The ninth annual Umpiring Refresher Day was held in Hamilton on September 16th. The event attracted 57 umpires from around the country bringing the day to full capacity. It was a packed day with guest speaker Gina Aitken, (Multiple Scottish Junior women and Mixed Doubles champion) talking about the value that athletes and umpires working together brings to successful competitions. Gina’s talk ignited the room and highlighted the importance of this partnership.
The long awaited Umpiring Toolbox was officially launched and was very well received by everyone. Fiona Harfield, Workforce Development Manager talked about the future of the Umpire Development Programme and there were updates on rules; including the refreshed brush policy and changes after the WCF Congress.
Workshops were delivered throughout the day by Alan Stanfield, Robin Turner and Competition Coordinator, Eoin McCrossan. These workshops focussed on the roles and responsibilities of officials, mentoring and umpire feedback, sheet allocations, video scenarios and running a pre-competition and post-round robin team meeting.
The umpires were treated to a Q&A session with 2018 Winter Olympic representatives, Alan Stanfield (DCU), Anne Malcolm (GU), Harold Forrester (CT) and Pat Eddington (TCO). They spoke about how they became involved in officiating and their experiences at the Winter Olympics.
No refresher day would be the same without Alan’s annual caption competition, which was won by Malcolm Watson!
Umpiring committee convenor Jim Cullen closed the day congratulating those involved on another excellent day and thanking everyone for attending. Special thanks was given to Hamilton for the catering and the venue. We look forward to another great day next year!