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12th NovUmpire Promotion

Congratulations to Michael Duncan on his successful assessment to join the Women's panel this last weekend - well done Michael!

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11th NovMissing umpiring jacket

Could the person who picked up an umpiring jacket pitchside at Haslemere on Saturday contact Rowena Shepherd at rowena.shepherd1@gmail.com, who will gladly arrange to collect it.

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7th NovEH Press Release for Indoor Rules 2019-20

Hi All

Sorry for the delay, however please see below link to the EH website that outlines the rules adopted by England Hockey for the 2019/20 Indoor Hockey season.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Kind Regards

Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 30696

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3rd NovUmpire Promotion

Belated congratulations to John MacFadzean making the move from men's County 2 to County 1 panel - well done John!

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27th OctLevel 1 Umpires Course - 24 November 2019 - Thatcham

The course is now on the website available for bookings : http://hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/events
The deadline is 14 November 2019 or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online. Minimum participants is 14.

Details of the course are as follows:

Date: 24 November 2019
Time: 10:00:00-17:30:00
Venue: Henwick Worthy Playing Fields, Henwick Lane, Thatcham, ,RG18 3BN,

Course Format
Organiser: James Mitchell, 07785 380307
Tutor: David Peebles, 07788 939916

Please be advised attendees must be registered on the HockeyHub - anyone who is added to a booking and is not registered, must do so when they receive a notification email.

Please send any queries to umpiring@englandhockey.co.uk

I hope all enjoy the course.

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25th Oct⚠️M3 weekend lane closures⚠️Please plan your journey

There are planned weekend lane closures on the M3 between junction 11 and junction 10 at Shawford, Winchester starting Friday 25 Oct through to the end of November as Highways England carries out Rail Bridge Joint Replacement work.

Please see their information below to help you plan your journeys.

"We will be replacing the expansion joints of the bridge which carries the M3 motorway over the railway line near junction 11 (Winchester). This work will strengthen the bridge and keep it safe for road users.

Due to the extensive work required, and taking into consideration traffic flows on the M3 and the impact to the Winchester area; work is planned to take place over the following weekends from 9pm on the Friday through to 6am on the Monday:

• Friday 25 through to Monday 28 October 2019
• Friday 1 through to Monday 4 November 2019
• Friday 8 through to Monday 11 November 2019
• Friday 15 through to Monday 18 November 2019
• Friday 22 through to Monday 25 November 2019

• Friday 29 November through to Monday 2 December 2019 (contingency weekend only)
• Friday 10 through to Monday 13 January 2020 (contingency weekend only)

During these weekend periods lane closures will be in place on both the M3 northbound and southbound carriageways, between junction 11 and junction 10.

In addition, during the weekend of 25-28 October we will need to close the northbound exit slip road at junction 11. Traffic will be diverted north to junction 10, along the A31 link road beneath the bridge to access the M3, returning to junction 11 via the southbound carriageway.

These lane closures will reduce capacity along the M3 and cause delays during these weekend periods. We therefore advise all road users to plan their journeys in advance.

Please be aware these works have been carefully programmed but are subject to change due to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused during our work; if you have any questions, or if you’d like to know about our work please contact us on 0300 123 5000 or email info@highwaysengland.co.uk "

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21st OctSunday Umpires Needed!

Now that the EH draws have been made there is a need for plenty of umpires for Sunday matches.
Please make yourself available if you can - especially on November 17th and December 1st.
Thank you to everybody who has already done so.
Chris Butler
HHUA Sunday Appointments Secretary

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16th OctUmpire Promotions

Two more promotions:
Congratulations to Tim Clay for getting to men's County 1 panel and to Jenny Rust for passing her Candidate assessment to go on to women's County panel.
Well done both of you!
HHUA Umpire Assessment Manager

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11th OctUmpire Promotions

It's still early doors, but already we have some umpire promotions to announce:
Congratulations to:
Adam Swann for achieving Regional 1 panel for the men's side and County panel for the women's.
Michael Duncan and Paul Moore for successfully passing their candidate assessments and are now part of the County 2 panel for men.
Well done all!
Ginette Tessier
Umpire Assessment Manager

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17th SepGreat Britain Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Message from Andy Tapley of England Hockey

