with the stick or body of an opponent

    3. Shield the ball from a legitimate tackle with their stick or any part of their body

    A player who runs in front of or blocks an opponent to stop them legitimately playing or attempting to play the ball is obstructing (this is third party or shadow obstruction). This also applies if an attacker runs across or blocks defenders (including the goalkeeper) when a penalty corner is being taken.

    Application: In both videos, an attack player comes in from about a 45-degree angle in order to attract the attention of the defense on a PC. In video PC1, from this angle, it is very possible that the white player interfered with the defender as she attempts to play the ball, thus possible obstruction. In video PC2 an attacker comes in on about the same 45-degree angle and without attempting to play the ball, steps in the path of the defender as the ball is passed behind her back to the inserter, thus possibly preventing the defender from playing the ball. Both situations are very difficult for the lead umpire to handle alone. Many teams attempt this type of play on a PC which is perfectly legal until the obstruction possibility.

    Guidance: First and foremost…talk about how this type of play will be handled in your pre-game talk! It is very difficult for the lead umpire to watch where the ball goes after the contact and decide if advantage should be played or the play called immediately. Your communication on this over the radios is key. In PC2 the umpires communicated on the play and the goal was disallowed which showed good teamwork. This situation can always be argued for or against obstruction, but umpires must be aware of this play and be prepared to administer a decision as necessary.

    Video clips and photos are being utilized for educational purposes only and not meant to critique individual players, coaches or officials.

  • 10/22/2019


    Click here to first watch the video clip.

    Rule: 9.13  - Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact.

    Reckless play, such as sliding tackles and other overly physical challenges by field players, which take an opponent to ground and which have the potential to cause injury should attract appropriate match and personal penalties.

    Application: The white defending player runs toward the attacker with the ball and attempts to tackle without any regard for her body and momentum. She attempts an upright tackle which then knocks the attacker to the ground. The lead umpire properly plays advantage in which a penalty corner is eventually awarded for a different foul. The umpires immediately stop time and communicate with each other that the white defender will be receiving a card for the physical tackle…Well Done Application

    Guidance: This type of tackle has been more prominent this year than in past years. This type of tackle is a breakdown tackle and needs to be recognized even if the play continues with advantage. This is why we have one umpire watch the play with the ball and the other umpire watching off ball for the extra physical plays that can happen. Keep in contact with your partner on the radio and chat about how you will manage such situations in your pre-game talk.

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  • 10/22/2019


    Rule:  13.7.d  - The player taking the stroke must stand behind and within playing distance of the ball before beginning the stroke.

    Rule:  13.7.e  - The player defending the stroke must stand with both feet on the goal-line and, once the whistle has been blown to start the penalty stroke, must not leave the goal-line or move either foot until the ball has been played

    Application: Both feet must be behind the ball at the start of the penalty stroke. One foot behind does not constitute being behind the ball. GK must have both feet on the line.

    Guidance: This rule has been in place for many years. It is not up to the umpire to correct this before the stroke is taken. This is a violation of the rule and if the stroke goes in, it should be negated, and a free hit given to the defense. On the same premise, if the GK is not in proper position and the shot is saved it should be retaken.

  • 10/7/2019


    Shootout Position Clarification: When a shootout occurs and there is no reserve official for the match, the position of the umpires should be as follows:

    1.  The lead umpire takes up a position similar to the position if the one on one would happen in a game, out to the proper side between the Penalty Stroke mark and the top of the circle.

    2.  The second umpire is to be on the end line 5 -10 meters from the near post on the side opposite of the lead umpire. "i.e. where you would stand for a Penalty Stroke"

    Lead Umpire: Makes all decisions for the shootout. Moves accordingly with the play to obtain the best angles possible. May obtain advise from the second umpire if necessary.

    Second Umpire: May assist if asked for help by the lead umpire but is primarily responsible for seeing if the ball crosses the goal line before or after the time has elapsed.

