Everyone involved in the game of hockey, at any level, understands that the game needs qualified umpires but the number of umpires who want to perform this valuable service has been declining over the years. Brisbane Masters has, since 2015, taken an active role in developing initiatives to assist the development of new umpires. This started with a player umpiring mentoring scheme in 2015, and since 2016, has been replaced by the awarding of umpiring scholarships which run for two (2) years.
The inaugural umpiring scholarship was awarded for the two years 2016 and 2017 and since then three (3) young umpires have completed their masters umpiring scholarships and a further two (2) will be in their second year in 2019. All have developed well and have continued to umpire Masters games, as well as games in other Brisbane competitions which remains our ultimate objective. Brisbane Masters Committee is committed to continuing this program and will again offer a new scholarship for the 2020-2021 seasons and nominations are invited from Clubs and Master's clubs/teams. Nominations can be forwarded to Brisbane Masters Hockey committee via the BHA Secretary prior to 28 February 2020. Additional information and a nomination form can be found online via this link.