Had this from the weekend. 1. Is this obstruction/crossing? I don't think the white player has been impeded here, he is still able to play at the ball to defend. In discussion afterwards, the umpire in question said that 2 players had stopped him from trying to defend the ball. 2. I will admit to sometimes not communicating to umpires very well at times, with the pressure of the game and situation sometimes getting to me. If I step over the line with my tone and words, I'll take being told to shut up or penalised with cards. But in this instance, I am calm and stating what I've written above - that the white player was not affected by any of the red players. What do people here think of the reaction? I've never seen this before in my years in hockey, with an umpire saying nothing and just pointing to his cards as a warning. Just interested as both points are recurring themes in my conversations with umpires - 1) the giving of free-hits and corners when the "offence" has no effect on the game (no advantage or disadvantage to the teams), and 2) communication between players/coaches and umpires.