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5th DecUmpires expenses

Umpires - If you would like expenses paid before Christmas please submit your claims after your last pre Christmas game. I will endeavour to pay quickly though I am away until 14th Dec

20th NovSuccess in the West

Congratulations to Ali West who has recently passed his assessment in the West Region. He is now on Men's B panel. Good to see our umpires doing well throughout the country.

15th NovUmpire Preparation for Matches

Ladies and Gentlemen,

All clubs have been reminded to contact you in a timely fashion prior to matches, to confirm the arrangements, and it is behoven on you to respond to this communication to confirm that you are happy with those arrangements. This is also your opportunity to ask any pertinent questions e.g about team colours if not apparent from the website etc., or inform the team that you may be travelling from another match, or leaving for another match immediately afterwards, which may affect hospitality etc.

The norm should be for Umpires to get to a match about 45 mins prior to the ‘Centre Pass’ time, but certainly no later than 30 minutes prior. They should attempt to complete the Captains Toss by 20 mins prior, so that the team warm-ups can be completed uninterrupted. If there are potential problems identified prior to the day, such as travel between Double-headers, or game delays/traffic issues on the day, it is common courtesy for Umpires to keep the teams and their colleague informed on progress. You might wish to have the team captains and your colleagues telephone numbers in your mobiles prior to the day, to enable emergency communication on the day.

15th NovHHUA Membership Types

Ladies & Gentlemen,

The Management Committee have clarified the meaning of the three membership types laid down in the HHUA Constitution:

Full Member – This membership is intended for umpires who having passed their Level 1 assessment would like to take neutral appointments on behalf of Hampshire. You will have the opportunity to have support by way of coaching and assessments throughout the season along with the option of attending Coaching Days, whereby you are able to watch a match with coaches and mentors to discuss the finer points of umpiring. You will have full access to the HHUA shop through the website where you would be entitled to purchase badged HHUA shirts, in the three primary umpiring colours.
As a full member if you do take regular appointments you will have the loan of a radio which has now become an integral part of umpiring. As a member of HHUA you will be insured for any matches that you umpire.
The cost of this membership type is set to £30.00

Associate Member – This is intended for umpires who wish primarily to umpire for their club. You would be entitled to coaching/mentoring from HHUA if you feel you would benefit from this. You would be covered by HHUA in respect of insurance. This could be a stepping stone with a view to take neutral appointments in the future. If you are waiting to be internally assessed by Hampshire you may only be able to buy an unbadged shirt at this stage.
You will have full access to the HHUA shop through the website whereby you would be entitled to purchase unbadged HHUA shirts.
Associate membership is also suitable for members no longer taking neutral appointments but whom wish to be engaged with the Association.
The cost of this membership type is set to £12.50.

Affiliate Member – The aim of this membership type is for any person who has expressed an interest in umpiring. This is intended for those that are looking to start their umpiring journey but may at this stage not have yet been assessed but has a knowledge of the game having possibly started the Introduction to Umpiring Programme run by England Hockey.
There is no cost for this membership type.

If you have any questions about which category you might fall into, please contact the membership Secretary, Jo Gordon.

14th NovTemporary home for Gosport HC - Update

All of Gosport's home matches, except for any pre-agreed changes will be played at Fort Grange HMS SULTAN, Military Road, Gosport for the foreseeable future. Showers are NOT available at this venue and changing facilities are limited. Male and female toilets are situated in the casemates alongside the pitch.

Visiting teams and umpires need to have team lists including spectators and umpires, sent by email to our team captains by the Thursday evening preceding the fixture at the weekend. Parking is confined within the walls of the Fort so can we respectfully request a maximum of 7 cars per visiting team and limit spectators to 10 people excluding coaches.
If you arrive before 10am on Saturday please can you refrain from walking across the pitch when our juniors are training.

Any questions can be directed to me, the Club Secretary. djkebab1975@gmail.com
Donna Sutton

7th NovLevel 1 Umpires Course - Winchester - 10 December 2017

Ladies and Gentlemen
Winchester Hockey Club have arranged and are hosting a Level Umpires Course as follows:

The deadline is Wednesday 29th November 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 Sunday 10th December
Time 9am-4:40pm
Venue The Kings School, Romsey Rd, Winchester SO22 5PN
Course Format Option 2
Organiser Richard Macer, 01962 715699
Tutor Dave Peebles, 07788 939916

Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.

