Category Archives: Opinion

Gripp Management- Professionalizing Hockey

Today at Self Pass we proudly present the première launch of GRIPP Sports Management, the movie! Exclusively shown on our website http://www.self-pass.com. The story behing GRIPP Who is Bart Gielen? I am the former manager of MHC MEP (Boxtel) and MHC Oranje Zwart (Eindhoven) 1st mens team. I live and was born in Boxtel, growing […]

FHAnalytics – Field Hockey Analytics

It all started one day when one of the application co-creator got tired of managing game statistics through spreadsheets, week after week, month after month. One of the goals of the FHA application is to help coaching staffs in their decision making process by streamlining the use of statistics from their own games as well […]

‘The direction of Hockey Umpiring at The Olympic Games – what can we expect?’ by Andy Mair

The Rio Olympic Games are here at long last, and the eyes of the World are ready to watch the athletes, competing in sports which may be familiar to them or perhaps have never been seen previously. For the Hockey watchers; an Olympic Games is always a landmark, as people can see what style of […]

Rio2016 Preview by Carlos Garcia Cuenca

My dear friends! Just some moments before the start of the Olympic Games we all look forward to live once again, the biggest event that any lover of our sport can experience. Like the Hockey World Cup, the Olympics are held only every four years, which makes the wait and expectations even higher. We are […]

‘The correct ranking would change the Rio Games but most likely not its winner!’ by Ernst Baart

The FIH world ranking is not a correct representation of the actual worth of hockey nations on a global scale. It considers the ranking of non relevant tournaments such as the Champions Trophy and the continental championships. Let me explain… The Champions Trophy should not be considered because it is (or has become) an invitational […]

Rio2016 Preview by Justin Reid-Ross

  The hockey competition at the Rio 2016 Olympics will undoubtedly be the most exciting one yet. The world’s top teams are all coming into form and with 3 days until the first match, let’s take a look at the teams, their key players and how they might fare.     Group A   Australia […]

Laurine Delforge – Playing or Umpiring?

Playing or umpiring? That is the question I often get asked. As if there was a choice to be made. There is none. You just don’t give up on your passions, no matter how many there may be. I have always been exceedingly passionate about sports since a very young age. Growing up I tried […]

A big adventure in front of you!

For the first time on the pitch as an umpire is like driving a car for the first time. You have studied the rules, have passed your exam and than the real moment arrived. Full of knowledge but also full of nerves you walk on the pitch together with your colleague to meet the captains […]

5 things you must do now if you are an athlete trying to get your brand out there

It’s becoming more and more challenging in today’s competitive world to gain brands, media and fans attention. If you are an athlete looking for good endorsement deals (and let’s face it, elite sport is a business so you need to get as many sponsors as you can to ensure you not only survive but also […]

Paul MacKinnon – A Story of the Average Player?

  Hi, my name is Paul MacKinnon. While ago I was asked to write something for Self-Pass and I’ve sat on it. I’ve read stories of some amazing people and their achievements and thought “my achievements don’t come anywhere near them, what can I write about that would be interesting?” To give you an idea […]