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14th DecNew Rules

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.

12th DecMilestone match approaching.

250 Matches Mike Head 10th Jan 2015 Women's South Division 3B - Guildford v Fareham
Well done Mike.
From all your friends at SHUA

11th DecSubscriptions for 2014-2015

For your information --- the SHUA financial year is from June 1st to May 31st.
Some umpires who take appointments with SHUA choose to pay their season’s subs out of their 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 Full Members who have not paid their subs by December 31st will have their membership suspended and will be unavailable to the appointment secretaries.
Any questions please to Ian Hay on:

6th DecSHUA 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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Ladies and Gentlemen
We are delighted to report that at last night's SHUA Council Meeting Ian Hawkes was elected as the Association's new Chairman. This was in accordance with the mandate given to Council at the AGM in September.
As many of you may know, Ian came in to hockey with vast experience of Rugby Union at the highest level and we are confident that this experience will lend itself very successfully to hockey. We wish Ian every success in his new role and we know that the membership will give him every possible support.

20th NovAnother umpiring milestone.

150 Matches Andy Parker 29th Nov 2014 Men's Surrey Division One - Old Cranleighans 2 v Oxted 3
Many congrats from all your SHUA friends.

19th NovControls available for the Bench

Both umpires and clubs are reminded of the disciplines required from (and personal penalties that may apply to) players and coaches whilst on the bench. The link sets out clearly some aspects of this.

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10th NovAnother umpiring milestone.

100 SHUA matches for Ian Hawkes on 29th Nov 2014 in the Men's London League Premier Division - Oxted 2 v Reading 2.
Well done Ian from all your SHUA friends and colleagues.


Ladies and Gentlemen
With much sadness I must report to you that our President, David Herring, passed away on Saturday There will be more news to follow and I will keep everyone informed of funeral details when I hear them. In the meantime, our condolences go to his wife Helena, to members of his family and his friends.
Could I suggest that before our games next Saturday, as a token of our respect for David, we hold one minute's silence.
Chris Burton


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.

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.

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.


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.

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 - please apply to the Treasurer ( for our bank details. When making payment please be sure to annotate it with your name and the word Subs.
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

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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