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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

16th SepNew shirts and base layers

This is a reminder that the discount on the new shirts expires on 1st October. Any shirts and base layers ordered on or before then will be ordered from the supplier the following week. Orders can take 6-8 weeks. Get your order in now as this is probably the last order before the Christmas break.

9th SepIan Hay update

A quick update after Ian's knee replacement operation.
Ian arrived back home late this afternoon after a difficult and painful week.
He will rest and recover over the next couple of weeks and then will be pitch side which his notebook.

2nd SepFrom Ian Hay

Ian's knee replacement operation has gone well but he is in a lot of pain and discomfort at the moment.
However, he is staying positive and is looking forward to next weekend's Surrey plate round robin.

17th AugBe the difference at the Hockey Women's World Cup in 2018

Be the difference behind England's Women in 2018 when the Hockey Women's World Cup comes to London. England want your support as they go for gold and glory once again at the biggest hockey event in the world.

With the Public Ballot opening on the 19 August, this is your opportunity to secure tickets to the must-see matches of this world-class tournament, for you, friends and family! With England tickets selling at an unprecedented rate in the Priority Window, this will be your last chance to snap up these limited tickets!

We will send you more info on the 19 August with instructions to how you can enter. In the meantime, take a look at the schedule and discover how the ballot works.

What is a Public Ballot?

To cater for public demand, the Public Ballot will run from the 19 August - 6 September

You'll be able to select multiple tickets for different sessions

Tickets will be assigned at random to those that have applied and NOT on a first come first serve basis

If you are successful, your payment will automatically be taken

Any Questions?

Do you have any questions about the Public Ballot? Email tickets@englandhockey.co.uk

Interested in Hospitality? Register your interest by emailing Hospitality@englandhockey.co.uk

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29th JunFrom Ian Hay

Two quick things:

Firstly,a big thank you to all my SHUA friends for the George Croft Award that I received at the AGM last night. To be in the company of the previous winners and to be associated with George (who welcomed me into SHUA in 1989 and whom I still miss) is truly awesome.

Secondly --- many of you know that I now need a total knee replacement and seemingly have had to retire from SCHUA and the NPUA. My hope is that, in time, I will be able to blow again in Surrey but, meanwhile, I am going to become a far more active coach/assessor than before and I will be swapping my whistle for my notepad.

Have a good summer and see you in September.

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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13th MarUmpiring Shirts - New Colours

It has been decided by Council that Surrey HUA will follow SCHUA and other HUA’s and use the new umpiring colours of Lime Green and Orange. A supply has been ordered from the supplier and is now available.
The new shirts, with the SHUA logo embroidered on, will cost £22.50. To make it easier for members and to try and ensure all members have the new shirts, the shirts will be subsidised by SHUA and will be sold to members for £15.00 (£1.00 cheaper than the current shirts) until 1st October 2017.
To assist our ‘Associate and Club’ members, the same shirts will be available for sale without the SHUA Logo embroidered on at a cost of £20.50. These shirts will also be subsidised by SHUA and will be sold for £17.00 until 1st October 2017.
If any member requires a monogram to be added to their shirts, then there will be a delay in delivery due to them having to be sent to the supplier for this to be done.
Both shirts are now available for sale through your Personal Area on the SHUA website.
Any questions or queries please contact Andy Chambers or Dave Thompson.

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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