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19th MarEH AGM and the proposed resolution

Tuesday 17th March was expected to be the long awaited EH AGM when the resolution to re-organise hockey in England was due for consideration. You were given some information on this at last year’s SHUA AGM as well as an update bulletin before Christmas. There is full documentation on the EH website about the changes proposed and there is a little more detail to impart to you following the previous releases of information to you.
Council has now received some clarity on the Umpiring issues that are expected to be implemented as a result of a successful adoption of the resolution for the re-organisation of club hockey. There is still a long way to go in the precise detailing of what is planned. The umpiring roadmap looks at present as if it will mirror the way in which club hockey will be re-organised, 8 areas of which the current SHUA area will potentially overlap 3 of these. The 3 areas will all be of a similar size but how this distributes the clubs into each of the new geographical areas is yet to be finalised. If this situation is forced upon us we will see the demise of SHUA and our resources will be moved to new HUAs in new areas or sub areas. What we can be very clear about is that pitches will remain in the same places and that new sub areas will just be part of the hockey umpiring pyramid format in a very similar way to what we have at present. The umpiring pathway will remain as [Level 1] Club Umpire to Club Umpire (assessed) to County HUA umpire (although this will be re-titled) to [Level 2] umpire to [Level 3] umpire. Beyond Level 3 is the FIH qualification.
The EH AGM had to be postponed on 17th March and so no firm conclusions have yet been decided. At this time there is no hint of a new date being announced. Council met earlier in the week and based on the information we have at our disposal we are minded that our one vote will be against the proposals as stated. If there are amendments that separate playing from umpiring we believe we should vote in favour of the hive up of the current league system - bringing the long awaited uniformity in league rules across all hockey.
What we are desperately seeking not to do is to break up our HUA and ask any of our members to have to select one of the 3 new areas in which to ply their trade. We will therefore vote against the umpiring resolution if this is separated from the playing resolution or simply vote against the resolution if there is only one vote. If you have any strong views on this stance then please email us and we can consider this is at our next deliberation that is scheduled for 20th April.

Tuesday 17th March was expected to be the long awaited EH AGM when the resolution to re-organise hockey in England was due for consideration. You were given some information on this at last year’s SHUA AGM as well as an update bulletin before Christmas. There is full documentation on the EH website about the changes proposed and there is a little more detail to impart to you following the previous releases of information to you.
Council has now received some clarity on the Umpiring issues that are expected to be implemented as a result of a successful adoption of the resolution for the re-organisation of club hockey. There is still a long way to go in the precise detailing of what is planned. The umpiring roadmap looks at present as if it will mirror the way in which club hockey will be re-organised, 8 areas of which the current SHUA area will potentially overlap 3 of these. The 3 areas will all be of a similar size but how this distributes the clubs into each of the new geographical areas is yet to be finalised. If this situation is forced upon us we will see the demise of SHUA and our resources will be moved to new HUAs in new areas or sub areas. What we can be very clear about is that pitches will remain in the same places and that new sub areas will just be part of the hockey umpiring pyramid format in a very similar way to what we have at present. The umpiring pathway will remain as [Level 1] Club Umpire to Club Umpire (assessed) to County HUA umpire (although this will be re-titled) to [Level 2] umpire to [Level 3] umpire. Beyond Level 3 is the FIH qualification.
The EH AGM had to be postponed on 17th March and so no firm conclusions have yet been decided. At this time there is no hint of a new date being announced. Council met earlier in the week and based on the information we have at our disposal we are minded that our one vote will be against the proposals as stated. If there are amendments that separate playing from umpiring we believe we should vote in favour of the hive up of the current league system - bringing the long awaited uniformity in league rules across all hockey.
What we are desperately seeking not to do is to break up our HUA and ask any of our members to have to select one of the 3 new areas in which to ply their trade. We will therefore vote against the umpiring resolution if this is separated from the playing resolution or simply vote against the resolution if there is only one vote. If you have any strong views on this stance then please email us and we can consider this is at our next deliberation that is scheduled for 20th April.

