USA Field Hockey

2010 Umpire Awards (call for nominations)

Sept. 24, 2010, 9:05 a.m. (ET)
At this time last year we had never heard of a webcasted National Rules Briefing. Time flies and it's time again to ask everyone to take a moment and think about submitting nominations for USA Field Hockey's umpiring awards. 

NOTE: The deadline for submitting nominations is Oct 20, 2010

USA Field Hockey is proud to honor umpires who have served the hockey community. There are four service awards considered each year. If you know a worthy candidate please review the award criteria, complete the nomination form, and send it to the person indicated 

National Honorary Umpire Award
The National Honorary Umpire Award may be conferred upon an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the progress of field hockey umpiring in the United States. The candidate shall provide exceptional service and promote umpiring at the national, regional, and local levels. 

Golden Whistle Award
The Golden Whistle Award is presented to an individual in recognition of umpiring excellence in field hockey both in an international and national context. 

Silver Whistle Award
The Silver Whistle Award is presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished umpiring service to the game during the preceding year. 

The Betty Shellenberger Service Award
The Betty Shellenberger Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of long and distinguished umpiring and service to umpiring in a national context. 

TO SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION(S), PLEASE CLICK HERE.

The award winners are typically announced and presentations made at the National Hockey Festival but these details have not been finalized for this year.
For more information about the award criteria, please read the details provided below.
Criteria for the National Honorary Umpire Award
1. The National Honorary Umpiring Award candidate must have held a Level III / National Rating for a minimum of ten (10) years during which time the individual must have been actively officiating and renewed the rating a minimum of two times

2. Candidates for the National Honorary Umpire Award must meet at least five (5) of the following service requirements: (one of which must be from 2.b.[1], 2.b.[2], or 2.b.[3])
  • 2.b.[1] Service as the Director of Technical Services (formally VP of Umpiring) for four (4) years or meet the equilivant status on the current umpire volunteer structure
  • 2.b.[2] Service on the Umpires Advisory Board or be a past elected Chair of a USA Field Hockey Umpiring Division Committee (Umpiring Committee, Rules Committee, International Development Committee (formally Technical) and Administrative & Publications Committee) for four (4) years
  • 2.b.[3] Service as a member of a USA Field Hockey Umpiring Advisory Group (Umpiring Advisory Panel, Rules Manager, International Development Committee (formally Technical), or Administrative & Publications Manager -- other than as Chair) for a minimum of five (5) years
  • 2.b.[4] Service as an umpiring clinician at a developmental camp for at least three (3) years
  • 2.b.[5] Service as an evaluator of candidates for Level III (National) ratings for at least five (5) years
  • 2.b.[6] Umpire or serve as a Technical official for a minimum of five (5) international events controlled by the FIH or PAHF
  • 2.b.[7] Umpire at the USA Hockey Festival a minimum of seven (7) years
  • 2.b.[8] Service as a Regional Umpiring Manager or Local Umpiring President for at least five (5) years
  • 2.b.[9] Service as a member of a Sectional/Regional or Local umpiring committee for at least twenty (20) years

Golden Whistle Award (additional details)
The Golden Whistle Award is presented to an individual in recognition of umpiring excellence in field hockey both in an international and national context. Such involvement should have been for a minimum of fifteen (15) years and a minimum of 50 FIH sanctioned International outdoor matches or a minimum of fifty (50) FIH sanction International indoor matches. Officials may not count matches as a cap if they umpire for their home country. The Award is in the form of a certificate and gold-plated whistle. 

Silver Whistle Award (additional details)
The Silver Whistle Award is presented to an individual in recognition of distinguished umpiring service to the game during the preceding year. The candidate should display exceptional umpiring skills, improvement and growth in umpiring, and a willingness to educate individuals in umpiring skills. Involvement in umpiring should involve more than participation in competitions. The number of Silver Whistle Awards shall not exceed ten (10) per year. The Award is in the form of a certificate and silver-plated whistle. 

The Betty Shellenberger Service Award (additional details)
The Betty Shellenberger Service Award is presented to an individual in recognition of long and distinguished umpiring and service to umpiring in a national context. Such service should be exceptional and involve more than the holding of office or participation in competitions. Such involvement should be for a minimum of twenty-five (25) years and having attained at least the level of a Level II Rating. The Award is in the form of a certificate and pewter bowl (provided by Betty Shellenberger). The bowl shall be engraved as the "SHELLENBERGER FIELD HOCKEY UMPIRING AWARD" with the recipient's name and date. 

Exceptional and/or dedicated service in FIVE (5) of the following categories for a minimum of FIVE YEARS in each category will qualify the candidates for consideration by the Awards and Honorary Committee. 

I. Service as a Local, Sectional or Regional Board Officer
II. Instructor and/or Mentor in the training of new officials
III. Organizer and/or Trainer of Officials for Youth Hockey Teams, Recreation Leagues, or Summer Leagues.
IV. Supporter of Indoor Hockey through participation as an official at sanctioned tournaments
V. Participation as an official at the USA National Hockey Festival
VI. Actively involved with the rating and renewal ratings of officials
VII. Selection as a member of an umpiring team for college or state Post-Season games
VIII. Serve as an Assignor for field hockey umpires
IX. Service on state or national field hockey committees (i.e. State Committees, NFHS, USA Field Hockey)
X. Service on Local or Regional Committees conducting sanctioned tournament or clinics

Nominations for Officials' Awards
a.) The Umpiring Awards and Honorary Committee shall call for nominations and review the candidate's resume for the National Honorary Umpire Award. Resumes for the Betty Shellenberger Service Award will be shared with Betty Shellenberger, the award sponsor, requesting feedback and recommendations on the candidates
b.) Upon review of the resumes, the Awards and Honorary Committee shall present the candidates to the Umpire Advisory Panel
c.) The USA Field Hockey Advisory Panel and the Awards and Honorary Committee shall make the nominations for the Golden Whistle Award and The Betty Shellenberger Service Award
d.) Any USA Field Hockey umpiring member may nominate individuals for the Silver Whistle Award
Time Schedule 

September
Nominations solicited for all awards 

By Oct 1
Names and / or resumes submitted to Chair of National Honorary Award Committee By Oct 6
Committee reviews nominations and turns in their recommendations 

By Oct 8
Selection is agreed. Recipients are notified. 

By Oct 10
Information is sent by the Committee Chair to Laura Darling 

November
Awards are announced and made at National Festival.
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