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30th OctURGENTSunday Umpires Required

Rob Butlin requires two more umpires for games this Sunday. If you can possibly make yourself available please change the website and also email Rob to tell him.
Pleas try and help if you can.
Ian Witchell


I have to go into hospital on Thursday 30th October and I am not sure exactly how long I will be in although hopefully it will be for only one night. In my absence, please consult Ian Witchell from Thursday - Saturday bearing in mind that Ian will be unavailable himself from 1.30pm on the Friday until 8.00am on Saturday morning. He will try and deal with any League or SHUA matters. Should you be unable to contact Ian on the Saturday, you can always try me as I may well be home by then - I sincerely hope so!

29th OctAnd another milestone

Well done to Neville Wrench for 200 Matches for SHUA on 21st Nov 2014.
Have a great day from all your SHUA friends.


Congratulations are due to Nigel Gray and Geoff Ledger who, in successive weeks, have passed their assessments for Level 2 and are now fully fledged members of SCHUA.

Well done to both of them and let's hope there might be one or two more before the season ends.

27th OctTwo more umpiring milestones.

Well done to Jane and to Glyn for:

150 Matches for SHUA --- Jane Hallett on 14th Nov 2014
100 Matches for SHUA --- Glyn Jones 0n 12th Nov 2014.

All your friends at SHUA wish you both all the best for these games and for the future.

26th OctA magnificent milestone.

On Wednesday 29th October, we have a magnificent milestone of 800 SHUA matches achieved by Sue Redshaw.

The details are:

13:00 R.U.M.S. (UCL2 for BUCS) v Imperial College 3 (6 for BUCS) @ Dukes Meadow.

A massive congrats from all your SHUA friends for this wonderful landmark --- well done Sue.

22nd OctRed 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.


Ladies and Gents

I have to go into hospital on Thursday 30th October and I am not sure exactly how long I will be in although hopefully it will be for only one night but it could be two. In my absence, please consult Ian Witchell from Thursday - Saturday bearing in mind that Ian will be available only until 1.30 on the Friday. He will deal with any League or SHUA matters. Should you be unable to contact Ian on the Saturday, you can always try me as I may well be home by then - I sincerely hope so!



I am very sad to report the death of Michael Haigh. After leaving Kingston GS, Mike joined Barclays Bank. He was a member of SHUA and moved up to SCHUA. He played Hockey for Merton 1st X1 and Cheam 1st X1 at a time when both clubs were much stronger than today. He also captained Cheam 1st X1 at Cricket. He played Bowls for Cheam and reached County standard.

I dare say that few members today will remember Mike but I knew him well and I have one distinct memory of him. In the early days of the St.George's College Public Schools sixes, there were very few umpires ( not run by SHUA in those days!) - probably half a dozen or so and we probably umpired for most of the day. As the day wore on, it became darker and darker and rain was fast approaching. Mike and I were asked to umpire the final (on grass!) and just as the game started, the heavens opened and the pouring rain never stopped. We ended up like drowned rats! This was all very well but we knew a nice warm shower would do the trick. Alas, the other umpires between them had used up all the hot water!

Our condolences go to his wife Nora and to his family.

The funeral will be on Tuesday 4th November at 11.00 a.m. It will be at St.Clement's Church, 307 Kingston Road, Ewell KT19 0BW - opposite Queen Adelaide public house.

My thanks to Barry Mackay( one of my predecessors as SHUA Appointments Secretary) for some of the above info - Barry actually attended Mike's wedding.

21st OctA massive milestone.

This Saturday will be Tony Rowe's 500th game for SHUA.

Tony is at Trinity School for a 2pm game between Addiscombe and Camberley & Farnborough.

Well done Tony from all your SHUA friends.

20th OctNew 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.

20th Oct

Ladies & Gents

Just to let you know that we will be having our first Monthly Meeting of the season next Saturday 25th October at O.Cranleighans in Thames Ditton starting any time from about 4.00 p.m. onwards or as soon after your game as you can get there.

For new members: This is a totally informal gathering where we meet up socially for a drink and conversation with all our colleagues. For “newbies” it is an ideal occasion to meet other members of the Association. So do come along.

I dare say our Treasurer will lay on a tab behind the bar.


17th OctAnother umpiring milestone.

300 Matches

Paull Spindler

29th Oct 2014

Men's BUCS - UCL 2 (UCL3 for BUCS) v University of Herts 2.

Well done Paull --- all the best from your SHUA friends.

13th OctINDOOR HOCKEY amended news item

Can you please check your availability for the Indoor Fixtures on 5th, 12th and 14th November. A minor systems error may have wiped out your availability for those dates - if you had entered any.
If you are interested in umpiring any indoor hockey (there are 5 possible opportunities in November and the moment) can you please email the so that your availability section can be unlocked. You will not able to enter any availability until this is done.