    Only when there are three umpires assigned to a match will the second umpire take up a position opposite of the lead umpire between the penalty stroke mark and top of the circle. The third umpire then would take the position on the end line and the only responsibility is to see if the ball crosses the goal line before or after time has elapsed.

  • 10/4/2019

     

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    Rule: 7.4 When the ball is played over the back-line and no goal is scored:

    a. If played by an attacker, play is re-started with the ball up to 16 yards from and in line with where it crossed the back-line and the procedures for taking a free hit apply.

    Application:  Ball goes over the end line off an attack stick thus a 16-yard hit out is called properly. The ensuing hit is placed 2-3 yards outside the circle and the now white team is using a high press by placing a player right on the dotted circle line. Therefore, the white defender is not 5m away from where the free hit is being taken. The umpire indicates 5 yards then after the hit is taken, cards the white player. Incorrect Application.

    Guidance: Play is re-started with the ball up to 16 yards from and in line with where it crossed the back-line. If the defending team (white) on this free hit has chosen to back away and are beyond the 25-yard line, then if the restart begins at about 1-2 yards outside the circle, ok. BUT, if a team is playing a high press and sets the block-up at the dotted line, they are not violating the rule. The responsibility to take the free hit from the right spot is on the attack team (blue). The umpires should manage this quickly before any confusion can take place. The defense cannot be expected to back away more than 5 yards from the spot of the free hit, which in this case is up to the top of the circle and no further.

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  • 10/3/2019

     

    NCAA Officials:

    This document was developed as part of the NCAA’s continued review of its risk management program.  Please note that this document summarizes information that may render an official ineligible to officiate any rounds of any of the NCAA championships.    

    Also, please note that one or more of the components of the “Notifications and Determinations” section may not be in place until the 2020-21 academic year. 

    Best regards,

    Dan Calandro
    NCAA, Director of Championships and Alliances
     

  • 9/30/2019

     

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    Rule: 13.1.b A free hit awarded to the defense within 15 meters of the back-line is taken up to 15 meters from the back- line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line

    A free hit to the defense awarded in the circle may be taken anywhere in the circle.

    Application: A foul was called by the umpire near the end line against the attack. As the team moved the ball up, they got off with “in line” of where the foul occurred. The umpire made the team retake the free hit. This is an improper application as the 2019 Rules of Hockey.

    Guidance: Be aware the free hit was a foul and not a ball over the end line. Teams can now move the ball anywhere in the circle to take the ensuing free hit.

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  • 9/23/2019


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    Rule:  9.13 Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact.

    Reckless play, such as sliding tackles and other overly physical challenges by field players, which take an opponent to ground and which have the potential to cause injury should attract appropriate match and personal penalties.

    Application:  The umpire called this as a simple foul and a free hit to the white team. This type of play is happening more and more and should be eliminated this is why the rule on slide tackling is in place and applies to both the defenders and attacker. In this instance, the player in white could have been injured.  The player in the dark uniform came in and had no regard for safety toward the player in white.  This should have been carded in some fashion no matter what point of the game this happened.

    Guidance:  The position of the umpire trailing the play is not optimal. This has happened to every umpire at one time or another. Look to read the game quicker and make the adjustment to be closer to the play. The initial call for the free hit out appears to be correct, no issues. It is important to note that if this was a defender sliding like this into an attacker, the expectation would be a yellow card for a physical foul. The same must apply consistently to an attacker sliding in the same such way on a defender.

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  • 9/19/2019

     

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    Rule:  9.13 Players must not tackle unless in a position to play the ball without body contact.

    Reckless play, such as sliding tackles and other overly physical challenges by field players, which take an opponent to ground and which have the potential to cause injury should attract appropriate match and personal penalties.

    Application: This was a no call situation during the game. This decision is in an area where both umpires could have managed it. This type of play is happening more and more and should be eliminated, very similar to the rules on slide tackling. The player in the dark uniform came in and had no regard for safety toward the player in white.  This should have been carded in some fashion no matter what point of the game this happened.

