Umpires

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Umpire Exams are open to any member of a club affiliated to Rowing Ireland who is 18 years or older. They are held annually in each of the four provinces, normally between January and March.

We are currently working with the Umpires Committee regarding new initiatives and will be forming an Umpires Association, among other things. Will update the page accordingly.

For those sitting the exam for the first time the format is as follows :

Seminar: The seminar which generally takes approximately 90 mins is a general run through the duties of a starter, umpire and judge. All aspects of an umpires duties are covered and this portion of the exam is invaluable in the later sections.

Exam Paper: This is a multiple-choice paper with 25 questions. There are three possible answers to each scenario given. None, one, two or three of the answers may be correct. You must circle all correct answers on the answer paper provided. Most of the questions are based on the rules for Competitive Rowing but candidates should be familiar with all sections of the rule book. A pass mark of 70% is required. Candidates are permitted 30 minutes to complete the paper.

Practical: Candidates who are not renewing or those with a licence which has expired by more than one year must also take a practical. This consists of a simulated course on which you and a maximum of two others will be asked to align, start, umpire or judge. The emphasis for new candidates will be on short course starts. The examiners will be judging you on how you act in each scenario they pose. A good knowledge of the rules combined with the ability to make rational and fair decisions is required.

Having passed the examination, candidates who are considered to have the confidence to commence umpiring on their own are awarded full licences. More commonly however successful candidates are awarded “provisional” licences. This means that the holder must officiate at a minimum of two different regattas under the supervision of two different a licenced umpires to obtain their licence. If the provisional holder fails to officiate at two regattas under supervision the licence lapses and the entire examination must again be undertaken in a subsequent year. Licences are valid for a period of five years. To renew a licence, the holder must attend a seminar and score 70% on the exam paper.

International selection

In order to be selected for International umpiring pathway you should apply to the chair of the umpires committee umpires@rowingireland.ie

The Chair of the umpire committee will propose the candidates to the CEO.

All nominee’s for this pathway must have signed the Rowing Ireland code of conduct for volunteers/committee’s and chairs and agree with World Rowing code of conduct.

Following a review of the nominations by the internal nominations panel the CEO then will bring the selected candidates to the Board for their ratification.

World Rowing/Home International Rowing/Coupe Rowing request Umpires to be selected every year for their events. The Chair of the Umpires committee will nominate the International Umpires. All nominee’s must have signed the Rowing Ireland code of conduct for volunteers/committee’s and chairs and agree with World Rowing code of conduct. The CEO will bring the selected candidates to the Board for their ratification.

Please contact umpires@rowingireland.ie should you wish to be part of one of these exciting pathways.