Tuesday 17th March was expected to be the long awaited EH AGM when the resolution to re-organise hockey in England was due for consideration. You were given some information on this at last year’s SHUA AGM as well as an update bulletin before Christmas. There is full documentation on the EH website about the changes proposed and there is a little more detail to impart to you following the previous releases of information to you.
Council has now received some clarity on the Umpiring issues that are expected to be implemented as a result of a successful adoption of the resolution for the re-organisation of club hockey. There is still a long way to go in the precise detailing of what is planned. The umpiring roadmap looks at present as if it will mirror the way in which club hockey will be re-organised, 8 areas of which the current SHUA area will potentially overlap 3 of these. The 3 areas will all be of a similar size but how this distributes the clubs into each of the new geographical areas is yet to be finalised. If this situation is forced upon us we will see the demise of SHUA and our resources will be moved to new HUAs in new areas or sub areas. What we can be very clear about is that pitches will remain in the same places and that new sub areas will just be part of the hockey umpiring pyramid format in a very similar way to what we have at present. The umpiring pathway will remain as [Level 1] Club Umpire to Club Umpire (assessed) to County HUA umpire (although this will be re-titled) to [Level 2] umpire to [Level 3] umpire. Beyond Level 3 is the FIH qualification.
The EH AGM had to be postponed on 17th March and so no firm conclusions have yet been decided. At this time there is no hint of a new date being announced. Council met earlier in the week and based on the information we have at our disposal we are minded that our one vote will be against the proposals as stated. If there are amendments that separate playing from umpiring we believe we should vote in favour of the hive up of the current league system - bringing the long awaited uniformity in league rules across all hockey.
What we are desperately seeking not to do is to break up our HUA and ask any of our members to have to select one of the 3 new areas in which to ply their trade. We will therefore vote against the umpiring resolution if this is separated from the playing resolution or simply vote against the resolution if there is only one vote. If you have any strong views on this stance then please email us and we can consider this is at our next deliberation that is scheduled for 20th April.

19th MarCovid-19 - the coronavirus

The coronavirus is with us and you will be aware, no doubt, that England Hockey has recommended that all league hockey is suspended forthwith. There are no messages coming from the leagues at present that suggest any immediate reversal of the decision to postpone games and so we can anticipate no hockey until late summer. The website will be updated for the remaining matches this season as soon as possible.
We cannot anticipate when the all clear messages will start to circulate but for the present, we must anticipate that our major summer activity, the AGM, may be subject to delay. We will keep you informed about this.

The coronavirus is with us and you will be aware, no doubt, that England Hockey has recommended that all league hockey is suspended forthwith. There are no messages coming from the leagues at present that suggest any immediate reversal of the decision to postpone games and so we can anticipate no hockey until late summer. The website will be updated for the remaining matches this season as soon as possible.
We cannot anticipate when the all clear messages will start to circulate but for the present, we must anticipate that our major summer activity, the AGM, may be subject to delay. We will keep you informed about this.

The coronavirus is with us and you will be aware, no doubt, that England Hockey has recommended that all league hockey is suspended forthwith. There are no messages coming from the leagues at present that suggest any immediate reversal of the decision to postpone games and so we can anticipate no hockey until late summer. The website will be updated for the remaining matches this season as soon as possible.
We cannot anticipate when the all clear messages will start to circulate but for the present, we must anticipate that our major summer activity, the AGM, may be subject to delay. We will keep you informed about this.

24th JanOur "new" President

Council is delighted to announce that Neville Wrench has agreed to take on the role of President of our Association. Neville is very well known as a willing and very capable member of many committees at England Hockey, Southern Counties and of course us. Neville has previously been the Secretary of SHUA and with all his hockey experience he will prove to be a fine figurehead for us. His presidency starts with immediate effect and will be confirmed at the AGM in the summer.
Congratulations on the appointment Neville - you'll be pleased to know there are no impeachments at SHUA!

Council is delighted to announce that Neville Wrench has agreed to take on the role of President of our Association. Neville is very well known as a willing and very capable member of many committees at England Hockey, Southern Counties and of course us. Neville has previously been the Secretary of SHUA and with all his hockey experience he will prove to be a fine figurehead for us. His presidency starts with immediate effect and will be confirmed at the AGM in the summer.
Congratulations on the appointment Neville - you'll be pleased to know there are no impeachments at SHUA!

Council is delighted to announce that Neville Wrench has agreed to take on the role of President of our Association. Neville is very well known as a willing and very capable member of many committees at England Hockey, Southern Counties and of course us. Neville has previously been the Secretary of SHUA and with all his hockey experience he will prove to be a fine figurehead for us. His presidency starts with immediate effect and will be confirmed at the AGM in the summer.
Congratulations on the appointment Neville - you'll be pleased to know there are no impeachments at SHUA!

