Hockey India organizes an Umpire Seminar in Anantapur

Hockey India and Hockey Andhra Pradesh, aiming to strengthen the technical department in Andhra Pradesh, with the support of Anantapur Sports Academy (ASA), organized a two day Hockey Umpire and Technical Officials Seminar in Anantapur Sports Village (ASV), Andhra Pradesh. Hockey India stalwarts including internationally renowned hockey umpire, RV Raghuprasad, Manager Technical and Development and BJ Kariappa, Manager High Performance (South India) led the two day seminar on the 15th and 16th March, 2017.

RV Raghuprasad delivering the seminar, Anantapur Sports Village.

RV Raghuprasad delivering the seminar, Anantapur Sports Village.

A total of 28 aspiring umpires from both the Telugu speaking states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, alongside ASA’s senior hockey girls and boys attended the seminar. The participants were excited to attend the seminar delivered by RV Raghuprasad, the golden whistle recipient from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) for officiating 100 international matches, which includes the 2014 Hockey World Cup, 2012 London Olympics and Men’s Junior World Cup 2013, to name a few. It was equally motivating for the participants to be in the presence of BJ Kariappa, who came to Anantapur after helping Kalinga Lancers to win the championship in the recently concluded Coal India Hockey India League (HIL) 2017.

The seminar was designed to train the participants in the basic concepts of umpiring, including umpire roles and responsibilities, applying the basic hockey rules followed by a few fundamental concepts related to positioning during the various phases of the game, but not limited to penalty corners and penalty strokes. The participants were also taken through the signals and were offered a detailed explanation which would help their decision making on the turf with regards to offering advantage, giving cards, etc.

Alongside the theoretical concepts, Raghuprasad ensured the participants were supported by practical learning as well.  The participants were divided into groups and each group was given a specific situation that might arise during a game and were allowed time to discuss among themselves. Later, the group members presented their explanation to the remaining groups regarding their umpiring decision pertaining to that situation. On both the days, participants were taken to the hockey ground to put their learning to test.

Group picture of all participants along with trainers from Hockey India

All participants along with trainers from Hockey India

Raghuprasad, upon being asked about their objective behind holding the seminar and participants response, said “Our sole objective was to share our knowledge with the upcoming umpires in India and strengthen our technical department of hockey umpiring. Using these seminars, we would like to encourage youth to take up hockey umpiring as a career and identify the ambitious youth. Initially, the participants were a bit hesitant but by the end of the seminar we have seen a gradual progress with regards to their contribution within the seminar.”

Vijay Babu, Secretary of Hockey Anantapur and an avid supporter of ASA’s hockey program, which recently celebrated 10 years of developing lives through hockey in Anantapur, mentioned, “We would like to improve the standard of umpiring in the lower level competitions. Also, with the gradual downfall in the number of registered women as umpires in India, we are keen on promoting girls to take up umpiring as a career. We would like to thank RV. Raghuprasad, BJ Kariappa, G. Harsha Vardhan, Chairman – Technical Committee, Hockey Andhra Pradesh and Anantapur Sports Academy for organizing this seminar and we are already planning on organizing more seminars in the coming future.”

Ranchi Rays crowned champions of #HeroHIL 2015

Ranchi Rays emerged the Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015 with a 3-2 win in shoot-out over Jaypee Punjab Warriors in the grand finale after coming back twice to keep scores level at 2-2 in regulation time at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Earlier in the evening, Delhi Waveriders defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 2-1 to finish 3rd in the league.

