A stellar entry in my good friend John Hrytsak’s blog. He’s a terrific writer and just reading his post gets me excited about going out for my next match.
The FIH has announced that they will implement the EHL rules variation mandating a 2-minute suspension for a green card in the upcoming Men’s ABN AMRO Champions Trophy in Melbourne as well as the 3 BDO WorldHockey World Cup Qualifiers in France, New Zealand and Argentina.
At those tournaments, players receiving a green card will be automatically suspended from the match for 2 minutes and their team will play with one less player, in the same fashion as a yellow card suspension. The technical officials will time the 2 minutes and allow the suspended player back onto the pitch immediately after the 2 minutes has been served.
This is a very interesting development, one aimed at removing the perception that a green card is nothing but a slap on the wrist and offers teams an opportunity to “get away with one” before they buckle down and play with discipline. From my conversations with EHL umpires who have experience with using green card suspensions, it can also put more onus on the umpires to use their full repertoire of control measures to try to prevent green cards from being needed since they now have a greater impact on the game.
A quick note of congratulations to Canadian umpire Gillian Batey, who recently earned her FIH badge at the Champions Challenge II tournament in Kazan this summer. Fantastic work, Gillian, and we look forward to your continued progress on the world stage!
Big thanks to Statshockeyvideo.com for uploading the footage!
Mississipean Sarah Thomas has worked her way up from youth leagues to being the only female referee in major college football, and also has reffed New Orleans Saints’ training camps.
An All-American basketball player at University of Mobile and 5-letter softball player in high school, Thomas obviously loves sports and has found her niche officiating in a sport that she didn’t even play. Back in 2007, when first made history breaking into the college ranks, the referee coordinator said:
“She came highly recommended by two NFL scouts,” said Gerry Austin, a longtime NFL referee and the conference’s coordinator of officials. “She has a good presence and demeanor. I feel like she has the ability and courage to make a call, and the guts to not make one, too.”
She’s now expected to be the first woman to be invited to referee in the NFL.
Both Argie Carolina De La Fuente and Englishman Hamish Jamson earned their Golden Whistles for umpiring 100 international matches at the recently concluded EuroHockey Nations Championship in Amsterdam.
Carolina has had an amazing career so far, including umpiring at both the Athens and Beijing Olympics (the latter of which saw her umpire the Gold Medal game), two World Cups and three Champions Trophies. Hamish has umpired at two European Cups, two World Cups, three World Cups, and started out at the Junior World Cup in 1997.
Congratulations to both of you!