Call for Officials – May 2024

We are currently looking for umpires for the following May events:

· Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) – May 18-20 @ Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

· Female Stage 2 and Male Provincial Evaluation Events – May 18-20 @ Tamanawis Park, Surrey (Provincial rating or higher preferred)

· U18 Girls Club Championship – May 24-26 @ Tamanawis Park, Surrey (Provincial rating or higher preferred)

Please contact Shaquille (eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com) if you are interested.

**For a list of our June umpiring opportunities, please check out our Umpire Opportunities page

Provincial Umpiring Course – April 8 & 10

Register for our next Provincial Umpiring Course!
April 8 & 10: 6:00pm – 9:00pm  (held online via Zoom)
**This course is only available to FHBC Registered Participants. Must have taken the Community online course prior. Must be at least 14 years of age. Maximum 12 participants
Registration Deadline: April 7, 2024
Registration information can be found on our Umpire Education page

Provincial Umpiring Course – March 12 & 14

Register for our next Provincial Umpiring Course!
March 12 & 14: 6:00pm – 9:00pm  (held online via Zoom)
**This course is only available to FHBC Registered Participants. Must have taken the Community online course prior. Must be at least 14 years of age. Maximum 12 participants
Registration Deadline: March 11, 2024
Registration information can be found on our Umpire Education page

Umpire Development Opportunity in Victoria


Want to improve your own umpiring or umpire coaching? FHBC and MVPL will jointly host an umpire development opportunity to focus on key areas of the game while watching some of the top umpires and players in the country.

Facilitator: Alan Waterman – Olympic Umpire, FIH Umpire Manager
Q&A with FIH Umpires: Tyler Klenk, Meghan McLennan, Megan Robertson and Lelia Sacré
Price: FREE
Time: 2pm-6:30pm (3pm and 4:30pm match times)
Registration deadline: May 10th

Register through here: https://forms.gle/pQSFivPohxwbSMGB9



 

Umpire Assessors Courses


Field Hockey Canada and Field Hockey BC are running two Umpire Assessors Courses. The first course will take place this weekend in Vancouver; registration closes on Thursday, April 27th.

Course 1 – Vancouver

April 29th – 9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm @ Eric Hamber
April 30th- 11:30am-2pm @ Eric Hamber
Course Conductors: Lelia Sacre & TBC
Fee: $82.20 (FHBC course fee $70 + FHC official fee & RAMP fee)
Registration Deadline: April 27yh

Course 2 – Surrey

May 27th @ 9am-12pm & 1-3:30pm @ FHBC Office
May 28th @ 10am-12pm @ Tamanawis
Course Conductors: Lelia Sacre and TBC
Fee: $82.20 (FHBC course fee $70 + FHC official fee & RAMP fee)
Registration Deadline: May 24th

Assessors course eligibility: must be 19+, have 5 years+ umpiring experience at minimum provincial level and hold a current certification (exceptions will be made on a case by case basis).

For any inquiries regarding the courses, please contact Hailey Yhap at hyhap@fieldhockey.ca. To register, follow the instructions here.



 

Systemic National Coach and Official Certification Pathways Support

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members,

Further to the Society’s targeted financial investment in both formal Coach and Officials Education over the course of the last two calendar years, FHBC is delighted to announce the continuation of this FHBC investment initiative targeting financial subsidy for formal NCCP Coach Education and for formal FHC Officials Education. The Society’s commitment to this FHBC financial investment initiative is intended to remain active for the remainder of the seasonal and fiscal year (through August 31, 2023).

FHBC is supporting the following initiatives towards both formal coach education through the NCCP pathway, as well as towards umpire education through the National Umpire Certification Program:

1. NCCP Safe Sport Context

  • FHBC will continue to subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing the Safe Sport NCCP Making Ethical Decisions workshop (approximately $75 per coach candidate)

2. NCCP Community Coach Context

  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing the NCCP Community Initiation Online Course ($15 per coach candidate)
  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Coaches accessing the NCCP Community Coach Course – Technical Online Workshop ($50 per coach candidate)

3. Competition Coach Context

  • FHBC will subsidize 100% of the costs associated with FHBC Provincial Program Coaches (tasked with meeting Minimum NCCP Standards for National Championship Competition) accessing the NCCP Competition Introduction Online Module/Course Curricula (full stream cost approximately $600 per coach candidate – Modular costs range from $20-$250 per Module)
  • FHBC will subsidize 100% of the costs associated with FHBC Provincial Program Coaches (tasked with meeting Minimum NCCP Standards for National Championship Competition) accessing the NCCP Competition Development Online Module/Course Curricula (full stream cost approximately $1800 per coach candidate – Modular costs range from $90-$200 per Module)

