After the launch of the open application submission system for the registration of Coaches and Technical Officials in India on the Hockey India Member Unit Portal in July this year, a number of applicants have submitted their applications for register as a referee or technical official.
Among the applications, Hockey India (HI) shortlisted 124 applicants as per its eligibility criteria after being nominated by their respective registered member state units. HI is currently running a series of online workshops as part of the onboarding program for shortlisted candidates. The workshops are organized from September 12 to October 10. Once the workshops are completed, other shortlisted candidates will become part of HI’s potential roster who will then be eligible to be nominated for future HI-sanctioned sub-junior and junior category tournaments. . The online workshops are led by experienced HI technical delegates, referee managers and referees.
As far as referees are concerned, HI will carry out fitness tests in their respective states, once the current health crisis improves, with the help of Member State units and active referee managers/technical delegates. Once the referees complete the testing, they will be added to Hockey India’s potential list for domestic tournament nominations.
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The shortlisted candidates from the various applications received through the Open Technical Officials Registration were split into two groups – Group 1 and Group 2 which were further divided into role specific groups. There are 29 technical officials’ workshop candidates and 33 referees’ workshop candidates in Pool 1, and there are 28 technical officials’ workshop candidates and 34 referees’ workshop candidates in the group 2. Candidates will participate in the basic workshops. weekends and they were then divided into smaller groups for specific skill-based workshops during the weekdays.
Speaking on the process of inducting new referees and technical officials into HI’s refereeing system, Gyanendro Ningombam, Officials Chairman of Hockey India said, “It is fantastic to welcome new officials to the Hockey India’s officiating system which in turn will help us create a greater pool of talent.
“I’m sure the online workshops will be a huge orienting factor for candidates as they begin their own journey into the world of hockey officiating. The huge response in terms of the number of applications we received through the open application system was very overwhelming. I wish the new technical officials good luck for their careers,” he added.
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