IT COULD be that there is something in the water at Clyde Park. Either that or Toowoomba is just a good breeding ground for young hockey umpires.
But whatever the secret is, the Darling Downs is certainly pulling its weight in bringing through the next generation of hockey match officials.
Toowoomba Hockey Association juniors Daud Anderson (16), Kaitlyn Steinhardt (17), Madyson Mogg (15) and Kaitlyn Benson are the latest players to also turn their hands to umpiring with impressive results.
Each of them is emerging from the Toowoomba hockey umpire development academy which was formed last year.
Sixteen-year-old Chantelle Manhire is one of the academy's early star members with her elevation to open state championship level.
Her four colleagues are now on their way up the ladder.
Anderson recently controlled the under-15 boys state championship grand final.
He was recognised as the most aspiring umpire of the tournament and has also received his Level 1 accreditation.
The three girls have officiated this year at junior state championship carnivals while Steinhardt has also risen to masters' tournament level.
Anderson and Mogg have also won national appointments.
THA umpire manager Michel Holmes said the growth in junior umpire participation is a huge plus for Toowoomba hockey.
"Our standard of junior umpiring has never been as high," Holmes said.
"It is a credit to our young players that they are willing to become involved in officiating.
"And now they are reaping the rewards of their work by winning state and national recognition.
"We are getting lots of good feedback from Hockey Queensland as well.
"The quality of kids coming out of Toowoomba is great to see."