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

I hope all enjoy the course.

Kind regards,


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5th NovNew Member of SCHUA

Congratulations to Alan Dow who yesterday passed his L2 Assessment on the South Women’s Premier League D2 match Banbury v Buckingham 2 and is now a full member of SCHUA to take women’s appointments.

David Boyle, HHUA Chairman of Selectors

30th OctULO Duties, Match Day Hospitality for HHUA Umpires & Separation of Team Benches / Spectators

FAO: ULOs of Teams in Receipt of HHUA Appointed Umpires in Season 2017-18

First of all thank you to all clubs and schools whose ULOs have been contacting the umpires on time and ensuring that all the pre-match arrangements are in place, and whose captains have been fulfilling all aspects of match day hospitality and arranging for a clear separation of the team benches and spectators.

However, there has already been considerable slippage in all of the above areas in the first two months of this season, hence this reminder and request for remedial action to those teams to which some or all aspects of this slippage applies.

Please could you, as ULO for your team, ensure that the following pre-match administration is punctiliously carried out:

(1) The direct contact process with the appointed HHUA umpires is to be initiated (usually by e-mail) at the very latest by the Sunday preceding the Saturday / Sunday match (for midweek fixtures by the Wednesday of the week preceding the fixture). Please also ensure that you insist on each umpire separately acknowledging receipt of your message - on the basis that "a sent e-mail is not necessarily a received e-mail"!

(2) If the umpire does not confirm by e-mail receipt of your message within 48 hours, you will need to use the telephone and / or inform the relevant appointments secretary of the problem.

If you are not the captain of the team in question, please could you pass on the following reminders to the relevant captain:

(3) Ensure that somebody from the home team is at the venue to "meet and greet" the umpires on arrival.

(4) Ensure that somebody from the home team takes responsibility for ensuring that both umpires and any HHUA Coach or Assessor know where post-match refreshments are being served and actually guide them to the right place - i.e. not just assume that the umpires know where the food is and ignore them / leave them to their own devices in the clubhouse / tearoom / pub!

(5) Ensure that somebody from the home team buys a drink (from the bar if one is available) for the umpires and any HHUA "watcher" present. It is not acceptable to just leave the umpires to buy their own drinks!

(6) Ensure that the home team takes responsibility for arranging for the team benches to be on the opposite side of the pitch from spectators at grounds where spectators are likely to be inside the "cage" and that all spectators are outside the cage completely at grounds where a designated spectator area (usually with a low fence) is an integral feature of the facility.

I can assure you that others and I have spent (even wasted!) a considerable amount of time dealing with a number of failures of all of the above six issues so far this season. Please do not be surprised when fines ensue, if the home ULOs / team captains continue to fail to get these issues sorted in the pre-match and or match day phases.

For your convenience, here is the link to the current "HHUA Appointing Policy Document" which is posted on the Hampshire Hockey website:


For those of you who are not familiar with this document, I trust it will provide a useful "checklist".

Thank you in anticipation of your valued cooperation and liaising "skills" in this matter.


David Boyle, HHUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary

27th OctHHUA Members Meeting - Outcomes

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Thank you to those who attended, presented and participated in a very successful Members Meeting at Trojans last night.

The slides from the evening presentation are attached to this news item. The slides by Campbell Reeman are an extract from his Personal Umpires Development Plan, and are for your information and edification.

The Red Card/MMO information sheet is in the Information area, along with a revised version of the Red Card/MMO form,which can be downloaded and completed as a soft copy, or printed for manuscript use.

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21st OctSundays! Your chance

We have lots EH games to appoint end of October and into November and we need more umpires to be available. Please consider if you can help. Text me (07734 889319) and change your availability so I can appoint you. Thanks Kevan

15th SepChanges to Hockey Rules 2017

Changes to Hockey Rules 2017 - Extract from FIH Website

Based on recommendations made by the FIH Rules Committee, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) has released the Rules of Hockey 2017.

