Course Information & Registration

This course is offered by, a registered not-for-profit organized in the State of New Jersey.

REGISTRATION: Please CLICK HERE to register for the High-Performance Umpiring & Current Rules course. Membership options for state-by-state chapters coming soon. Some people call umpiring field hockey reffing, or or refer to a field hockey umpire a field hockey ref. In field hockey, the folks with the whistles are umpires not referees and they’re not refereeing, they’re umpiring. If you need umpiring equipment, we have a kit with all you need short of your uniform and rule book. You’ll find it here.

INFORMATION: Course tuition is $39.99 (receipt is provided for your records and reimbursement purposes). More than 140 students in the USA and five other countries are enrolled. Two umpire associations have made this course required training for their new umpires.

Those enrolled in the course enjoy a full year of access to more than 5 hours of regularly updated course material. The course is updated as needed to address changes in the rules and to make course improvements. A student recommendation for shorter episodes is being undertaken for release in 2018.

Included in the course are multiple supplemental presentations and videos (such as “New Rules” and “Managing Set Plays”), numerous helpful documents (such as “Rumor Rules” and “Handling Negative Fan Behavior”), course quizzes (covering NFHS, NCAA, and indoor rules), and subscription to the course newsletter. A suitable-for-framing Certificate of Completion is provided free of charge as a PDF to everyone who completes the course requirements and requests their personalized copy. Your instructor is Cris Maloney, author of Field Hockey: The Beginner’s Guide (available in color from Amazon for $21.99 plus shipping and in B&W for $11.99, also from Amazon). and Field Hockey: Understanding the Game (available from Amazon for $14.99 plus shipping). The books are also available at a discount from


Here are details about each of the 10 episodes offered in the course:

Episode 1 (40 minutes): Broad overview of the sport; field size and markings; number of umpires, number of players in the game; length of game; player equipment; umpire certifications, roles, and equipment; basic responsibilities of players and coaches; pre-game responsibilities and activities of the umpires

Episode 2 (33 minutes): Specifics about umpire responsibilities, how the field is divided between umpires; positioning (general play and during penalty corners and penalty strokes); whistling; signals (primary, secondary, and administrative); signaling mechanics; adding flair to your signaling

Episode 3 (24 minutes): Restarting play after whistles, goals, and penalties (free hits, center-pass, bullies, penalty corners, penalty strokes); the ball and the lines; scoring; what to do when an injury happens

Episode 4 (24 minutes): Overview of fouls; areas of importance; judging danger (Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man); the back-stick foul

Episode 5 (19 minutes): Fouls including advancing, use of hands, and a detailed understanding of obstruction (first-party obstruction, third-party obstruction, stick obstruction)

Episode 6 (13 minutes): Goalkeeper permissions and restrictions; delay of game; advantage; stick above opponent’s head; illegal hits (hitting into the air when not a shot, hard forehand edge hit)

Episode 7 (31 minutes): Free hits (location, location, location); ICE (Indirect Circle Entry); judging 5 yards/meters; managing encroachment (“Poke the Yolk”); aerials; falling balls

Episode 8 (36 minutes): Penalty corners and penalty strokes

Episode 9 (31 minutes): Personal penalties (cards); managing appealing and dissent; carding mechanics (how to give a card); special issues (e.g. knee braces); mechanics and content during pre-game meeting with captains and coaches (how to hold a meeting with team captains and coaches); reacting to odd advice; resources

Episode 10 (53 minutes): Indoor hockey (special focus on rule and umpiring differences); Pitch differences, facility issues; playing differences; penalty corner differences; ICE (Indirect Circle Entry) differences; warning card differences; limitations on goalkeeper substitutions; umpiring considerations

Special thanks to the Ocean Atlantic Field Hockey Association (OAFHA) for handling course registrations.