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20th NovSunday 3 December

I have a number of outdoor Cup games on 3 December, plus an indoor tournament at Cranleigh School. Looks like I’ll need about 10 umpires. Grateful if colleagues could make themselves available. Particularly interested in indoor umpires not already appointed by the South on the 3rd. All the best. Robert Butlin.

19th NovSaturday 2nd December

This is the day of our mini-exchange with Hampshire HUA. It is mini because of a shortage of personnel that day in both counties. A further exchange, on a larger scale, is planned for after Xmas - probably in February.
In view of this shortage of personnel, it is absolutely essential that we have no drop outs on this date because I have no replacements whatsoever.
There will be a Hampshire coach at Woking and I ask the appointed umpires to look after him properly - I know you will. The appointments should be published later today.
Our final Monthly Meeting before Xmas will be on Saturday 9th December. Venue TBA.

3rd NovTeddington HC

SHUA has been invited by Middlesex HUA to appoint umpires to Teddington 2nd X1's home games. The more vigilant amongst you will have noticed already that I have appointed to their game on 25th November.Their home games are played at Teddington School in Broom Road,Teddington. It is very easy to find and I'm sure that many of you have been there in the past when it was used by various Surrey clubs. These appointments will be made on a "match by match" basis and will not be allowed to affect the Surrey appointments which will always take precedence.

29th OctAnd more milestones

150 Matches Julian Warburton 22nd Nov 2017 Men's Schools - Whitgift School v Kingston Grammar School
100 Matches Dan Quinton 15th Nov 2017 Men's BUCS - SE 3A - Royal Holloway v Portsmouth Uni 2
Well done chaps from all your SHUA friends and colleagues.

18th SepUniversity Hockey – 2017 / 2018 --------------- OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS !

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

The League Games are usually played on Wednesday afternoons at venues which include, Surbiton, OC’s, Surrey Sports Park, Royal Holloway and St Mary’s College (old Lensbury Club = Teddington). The Cup rounds vary between Wednesdays and some Sundays later in the season.

Competitions for both Leagues & Cups are organised by LUSL (was ULU) with matches mainly on Sundays (Rob Butlin appoints to those) 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, Kent and sometimes even further afield, all coming into Surrey to play.

The Surrey home teams are drawn from the Colleges and Teaching Hospitals of University College London, and from the Universities of Surrey, Kingston, St Mary’s College 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 may find 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, continuing 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

1st AprHead (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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29th MarThe Rules of Hockey (app for Android phones)

You'll be delighted to know that FIH has now produced an app for Android smart phones. Please follow the instructions below (on your smart phone) to get to the app, FIH comments: “This tool is yet another important component of our 10-year hockey Revolution strategy aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. In particular, this app will be key to helping us achieve our aim of increasing professionalism across the sport by increasing awareness and understanding of the rules that govern it.”

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29th MarThe Rules of Hockey (app for iOS phones)

You'll be delighted to know that FIH has now produced an app for the iOS smart phone. Please follow the instructions below (on your smart phone) to get to the app, FIH comments: “This tool is yet another important component of our 10-year hockey Revolution strategy aimed at making hockey a global game that inspires the next generation. In particular, this app will be key to helping us achieve our aim of increasing professionalism across the sport by increasing awareness and understanding of the rules that govern it.”

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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

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