Umpiring can help a person to develop communication skills, and improve their decision making ability and judgement.  It can also contribute to a life long love and understanding of the sport of hockey.  TEM is committed to developing junior umpires and will ensure as many umpiring opportunities as possible are available every weekend to suit a range of levels of competence, and to coach umpires so that they can reach new levels of accreditation.

Every person in Victoria has the right to participate in community sport which is safe, welcoming and inclusive. Equally everyone plays a part in ensuring their actions and behaviours are supportive of these values.  Everyone – players, parents, supporters and other officials – is asked to show respect to and acknowledge officials and TEM supports Hockey Victoria’s zero tolerance stance against negative behaviour.

Qualities and commitment:  We will form a junior umpire squad consisting of U14 and U16 players, who are considered to have sufficient maturity, understanding of the rules, and ability to take an active interest in umpiring.  We are looking for players who are coachable and are keen to learn to do the very best job they can, every single match.

Basic equipment: umpires will need a hockey standard whistle and neat attire including umpire shirt, available at Just Hockey.

Junior Umpire Pathway

U10 competition:  All junior umpires are required to gain some experience at U10 and U12 level before they progress to U14/U16s on Friday nights.  Players/parents are encouraged to work closely with the Central Flames UDO who coordinates a squad of umpires from Flames clubs.  U10 matches are usually between 10-12noon, and the venue is either Melbourne High School or H1/H2.

U12 competition:  when an umpire has gained some experience, ability and confidence, umpiring at the U12 district level is next.  Recognising that it can be quite a big step from district to shield competition in all junior levels, umpires will need to be assessed before progressing to U12 shield level.  The club must roster one umpire for each U12 match, every week, both home and away.

U14/U16 competition:  Friday night umpires are usually teenage players who have finished playing juniors and still working on developing their umpiring skills.  There may be some opportunities for U16 players to umpire earlier games at home fixtures.  Shield matches will be rostered by HV, and the club will appoint umpires to district and pennant matches, both home and away.  No junior will be permitted to umpire a match that finishes within 45mins of the start of their own match.

Umpire Coaching and Accreditation

Players umpiring U10s will receive umpire coaching and mentoring from a pool of Central Flames volunteers at U10 competition.   TEM will endeavour to provide regular umpire coaching at U12 and U14/U16 home rounds.

All umpires should be familiar with various online resources for umpire education.  The main resource for accreditation is

Beginner umpires should complete the community umpire accreditation, then have a practical, on-field assessment when ready.  Readiness can take a few weeks or months, depending on the confidence and ability of the umpire to officiate at the U12 district level.

Once accredited at the community umpire level, umpires will ideally start working towards the Level 1 accreditation, by attending the level 1 course and gaining as much experience at a range of competitions as possible.  This will prepare them to become competent at the more challenging levels of U14/U16 Shield, and senior competitions. 

 Umpire Payments

TEM will pay umpires the following rates:

PL/PLR                                                          $70.00

Pen A                                                            $50.00

All other senior grades                                $30.00

Masters                                                         $25.00

U16/U14 Shield and U14 Girls Pennant        $30.00

U16/U14 District grades                                $25.00

All U12 Grades                                              $15.00

U10 to be paid at a rate determined by Central Flames

Senior Match Rosters

HV will appoint umpires to PL/Res, MPA and WPA.   Appointments for lower grade teams (Pennant C and below) will be advertised on facebook on Monday of every round so that club umpires can nominate for matches that work around their playing schedule.

Anyone needing to find an umpire for a particular match is asked to post it on facebook, then every effort will be made to help fill that appointment.  Anyone who accepts an appointment should try to find a replacement if they are unable to fulfil their commitment.

It is not the sole responsibility of any single person to source umpires for matches across the club.  Instead we are developing a collective culture where everyone understands and is empowered to work together to use the various resources available to roster umpires.

Masters Competitions

Masters playing at home will be required to supply two umpires per match.  There is no HV roster.  HMHC staff will aim to appoint regular umpires to these matches, similar to summer competitions. 

Technical bench and Technical Officer Development

HV appointed Technical Officers will officiate at all PL matches and will be assisted by a club appointed trained volunteer to act as a judge.

HV Accreditation

Go to for all online umpire accreditation courses.
Go to for information and registration for:

Level 1 Umpire
Level 2 Umpire
Level 1 Technical Officer
Level 1 Umpire Coach