As you are probably aware, the Great Britain teams are taking part in qualifying matches for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the draw this week, we are now in a position to confirm that these matches will take place on the afternoons of the 2nd and 3rd of November at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London. Great Britain Men will play Malaysia and Great Britain Women will play Chile in two days of back-to-back matches for a place at the Olympics. We intend to go on sale for tickets imminently.
When devising the England Hockey calendar this year, we left a break in the England Hockey League season to cater for this eventuality, but it would have been unrealistic to ask all teams at all levels to have a weekend off. Now that the matches are confirmed, there is a chance that clubs and/or teams may ask to reorganise fixtures planned for this weekend. We haven’t hosted a qualifier in this way for nearly 25 years and, given the significance of the occasion, anticipate the wider hockey family would want to support our teams in getting to Tokyo.
I know how challenging the hockey calendar can be for all regions, however on behalf of England Hockey and the GB teams, please can I ask you to consider being accommodating to reasonable requests by clubs.

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7th SepTime to listen Courses for Welfare Officers

I am pleased to advise that Time to Listen Workshops have been organised as follows:

Monday 30 September - Old Bristolians Sports Club, Longwood Lane, Failand, Bristol BS8 3TQ
Monday 30 September - Trojans Sports Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9HT
Monday 14 October - Royal Wootton Bassett Sports Association, Gerald Buxton Sports Ground, Brinkworth Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8DS
Monday 28 October – University of Brighton, Falmer Sports Centre, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex BN1 9PH
Monday 18 November – Polo Farm Sports Club, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, Kent CT3 4AF

Other Workshops are available around the country.

All Workshops are 18.30 – 21.30 hrs.

Time to Listen (TTL) is a three hour interactive workshop, developed by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) which has been adapted to be specific to hockey. ALL Welfare Officers should attend this workshop to update their skills and knowledge of Safeguarding in regards to hockey. The certificate should be updated every three years in order to keep up with current legislation.

Time to Listen attendance by the CWO is a compulsory element of ClubMark accreditation.

The workshop is aimed at Club Welfare Officers (CWO) and people who have a designated welfare role in their County or Region . It is good practice for the CWO, or someone from the club/association, to attend this workshop especially if you have U18 players. It is recommended that a second Club Official is also trained as a deputy.

The workshop is designed to give confidence and support in the CWO role and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to other Welfare Officers to share experiences and good practice. For further details please use this link to our website. The cost is £20 per delegate.

Booking a Workshop place is now online through the HockeyHub (as with coaching and umpiring courses/workshops). Places are limited to 16 for each Workshop and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. As this is a new system for Time to Listen Workshops, if you experience difficulty with the booking process please contact safeguarding@englandhockey.co.uk in the first instance.

If you have any queries please contact my Administrator, Jenny Mitchell (jenny.mitchell@englandhockey.co.uk)

Many thanks


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6th Sep2019 Outdoor Rules Guidance

The presentation on the guidance to umpires for the new rules, as presented at the pre-season meeting on 5th September has been posted on the H.H.U.A. web site (under the Umpiring Guidance section within Information & Downloads).

The presentation has been updated to include answers to some of the questions raised.

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4th SepSouth Indoor Men's National League Qualifier

Date: Saturday 14th December
Times: First games from 9:30am
Location: Fleming Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Closing Date: Saturday 28th September

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3rd SepUmpire Ambitions 2019/2020


The Development and Assessment Team would really like to continue the work we started last season in supporting umpires according to their ambitions.

To that end, we would like you to please 'vote' for your plans for the season through the link shown. This will allow us to distribute our resources fairly and with a view to fairly supporting umpires who want to either move up in their panel or level, umpires who want to explore other opportunities to continue to be involved in our sport and umpires who are happy where they are!

The options you have are the same as last season:

1. Maintaining Group - for umpires who are happy where they are, but would like to make sure they are still at the right level. You will receive a minimum of one 'MOT watching' in this group (this could be a Development or Assessment, dependent on resource availability).

2. Development Group - for umpires who are looking to progress. Most of you who were in the group last year understand the commitment involved, including being fully available for a minimum number of matches, maintaining match records and a Personal Development Plan. You will be 'looked after' by Ginette as HHUA Assessment Manager and given increased opportunities for development and assessment, with specific targets to achieve in improving your umpiring.

