In keeping with the Trinidad and Tobago Hockey Board’s (TTHB) commitment to the development of the sport of hockey throughout the twin island republic the TTHB hosted their annual Umpiring Seminar on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th May, 2015 at the National Hockey Centre, Eastern Regional Sports Complex, Tacarigua. The seminar was conducted by the TTHB’s Umpiring and Technical Committee and featured Ms. Renee Cohen, a former Dutch International Grade 1 Umpire and currently a World Panel Umpires Manager.

The seminar was targeted towards practicing umpires, who are interested to learning new tips and tricks to aid in the improvement of their craft. It served to educate participants on various psychological and technical skills involved in umpiring the sport of hockey as well as offered in depth interpretation of the rules of the game, incorporating theoretical and practical sessions where participants were engaged indepth match analysis. The seminar also outlined the possible stages of development through the local, regional and international umpiring bodies.

This seminar is part of the TTHB’s strategic thrust to increase the number and quality of young international umpires. Thirty persons, including participants from Tobago, Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados and Bermuda were in attendance.