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16th FebPublication Dates for Hampshire HUA Umpire Appointments for March 2018

SCHUA has announced that it will be making and publishing its umpire appointments for all Saturdays in March on a weekly basis. Could all teams' "Umpiring Contacts" (ULOs and captains) in Hampshire and all HHUA umpires please therefore note that the Hampshire Saturday and midweek appointments for March will be made in two instalments as follows:

(a) published on Saturday 24th February: appointments for Saturday 3rd - Wednesday 14th March

(b) published on Saturday 10th March: appointments for Saturday 17th - Saturday 31st March

Umpires are asked to kindly not withdraw availability for Saturdays 17th and 24th March once it has been submitted.

Best regards,

David Boyle, HHUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary

4th FebBassett Avenue, Southampton - road closure

Bassett Avenue INBOUND (from M3) will be closed 24 hours a day from the 11th February 2018 for approximately 4 weeks. This will affect matches at Southampton Sports Centre and possibly Trojans.Clubs and officials are asked to plan their journeys with this closure in mind.The two OUTBOUND lanes will remain open.

12th JanCongratulations

Congratulations to Jason Holcombe for achieving Level 3 Indoor award last weekend. Well deserved.

1st JanVerifying Umpires Expenses

I have just been using the new system to verify expenses against the google mileage. Some umpires will have received 'dispute' e-mails where the claim is outside the margin of about 10%, and a max of 10 miles, which I think is reasonable without an explanation. We should really be re-reimbursing for a reasonably direct route, even if it takes a bit longer. Google usually follows the quickest anyway!
Will everyone please ensure they include an explanation where significantly longer routes are unavoidable - eg to get to two games. Finally, apologies if I have disputed anything incorrectly - I am getting used to the new system as well!
Thanks Mike

29th Dec (2017)HHUA Umpire Appointments for January 2018

FAO: All Active HHUA Umpires and “Umpiring Association Contacts” for Clubs, Universities and Schools

For various logistical reasons, the HHUA Saturday and midweek umpire appointments for the period 1st - 12th January will be published today; the appointments for the period 13th - 31st January will be published on or just before Saturday 6th January.

Umpires are asked to kindly not withdraw availability previously submitted for Saturdays 13th, 20th and 27th January, as HHUA is already very short of available umpires on those three Saturdays.

With best wishes to all for the New Year 2018,

David Boyle, HHUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary

15th Nov (2017)Umpire 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 Nov (2017)HHUA 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.

7th Nov (2017)Level 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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27th Oct (2017)HHUA 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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15th Sep (2017)Changes 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 Aug (2017)Women'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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