At the Quebec World Championships the federations agreed to a number of changes to the rules of Underwater Hockey and accordingly version 11 of the rules has been submitted to CMAS for formal approval. It is expected that these will be approved in April 2019.
Version 11 of the rules will be used at all UWHNZ tournaments in 2019 and can be found here.
Criteria for selection of New Zealand Representative Referee
Those referees interested in representing New Zealand at the Age group Underwater Hockey Championships in Sheffield in August 2019 here is the selection criteria to be used for the selection of the referees.
Selection of Referees
The selection of referees for competitions is based on a number of criteria and requirements.
As we strive to secure the highest quality of facilities to host competition, we also seek to provide the best possible standard of refereeing within our budgetary constraints.
Some competitions are refereed exclusively by non-playing Referees, while other tournaments provide an opportunity for anyone to referee, develop their skills, and log games as part of the completion requirements for level 1 or level 2 certification.
Prior to a competition, a formal "expression of interest" request is sent to suitably qualified referees and made publicly available on the website. Any referee interested in officiating is welcome to apply to assist with any competition. This gives everyone the opportunity to help, as well as developing their skill in a supported and collegial situation.
The "Team Referee" [C1] concept we have been developing has been achieving great results and provides a supportive environment where assistance is willingly provided by senior and experienced Refs, enabling you to clarify interpretations and better understand the game.
UWHNZ considers the applications and decides who will be invited to attend the competition based on a number of criteria. These include; skill, experience, level of competition, cost, development opportunity, contribution to UWHNZ, and other factors which can vary depending on the competition and external factors such as upcoming world championships.
UWHNZ requires the Referees to stay at the accommodation supplied and meetings and briefings are held throughout a tournament to enable Referees to discuss particular situations and improve the skill level of all those attending. In return, we expect Referees to take the skills and knowledge they have learned, practiced and developed, back to their teams, clubs and regions, and pass it on to others as opportunities arise.
We are committed to the ongoing development of top quality Referees, and providing the best possible level of officials to both our domestic comps and international events. If you are interested in contributing, and would like to challenge yourself in what can be a very rewarding and satisfying aspect of our sport, please contact Rob Feist, firstname.lastname@example.org, or a member of the UWHNZ executive for more information