USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of December 27, 2010

Dec. 28, 2010, 12:03 p.m. (ET)


Week of December 27, 2010

USA Field Hockey Weekly Report-Week of December 27, 2010  

It is the last week of the year, so there must not be much to talk about. Oh contraire. We still have a little to wrap 2010  up. Let’s start with the magnificent performance by  the USA Field Hockey Men’s Team in Argentina.
The USA Men’s National Team completed a five game series in Buenos Aires, Argentina last week. Overall, the tour was a big success. The men left Argentina with two wins and their first victory over Argentina since 1995. Long standing member of the team, Pat Cota, received his 100th international cap during the team’s fourth match held on Saturday, December 18. "This is an extremely commendable achievement on the men's side given the historically low number of test matches played by the USA men," said Nick Conway. Pat is currently the only member of the USA Field Hockey Men's National Team to have achieved this honor and is one of only a few USA men to have ever accomplished the 100th international cap level. The performances by Pat and the entire team were impressive!  
USA Field Hockey is seeking a part-time National Umpire and Technical Manager.  Here is the deal. When I arrived a little less than a year ago, our office staff collectively sensed a real need for a person to be devoted to recruiting, training, nurturing, and the general feeding and watering of umpires within this sport. A number of people agreed, especially USA Field Hockey’s Managing Director of Olympic and Athlete Development Laura Darling and the entire USA Field Hockey Board of Directors.  During the recent USA Field Hockey Board of Directors meeting in Phoenix, funding was provided for a half-time employee in 2011, and our intent over time is to elevate the position to full-time (based upon our funding capability).  In 2011, this position will be a contracted position. The following National Umpire/Technical Manger job description defines the full-time position.  In blue are the prioritized requirements for the part-time position. 

Candidates will work with the Managing Director of Olympic and Athlete Development in consultation with USA Field Hockey Technical Director to prioritize the job responsibilities for 2011.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Laura Darling, Managing Director of Olympic and Athlete Development at  Applications will be accepted until January 14, 2011.  The position will commence on January 31, 2011, and the new incumbent may choose to work from home or the National Office site in Colorado Springs.


National Umpire and Technical Manager

The National Umpire and Technical Manager will manage and coordinate USA Field Hockey’s umpiring and umpire technical programs with an emphasis on recruitment, training, development and growth of umpires within the USA at all levels to include field hockey and indoor.

This includes managing the Development and Rating process for all Development and Managerial positions including but not limited to Umpire Managers, Umpire Coaches, Umpires, Tournament Directors, Tournament Officials, and Tournament Judges both domestically and when international matches are held on soil.

National Umpire and Technical Manager will report to the Managing Director of Olympic and Athlete Development. 

Duties Include but are not limited to: 

·         Administer umpire development including managing umpires at domestic training sessions, high performance matches

·         Standardizing the umpire evaluation and rating system, including establishment of an accurate record keeping system for Level I, II, and III USA Field Hockey certified umpires

·         Create and manage policies and procedures for games and tournaments, travel, room, board and appointments (become familiar with present arrangements)

·         Educating the other communities such as coaching, players and support in the role and expectations of umpires

·         Establish and manage umpire program budgets (become familiar with)

·         Manage and coordinate the regional umpire coordinators

·         Attend all USFHA major events monitoring administration of umpires and technical table: NIT, WNC, MNC, National Futures and Festival

·         Lobby to be appointed to Pan Am and FIH Committees and, if possible, become trained to be an umpire manager for the FIH and Pan Am Federations

·         Manage International appointments and oversee domestic appointments

·         Establish Umpire Manager and Umpire Coach structure 

·         Act as National rules interpreter

·         Liaison for NCAA and NFHS for establishment of consistent rules

·         Edit and publish the USA rule book.

·         Monitor the web content and the  “Ask the Umpire” feature on the web

·         Other duties as assigned


For 2011, this is a contracted position.   Weekends and travel required as necessary for events.  Compensation commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Skill / Requirements / Experience

·         Must be a retired umpire and have held the highest umpire certificate domestically.  International experience preferred with experience demonstrating the ability to work closely with the Pan Am and International Federations with regard to ensuring USA umpire and technical development is consistent with the global game. 

·         Must have sound teaching and presentation abilities along with the technical knowledge to create educational materials. 

·         Ability to concurrently manage several  high-priority programs

We see with the installation of this person much opportunity to advance our umpire corps. Umpiring is fundamental to the quality of the sport, and we will continue toward enhancing the experience for umpires.

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: “Southwest Airlines has announced that it could soon begin making international flights. Which may finally answer that age-old question: What would it be like to take a bus across the Atlantic?”


Have a great New Year celebration and a wonderful week!

Steve Locke
Executive Director
USA Field Hockey