Level-1 Umpires

The Level-1 Umpire Award is the first of several nationally recognised umpire levels of achievement. Once accredited the umpire is registered on the England Hockey national register of Level-1 umpires. Active members of this register are eligible to umpire competitive club hockey in local/county leagues etc. In addition they are eligible for selection to umpire matches in the lower divisions of Regional Leagues. Each county umpiring association is responsible for keeping their part of the register up to date.

Level-1 Umpring Award

This award has recently been completely revised and overhauled by England Hockey who now administer and arrange courses centrally. Candidates now register (and pay) online to join any course that is available to them. Before attending the course the candidate must first pass an online theory test on the current rules of Hockey - print off the certificate and bring that to the course. The course is presented by EH trained tutors, it lasts 7 1/2 hours and may be presented in one day or over two consequtive evenings, there is a brief on pitch practical session. At this point the "candidate" becomes a Level-1 Umpire at the "Club Umpire B level" on the EH Umpire Development Pathway.

Follow this link to Register for an EH Level-1 Umpiring Course and to see more info.


If you attend a Level-1 Umpiring Course and become a Level-1 Umpire - Please check the box that allows EH to give your details to Norfolk. In order to help develop new umpires and to be able to keep in contact with new umpires, inviting them to Umpiring Workshops or sending email newsletters. Likewise the league secretaries need to know who you are, and your EH L1 reg.no. when you sign team sheets off. To remain on the Active Umpires list, each umpire is expected to umpire at least 3 games each season. We need to know who you are!


This is how the EH Umpire Development Pathway translates to Norfolk Umpires and the Leagues/games they can officiate.

League rules state that games must be umpired by Level-1 qualified umpires, NHUA (and NHA Women's Leagues expect appropriately experienced and assessed umpires to be appointed to games. The clubs are responsible for ensuring their Club Umpires are correctly "graded" and appointed. NHUA Umpire Coaches are availble to help develop and assess the progress of umpires. Within the larger clubs there are Umpire Mentors - senior players/umpires (listed on this website) who are on hand to help new umpires, please use them.

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