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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.

3rd Sep Outstanding subscriptions

As the SHUA financial year runs from 1st June to 31st May, I am in the middle of reminding SHUA members of any overdue subscriptions.

This does not apply to Full Members who are taking appointments as they can pay out of their first half season's travel expenses.

If you are an Associate/Club Member and owe this season’s subscription, please could the Treasurer receive the £17 for adults or £1 for juniors asap and before the date mentioned in my email to you. Any such subscriptions not received by that date could mean that SHUA membership and all its benefits are withdrawn until payment is received.

Sorry to nag.

Ian Hay

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.


24th Jun Long serving coaches and assessors.

We would like to add your number of pre-website coached and assessed games to your personal area in order to celebrate the valuable work you do for SHUA.

If you would like these totals to be added to your personal area, please contact Ian Hay.

24th Jun Long serving umpires.

If you have a look at your personal area, you will see that we have been able to add your number of pre-website umpired games (as you told Ian Hay) to the total of games that you have done for SHUA.

If any of the totals are incorrect, please contact Ian Hay.

If any other long serving umpire would like his/her totals updated, please contact Ian Hay.

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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