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4th OctMany congratulations....

... to Jane Hallett who, on Saturday October 3rd, passed her membership assessment game and is now a full member of the NPUA.
Very well done Jane --- now the real travelling begins!

19th SepRugby World Cup

Just a polite reminder to those involved in games around the Twickenham area (principally Barnes and Richmond) that traffic congestion may be expected on rugby match days. Mainly these are 20:00 starts so will avoid the majority of Surrey Hockey matches but there is likely to be a build of traffic 2-3 hours before kick off.
19th September 20:00 start
26th September 20:00 start England v Wales
3rd October 20:00 start England v Australia
10th October 16:45 start Australia v Wales
17th October 16:00 start Quarter final match
18th October 16:00 start Quarter final match
24th October 16:00 start Semi final match
25th October 16:00 start Semi final match
31st October 16:00 start Final
Please allow extra time for your journeys

15th SepAutomated System Emails

Our website is currently experiencing problems with sending out automated emails - especially those advising that new appointments have been made. It is possible that these are being delivered to your junk mail folder so please not only check that folder but also keep an eye on the appointments page especially if you are available for an appointment.

12th SepATTENTION - MidWeekers

There are some pre-season "warm-up" University matches in the pipeline for early October, so please would any potential MidWeek Umpires please amend their availability asap please !

28th JulNew Rules

Just in case you have missed the headlines section at the top of the home page there is a very professional presentation covering all the new rules.

1st JulSHUA policy for the Safeguarding and Protecting Junior Umpires

SHUA has now written and published its policy for the safeguarding and protection of Junior Umpires.
It is to be found at:
in the Information and Downloads section of the website.
The Welfare Manager has asked that
* all parents of Junior Umpires
* all Junior Umpires
* all SHUA members who umpire with or coach or assess Junior Umpires
* all clubs who use SHUA Junior Umpires
read this new policy document before the new season starts.
Thank you.

27th MarRules

England Hockey has now officially advised
“That all of the new Rules are introduced throughout the game beneath the IWHL and NPMHL on 1st July 2015, with the following exceptions:
a. The new Rule that relates to the ‘green card’ is not introduced in small sided junior hockey (specifically In2Hockey and Quicksticks).
b. The new Rule that relates to the ‘use of the stick above the shoulder’ is not introduced in small sided junior hockey (specifically In2Hockey and Quicksticks)”.
Please look out for further news items about members meetings during the summer months.

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2nd FebOnline training for new and inexperienced umpires

The link below will take to the England Hockey website where a new presentation has been prepared covering the essential basics of whistling, signalling, offer verbal communication in the game and the presentation and awarding of cards. I suggest this is a good use of a spare 10 minutes and thoroughly commend that you look at this no matter what level your umpiring has reached. You might choose to turn your volume down slightly before playing the video clips - you can play them again easily enough with the volume turned up!
For the newer people to umpiring especially please compare the whistle tones and the signals with what you do at present and adjust if necessary.
The link has also been added to our Links menu.

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11th JanJabra Headset for UmpireTalk Radios

This is the Jabra headset that was discussed at the Members' Meeting and it can be used with the UmpireTalk radios.
Use the link below to source the supplier.
Dave Thompson

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6th Dec (2014)SHUA Appointments - 2 regulations re U18s

The link (in its Appendix 2) gives clear guidance on the position that relates to goalkeepers in junior (defined as U18) matches but also deals with head injuries. Please read the full text.
Summarising the main points
1. Head injuries --- if an U18 player (also applies to U18s in senior games) has a head injury, s/he must be removed from the game (when it is safe to do so) and must receive medical attention from a registered medical practitioner or attend at an A&E Department. This player may not be allowed to return to the game (or a game in a tournament) without a doctor’s permission.
2. Goalkeepers --- all U18 games must have a fully kitted goalkeeper at all times (for clarity -- the use of a “kicking back” is not allowed). If the goalkeeper is injured or suspended s/he must be replaced by a fully kitted goalkeeper and the game can not restart until a fully kitted goalkeeper is on the pitch.

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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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