Simon’s ‘bad’ umpires are just helping their clubs
SIMONOrchard needs to get some facts right with regard to his article on umpires.
1. He talks of lack of accountability. All umpires above lower club level are consistently monitored by their county, regional, national and international associations. Coaching and assessment is a regular part of their career structure.
At and above conference level, clubs also mark the umpires and this helps determine their future.
2. Poor communication skills. The higher the level the more important the need for good communication and this is a major factor when moving umpires up the ladder.
3. Remove the emotion. Simon believes the best players make the best umpires. Yes, we can all point to the odd top player who moves into umpiring when they are still of an age when they are able to move quickly up the ranks. Craig Madden, Chris Todd and Andrew Kennedy come to mind, but other international greats like Graham Nash, Santiago Deo and Eduardo Ruiz played little or no hockey.
We would all like to see more top players take up umpiring, but I have heard all the excuses why they don’t.
Simon is full of good ideas, but he forgets one major point: the very poor umpires he derides so much are actually the ones who least deserve his derision. They do not umpire out of ego, they do it because they want to put something back into the game they love, to support their club .
Put your whistle where your mouth is Simon. But I’ll not hold my breath.
JACK WARNER Level 3 umpire coach, ex-county and regional umpire assessor
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