4. Community Umpiring Course

  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Umpires accessing the Community Umpiring Online Course ($25 per umpire candidate). This online course will now be offered ‘free of charge’ to FHBC Members

5. Umpire Assessors Course

  • FHBC will subsidize in full the costs associated with FHBC Member Umpires accessing the Umpire Assessors Course ($55 per umpire candidate)

As the field hockey community turns its attention towards 2023 Spring and Summer season delivery, FHBC encourages all BC Member Coaches and Umpires to take full advantage of this investment initiative opportunity. Should BC Member Coaches, Umpires, and/or Community Leads within the Club or League structure require further information, please do not hesitate to reach out to FHBC for assistance.

For more information on the NCCP or Umpire Pathways please visit the FHBC website at https://fieldhockeybc.com/coaches/coaching-education/nccp-pathway/ and https://fieldhockeybc.com/officials/umpire-certification/ respectively.

Alternatively, BC Members can reach out directly for all Coach/NCCP related opportunities to:
FHBC’s Sport Development Manager, Katie Jameson via phone (778) 227-0895 or via e-mail at katie@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

For all Umpire related opportunities, reach out to:
FHBC’s Officials Coordinator, Shaquille Gilbert via phone (604) 737-3145 or via e-mail at eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybritishcolumbia.com

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
April 5, 2023

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For more information on the NCCP or Umpire Pathways please visit the NCCP Pathway page or the Umpire Certification page respectively.

FHBC is seeking umpires for the VIT and for the Provincial Talent ID on Vancouver Island


Field Hockey BC is seeking umpires – of Provincial level or above – interested in attending the Vancouver International Tournament (VIT) in Burnaby or the Female Provincial Athlete Talent ID Stage 2 Trials on the Island.

VIT Information
Dates: May Long Weekend (May 20-22, 2023)
Location: Burnaby Lake Sports Complex West

Provincial Trials Information
Dates:
May Long Weekend (May 20-22, 2023)
Location: University of Victoria

If interested, please reach out to our Events and Officials Coordinator, Shaquille Gilbert, at eventsandofficials@fieldhockeybc.com.



 

FHBC RESPECT PROGRAM – Call to all Members to reflect on the Importance of Respect and Courtesy towards Officials

You can download the PDF version of this communique here.


Dear Field Hockey BC Members

As the 2022-23 Senior Season closes and the 2023 Junior Season opens this coming weekend, I write on behalf of the FHBC Board of Directors to highlight and remind all members about the importance of respect and courtesy towards our valued Officials and Umpires at all levels of field hockey across BC.

Our great game cannot function or offer a compelling value proposition without Officials and Umpires driving the sport forward in partnership with Coaches, Players, Volunteers, and Fans. Without them we do not have a game or a sport. Like Players and Coaches, Umpires and Officials devote time, energy and expertise into performing their duties on a weekly basis and we should appreciate all the time and effort they put in.

If Field Hockey across BC is going to continue to thrive and maintain the amazing sense of community and inclusiveness it has, there needs to be respect for everyone in the game. This respect must come from those both on and off the field of play. I would encourage everyone to refamiliarize themselves with the FHBC RESPECT PROGRAM and the associated Codes of Conduct that are available to read and download from the Documents section of the FHBC Website at https://fieldhockeybc.com/documents/.

It remains a given that Officials and Umpires make mistakes…as do Players and Coaches. Being an Umpire or Official is a tough and often thankless job. They give up their time to ensure Players, Coaches, Parents, Fans, and Spectators enjoy everything that is great about field hockey.

Regardless of decisions made, whether right or wrong, there is no excuse or justification for verbally abusing or threatening Officials and Umpires. Next time you think about criticizing an umpiring decision or witness someone hurling verbal abuse from beyond the field of play, choose RESPECT instead of criticism and ridicule.

We all have a responsibility to set an example through how we act and what we say. Just like acknowledging the opposition after a hard-fought game, Officials and Umpires deserve a ‘thank you’ for their participation regardless of the result.

Everyone has a responsibility to make field hockey the best game it can be. We are blessed to have so many fantastic people involved in our sport and by retaining Officials and Umpires and attracting others to take up these important roles, field hockey across BC will continue to go from strength to strength. Here’s to a memorable, for all the right reasons, Spring and Summer season. Enjoy!

Yours in sport,

Mark Saunders
Executive Director
Field Hockey BC
March 31, 2023