10th OctMilestone matches are approaching.

100 Matches for SHUA:

Peter Horsfield
11th Oct 2014
Men's Surrey Division One
Barnes 2 v London Edwardians 2


100 Matches for SHUA

Jake Moeller
25th Oct 2014
Men's Surrey Division One
Wanderers 2 v EUHC Gamblers

Well done to you both from all your friends at SHUA.

30th SepCongratulations to Anthony Gamble

We have just heard that Anthony passed his assessment game on Saturday and is now a full member of the NPUA.

Very well done Anthony from all your SHUA colleagues.


I am sure that those umpires within Surrey HUA who knew Arthur will be much saddened by his recent death. Arthur was an Epsom Hockey Club stalwart for many years and amongst the many positions he held at Epsom he was their President for along time and was also the Chairman of the Epsom Sports Club Board.

Hockey was nothing short of a passion for Arthur and he and his wife Sheila were instrumental in laying the foundations for the Colts section of the club. He travelled far and wide with Epsom and I met him on several occasions in various parts of Europe.

We will miss terribly his wonderful sense of humour and his ever-colourful style of dress. He was a "perfect gentleman".

Arthur's funeral will be on Friday 3rd October at Randalls Park Crematorium starting at 3.30 and afterwards at Epsom H.C.


22nd Sep

University Hockey – 2014 / 2015 --------------- OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS !

The Selection & Coaching Committee would like to draw your attention to the opportunities to Umpire University League and Cup matches next season.

The League Games are usually played on Wednesday afternoons at venues which include, Surbiton, OC’s, Chiswick Meadows, Richmond HC, Surrey Sports Park, and sometimes at Battersea Park, Woking HC, Staines HC, Royal Holloway and BoE. The Cup rounds vary between Wednesdays and some Sundays later in the season.

Competitions for both Leagues & Cups are organised by LUSL (was ULU) and BUCS (was BUSA) and at the top end often involve Regional and some International players, with teams from Sussex, Hants, Bucks, Berks, Middx, Herts and Kent all coming into Surrey to play.

The Surrey home teams are drawn from the Colleges and Teaching Hospitals of the University of London, and from the Universities of Surrey, Kingston, St Mary's and RHUL.

In general the competitions involving the “Boys” are stronger and more “gritty”, but the matches involving the “Girls” are no less competitive and the Teams are always very grateful to have Umpires at all, so your welcome is generally far more sociable than the run of the mill Saturday matches.

Of course the standard varies from year to year but the opportunities to Umpire some games which might rank higher than your normal weekend game are there for the taking.

Newer or less experienced Umpires coming into the Association should make the most of the opportunities these Competitions offer at a variety of levels, which afford the opportunity to practice and/or try out some different aspects of your Umpiring skills and technique.

For existing Club Umpires wanting to join the Association, there may also be the opportunity to Umpire with an experienced Colleague and receive some coaching from one of the SHUA coaches, and the occasional chance to be assessed for Level 1 on a Midweek afternoon.

Peter Redshaw, returning as our Midweek Appointments Secretary, would be delighted to hear from you, even if you can only manage the odd game or two. The early season fixtures – (some currently without start times, which vary from 13:30 to 16:00) are already listed and your Availability should be entered onto the SHUA website in the usual way, please.

22nd SepSurrey Schools Indoor qualifying tournaments

There will be five Surrey Schools indoor tournaments in November, with qualification possible to the South round.

1. U16 Boys (round 1) @Trinty School, Croydon 17:00 to 20:00 on Wed 5 November
2. U16 Boys (round 2) @Trinty School, Croydon 17:00 to 20:00 on Wed 12 November
3. U18 Boys qualifier @Trinity School, Croydon, 11:00 to 17:00 on Sun 16 November
4. U16 Girls qualifier @ City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead 14:30 to 20:00 on Friday 14 Nov
5. U18 Girls qualifier @ City of London Freemen's School, Ashtead 14:30 to 20:00 on Friday 21 Nov

I have not yet put the fixtures on the website, but could interested people e-mail me on and check the website to see whether you can input availability.

17th SepSHUA Shop - Ordering Issue

A problem has been identified with the shop ordering system, this means that any order made since June has not been recorded on the system. If you have made an order since then please could you re-enter it, apologies for any inconvenience.

4th SepNew Umpiring Shirts

A new style of umpiring shirt is now available from the SHUA shop.
These are performance style shirts and are available in 3 colours; yellow, blue and cerise.
The shirts are purchased from the suppliers to order and hence will take approximately 2 weeks to deliver after order.
Men's sizes Small to 2XL
Ladies sizes 8 to 18
Cost including Logo = £16.00
The exisitng polo shirts in yellow, cerise and blue will still be available until existing stock is sold.

