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21st JanA huge milestone

If the current ice age allows for this match to go ahead --- this is a one of our biggest milestones in Surrey --- 900 SHUA matches --- WOW!
Women - South Division 3B
14:30 Surbiton 3 v Southampton @ Surbiton HC (1&2) Sue Redshaw (umpires).
Many congratulations Sue from all your SHUA buddies.

20th JanS+CC Promotions and other news

I am delighted to be advising that following the Selection meeting last night the following umpires have been promoted mainly as a result of informal feedback given to the Selection Committee. Well done if your name appears on this list and for those who haven't received a promotion the ball remains firmly in your court to provide the necessary performances to achieve such a promotion.
Promoted into the RM1 grade
Surinder Bodwal, Rob Dummer and David Pease-Watkin
Promoted into the RM3 grade
Johnathan Fitzgerald and Simon Carr
Promoted into the CM1 grade
Andrew Bond
Promoted into the CM2 grade and welcomed as a member of SHUA
Simon (Virge) Marshall
Other items
The symbol ^ appears after some umpires' surnames and this indicates an anticipation that we have that you may have potential to achieve promotion to the next grade level. This is rather a clumsy way of identifying those who are considered to be on the upward path and is shown as an encouragement rather than something to be complacent about and should also serve as something for others to strive for. There are likely to be changes to the way the grade list is presented before the end of the season - watch this space!
From a coaching and liaison point of view it has come to our attention that umpires may benefit from having a named contact who may be used to sort out any difficulties arising from various umpiring experiences. These may be on field decisions you are having difficulty with or perhaps comments made to you by coaches in recent watchings. The detail of how this will all work and the personnel who will detailed as lead contacts for each grade are currently being worked out and more information will be forthcoming during February.
IDW for the S+CC

18th JanSt Georges Sixes --- Wednesday March 1st

Ladies and Gentlemen
Forgive me if you have already had an email about the SG6s and, if you have already replied, please ignore this news item.
I have a few umpiring places left for this very prestigious all day event (10.15 to 6.00) event where a splendid lunch is provided with some excellent hockey matches either side.
If you would like to be invited to umpire at the SG6s, please RSVP asap and I will select on a first come, first chosen basis. Replies are needed by this Sunday (Jan 22nd) or earlier please.
Ian Hay

13th JanPromotions

Congratulations are due to..
Glyn Jones who has been nominated as our next SCHUA candidate. Good luck Glyn when your chance comes round.
Pete Hodgson who has been promoted to RM1. Well done Pete!

10th JanThe first milestone of 2017

100 Matches David Pease-Watkin^ 29th Jan 2017 Men's LUSL Premier Division - St. George's Medical School v Imperial Medics.
Well done from all your SHUA friends.

9th Dec (2016)RED CARDS

Your attention is drawn to the September 2016 re-write of the Red Card and MMO regulations that are available in full from the Information & Downloads page.
Whilst all the regulations are clearly very important to understand regulation 6.3 identifies what may be considered as a minor offence and this is relevant when considering a technical red card. The full text of this regulation is
6.3 Where a person has committed a red card offence which consisted of two separate, but the same, minor offences for which a yellow card was awarded for the first offence (see Rule 2.3 e of Umpiring, page 44, FIH Rules of Hockey from 1 January 2015) there shall be no further period of suspension. A minor offence is defined as an offence which does not involve
i. any used, attempted or threatened physical violence or
ii. any dissent towards an umpire, properly appointed tournament or match official.

This is very important if you are required to complete a red card/mmo report form.
Although advices have been given on this earlier in the week please note that there has been a change to SHUA's Red Card Administrator. Please see the Committee page for details.

8th Dec (2016)Committee Changes

Following the AGM earlier this week there are a few amendments to the Committees page that you are invited to investigate at your leisure.
The Honours Board has also been brought up to date and the new Constitution is available as well.

6th Dec (2016)OUR CHAIRMAN (for the benefit of all those who were unable to attend tonight's AGM)

Sadly Ian Hawkes’s wife Scotty is not at all well at the moment and it goes without saying that we wish her a very speedy recovery. Ian feels that he will be unable to carry out his duties for a little while and Council has agreed that Ian may take a sabbatical until Scotty is well enough. I am delighted to say that Jane Binner will be the Acting Chairman until Council reviews the situation again in the Summer.
CB (Vice Chairman)

22nd Nov (2016)Rules of Outdoor Hockey 2017

Only at International Level will the new rules of hockey be amended from 1st January 2017.
No changes to the rules will apply in any game at which SHUA has made the appointment of umpires until 1st August 2017.
Members will be keen to discover what the minor changes to the rules will be however these new rules will not be implemented in England until 1st August 2017.
In the lead up to the implementation date SHUA will assess the impact of the rule changes and thereafter suggest the way in which the changes should be applied in our games. Guidance, where appropriate, will be issued during the summer months and will be followed by a discussion at next year's AGM.
In the meantime if you wish to discover what these rule changes will be please use the link below.