5th Oct

(2019)
Red Cards and MMOs

Some updates and clarifications have been issued by EH in respect of Red Card and MMOs. Please ensure you refresh your memory on these regulations and particularly note there is now a "fillable pdf" that may be used for the reporting process. A brief summary of the changes is
Disrepute Complaint Regulations
4.2 – Disrepute referral beyond 14 days in exceptional circumstances may be accepted and acted upon, based on the decision by the Chair of the Disrepute Complaint Panel
Red Card & MMO Regulations
4.1 – Removed the distinction between registered and unregistered umpires.
4.4 (now 4.3) – Amended to allow an umpire to inform the “team captain, team official or Club Disciplinary Officer” rather than the accused to address those situations where an umpire is too intimidated on the day to inform the accused of the MMO. The person informed is then mandated to inform the accused.
4.4.2 – Removed
4.5 (now 4.4) -  Jurisdiction around suspensions clearer
5.5.4 – Addition here to deter those appeals intended to “time waste”
6.4 – Provides consistency to the County Disciplinary Administrators in amending the category of red cards reports submitted by umpires. ... More

Some updates and clarifications have been issued by EH in respect of Red Card and MMOs. Please ensure you refresh your memory on these regulations and particularly note there is now a "fillable pdf" that may be used for the reporting process. A brief summary of the changes is
Disrepute Complaint Regulations
4.2 – Disrepute referral beyond 14 days in exceptional circumstances may be accepted and acted upon, based on the decision by the Chair of the Disrepute Complaint Panel
Red Card & MMO Regulations
4.1 – Removed the distinction between registered and unregistered umpires.
4.4 (now 4.3) – Amended to allow an umpire to inform the “team captain, team official or Club Disciplinary Officer” rather than the accused to address those situations where an umpire is too intimidated on the day to inform the accused of the MMO. The person informed is then mandated to inform the accused.
4.4.2 – Removed
4.5 (now 4.4) -  Jurisdiction around suspensions clearer
5.5.4 – Addition here to deter those appeals intended to “time waste”
6.4 – Provides consistency to the County Disciplinary Administrators in amending the category of red cards reports submitted by umpires. ... More

Some updates and clarifications have been issued by EH in respect of Red Card and MMOs. Please ensure you refresh your memory on these regulations and particularly note there is now a "fillable pdf" that may be used for the reporting process. A brief summary of the changes is
Disrepute Complaint Regulations
4.2 – Disrepute referral beyond 14 days in exceptional circumstances may be accepted and acted upon, based on the decision by the Chair of the Disrepute Complaint Panel
Red Card & MMO Regulations
4.1 – Removed the distinction between registered and unregistered umpires.
4.4 (now 4.3) – Amended to allow an umpire to inform the “team captain, team official or Club Disciplinary Officer” rather than the accused to address those situations where an umpire is too intimidated on the day to inform the accused of the MMO. The person informed is then mandated to inform the accused.
4.4.2 – Removed
4.5 (now 4.4) -  Jurisdiction around suspensions clearer
5.5.4 – Addition here to deter those appeals intended to “time waste”
6.4 – Provides consistency to the County Disciplinary Administrators in amending the category of red cards reports submitted by umpires. ... More

25th Sep

(2019)
Recruitment

We are always very keen to accept new members onto our rosters. You may either be a club umpire with ambition or a player who wishes to learn more about umpiring. Whatever your background we would like to hear from you so that we can discuss an umpire pathway for you. You may begin by seeking to join us as a member (click the green box on the top left of our home page to start the process) or you may already have access to our website. Either way, just let us know and we will help you to progress.
You may be reading this as a Club Contact? You will probably already be aware of the scarcity of umpires, but this should not deter you from trying to spread the message throughout your Club about the need to increase the number of umpires available each week. Different clubs will have different ways of tackling this situation, but should you need help why not get in touch with someone at SHUA about the umpiring pathway that can be started by reading the document in the link below. ... More

We are always very keen to accept new members onto our rosters. You may either be a club umpire with ambition or a player who wishes to learn more about umpiring. Whatever your background we would like to hear from you so that we can discuss an umpire pathway for you. You may begin by seeking to join us as a member (click the green box on the top left of our home page to start the process) or you may already have access to our website. Either way, just let us know and we will help you to progress.
You may be reading this as a Club Contact? You will probably already be aware of the scarcity of umpires, but this should not deter you from trying to spread the message throughout your Club about the need to increase the number of umpires available each week. Different clubs will have different ways of tackling this situation, but should you need help why not get in touch with someone at SHUA about the umpiring pathway that can be started by reading the document in the link below. ... More

We are always very keen to accept new members onto our rosters. You may either be a club umpire with ambition or a player who wishes to learn more about umpiring. Whatever your background we would like to hear from you so that we can discuss an umpire pathway for you. You may begin by seeking to join us as a member (click the green box on the top left of our home page to start the process) or you may already have access to our website. Either way, just let us know and we will help you to progress.
You may be reading this as a Club Contact? You will probably already be aware of the scarcity of umpires, but this should not deter you from trying to spread the message throughout your Club about the need to increase the number of umpires available each week. Different clubs will have different ways of tackling this situation, but should you need help why not get in touch with someone at SHUA about the umpiring pathway that can be started by reading the document in the link below. ... More

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. ... More

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. ... More

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. ... More