30th AugMembers meeting about our Zero Tolerance Policy

As the season approaches it is time to start thinking carefully about the various umpiring techniques that we will employ over the coming months. Having received some feedback from Surrey Hockey Association towards the end of last season about the “soft” issue of some (not all) red cards and MMOs the Selection Committee was asked by Council to structure some guidance notes for members.

We are pleased now to post this document on the website (can be accessed via the link) and also draw your attention to our members meeting on Thursday 18th September, 7:30pm at Epsom Hockey Club. The meeting will entirely concentrate on any issues you may have after reading and understanding the Zero Tolerance Policy guidelines so please do try and come along if not to ask a question but to listen to the discussion.


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30th AugSHUGS Golf Day

Our 3rd Annual Golf day took place at Croham Hurst GC on 29th August and we were blessed with fine weather and also a course that was in tip top condition. The golf was generally of a high quality evidenced by an average stableford score of 31 points. The clever golfers in the morning were Ian Witchell (3rd on countback with 36 points), Rob Butlin (2nd with 36 points) and David Grant who regained the Trophy (he donated last year!) with a commendable 37 points. Paul Hollingum (last year's winner) presented the Trophy to David.
The precise and big hitting golfers were Lance Harris (nearest the pin in the morning), Paul Hollingum (nearest the pin in the afternoon) and Tommy Sherlock who outdrove everyone in the morning down the 18th fairway.
The afternoon session was a team competition over 10 holes and the triumphant group were Bob Hollands, Derek Rushforth, Tyrone Schiefner, Rob Butlin and Ian Witchell with a narrow 3 stableford points victory over Lance Harris, David Grant, Tom Sherlock, Keith House and Paul Hollingum.

11th AugNew Panel Lists

Your attention is drawn to the new Panel Lists as published today.

There is a new document in the web handbook section setting out the new criteria for each Panel.


10th MayBenefits of Surrey HUA Membership

You will be fully insured to umpire ANY game. Your club can only insure you to umpire their club games.
Rule Changes
All members receive a rule book whenever they are published and guidance on changes in rule interpretations.
Surrey HUA Support
You will have support from Surrey HUA if you have any issues in games (a red card for example) or just questions about umpiring or where to go next. If you want to take appointments we can help but, even if you don’t, we will support you.
Surrey HUA Network
You have not only the Surrey HUA website but also the full Surrey HUA network of umpires to provide you with information about any umpiring related issue.
To Join Surrey HUA
Simply contact the Membership Secretary( ).

10th MayHow to pay your subs

The preferred method of payment of subscriptions is by electronic transfer to Sort Code 40-35-01, Account Number 51088912. Please annotate your payment with your name and the word Subscriptions.

If it is not possible for you to pay by bank' transfer, you should forward a cheque for your subscriptions, payable to Surrey Hockey Umpires Association, to the treasurer (Dave J Thompson, 46 Ingleside Crescent, Lancing, West Sussex, BN15 8EN).

Please make sure you enclose details of your name and the reason for the cheque.

Any questions please to Ian Hay on:

10th MaySubscriptions for 2014-2015. An important explanation for recent email activity.

For your information --- the SHUA financial year is from June 1st to May 31st.

That is why you may have received an email asking for payment of subscriptions for the next season.

Many umpires who take appointments with SHUA choose to pay their next season’s subs out of their last season’s claim for expenses --- thank you for this as it makes life a lot easier for the Treasurer and the Membership Secretary.

Some umpires who take appointments with SHUA choose to pay their next season’s subs out of their next December claim for expenses --- this is not as problem as long as these umpires click on the CLAIM button by December 31st at the latest.

All umpires who do not take appointments with SHUA are asked to pay their subs (which give them many benefits including insurance cover) by June 1st. These umpires are mainly our Associate/Club umpire members. If the subs are not paid within the month of June, it is likely that the umpire will have his/her SHUA membership suspended resulting in the loss of benefits including insurance cover.

Any questions please to Ian Hay on:

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

13th Dec (2012)National League and South Premier fixtures and umpire appointments

For a quick link to all the fixtures and appointments pages for National League and South games use the Links menu and select from the Higher level appointments section.

19th Nov (2012)Shop News - 2013 Rule Books

The new Rule Books have been received by Matt Dean, SHUA Shop Manager. They will start to be distributed - to Life Members, Full members and Associate and Club members - over the next week.

Please note that the Level 1 umpires who receive a free membership as part of their course costs will not receive a copy of the new Rule Book.

Those members that have not updated their details on the SHUA website, i.e. those who have not added their addresses, will not be able to receive a copy.

The Rule Book will also be available through the ‘Shop’ and if any member wants another copy then please purchase it through your Personal Area.

Any issues or questions then please contact the Membership Secretary, Ian Hay, on or the Shop Manager, Matt Dean, on

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