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6th AprRadios

To all umpires who have loaned radios issued to them please remember that you should keep the battery in good order by putting the unit on charge approximately once a fortnight.
S+CC

6th AprNew Rules

As the season winds to a close we are faced with and are looking forward to a new challenge from 1st July when the new rules become mandatory in all senior hockey. We are likely to be holding a members meeting in either June or July and the Council will make an announcement in due course about the timing.
Last season we successfully appended a members meeting to the AGM and it seems likely that we may replicate this by bringing the AGM date forward from the currently advertised September date.
The purpose of this note is to warn you that notifications of the various meetings will be posted on this website as soon as dates and venues are known. We will, of course, endeavour to send email messages as well but please do keep an eye on this website during the summer months.

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.
S+CC

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20th MarNew Rules

The new Rule Book is currently in transit to members of SHUA however I would like to remind all umpires of the news item originally published in December 2014.
"The FIH has recently published details of the Rules of Hockey that are due to apply from 1st January 2015. Until such time as England Hockey has advised which of these new rules will apply in England THERE ARE NO CHANGES that need to be implemented by us for the time being.
When we are advised when the implementation date will be we will advise this to members and in all probability arrange a meeting at which we may discuss them.
As far as we know there are no rule changes effective 1st January for any games that we appoint to save for the amendment to the styling of face masks."
S+CC

4th MarRamesh Rao

The Association was very sad to learn of the death of Ramesh's wife, after a long illness, last Saturday.
Our thoughts and sympathies go to Ramesh and his family.

10th FebGeorge Croft Trophy

At our members meeting at Epsom HC on Saturday 7th February it was announced by our Chairman, Ian Hawkes, that the George Croft Trophy had been awarded to Terry Mulcock.
Terry as many of you will now has been associated with SHUA for many years and has held numerous posts in that time. He has been Treasurer, Chair of the Selection Committee, Vice Chairman of the Association and is currently still a member of the S+CC with the specific duty of being the Red Card/MMO Administrator.
Well done Terry you have served us very well.
IDW

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.
IDW

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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.
S+CC

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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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