HI looks to improve structure & standardisation for assessment of officials

After Hockey India announced adding more structure to the gradation of Hockey India tournament officials to help improve the standards of officiating in May, Hockey India has made further modifications to the assessment of officials performance report templates including tournament officials and umpires. The result in the performance report is one of the key factors for the assessment of the work carried out by the tournament officials and umpires in domestic tournaments in India.

In May, Hockey India announced the launch of classification of the Hockey India registered tournament officials which include technical delegate, umpire managers, technical officials, judges and umpires into three grades – Hockey India Grade 1, Hockey India Grade 2 and Hockey India Grade 3.

The grading will be done out of 100, (percentage-wise) with emphasis for umpires being based on performance reports (from all domestic tournaments), fitness test results and online test results whereas for other tournament officials it will be based on performance reports (from all domestic tournaments) and online test results.

Along with the current evaluation criteria in the officials performance report templates for tournament officials, a new updated umpire assessment match report has been added.

The performance of the umpires will be assessed in each and every match they are officiating and the umpire managers will share their reports with the umpires and Hockey India after their respective matches are completed. It will also be utilised during the umpires debriefing and the umpire managers will ensure that the umpires learn and improve after every match and don’t commit the same errors.

The assessment match reports will serve as the basis for the appointment of the umpire in the final phases of a particular tournament and shall also help Hockey India ensure that the best performing umpires will officiate in the semi-finals and finals of the particular tournament.

The umpire’s performance will be monitored efficiently, leading to the justified selection of umpires during the crucial stages of a tournament. These modifications will contribute to improving the standard of umpiring and officiating in India.

“Improving the structure for the assessment of tournament officials & umpires’ performances is a fantastic idea. The more competition we can create among the officials, the better they will become. Every match will be an important one for each of the officials. They will have to perform at their very best to have an opportunity to officiate in the business end of tournaments,” said Mohd. Mushtaque Ahmad, President Hockey India.