    Guidance: At the moment of impact, there appears to be 3 players between the trail umpire and the play. Look to move wide to get out of a position of possibly being blocked out. The move in by the umpire initially is ok but be prepared to adjust when the play develops like this… Not sure of the angle of the other umpire, but a sight line should be found to see this as the ball is coming in that direction. Even though this is in that “gray area” of the umpire’s coverage area, be strong, don’t just leave it for your partner and recognize the impact this type of play has on the game. Both umpires can call this. Since this is a physical play in which a player “could” have been injured, a 10-minute yellow would not be out of line.

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  • 9/18/2019

    Please click the link to view Radio Usage for Umpires.

  • 9/18/2019


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    Rule:  9.8 Players must not play the ball dangerously or in a way which leads to dangerous play. A ball is also considered dangerous when it causes legitimate evasive action by opponents.

    Application:  This was deemed dangerous and a free hit given to the defense. It can be seen that the defender is marking the attacker(#1) when the shot is taken, not with the intent of protecting the goal like a goalkeeper. The defender was playing proper defense on the attacker(#1) and had to take legitimate evasive action from the shot. Thus, the proper application would be a free hit to the defense as called by the umpire.

    Guidance:  This can be a tough situation recognize when the shot is taken. Look at the big picture. Was the defender “squared up” to act like a GK? Are other attackers trying to also play the ball or look for a tip? It appears the shot is on goal and would have gone in if not stopped. Some may initially look at this as a PC or a PS but, the defender was properly marking an attacker and not attempting to defend in a way to protect the goal. The attack does not have the right to shoot through a defender playing legitimate defense. Again, not an easy decision in many instances.

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  • 9/16/2019

     

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    Positioning:          

    a.  Umpires must be mobile so they can move to appropriate positions throughout the match.b.  Static umpires cannot view play clearly enough to make correct decisions at all times

    c.  Fit, mobile and well positioned umpires are better able to concentrate on the flow of the match and on the decisions which need to be made

    d.  Each umpire operates mainly in half of the field with the center line to their left

    e.  In general, the most suitable position for umpires is ahead of and on the right of the attacking team

    f.  For play between the centerline and 23 meters area, umpires must be positioned near their side-line

    g.  When play is in the 23 meters area or circle, umpires must move further into the field away from the side- lines and, when necessary, into the circle itself to see important offences and to judge whether shots at goal are legitimate

    h.  For penalty corners and after the ball has gone outside the field, umpires must take up a position which gives a clear view of all potential action

    i.  For penalty strokes, umpires must take up a position behind and to the right of the player taking the stroke

    j.  Umpires must not allow their positioning to interfere with the flow of play

    k.  Umpires must face the players all the time.

    Application:  The umpire is in a good position as she crosses the 23-meter line. The ball and the play are on about a 45-degree angle as she is ahead of the play. The umpire slows down as the play slows which now forces her to go wide when the ball swings toward her. This puts her in a position to have to make a critical decision of whether the ball wholly crossed the goal line or not from the edge of the circle.

    Guidance:  Keep moving ahead of the play with every attempt to get into the circle and hotspot (near post area) well before the ball crosses the 23-meter line.  This will allow for the play to come toward you and not away from you. This decision would have been accepted much better had the umpire been much closer to the play. Be well ahead of the play so that the play cannot force you to go wide.

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  • 9/12/2019


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    Rule: 13.2  When a free hit is awarded to the attack within the 23 meters area, all players other than the player taking the free hit must be at least 5 meters from the ball,

    If an opponent is within 5 meters of the ball, they must not interfere with the taking of the free hit or must not play or attempt to play the ball.

    Any playing of the ball, attempting to play the ball or interference by a defender or an attacker who was not 5 meters from the ball, should be penalized accordingly.

