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24th MarNew Shirts Update

We have received a fantastic response to the new shirts, and orders have far exceeded our initial stock. A further order has just been placed for 57 more shirts which includes all orders placed to 23 March, plus a small number to replenish stock. The expected delivery time is 2 1/2 weeks.
We hope that the orders keep coming and look forward to the rest of this season and next season with everyone in orange or lime green.
We will be in touch soon with those of you who have ordered once the shirts have arrived from the supplier.
Andy Chambers, Shop Manager

24th MarAnd another milestone

200 Matches Peter Horsfield 25th Mar 2017 Men's Surrey Division Two - Sunbury & Walton Hawks 2 v Purley Walcountians 2
Many congrats Peter from all your SHUA friends.

20th MarSurrey Cup

The quarter finals and semi finals of the Surrey Cup are being played on Sunday 9th April. There will be 2 QFs starting at 10:30 and the other 2 at 12 noon. Winners of the QFs will then play their SFs starting at 14:30. Venues have yet to be confirmed but will be advised in due course.
The Final of the Surrey Cup will be played on Saturday 22nd April - time and venue still to be confirmed.
Rob Butlin will be making the appointments for the QF rounds and the Selection & Coaching Committee will be making the appointments for the Semi Finals and Final.
Availability is invited from all members for the QF round and from our top 2 umpire panels (Grade A and RM1) for the semi final round of this competition. The Selection Committee will select 2 umpires and a reserve from the Grade A pool for the final so please mark your availability for 22nd April if you wish to be considered.

20th MarMonthly Meeting

Just to confirm that we will have our final monthly meeting of the season this coming Saturday at Epsom.
Just come along after your game for a beer and a chat with your colleagues.
I urge our new member to come if they possibly can. This is purely a social event and a chance to meet new colleagues and to exchange anecdotes etc. Our newer members tend to think this is not for them. Well it is! Do come, you will be made to feel welcome!

13th MarUmpiring Shirts - New Colours

It has been decided by Council that Surrey HUA will follow SCHUA and other HUA’s and use the new umpiring colours of Lime Green and Orange. A supply has been ordered from the supplier and is now available.
The new shirts, with the SHUA logo embroidered on, will cost £22.50. To make it easier for members and to try and ensure all members have the new shirts, the shirts will be subsidised by SHUA and will be sold to members for £15.00 (£1.00 cheaper than the current shirts) until 1st October 2017.
To assist our ‘Associate and Club’ members, the same shirts will be available for sale without the SHUA Logo embroidered on at a cost of £20.50. These shirts will also be subsidised by SHUA and will be sold for £17.00 until 1st October 2017.
If any member requires a monogram to be added to their shirts, then there will be a delay in delivery due to them having to be sent to the supplier for this to be done.
Both shirts are now available for sale through your Personal Area on the SHUA website.
Any questions or queries please contact Andy Chambers or Dave Thompson.

9th MarPromotions

Well done to Jake Moeller who has passed his assessments and is promoted to RM3.
Gareth Hinds has also achieved membership with us and is graded at CM2.
Well done both.

2nd MarIan Stone

Many of you will be associated with Ian Stone, either as a League Secretary for the South Premier and and Regional Div.1 leagues or as a past member of Surrey HUA. He is also closely associated with Purley Walcountians H.C.
It is with much sadness that I must report the death of Ian's wife, Marilyn.
Our condolences go to Ian and to both families and friends. We will post the funeral details as soon as we can.

23rd FebAnother milestone

300 Matches Neville Wrench 26th Mar 2017 Women's Junior Tournament - Surrey U17 v Sussex and Middlesex.
Well done Neville from all your SHUA friends.

2nd FebRed Cards

A reminder.
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.

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

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!

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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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!

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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