EH have stated that the rules will be effective from 1st September 2017 for all EH competitions.

In summary, there have been no major changes to the Rules of Hockey 2015 and the subsequent adjustment to Rule 13.2, which came into force February 2016, has not been formally incorporated.

The Rules of Hockey 2017 do contain a number of adjustments that feature in the already published Rules of Indoor Hockey 2017, as applicable to the outdoor game. The FIH believe that it is crucially important the both sets of rules are aligned as closely as possible and, in keeping with that philosophy, has included these adjustments in the Rules of Hockey 2017.

A summary of the adjustments to the rules of Hockey 2017 can be found below.

• Rule 1.10 No equipment etc. to be placed inside the goals
• Rule 2.1 Clarification that decisions taken prior to correcting a team having more than the permitted number of players on the pitch cannot be changed if time and/or play has already been re-started
• Rule 2.2 Clarifications that any change between goalkeeping option, even for Players with Goalkeeping Privileges, either on or off the pitch, must take place as a substitution
• Rule 4.2 Change of the description of ‘gloves’ to ‘hand protection’; specification of the size of hand protection which may be used. Both for normal play and to defend Penalty Corners; addition of guidance regarding the use of knee pads when defending penalty Corners
• Rule 4.3 Deletion of ‘single’ in colour of Goalkeeper shirt
• Rule 9.8 Adjustment to the guidance to ‘A ball is also considered dangerous …’
• Rule 9.16 Addition into guidance that if a ball hits discarded Penalty Corner defence equipment then a Free Hit will result if outside the circle or a Penalty Corner if inside the circle
• Rule 13.2 The changes to Rule 13.2, which were posted to the FIH website on 16 February 2016 as an adjustment to the previous Rules, are now formally incorporated
• Rule 13.7d Tidying up two paragraphs of repeated guidance concerning the completion of Penalty Corners
• Rule 13.8e Addition of ‘once the whistle has been blown to start the Penalty Stroke’ for no movement of the Goalkeeper’s feet at a Penalty Stroke
• Rule 13.10d Adjustment of the guidance for the caution/carding procedure for a Goalkeeper moving early at a Penalty Stroke, bringing it in line with the Indoor Rule
• Addition of the new ‘Corner’ signal in the Umpiring Signals section.

All changes or clarifications in the Rules of Hockey 2017 are indicated by a line in the left hand margin against the relevant text. To download the Rules of Hockey 2017, click the link.

Given the minimal nature of the changes, it is not the intention to print Rules booklets for this edition of the Rules of Hockey. As usual, National Association are free to reproduce or translate the booklet for distribution or re-sale. Reprints must replicate the appearance of the Rules and incorporate the following text: ‘Reprinted with permission of the International Hockey Federation’. The Rules of Hockey will be posted to the FIH website, into the National Association and Continental Federation Workrooms and e-mailed to FIH listed Umpires, Umpire managers and Officials. FIH is also continuing to investigate alternative methods for the distribution of the Rules of Hockey 2017.

At the link, you will find all the versions of the rules for outdoor, indoor, hockey5’s etc., and a link to Apps for iOS and Android to download the rules onto your mobile devices so you can be assured of having the latest version of the Rules of Hockey available for reference.

If you have any questions on the interpretation of these minor changes, please contact any HHUA Umpire Developer for advice.

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8th AugWomen's Hockey World Cup 2018

Message from David Elworthy, Officiating Officer, England Hockey:

As you may be aware, England Hockey are hosting the Women’s Hockey World Cup in 2018 at Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre.

Over the upcoming weeks, we will be releasing information about the ticketing ballot for individuals to register and purchase tickets for this major event. Our marketing is mainly aimed at club members, however as we are all involved in associations where individuals may not be “attached” to one club, could I please ask that this is shared to your members as all umpires are part of the “Hockey Family”.

You can enter the ballot before it goes public on 19 August, by clicking on the link below.

For more information or if you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Many thanks for your help.

Kind Regards,

David Elworthy
Officiating Officer
Direct: +44 (0)1509 228672
Mobile: +44 (0)7712 306967

England Hockey
The Hockey Pavilion,
Loughborough University
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU


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