    Application: A personal penalty (green card) was issued without a penalty corner. It was deemed that the interference from behind did not prevent a goal scoring opportunity. Thus, a personal penalty and not a team penalty. The player tackling from behind was not 5 meters away at the start of the free hit, therefore she is required to allow the ball to move a minimum of 5 meters before engaging. Had she not interfered and influenced the play, the dark team had a very good chance to get the ball into the circle. This tackle from behind should be considered a breakdown / intentional foul from behind. Therefore, the proper application would have been a penalty corner for the tackle then the addition of the personal penalty.

    Guidance: Be aware of the position of defenders and attackers when the free hit is inside the 23-meter line. Any influence by attackers or defenders who were not 5 meters from the start of the free hit should be penalized. When attempts to tackle from behind are made unsuccessfully causing a stick interference, the defender is not in a proper tackling position and should be penalized as intentional knowing if unsuccessful, they will slow down the attacker. An intentional foul by the defense inside the 23-meter line is a penalty corner. (Rule 12.3)

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  • 9/9/2019


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    Rule:  9.11 Field players must not stop, kick, propel, pick up, throw or carry the ball with any part of their body.

    Application: This was deemed dangerous and a free hit given to the defense. At a closer look, it can be seen that the defender turned to the attacker taking the shot, with the intent of protecting the goal like a goalkeeper, thus putting herself in a dangerous position from an otherwise legal shot at goal. With the goalkeeper nearby, this may not have prevented a sure goal which would have been a penalty stroke, but the defender allowed for her body to be used to defend a legal shot, thus a penalty corner would have been appropriate…Improper application of the Rule.

    Guidance: This can be a tough situation to call a penalty corner against a player who may be injured, but she unfortunately placed herself in that position. It appears the shot is on goal and would have gone in if not stopped. If the shot was going well high or wide and not on goal, a defense hit out would have be appropriate.  The defender was not marking an attacker or attempting to defend in any other way but to protect the goal. Had the defender been playing legitimate defense on an opponent, the attack would not have the right to shoot through her.

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  • 9/6/2019

     

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    It has come to our attention that some umpires who have an interest in umpiring the NCAA Tournaments may have not obtained the information necessary to qualify for the post season. Since this is the first year of this process we are looking to accommodate as many hockey umpires as possible. Therefore, we are looking to reach those who have not already signed up for the “Hockey Corner."

    We are very excited to announce that the NCAA, ArbiterSports and USA Field Hockey have worked together to develop and launch the NCAA Field Hockey Officiating website “Hockey Corner”. Hockey Corner is designed to be the premier site for collegiate field hockey umpire information.

    Inside Hockey Corner, you will find all rules, clarifications, guidance documents, and informational links necessary to keep you current in your umpiring knowledge. In addition, briefings, videos, rule applications, quizzes and the annual rules test will be available. Even if you are not available or interested in umpiring the NCAA post season, the “Hockey Corner” will be the place for all communications and information throughout the year.

    In order to be eligible to Umpire the NCAA Post Season Championships, you MUST take and pass the 2019 Rules Test on the Hockey Corner by September 23, 2019. The passing grade is 87%. Those who have only taken it once may do so again if necessary.

    As Hockey Corner is an ongoing informational site, there will be frequent changes and updates to the information throughout the year, not just during the season.

    In order to be eligible for postseason assignment to the NCAA Divisions I, II or III Field Hockey Championships, you will be required to register and be active with Hockey Corner. Registration is currently OPEN, and the registration fee for officials is $50. You may register by clicking the REGISTRATION tab.

    Best wishes for a great season!

    Steve Horgan
    NCAA National Coordinator of Field Hockey Officials
    NCAA Field Hockey Rules Interpreter

     

  • 9/6/2019

     

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    Rule: 13.6  For an offence during the taking of a penalty corner:

    e. an attacker enters the circle before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline is required to go beyond the center- line : the penalty corner is taken again

    Application: The umpire does not look over the shoulder to see the player coming in from her left. If a defender had broken the line after the whistle, the umpire would have been expected to send the defender beyond the center line. Thus, in fairness to the game the inserter should have been required to go to the center line per this rule change for 2019…Improper Application of the Rule.

