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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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21st MarReporting of red cards & MMOs

As of today please use Terry Mulcock as the red card/MMO contact.
A copy of the red card/MMO reporting form can be found on the EH website (see link) or on our website via the web download page.
Thanks to Ian Hay for standing in during Terry's worldwide tour.

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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."

16th MarA big congrats.

Well done to Ian Dinwiddy for passing his Level 3 assessment game and he is now a full member of the NPUA.
From all your SHUA friends.

13th MarAppointments

I have been able to publish appointments for the 21st March but am still being held up by higher authorities for the 28th on which I can't even make a start at the moment. There has been a fair bit of chopping and changing and I thank you all for accepting any changes without complaint. This will no doubt continue!
We have a few postponed league games on 11th April and importantly the London League play-offs on Saturday 18th April. I remind you that these are aimed at all levels and so provide an opportunity for a wide range of our members. Please put your availability up on the website.

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.

3rd MarInternational congratulations

Congratulations to Sean Edwards who has been promoted to the FIH Indoor Promising List following his performance at the recent EuroHockey Indoor Champions Challenge I in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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I will be publishing the appointments for 14th March in the next 24/36 hours. Like those for 7th, these will be very much in draft form because there is little or no sign of the NPUA appointments yet! I hope not to lose any of our NPUA guys but that is unlikely as they always seem to go for Surrey's umpires before anyone else's! Perhaps we are just too reliable.It will no doubt be the same with 21st and 28th March - very much draft!
Once again the London League has asked Surrey HUA to appoints the umpires for their "Finals Day" which will be held at Surbiton HC on Saturday 18th April. This is another opportunity for all our umpires to be involved. There will be 7 or 8 games from Premier League down to about Division 7 but every game is a final. These games are up on the website and so please put in your availability at the earliest opportunity. If we are over-subscribed, I regret there will have to be a selection process. Please get your names down now for this event.

26th FebRe-arranged League Fixtures - Sundays

There are a number of re-arranged league fixtures on Sunday 8, 15 and 22 March to add to the existing boys and girls age group games. I'd greatly appreciate some extra availability, especially on 8 and 15 March.

15th FebNew Association Appointment

We are very pleased to announce that Ian Hay’s wife, Sandie Hay, has agreed to take up the role as our Welfare Manager. To all intents and purposes this is the same as the title of Welfare Officer. Her main role is for the support and guidance of umpires under the age of 18. Any questions or concerns can be directed to her by email at
SHUA Council

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.

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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Following consultation with the England Hockey Rules & Regulations Advisory Group, NPUA and the England Hockey League Committee, EH can confirm that the rule changes announced by the FIH will only be implemented in the national leagues (Investec Women’s Hockey League (IWHL) and the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League (NPMHL)) when the outdoor season resumes at the end of January 2015. THE ONLY RULES CHANGE THAT AFFECTS ALL LEVELS BELOW IWHL AND NPMHL IS THE AMENDMENT TO THE FACE MASK RULE AND THIS HAS BEEN IMPLEMENTED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.
England Hockey will be consulting more widely with the hockey community as to whether they apply to FIH to opt out of the introduction of any of the new Rules FROM the start of season 2015-16 for the wider game and, if so, at what levels and/or age groups. A decision will be made on adoption of the new Rules after this consultation.
Further bulletins will be issued as we get information from EH.

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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9th JanMembers Meeting

Our Members Meeting at Wimbledon last night was very well attended and my thanks to all those who turned up.
Discussions were stimulating and varied and we covered some very good ground in relation to the issue and use of radios. We now have issued radios to about 90% of regular Saturday active umpires. Please remember that if you are a recent recipient of an UmpireTalk radio set then your feedback is very important so I look forward to receipt of your comments.
For tomorrow's appointments we are trying to distribute our coaching team so that immediate help can be offered when you use your radio for the first time. Please note that de-briefs may be shorter than usual and will concentrate on the various aspects that result from your use of the new technology.
As a reminder of the discussion last night a precis of the presentation is available at the link below.
Ian Witchell

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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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22nd Oct (2014)Red Card & MMO Procedures

Members attention is drawn to the Red Card and MMO Guidance notes in the Discipline Section of the Information & Downloads section on the website.
In particular you should be aware of the very important information that is mandatory when filling in the Red Card Report Form.
Once you have issued the Red Card you need to complete the report in full and in good time and submit it for processing.
Failure to complete the form correctly may give rise to a successful appeal.
Five additional notes/reminders for your guidance;-
1. Most importantly you should remain calm and collected whilst witnessing an event that perhaps will lead to a red card.
2. Mentally record shirt number(s) are offending parties and write them down if you can.
3. Do not be fooled by a team saying they will go back to the Clubhouse where player details can be confirmed. GET THE INFORMATION FROM THE CAPTAIN THE COACH OR WHOEVER BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE CAGE.
4. Never get involved in any altercation between players. Stand back and let their teammates calm matters down before you deal with the miscreants.
5. Ensure your colleague is watching as much of the fracas as possible (easier with radios) by stopping time - thus alerting him/her to the unsavoury goings on.

20th Oct (2014)New information - Level 1 and Introduction to Umpiring courses

The Level 1 umpire training course process has changed. If you are interested in attending a course, all the courses are advertised at and then search for “umpire course” - the dates, times and locations of the courses will be advertised and anyone can sign up and attend any course in any county.
The cost of the course is £50, takes place usually over 1 day and you will be required to complete the online rules test before attending. Previously the courses were all classroom based but the new courses, delivered by trained tutors, have a practical element and you will get the opportunity to practice. You will receive a qualification known as the Level 1 unassessed. In order to become a level 1 assessed umpires, you will need to be watched and assessed by a qualified umpire assessor from your county association i.e. Surrey Hockey Umpires Association (SHUA). Assessments are done on the last Saturday of each month in the season by contacting either Jane Binner or Ian Witchell, with contact details are on the SHUA web site.
If your club, school or university wishes to host a Level 1 Umpire course, please complete the Course Request Form (click on this link) and return it to This is also the email address for any questions you have about the courses.
Guidance for both organisers and participants can be found here. Terms and conditions for bookings can be found here. Bookings close 7 working days before the course date (or when full).
There is also a new 3 hour Introduction to Umpiring course which costs £25 per person and is for people with very limited (or no) umpiring experience. Participants do not receive an umpiring qualification.
If your club, school or university wishes to host an Introduction to Umpiring course please complete the Course Request Form and return to
Guidance for participants and clubs, schools and universities who want to organise an Introduction to Umpiring course can be found here.

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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