Vancouver Women's Field Hockey Association: Umpire Mentoring Program

October 19, 2021

Aimee is a Community umpire from Falcons.  As a member of the VWFHA/Hawks Mentoring Program and first season in the VWFHA, Aimee shares some of her thoughts and experiences so far...

Why did you apply to the program?

I applied to the program to improve my umpiring skills and get experience by training and working with experienced, high-level umpires.

What has been the most challenging part so far?

The most challenging part has been getting back into umpiring after a long break during covid. Having my mentor has made the transition much smoother though!

What has been the best part of the program so far?

The best part of the program has been the connections I have made and the support that my mentor is able to provide me with. Being able to have someone to go to with questions and to watch my games and support me on the field has been great!

How has your mentor been able to support you?

Priya has been an amazing mentor so far! Having a mentor provides me with the opportunity to talk through my games and visit the areas where I need to improve. My mentor will often pick up on things that I didn't even notice I was doing incorrectly and she provides me with great feedback. Even when she doesn't attend a game, I am able to message her after to go over my game and clarify any calls I wasn't 100% confident about. She also helps me create goals and plan ways that I can work towards them.

 

September 22, 2021

As many of you may know, this season has seen the launch of the LeadForward Umpire Mentorship Program. This project was funded by a grant from viaSport BC, and the Province of British Columbia, for which we are very grateful. The leadForward grant aims to strengthen balanced leadership for female coaches, officials or organizational staff throughout B.C. by supporting their training, education, and policy development opportunities.

We have seven up and coming female umpires in this program, paired with some of our top female mentors from across the region, and the program is being administered by the wonderful Lelia Sacre. Each umpire will be mentored through four league games and provided with off-field support and encouragement, and our goal is to bring through all seven umpires to Provincial level. Longer term we hope to support and elevate our umpiring capacity throughout the region. If you see any mentors or mentees at the field please say hello and acknowledge the wonderful work they are doing!

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