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3rd JunEnd of free membership (for some)

Dear Free members ending on May 31st 2019
As your free membership has ended (as per the email I sent to you this morning) but just in case you are not aware of this --- if you would like to pay an annual subscription of (currently) £17 (or just £1 if you are still below the age of 18) to SHUA, you can renew your membership and continue with all its benefits (like insurance cover) for the next hockey year of June 2019 to May 2020.
We like to give all club umpire members the month of June to pay their subscriptions but, afterwards, non payment indicates a decision not to renew and the umpire will (a) lose all the benefits of membership and (b) be deleted from our database.
If you would like to renew your membership, please would you send us the requested subscription as mentioned on the front page of your SHUA personal website area before the end of this month together with a little email to the treasurer ( to inform him of your wish to renew.
If you have any questions about this or need any assistance, please feel free to contact either the treasurer or myself.
From Ian Hay( membership secretary)

26th MayManaging Club Email Addresses

The web system has been updated to allow club webmasters to manage the use of club email addresses for registered club contacts and administrators.
Where a contact has used a club email address as their log-in address (despite the instructions that this should not be done), the club webmaster can now change the log-in address for that contact to be their personal email address.
Where a club contact has registered a club email address to be used for all email communications regarding club matters, the club webmaster can remove the registration.
Both options allow club webmasters to fully update the system when positions within the club change, without the need to force other club members to log in (who may have left the club).
The options are all in the "Update Club Members (Contact and Administrators)" button in the "Recorded Club Members" section of the club administration area.
The options are only available to the designated club webmaster.

5th MayA note for your diary --- SG6s --- September 11th

St George's College are holding their annual six-a-side girls tournament on Wednesday September 11th.
It is a great day of good quality hockey and is an excellent way to warm up for the new season with the new rules.
I'll be sending out an email looking for umpires in June but, for now, if you wish to be there to umpire, please contact me on
More to follow next month.
Many thanks
Ian Hay

21st JanSunday Appointments’ Secretary

New SHUA Sunday Appointments’ Secretary needed. Robert Butlin, the current SHUA Sunday Appointments’ Secretary is going to be out of the country from mid September 2019 to the end of February 2020. For a good deal of that time he is likely to be a long way away from functioning email and internet.
SHUA therefore needs, ideally a long term replacement, but if necessary a replacement while he is away. Duties consist of liaising with the clubs to see which games need umpires, creating the fixtures on the website and making the appointments themselves. Some weeks there can be just the odd cup game, some are much busier. While it is likely that a candidate would be at least an occasional Sunday umpire this is not actually required.
Robert is happy to provide advice and guidance over the next few months. He is best contacted on

17th JanConcussion

EH has issued updated guidance on the subject of concussion. The document is available to read from our Information and Downloads page and also as a direct link (below).
As umpires we need to enforce relevant guidance during a game if we suspect a player is suffering from concussion and, thus during our regulation 70 minutes, we do have a duty of care if anyone ignores these guidelines. It's a Club responsibility to monitor the player for future games.
Please ensure you have refreshed your memory on this guidance note and also bring it to anyone's attention especially in the aftermath of any suspected concussions that occur during our matches.

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12th JanRules Changes

FIH has announced rule changes that apply from 1st January however in keeping with most situations for rule changes EH has announced that there are no changes for any match that takes place below the National League for the remainder of season 2018-19. S+CC will prepare a set of guidance notes for the new rules and these will be delivered to members at the AGM in July.

1st Apr (2017)Head (and other serious) injuries

Council would like to remind all umpires about the correct procedures with regard to head (and other serious) injuries.
In the event of a head (or another serious) injury, the game MUST be stopped immediately so that the player may receive appropriate treatment.
When and where possible and appropriate, the player should leave the pitch and only return to the game if an appropriately qualified medical practitioner allows.
If under the age of 18, the player with a head injury is not allowed to return to the game until he/she has been assessed by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner.
The link is England Hockey's policy on concussion.
From the Welfare Manager.

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