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26th MarAnd another bird flies the nest!

We've just had it confirmed (though we've known this for a while) that Mike Bowling has successfully passed his level two assessment and is now a South umpire again.
Many congrats Mike.

12th MarA Gentle Reminder

For those of you who have withheld your details, I am not going to spend time looking these up and passing them on to clubs who tell me they can't get hold of you. Surely you can leave a mobile number?

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 Robert.butlin@talktalk.net.

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.

14th Dec (2018)Urinating at the side of a hockey pitch.

Please see below a statement from England Hockey’s Ethics and Compliance team:
"We are seeing an increasing number of complaints regarding urinating at the side of the pitch. As we are sure you will all agree, this behaviour is not only unpleasant but also a contravention of the EH ‘Respect – Code of Ethics and Behaviour’ – Disrepute Offence, not to mention in some cases a criminal offence. We expect all members* to refrain from such behaviour. However, in the event of such incidences, in keeping with the revised Disrepute Complaint Regulations, we kindly ask that these be referred to EH as a Disrepute Complaint in the first instance. It is likely that offenders will face a suspension."
* 'members' is a reference to all those within the Hockey Family and therefore DOES NOT JUST APPLY to members of SHUA

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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