John Hrytsak & Keely Dunn, international umpires from Canada, have launched a websiteand podcast focusing on issues relating to the craft of officiating. The free audio podcasts can be found on the website as well as in the iTunes store in the Amateur Sports and Recreation category under the podcast name Playing Advantage. The website, FHumpires.com, will contain blog posts from Keely & John, transcripts and links to other umpiring resources. Podcast news and updates can also be followed on Twitter and Facebook.
Four Levels of Umpiring Certification in Alberta
What does it mean to be a certified umpire in Alberta? Who should be certified for what league, club or for certain tournaments? The information provided here are the required steps involved in becoming a certified umpire. The information provide is to help guide the various leagues operating within Alberta in regard to the level of certification needed for their level of competition.
The Canadian rating is for umpires who officiate at national, domestic championships. This is the highest level of umpiring within Canada. Umpires with this certification can officiate any level of tournament in Canada, including: Senior National Championships, CIS Competition and U19 National Championships.
The Regional rating is for umpires who officiate at national and regional level events. FHA offers regional level umpiring courses within Alberta. Umpires who have this certification can officiate at various tournaments in Canada, including: U19 National Championships, U16 National Championships and other regional tournaments (Prairie Youth Games).
The Provincial rating is for umpires who officiate at the local level, including the various leagues throughout Alberta. Generally a Provincial certified umpire would officiate the top league matches both Men and the Women’s competition. An example of the top leagues this certification would officiate would be: Calgary Ladies Field Hockey Association (Division 1), Field Hockey Association of Calgary (Division 1 & 2) and the Edmonton Field Hockey Association.
Steps to Becoming a Certified Umpire
1. Attend an umpiring courese and pass a written exam.
2. Obtain field rating (s)