Barossa Valley Hockey Association revels in continued success of their Green Shirt Umpiring Program (GSP) in 2018.
The GSP is for umpires of any age to learn their skills in a supported system.
This season BVHA have had 12 umpires, from most association clubs and five of which are first year umpires.
“The success of the program is the support provided by the mentors and co-ordinator” BVHA president Gail Kirby said.
“Without the appropriate guidance, direction and coaching, we risk losing umpires before they get the chance to properly develop their skills.”
This season’s co-ordinator Linda Keech, has been valuable in her role, organising the rosters each week for out GS Umpires and mentors.
Past participates of the program, which started three years ago, Riley Hart, Maya Standish, Sam Bentley and Joey Bulla, are now giving back to help develop the next group of Green Shirt umpires, as Mentors.
They have also continued with their own development under the Hockey Australia umpire program.
This has given Riley, Maya and Sam the opportunity to umpire at the Pacific School Games last year and the State Country Championships this year.
Maya has been rewarded and recognised for her continued development and has been invited to attend the U13 Australian Carnival as a nationally selected umpire in Hobart, Tasmania in October this year.
“It’s great to see someone be recognised for the time they have put into their umpiring development,” Mrs Kirby said.
This season’s graduation class, Ashleigh Kirby, Mitchell Waechter and Lachlan Wayling, were given their orange shirt, going on to umpire full pitch matches during this forum.
Casey Parham will get his for the end of the season. These umpires become community umpires which can put them on the pathway to senior, state and potentially national umpiring.
The BVHA are very proud of the program that they run and acknowledge that the program’s success comes from the support of the participants, clubs, players and families.