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23rd NovMonthly meeting

Our final get-together before the Xmas break will be at Old Cranleighans HC on 10th December. David Knapp from the home club will be available to present the the Roger Loveland Award and the announcement of this year's recipient will be made at our AGM on 6th December. For those who do not know Roger Loveland played his hockey at OCs and in his memory OCs presented SHUA with the trophy that is awarded to the umpire who has made the most progress during the past season. At 1:00pm OC’s are playing Havant so if the time of your game permits, please take the chance to go and watch some top umpires in action. One of them is a Surrey umpire! Please feel free to arrive at any time after 1:00pm - we are sure there will be plenty of opportunity to talk hockey and watch some good matches.
If you see an umpire coach there why not go and chat about some of the umpiring techniques being seen in the games being played? A good opportunity to learn!

22nd NovRules 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 NovNew member

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

18th NovAvailability, 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 NovSHUA AGM 6th December 2016 - Post meeting presentation and Q&A

After the SHUA AGM on Tuesday 6th December 2016 at 19.30 at PWHC there will be a presentation on game management applicable to all levels of umpire as well as a Q&A session where you will be able to ask your umpiring questions of a Level 2 and Level 3 umpire panel. We hope that you will see these as a great opportunity to learn more about our role as umpires! We look forward to seeing you there!

11th NovClubs 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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11th NovLevel 1 umpire courses in Surrey

There are a number of 1 day Level 1 umpire practical training courses being run in Surrey over the next few months e.g. Sunday 11th December at Surrey Sports Park, Thursday 22nd December at Spencer HC, Saturday 7th January in Godalming. If you are interested in signing up for any of these courses please go to and sign up as soon as possible as places are limited. You can of course sign up for any of the courses in other locations if you prefer - all courses are open to anyone.

10th NovSelection 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 OctPromotion

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

23rd OctAvailability

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.

18th OctSunday 6 November

There are a lot of cup fixtures on 6 November and at present rather few umpires. I'd be grateful if some more people could make themselves available.

14th OctCalling Indoor Umpires

Further to my earlier message the dates and venues have not changed but SCHUA are intending to appoint. If you are NOT an SCHUA umpire but still wish to umpire do not despair. Please contact me - I am liaising with SCHUA and we will get "county" umpires into the SCHUA system. This is also an opportunity to be considered for SCHUA indoor membership. To repeat games are

On 17 Nov, at 16:00, we have U18 Girls at City of London Freemen's School Ashtead
On 18 Nov, at 17:00, we have U16 Girls at Cranleigh School

On 25 Nov, at 16:30, we have U18 Boys at Whitgift School
Also on 25 Nov, but at 15:00 we also have U18 Boys at Trinity School

On 2 Dec, at 16:30 we have U16 Boys at Whitgift School
Also on 2 Dec, but at 15:00, we have U16 Boys at Trinity School

9th OctSt.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.


University Hockey – 2016 / 2017

The Selection & Coaching Committee would like to draw your attention to the opportunities to Umpire University League and Cup matches this season.

The League Games are usually played on Wednesday afternoons at venues which include, Surbiton, OC’s, Surrey Sports Park, Royal Holloway and St Mary’s College (old Lensbury Club = Teddington). The Cup rounds vary between Wednesdays and some Sundays later in the season.

Competitions for both Leagues & Cups are organised by LUSL (was ULU) with matches mainly on Sundays (Rob Butlin appoints to those) and BUCS (was BUSA) and at the top end often involve Regional and some International players, with teams from Sussex, Hants, Bucks, Berks, Middx, Herts, Kent and sometimes even further afield, all coming into Surrey to play.

The Surrey home teams are drawn from the Colleges and Teaching Hospitals of University College London, and from the Universities of Surrey, Kingston, St Mary’s College and RHUL.

In general the competitions involving the “Boys” are stronger and more “gritty”, but the matches involving the “Girls” are no less competitive and the Teams are always very grateful to have Umpires at all, so may find your welcome is generally far more sociable than the run of the mill Saturday matches.

Of course the standard varies from year to year but the opportunities to Umpire some games which might rank higher than your normal weekend game are there for the taking.

Newer or less experienced Umpires coming into the Association should make the most of the opportunities these Competitions offer at a variety of levels, which afford the opportunity to practice and/or try out some different aspects of your Umpiring skills and technique.

For existing Club Umpires wanting to join the Association, there may also be the opportunity to Umpire with an experienced Colleague and receive some coaching from one of the SHUA coaches, and the occasional chance to be assessed for Level 1 on a Midweek afternoon.

Peter Redshaw, continuing as our Midweek Appointments Secretary, would be delighted to hear from you, even if you can only manage the odd game or two. The early season fixtures – (Some currently without start times, which vary from 13:30 to 16:00) are already listed and your Availability should be entered onto the SHUA website in the usual way, please.

13th SepNew Rules for RED CARDS

As advised in emails yesterday there are new regulations that affect RED CARDS. Please follow the link below to discover these new regulations and also to acquaint yourself with what is and what isn't correct procedure when a RED CARD has been shown in a game you are umpiring. Failure to adhere to these reasonable and common sense requests causes extra time consuming jobs to be carried out by both our Red Card Administrator and the CDA at Surrey HA.
If you have any questions or do not understand any of these guidelines then please do contact a member of the Selection + Coaching Committee. From the home page click The Association and then Committees to see who is on this Committee.

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9th SepRed Card Regulations - new

You may have picked up from England Hockey that the regulations for RED CARDS has been amended. Guidance notes are currently being drafted. SHUA hopes to update members at the forthcoming AGM on 13th September in respect of this rule change and also the rights and wrongs of things to do when a red card is shown in a game you are umpiring.
In the meantime please see the link below for the latest EHB information.

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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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