    Guidance: Umpires should take a moment and look over their shoulder to know where all players are on a PC. This situation should be discussed in the umpire’s pre-game talk. This can be managed in a number of ways, but it must be managed properly. With radios, communication on this issue is very important,

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  • 9/4/2019


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    Rule: 13.3.l if the first shot at goal is a hit (as opposed to a push, flick or scoop), the ball must cross the goal-line, or be on a path which would have resulted in it crossing the goal-line, at a height of not more than 460 mm (the height of the backboard) before any deflection, for a goal to be scored.

    Application: The umpire deemed the hit from the top of the circle to be a pass as it appears to be well wide of the goal and the attacker coming in from the right side attempted to play the ball but overran it. Subsequently the turnaround hit on goal was the first shot and must cross the goal line below board height to be legal…Proper Application of the Rule.

    Guidance: The hit from the top of the circle DOES NOT have to be going between the posts to be considered a shot. In this case, the umpire appears to be in a good position to judge this properly and read the play. Umpires should make a decision and show a signal before stopping time to chat with partner to discuss the situation.

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  • 8/30/2019

    Please click the link under the VIDEOS Tab to view 2019 Annual Rules Briefing.

  • 5/15/2019

    Welcome to the 2019 Hockey Season and the New NCAA Field Hockey Central Hub! 

    We all are excited to be poised and ready to have this opportunity to inform and educate everyone within NCAA Field Hockey community.  We look to be the support for umpires, coaches and players to enhance the knowledge of the game while promoting the advancement of the game and the experience of the student athletes.

    We will use ArbiterSports and the NCAA Field Hockey Central Hub to communicate important hockey information as it becomes available.  Please visit the “Hockey Corner” Central Hub frequently to stay current on the latest Field Hockey Officiating news and information.

    On the central hub, you will be able to read the latest rules applications from the Rules Interpreter and bulletins from the National Coordinator, complete your requirements to be considered for a postseason assignment, take yearly test, take periodic rules quizzes, and review videos clips on correct application of the rules and mechanics of officiating.

    To register, click the Registration Tab at the top of the page.

    The 2019 NCAA Field Hockey Rules Exam is available on the Testing Tab.  Rules and clarifications are available by clicking on the Rules Tab.

    The ArbiterMobile app is available at no cost to NCAA registered officials. To download the app, please complete this season's officials' registration, and then download it from Google Play or iTunes.  Click here to read ArbiterMobile FAQs.

    I am very pleased  you have chosen to register with the NCAA.  Thank you for being a critical part of the NCAA Field Hockey Program.  If you have ideas or suggestions for improvement, please email me at shorgan@usafieldhockey.com.

    Best wishes for a great season!

    Steve Horgan
    Coordinator of Officials for Field Hockey
    Sports Rules Interpreter

  • 5/8/2019

     

    Hello NCAA Umpires,

    We are very excited to announce that the NCAA, ArbiterSports and USA Field Hockey have worked together to develop and launch the NCAA Field Hockey Officiating website “Hockey Corner." Hockey Corner is designed to be the premier site for collegiate field hockey umpire information.

    Inside Hockey Corner, you will find all rules, clarifications, guidance documents, and informational links necessary to keep you current in your umpiring knowledge. In addition, briefings, videos, rule applications, quizzes, and the annual rules test will be available.

    As Hockey Corner is an ongoing informational site, there will be frequent changes and updates to the information throughout the year, not just during the season.

    In order to be eligible for postseason assignment to the NCAA Divisions I, II or III Field Hockey Championships, you will be required to register and be active with Hockey Corner. Registration opens May 15, and the registration fee for officials is $50. Beginning May 15, you may register by clicking the REGISTRATION tab.

    Best wishes for a great season!

    Steve Horgan
    NCAA National Coordinator of Field Hockey Officials
    NCAA Field Hockey Rules Interpreter

 
 
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