Umpiring & Coaching

Umpires and Coaches are the backbone of the game. These roles need proper training and support.

Rules and Coaching

From time to time, Hockey NT pass modified rules for competition in the Darwin Hockey League. The rule modifications for a particular year are published (after consultation with the clubs) but Hockey NT prior to the season starting.

The official international rules of hockey.

NT State Representative teams have been coached by many of East Darwin coaches including U13G, U13B, U15G & U15B NT teams.

Coaching Pathways

Club Coaching

The club is always looking to develop individuals who wish to volunteer for coaching roles. It may be you want to be an assistant coach for your child’s team or you might think you have something to offer as a head coach of a team.

All of East’s coaches started off with a desire to learn and help out. A way of contributing to a team’s ability and also be more involved than watching from the sidelines.

The coaching pathway can be as formal or informal as you like. Hockey Australia have many online resources where people can sign up and gain formal qualifications.

Community Coach

Qualifications start with ‘Community Coach’ which is a free online course and is designed to train coaches the basic concepts of coaching including group management, conducting modified games and safety.

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Level 1 Coach

The Level 1 Coach training program is designed to train coaches in the fundamental concepts of coaching, including group management and organisation, developing effective training sessions, performing the role of match-day coach, and ensuring the safety and enjoyment of players.

There is a registration fee of $50 to complete this course.

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Level 2 Coach

The Level 2 Coach program is designed to train coaches in the essential concepts of coaching, including planning and conducting training sessions, match-day role, hockey skills and tactics, playing styles and structures, junior development, communication, risk management, and ethical responsibilities.

It is a comprehensive training program involving seminars, pre- and post-seminar requirements, and a practical assessment.

The program is directed towards coaches involved in the higher levels of club, school or representative hockey.

There is a registration fee of $50 to complete this course.

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Advanced Coach

The Advanced Coach training program is designed to train coaches in the advanced concepts of coaching including self-management skills, skill and tactical development, playing styles and structures, player and team analysis, sports science and communication skills.

It is a comprehensive and challenging training program involving presentations by experts, workshop activities, applied learning, self-development requirements and significant pre and post course work.

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The club is required to supply umpires for games. A qualified umpire is paid per game. So it is a great way for younger players to earn money as well has have a deeper level of understanding of the rules.

East Darwin has been proud to supply umpires to many of the recent National tournaments.

Umpiring is an essential part of playing hockey.

The club and Hockey NT are committed to developing new junior and senior umpires.

If you wish to become an accredited hockey umpire, please see either your Junior VP or your senior VP and they will put you in contact with the relevant people from within the club and from Hockey NT.

As an entry level, you can become a community umpire – free online course which will give you an enjoyable straightforward training program and equip you with the essential basics of umpiring.

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0419 147 198 (SMS preferred)

Postal Address

PO Box 42080, Casuarina NT


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