Meet Summit Speaker: Amy Baxter Highlighting the Umpire Track

Feb. 03, 2018, 9:15 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - February 3, 2018USA Field Hockey is pleased to announce that Amy Baxter, USA Field Hockey Umpire and International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Panel Umpire, will be presenting in the Umpire track of the inaugural USA Field Hockey Summit, presented by AstroTurf, in Baltimore, Md. Learn game management from the umpire perspective. Baxter will cover techniques and options on how to keep a match under control and consistent.

Amy Baxter
USA Field Hockey Umpire and International Hockey Federation (FIH) World Panel Umpire

Following Baxter's playing and coaching careers, she looked for another venue to stay connected to the sport that has been a big part of her life. She ventured into a world most people wouldn’t think about, umpiring. A challenge, she said, was well worth it.

She started in 2002, taking a local beginners course and began umpiring at the junior high level. The following year, she stepped up to high school and in 2004, she was appointed to her rookie collegiate season. Baxter currently officiates all college levels and has had the honor of being selected to officiate the past ten Division I Final Fours.

As the years progressed doing domestic hockey, she joined the international track in 2005 and began umpiring at various adult tournaments in preparation for her first appointment at an international event. That day came in 2007, when her travels around the world began. Her first appointment was to Chile with the U.S. Women’s National Team for their own preparation prior to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Since then, she has spanned the globe doing Four Nations Tournaments, FIH Hockey World League events, Champions Trophies, World Cup Qualifiers, Olympic Qualifiers, and to reach the pinnacle in the hockey world, two World Cups (Argentina 2010 and The Netherlands 2014) and two Olympic Games (London 2012 and Rio 2016).

Baxter played throughout high school at a small school in Pennsylvania. She participated in the AAU Junior Olympic Games, Olympic Festival, Keystone State Games and National Hockey Festival. She was even part of the first group of participants to join the Futures Program. She participated in the U.S. Development Camps while in high school and college.

She went on to play collegiately at Northeastern University where she earned All-American honors. She was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team but got cut just 9 months before the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and decided to retire from playing.

She coached at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell from 1998-99, when they were a Division II program. In 2000, she went back to Northeastern for a year before she walked away from that aspect of the game.

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