Ranchi Rays: Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays: Champions of Hero Hockey India League 2015

The Grand Finale of Hero Hockey India League 2015 witnessed the presence of many eminent dignitaries. Arun Jaitley, Member Governing Council, Hero Hockey India League and Minister of Finance, Minister of Corporate Affairs and Minister of Information and Broadcasting of India, Sarbananda Sonowal, Minister of Youth Affairs & Sports, Rajeev Mehta, Secretary General, IOA, Jan Albers, President of the Royal Dutch Hockey and Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad, Secreatary General, Hockey India. Continue reading →

Delhi Waveriders beat UP WIzards by 2-1 to finish 3rd in Hero HIL 2015

Playing for the third position, Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards met in the third place playoff match of the Hero Hockey India League 2015. Having missed the Finale berth, both the teams were determined to win and claim the position in the League. With the scores locked at 1-1 the second half was the decider session for both the teams. It was Delhi Waveriders who successfully kept the pressure on the opponents and won the match 2-1, taking home Rs. 75,00,000.

Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders captain Sardar Singh in action during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Eminent dignitaries Rajeev Shukla, Member of Parliament and Cam Vale, Hockey Australia seen enjoying the tough tussle between both the teams for the win.

Getting into their business side of the field, Uttar Pradesh Wizards were on the attack immediately as the match started, but the defence of Delhi Waveriders were more determined and cleared the danger. Delhi Waveriders earning their first penalty corner in the sixth minute missed converting, but Rupinder Pal Singh counter attacked by entering the D and scored a brilliant field goal, giving Delhi Waveriders their first goal in the match. Seconds left for the first quarter to end, Bob de Voogd standing in D got a clean pass but missed hitting the ball completely, giving the Delhi defenders a chance to save again for the team. Continue reading →

Its Punjab Warriors vs Ranchi Rays in Final of Hero HIL 2015

Jaypee Punjab Warriors outclassed defending champions Delhi Waveriders by 2-0 to set-up summit clash against Ranchi Rays in Hero Hockey India League 2015 . In the first semi final, Ranchi Rays defeated Uttar Pradesh Wizards by 9-8 in sudden death shoot-out to reach finals.

Man of the Match Jaap Stockmann saves Sardar Singh's shot during Punjab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders Semi Final in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Man of the Match Jaap Stockmann saves Sardar Singh’s shot during Punjab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders Semi Final in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Playing for the second spot in final, Jaypee Punjab Warriors met the defending champions Delhi Waveriders in the second semi-final, which was repeat of last edition’s final, where Delhi team emerged winners. Jaypee Punjab Warriors dominated the entire match giving no chance to Delhi Waveriders to bounce back. With two goals to nil, Jaypee Punjab Warriors enter the Finals of Hero Hockey India League and will play Ranchi Rays tomorrow. Continue reading →

Ranchi Rays in finals, after 9-8 win on sudden death over UP Wizards

The first Semi Final of the Hero Hockey India League 2015 saw intense competition between Uttar Pradesh Wizards and Ranchi Rays as they fought hard for a place in Final to be played tomorrow. At the end of regulation time of 60 minute (4 quarters of 15 minutes each) the scores were tied 1-1 resulting in a penalty shootout, which MS Dhoni’s team won.

Ranchi Rays celebrating their semi final win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays celebrating their semi final win over Uttar Pradesh Wizards in Hero Hockey India League 2015

The spectators and viewers on TV across the world, witnessed spectacular hockey as both the teams ensured that they did not give the other the chance to walk away with the game. The shoot-out was neck-neck until 2 rounds and in the third round Ranchi Rays’ outwitted the Wizards to come out winners on sudden death and became the first Finalist of the League 2015. The final score for the match is 1-1 (9-8 SO). Continue reading →

HIL 2015 Semis are here: Ranchi Rays vs UP Wizards and Pujab Warriors vs Delhi Waveriders

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Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

Delhi Waveriders at a practice session during Hero Hockey India League 2015

It is a clash which Jaypee Punjab Warriors have been waiting for since the Finale of the second season of Hero HIL. The aim is to undo that result and finish the job with a win. And prior to the semis, the Wizards and Rays have clashed twice in the league games of 3rd Hero HIL with Ranchi Rays emerging victorious in both the matches as Uttar Pradesh Wizards went down struggling to lose the games by only a whisker. Continue reading →