From The Referee


From The Referee + Whistle

This series of newsletters are designed to keep everyone informed and to educate umpires on some of the rules of hockey.

If you wish to have any rule clarified, please contact me on or see me at the games.

Mitchell Hass, Umpiring Coordinator, 0403 706 779

Season 2018

5 May 2018 - Over the shoulder rule - Senior competitions ONLY

The "over the shoulder rule" is being adopted in all senior grade competitions. The rule is shown below and covers the over the shoulder rule and how to play it. Included is the definition of dangerous play according to the FIH international rulebook. This will take place effective immediately from round 1.

9.7 Players may stop, receive and deflect or play the ball in a controlled manner in any part of the field when the ball is at any height including above the shoulder unless this is dangerous or leads to danger.

9.8 Players must not play the ball dangerously or in a way that leads to dangerous play.

A ball is also considered dangerous when it causes legitimate evasive action by players.

The penalty is awarded where the action causing the danger took place.

This rule WILL NOT be used in the junior competitions. Juniors under no circumstances will be allowed to play the ball above their shoulder.


Season 2016

2016 Umpiring Events 

COMMUNITY UMPIRING COURSES - Tuesday 2nd August 2016 OR Wednesday 3rd August 2016

  • You only need to attend one
  • 5.00- 6.00 pm
  • Cost – Free
  • Please bring a laptop or tablet to complete the all components. Free whistle when completed the course.


INFORMATION SESSIONSTuesday 2nd August 2016 OR Wednesday 3rd August 2016

  • You only need to attend one
  • 6.00 – 7.30 pm

Umpiring, and unsure of some of the rules and their interpretations?

If you have a specific rulein mind, let me know so I can arrange footage and examples.


LEVEL 1 UMPIRING COURSEFriday 26th August 2016 (Theory) & Saturday 27th August 2016 (Practical)

  • Presented by Hockey SA
  • Please register interest to or phone 0401097 056 
  • Cost – $40.00
  • Free whistle when completed the course
  • Require 2 participants from each club



From the Referee - Issue 1 (May 2016)

From the Referee - Issue 2 (July 2016)