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11th AugFriendly Fixtures

Understandably pre-season friendly fixtures have started to come in. I have just posted those that are in already and will add more as they appear. Please keep your eyes on these and enter your availability accordingly. I hope that our senior umpires will spot games which will definitely require their expertise!
Burty

Understandably pre-season friendly fixtures have started to come in. I have just posted those that are in already and will add more as they appear. Please keep your eyes on these and enter your availability accordingly. I hope that our senior umpires will spot games which will definitely require their expertise!
Burty

Understandably pre-season friendly fixtures have started to come in. I have just posted those that are in already and will add more as they appear. Please keep your eyes on these and enter your availability accordingly. I hope that our senior umpires will spot games which will definitely require their expertise!
Burty

11th AugRules interpretation and the AGM

The result of poll on the rules interpretation was a resounding vote in favour of allowing the possibility of a "virtual" AGM. The votes were Yes - 129, No - 3, Abstention - 0 and No votes cast - 26.
Thank you to all who considered this matter.
The AGM will proceed on 10th September and Council will advise the logistics in due course. A full agenda will be published together with all the reports that are available at the time of publication.
IMPORTANT: As this note is written we are aware of one major post that we currently have no volunteer for in 2020-21. After many years of excellent service, Peter Redshaw has decided that the time has come to pass on the reins of the Midweek Appointments Secretary to someone younger. Council thanks Peter for his dedicated attention to role that started in 2002. A short break at the end of the noughties was followed by a further 12 years in the post. If you think you may wish to step up and help SHUA into the next era of appointing then please do get in touch with either Paul Hollingum, Jane Binner or Ian Witchell for more details

The result of poll on the rules interpretation was a resounding vote in favour of allowing the possibility of a "virtual" AGM. The votes were Yes - 129, No - 3, Abstention - 0 and No votes cast - 26.
Thank you to all who considered this matter.
The AGM will proceed on 10th September and Council will advise the logistics in due course. A full agenda will be published together with all the reports that are available at the time of publication.
IMPORTANT: As this note is written we are aware of one major post that we currently have no volunteer for in 2020-21. After many years of excellent service, Peter Redshaw has decided that the time has come to pass on the reins of the Midweek Appointments Secretary to someone younger. Council thanks Peter for his dedicated attention to role that started in 2002. A short break at the end of the noughties was followed by a further 12 years in the post. If you think you may wish to step up and help SHUA into the next era of appointing then please do get in touch with either Paul Hollingum, Jane Binner or Ian Witchell for more details

The result of poll on the rules interpretation was a resounding vote in favour of allowing the possibility of a "virtual" AGM. The votes were Yes - 129, No - 3, Abstention - 0 and No votes cast - 26.
Thank you to all who considered this matter.
The AGM will proceed on 10th September and Council will advise the logistics in due course. A full agenda will be published together with all the reports that are available at the time of publication.
IMPORTANT: As this note is written we are aware of one major post that we currently have no volunteer for in 2020-21. After many years of excellent service, Peter Redshaw has decided that the time has come to pass on the reins of the Midweek Appointments Secretary to someone younger. Council thanks Peter for his dedicated attention to role that started in 2002. A short break at the end of the noughties was followed by a further 12 years in the post. If you think you may wish to step up and help SHUA into the next era of appointing then please do get in touch with either Paul Hollingum, Jane Binner or Ian Witchell for more details

11th AugReturn to Hockey

England Hockey has announced that both the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and the government have given approval to EH’s Sport Specific Risk Assessment, which allows a return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing.
There are some specifics that should be understood
1. Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play / training and pre / post matches
2. Changing facilities are still currently not permitted to be used due to guidance about these areas from Government
3. The MAXIMUM number of individuals on the pitch at any one time is 30 people.

As an HUA the following steps are in place for our members:
1. If a member is looking to undertake umpiring activities that are NOT organised by the HUA, then they would need to read and agree to the Participant Agreement (available via the link below, see - England Hockey Participation Agreement). It is the responsibility of the umpire to give confirmation to the “appointing” club if this is not their home club.
2. If a member is undertaking neutral appointments, then the Participant Agreement is required before any neutral appointments may be made.
There is plenty of information available via the link below and more information will be forwarded via this news section in due course.
SHUA Council ... More

England Hockey has announced that both the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and the government have given approval to EH’s Sport Specific Risk Assessment, which allows a return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing.
There are some specifics that should be understood
1. Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play / training and pre / post matches
2. Changing facilities are still currently not permitted to be used due to guidance about these areas from Government
3. The MAXIMUM number of individuals on the pitch at any one time is 30 people.

As an HUA the following steps are in place for our members:
1. If a member is looking to undertake umpiring activities that are NOT organised by the HUA, then they would need to read and agree to the Participant Agreement (available via the link below, see - England Hockey Participation Agreement). It is the responsibility of the umpire to give confirmation to the “appointing” club if this is not their home club.
2. If a member is undertaking neutral appointments, then the Participant Agreement is required before any neutral appointments may be made.
There is plenty of information available via the link below and more information will be forwarded via this news section in due course.
SHUA Council ... More

England Hockey has announced that both the DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) and the government have given approval to EH’s Sport Specific Risk Assessment, which allows a return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing.
There are some specifics that should be understood
1. Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play / training and pre / post matches
2. Changing facilities are still currently not permitted to be used due to guidance about these areas from Government
3. The MAXIMUM number of individuals on the pitch at any one time is 30 people.

As an HUA the following steps are in place for our members:
1. If a member is looking to undertake umpiring activities that are NOT organised by the HUA, then they would need to read and agree to the Participant Agreement (available via the link below, see - England Hockey Participation Agreement). It is the responsibility of the umpire to give confirmation to the “appointing” club if this is not their home club.
2. If a member is undertaking neutral appointments, then the Participant Agreement is required before any neutral appointments may be made.
There is plenty of information available via the link below and more information will be forwarded via this news section in due course.
SHUA Council ... More

23rd JunMessage from England Hockey about way ahead with resumption of Hockey

Hi All

Hope you are all staying well? As communicated last week, England Hockey are continually reviewing our stance to “Return to Play” in England along government advice. As there was an announcement last night, please see below our latest update:

“Latest Government Announcement
After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey.

Roadmap to Return to Play
When England Hockey took the decision to suspend hockey on the 17 March, it was clear that exactly when and how the sport would be able to return would take time to resolve. Until recently the focus has rightly been on the hockey family, demonstrating our collective spirit through support for charities, key workers in our clubs and looking out for our local communities or other club members as well as engaging within the hockey community and beyond on social media. The focus has not been on returning to hockey until the last week.

With so much uncertainty the aim has been to make decisions on key issues at the right times. Getting the timing right on this has been particularly tricky and will continue to present challenges over the coming months. The aim of this message is to share what we believe the probable steps are likely to be, and in headline terms, the possible implications for the 2020-21 season.

The considerations set out here are all dependent on the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant government guidance. We would encourage our players, clubs and associations to interpret these as a guide and support and align to the work that will need to be done if plans change. At this stage it is not possible to make definitive plans.

What will be allowed?
The government alert levels announced on 10 May (link here) set out the first clear steps to emerging from lockdown. These alert levels will not relate directly to hockey activity and having reviewed the information from other countries and other sports we have set out 5 steps to returning to ‘normal’. Three relate to training, and two relate to match play activities. These are as follows:

Phase
Step
Train
1. Training - One to one / household group
2. Socially Distanced Training - Small groups but with social distancing in place
3. Small Group Training – Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
Play
4. Local Match Play – Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions stop leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
5. