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21st AprLevel 1 umpiring course - Sunday 18th May 2014 at PWHC

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This is the first of the brand new Level 1 courses run in Surrey set up by England Hockey so takes a more practical approach and means it will be both classroom and pitch based. All registrations and payments are made via England Hockey.

The deadline for the course is the end of Wednesday 7th May or until it is full which is likely to happen as we have set the maximum capacity as 15 participants.

All participants will need to complete the online rules test prior to the course and bring their certificates along to present to the tutor. This requires a separate registration via

Course details:
Date: Sunday 18th May
Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Purley Walcountians Hockey Club, Carshalton Road, Woodmansterne, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3HU
Tutor: Jane Binner

Any questions please contact Jane on 07836 226175 and leave a message.


I'm afraid Saturday's Surrey Cup Final has had to be postponed until Sunday 27th April as Surbiton found themselves involved in two finals on the same day. The game will be at Purley Walcountians starting at 2.00 p.m.

27th MarAOL Email Problems

Since the migration to the new hosting platform, email messages to any AOL accounts are being rejected by AOL.
We have been trying to perform all the steps necessary for AOL to accept messages from the domains used on the site but, to date, these have not been successful. The only email system affected is AOL, who have different restrictions on emails to all other Internet Service Providers.
We will continue to work with the new ISP and AOL to satisfy all their requirements, but this will not be a short process.
If you have an AOL email address registered on the site, whether as an umpire, an administrator, a club contact or a team contact, you will not be receiving some or all of the automatic notification emails coming from the system.
If you have an alternative (non AOL) email address that you can use, we would recommend that you change the system to use the alternative.

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9th MarDevelopment Groups

I am very pleased to advise that we have 2 promotions from the Development Group.
Both Nigel Gray and Geoff Ledger passed their screening watching at Surbiton yesterday.
Well done to both.

28th FebPeter Pellereau

With sadness this note has recently appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

PELLEREAU - Peter John Mitchell, Major General Royal Engineers. Died peacefully on 15th February aged 92.— Much loved husband of Rosemary, devoted Dad to Matthew and David (Rod), wonderful 'Ampa' to five grandchildren, and very proud great grandfather to Jack. Private cremation on 3rd March followed by Service of Thanksgiving on Saturday 31st May at 2.30 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Crockham Hill, Kent. Family flowers only but donations to Holy Trinity Church, Crockham Hill may be sent c/o Alex Jones Funeral Directors, 1 East Grinstead Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6EP.

David Herring writes - "His demeanour was more that of an eccentric professor rather than that of a Major General. Depending on the weather, the wellingtons could well be accompanied by a sensible mackintosh.

He was an influence in the starting of SHUA. At that time, some older hands will recall, SCHUA appointed to clubs that had historically been strong rather than to those who had since surpassed them. Oxted was one such club that did not receive SCHUA appointments and Peter was often their tame umpire. As such, there were complaints from other clubs especially as Peter’s two sons both played for the first eleven. Thus, SHUA was formed to appoint to clubs that SCHUA ignored. As I remember, a small pool was created, comprising umpires from Croydon MO, Kenley, Oxted, Raynes Park, Old Walcountians, Sanderstead, Wallington and possibly OMWs. The Raynes Park umpire also favoured the mac and wellies attire, but with the added feature of trousers tucked into football socks. The principle to start with was that one did not umpire one’s own club and to qualify for an umpire a club had to offer someone to the pool."

In memory of Peter a few interesting words about the origins of SHUA.


5th Feb

Level 1 umpire courses

The Level 1 umpiring course has changed.

England Hockey have restructured the level 1 umpire training into a completely different format.

Firstly aspiring Level 1 umpires have to take an online rules session followed by an online test.

Tutors around the country (Matt Dean and I for Surrey) have been trained on the new format which is still a 1 day course but now has a lot more practical content – you actually go out and practice on a pitch as part of the day. We will identify dates that we are available to teach the course in Surrey and then England Hockey will do all the admin – booking of the facilities, advertising the course, managing the applications and collecting the money. We are then sent a list of the attendees and we teach the course content. After this candidates still have to get some practical match practice before they request an assessment for the full Level 1 qualification via their own county.

Matt and I are just advising EH of dates and then we and EH will advertise the courses but point candidates in the direction of the England Hockey web site. There will be huge demand as we haven’t run a course for a few months whilst we transition into the new format and there will be limited spaces available.

I would encourage anyone who wants to attend a Surrey course to keep an eye out. Alternatively you are free to attend any Level 1 course in other counties too – we are not limited to delivering in our county only and people can attend anywhere as it is the same format. These are advertised on the EH web site.

Jane Binner

30th JanPromotions - yes more!

Well done to Jonny Seymour and Simon Willson who have both passed their membership watching and are graded at B3.

30th JanPromotions

Congratulations to Tyrone Schiefner and Gary Smith who are both promoted to B1*

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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