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20th Nov (2016)New member

We are very pleased to welcome Johnathan Fitzgerald to our ranks. Johnathan has been graded at CM1.

18th Nov (2016)Availability, Recruitment and Appointments

A message from Council following meetings last week.
At a time when we are dangerously short of umpires, due largely to the number we have with SCHUA and NPUA, one or two late cry-offs in recent weeks have caused severe disruption to the published appointments. Of course, there are always valid reasons for these but please think twice before even thinking about dropping out of your game – especially late in the week. If changes need to be made to the published roster then these are usually done by Wednesday and anything that occurs after this deadline is very difficult to organise with our current limited numbers. In an ideal world changes to the appointments would not need to be made however when they do SHUA is very grateful for your continuing flexibility – if you cannot offer this then the appointments are very difficult to close off on a weekly basis. As the appointments for December are started SHUA needs your availability right now, not in a week’s time when the outline appointments are in draft. There are still some people who have not entered anything yet!
Most of us belong to a club and/or go to different clubs every week. There are two things that we might usefully explain, as ambassadors for SHUA, to those we speak to wherever we are placed each week
* the shortage of umpires. Basically, our only source of new recruits is the clubs we serve. Should we fail to recruit new active members, it is the clubs who will suffer
* the start times of games. With the vast majority of games starting in the noon to 2pm slot our ability to double up our resources is vastly diminished – resulting in some games in the LLP, LL1 and Surrey Div 1 going without umpires - this is not something we are proud of. If matches started before noon or at 2pm or later we would have a fighting chance of covering more games with our current limited resources. This is fire-fighting of course and not a long term solution.
SHUA will send something out to the clubs in due course that explains the above but that should not prevent us from doing our ambassadorial duty – starting next Saturday.
Our final get-together before the Xmas break will be on Saturday 10th December at Old Cranleighans HC. This presents us with a golden opportunity to present the Roger Loveland Award and we hope that David Knapp will be able to do the honours on behalf of OCs where Roger Loveland played his hockey. On that day the OC’s are playing Havant (at 1pm) so if the time of your game permits, please take the chance to go there and watch some top umpires in action. One of them is a Surrey umpire!

11th Nov (2016)Clubs developing their own umpires

All clubs have challenges growing and developing their pool of uumpires but here is a success story that is worth taking on board!

Sonning HC - clubs growing their own umpires - they are well on their way to meeting their target of recruiting 100 club umpires!
Use this link for more information -

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10th Nov (2016)Selection Meeting

At this evenings Selection and Coaching Committee meeting the following umpires have received a promotion
Paul Bentley to CM2
David Cruden to CM2
Federico Orlandini to RM3
Well done to the "promotees" and please keep up the good work as you strive for the next level.

30th Oct (2016)Promotion

Congratulations to Andy Warr who has joined us and is graded at CM3.

23rd Oct (2016)Availability

Over the period to the end of January there appear to be some very busy midweeks that mix indoor and outdoor appointment opportunities. All our Appointments Secretaries (Indoor, Midweek and Schools) would appreciate any extra assistance you may be able to give with your availability during this especially busy period.
Please recheck in your Personal Area to see if there are any fixtures that you may be able to help with especially in November and December as the 2016-17 indoor season commences. Please also check back towards Christmas as new fixtures are advertised for appointments in the new year. Thank you in anticipation of your help.

9th Oct (2016)St.George's College, Weybridge

Any umpires, coaches etc.going to St.George's must take photo ID with them as the College have, for obvious reasons, brought in this policy.

6th Nov (2013)New Match Check List documents

The Selection & Coaching Committee is very pleased to be launching 3 new publications today.
Firstly, we have a re-styled and re-worded Match Check List (formerly known as the Pre Match Check List) that is produced in 2 different printing formats. The words Pre Match have been deleted because the booklet is much more of a framework that covers the whole of the game i.e. pre-match, the game itself and importantly the post-match. Both versions print on A4 but fold to a different size. There is a handy version that can be taken to games and is less expensive to reprint in the future and a larger format for easier home reading and markup. The documents can be found on the Web Handbook and Downloads page.
Secondly, we have been working on providing a less thorough document that is specifically aimed at our Club Umpires in Surrey as well as those who are just setting out on their umpiring career. This document carries the mnemonic (WRISKEY) to provocatively identify areas of umpiring that may not always be considered. Clubs are encouraged to pass this around their umpires as we hope to encourage a greater consistency of umpiring from club to club. For experienced umpires this document is definitely worth a read at the start of each season as it can stimulate a few thoughts that are supplemented by the more structured Match Check List referred to above.
Please use these documents wisely and frequently and please do let the Selection Committee know if you have anything that should be added to the documents.
Ian Witchell

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