3. Alternative Involvement - for umpires who are wanting to explore other opportunities to stay involved with umpiring such as becoming a Developer or Assessor. This DOES NOT mean that you will be asked to stop umpiring! We want to work with you to find a way to keep you involved that works for everyone.

4. Not sure - if your circumstances are such that none of the above suits you more than others, or you're not quite sure of your plans yet, or you just want to talk it over, vote here and Ginette will contact you.

I hope this makes sense, but please do get in touch if you have any questions. The poll is open until 17th September (a Tuesday).

Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager

NB: please note that the technology used in this vote requires you to submit your name and email address which will be securely stored outside of the HHUA system. This is so we can get votes linked to individuals and get in touch with you about the right thing! You will not be contacted about anything other than what is relevant to your vote.
If you are concerned about this or object to this happening, then please send an email to Ginette at hantsuam@gmail.com with your preferred option from the list above.

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26th AugRed Cards and Matchday Misconduct Offences

To all those that umpire

Welcome to the new season from the County Discipline team. There have been changes this year, I have taken over as County Disciplinary Administrator (CDA) from Chris Bond, however Chris is staying as the Deputy CDA.
A few of you this season will give a Red Card or be involved with a Matchday Misconduct Offence MMO. An MMO is a an offence that happens on the match day that would have led to red card being awarded during the match. A MMO can only be awarded by a Level 1 or above umpire, while anyone can submit issue a red card if they are umpiring the match.

The latest versions of all the relevant forms are on the HHUA website at https://www.hhua.co.uk/public/handbook.php along with some guidance on how to complete the form. If you need further help, please contact myself or Chris for additional help. The form is simple, just tell us what happened.
When you have complete the form, please send it me at discipline@hampshireha.co.uk and Chris at cwbond300@btinternet.com so that we can process it.

Please remember that a red card or MMO is a rare occurrence – you are unlikely to be involved In one. However, I suggest that you read the guidance before the start of the season so you are aware of what to do if necessary.

Alan Dow

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16th AugCalling all HHUA Umpires who are also members of Higher Body Associations

Could all HHUA umpires who take appointments of any sort from SCHUA and / or NPUA please be aware that the new OMS system into which they are putting their availability and viewing their appointments cannot be accessed by the HHUA Appointments Secretaries, or indeed any county HUA Appointments Secretaries. This means that I currently cannot even see any of the published appointments for SCHUA or NPUA.
It is expected that any HHUA members who make themselves available to HHUA on a given date have already made themselves unavailable to any higher body on that date. This includes umpiring, developing / assessing umpires and acting as NPUA match officials.
Thank you in anticipation of your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

David Boyle, Hampshire HUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary

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19th JunHHUA Shirt Policy 2019/20

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Management Committee has reviewed the situation with regard to shirt supply as there are a limited number of possible suppliers. Adidas currently supply a new range of blue and orange shirts, with a possible white shirt in the offing, to the NPUA. At the moment, there is no intention for South to change their colours, so HHUA will remain with the current options while the higher-level decisions bottom out.

HHUA will continue with Tempest for new members/replacement Orange and Green HHUA LOGO'd shirts for at least the next 12 months, available through the HHUA Website. The White version remains available though CMP from the website

Club Umpires may purchase the same shirts from Tempest, with the same logo, but CLUB Umpire underneath, for use within the County to increase the corporate look of all umpires.

Members are to be reminded that HHUA Policy is that they will wear a current County Badged Shirt for all Appointments in the county or region (including those of Higher Bodies making themselves available for County/Regional appointments). Notwithstanding this regulation, for the 2019/20 season ONLY, for those who do not currently have a white HHUA shirt, members may wear a white polo shirt (with non-controversial logo (ask Sec/Mike Robson for guidance if you are not sure whether your logo is permitted)) for the rare occasions when green/orange will not suffice.

If you need guidance on any of this information please contact Mike Robson before next season.

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15th MayHHUA Awards 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the AGM, the President of the Association presented the annual awards:
John Deri-Bowen Award Roy Holcombe
Most Promising Umpire Paul Godfrey
Young Umpire of the Year Not awarded
Indoor Umpire of the Year Howard Chaplin-White
Umpire developer of the Year Richard Wood

The President also presented the following award for 2019
Honorary Life Membership Chris Bond

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