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.”

Playing with Fuchs will be big moment for Nikkin, Akash is sure of good learning experience at Ranchi Rays

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Nikkin Thimmaiah (Indian Hockey Player)

Nikkin Thimmaiah

The Bengaluru-lad Nikkin Thimmaiah is remembered for his hat-trick against Australia in the 2015 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, where the striker helped his team to register a 4-2 win in the 3rd/4th Classification Match. The talented striker had been a key player of the Uttar Pradesh Wizards (UPW) for the last two seasons as he successfully helped complete the attacking line. With his new team, he will now rub shoulders with Gurmail Singh, Danish Mujtaba, Harmanpreet Singh along with German forward Florian Fuchs, Australian midfielder Matthew Swann and Irish goal-keeper David Harte in the upcoming editions. Continue reading →

Hockey India League Auctions: Teams went behind Germans and Young Indians

In the 2015 auction of Hockey India League, 6 franchisees picked their teams from 135 Indian and 136 foreign players. Germans were among the highest paid, while young Indian players were also sold like hot-cakes. German Captain Moritz Fürste bagged highest price i.e. $105,000, while Indian Forward Akashdeep Singh turned out to be highest paid Indian with the price tag of $84,000.

Moritz Fürste (Germany Captain) going under hammer in HIL Auction 2015, he crossed $100,000 mark in Hockey India League auction

Moritz Fürste (Germany Captain) going under hammer in HIL Auction 2015, he crossed $100,000 mark in Hockey India League auction

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Birendra Lakra Ranchi Rays Hero Hockey India League 2015

Ranchi Rays has retained Indian Star defender Birendra Lakra for upcoming season of Hero Hockey India League 

This is going to be 4th season of HIL, but still there are no teams from South India, either of Chennai or Bangalore should have had a franchise in the league by now. In the interest of the game and for increasing its reach, hockey hotbeds like Karnataka and Tamil Nadu can not be ignored in important league like HIL, which has become one of the best league in world, however it is yet to spread its arms pan-India. Keeping the stadium attendances during World Series Hockey 2012 in mind, HIL organizers should try to get a franchisee from either of the cities specially Bangalore. Continue reading →

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 →