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19th SepAnd another milestone approaches

150 Matches Dion Oliver 1st Oct 2016 Men's London League Premier Division - Spencer 2 v Reading 2.
Well done Dion from all your SHUA friends.

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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12th SepPostponement of the AGM

Unfortunately Council has had to postpone the AGM due to the unavailability of Officers through sickness and last minute work arrangements. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
A new date is being sought and this will be advised to you all shortly.
At the conclusion of the AGM we intended to present information about the new red card regulations and most importantly how SHUA umpires should act when a red card is shown in the game being umpired. As the new regulations are in force already a paper will be posted on the website giving you the gist of these new regulations. Additionally, there are a few pointers as to how, as umpires, we should act/react when a red card is issued (by either umpire) in a game we are umpiring. Please check back later this week to view this document.
On behalf of Council

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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5th SepPre-Season Friendlies ...........Availability

Please keep an eye open for several (Pre-Season) Non Weekend Friendlies that are popping up now, often at short notice, and amend your availability accordingly = Thanks - and alert me - on

Peter Redshaw

9th JulYour SHUA membership

If your SHUA membership is not what you think (eg you're a non member when you should be an Associate/Club member....), please contact the Membership Secretary on: who is very happy to sort it out for you.

29th Nov (2015)Very important update to the regulations for junior hockey games

There has been a very important update from our parent organisation --- Southern Counties Hockey Association --- regarding goalkeepers in junior (i.e. under 18) games.
A fully kitted goalkeeper is no longer a mandatory requirement but a strong recommendation.
The previous memo from December 2014 should now read:
Instruction regarding Head Injuries
This instruction applies to all junior hockey played within the jurisdiction of the Southern Counties HA and is a part of the Associationís Child Protection Guidelines. It also applies to any junior player injured in a senior match.
Any player receiving a head injury MUST be removed from the field of play by the coach/manager as soon as it is medically safe to do so and qualified medical opinion attention sought from an A&E department or a registered medical practitioner.
Umpires officiating at junior games are instructed not to permit the match to continue until the injured player has been removed and not to allow the injured player to return to the field of play during the course of the game.
In tournament hockey it is conceivable that an injured player will receive attention and be passed fit for play. Tournament directors/organisers must be sure that proper medical treatment/advice has been sought before allowing the player to participate further in the tournament.
Goalkeepers in Junior Hockey
The Southern Counties Hockey Association strongly recommends that all teams playing 11 a side matches where all, or a substantial proportion are under 18 should always use a fully equipped goalkeeper.
For the avoidance of doubt, the junior game is played under the standard Rules of Hockey. There are no variations for the junior game and, as per the ruling of the South Council earlier this month, if a goalkeeper is injured or suspended then the team has the option of bringing on a substitute goalkeeper who is already kitted up or playing with a kicking back (or with 11 outfield players). The previous South regulation that all teams must play with a fully kitted goalkeeper is no longer a stipulation, rather a recommendation.
You must not stop time for someone else to get kitted up.

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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