Tag Archives: Umpire

‘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 […]

Pietro Galligani – The ‘Fuoriclasse’ of Italian Umpiring

Who is Pietro Galligani? My name’s Pietro Galligani, I’m 24 and in my life I’m a cook. I love sport in general and when I was a kid I chose field hockey. I never left it during all this years. I’ve got a younger sister who plays hockey too so I can share with her […]

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 […]

From the ‘other side’ of the whistle

Being an umpire was never part of my ‘plan’.   From the age of 11, I knew hockey would always be a part of my life. I loved playing, I loved coaching, in fact, I STILL love it. I guess when you have a passion for something, it doesn’t really matter at which level you are […]