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01/06/21 – First Field Hockey Officials Course Introduced by NFHS Learning Center

January 6, 2021 Field Hockey Blog Updates


INDIANAPOLIS, IN — In an expansion of its officiating courses, the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) recently introduced the fast-paced sport of field hockey to the online NFHS Learning Center with its “Officiating Field Hockey” course.

Played on a field that is 60 yards wide by 100 yards long, and featuring only two umpires, field hockey is accompanied by unique rules that offer many challenges to a two-man crew. The free online “Officiating Field Hockey” course, which serves as a companion to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Book and other supporting materials, provides a detailed look at the sport with video assistance.

“The ‘Officiating Field Hockey’ course has been developed for all officials – from first-year umpires to those with more than a decade of experience,” said Julie Cochran, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the NFHS Field Hockey Rules Committee. “The course was designed to help umpires understated the rules, their application, and to help create confidence in themselves and those who rely on them to officiate the sport.”

By taking the “Officiating Field Hockey” course, individuals have the opportunity to learn more about the rules, umpire necessities such as equipment and uniforms, as well as how to properly administer cards. Additionally, this course provides a detailed look at calling primary, secondary and administrative signals, and also explores positioning strategies that umpires will encounter during various situations throughout a field hockey match.

“A huge thank you to the NFHS for partnering with USA Field Hockey to develop this online beginner umpiring course. ‘Officiating Field Hockey’ is a great start for those considering umpiring field hockey. Umpiring this sport is fun, and we welcome everyone to come learn, even if you have no previous field hockey experience,” said Steve Horgan, USA Field Hockey director of umpiring. “I fully endorse this course and recommend that anyone interested in umpiring field hockey take this and join us on the field to help student-athletes develop and advance their skills and love of the sport.”

The NFHS Learning Center offers other educational opportunities for field hockey with its two sport-specific coaching courses. “Coaching Field Hockey” and “Coaching Field Hockey: Goalkeeping” are available through the online platform for $35 and $20, respectively.

“Field hockey is the third-most popular sport in the world and an Olympic sport for men and women,” Horgan said. “As high school field hockey continues to grow throughout the country, more umpires are needed to sustain and support this growth and provide opportunities for student-athletes to develop and grow as well.”

To learn more about USA Field Hockey and its many tools and resources for umpires, coaches, player and parents, please visit

For more information and to access the “Officiating Field Hockey” course from the Learning Center, please visit: To view the Learning Center’s entire course catalog, please visit:

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About the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS)
The NFHS, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the national leadership organization for high school sports and performing arts activities. Since 1920, the NFHS has led the development of education-based interscholastic sports and performing arts activities that help students succeed in their lives. The NFHS sets direction for the future by building awareness and support, improving the participation experience, establishing consistent standards and rules for competition, and helping those who oversee high school sports and activities. The NFHS writes playing rules for 17 sports for boys and girls at the high school level. Through its 50 member state associations and the District of Columbia, the NFHS reaches more than 19,500 high schools and 12 million participants in high school activity programs, including more than 7.9 million in high school sports. As the recognized national authority on interscholastic activity programs, the NFHS conducts national meetings; sanctions interstate events; offers online publications and services for high school coaches and officials; sponsors professional organizations for high school coaches, officials, speech and debate coaches, and music adjudicators; serves as the national source for interscholastic coach training; and serves as a national information resource of interscholastic athletics and activities. For more information, visit the NFHS website at


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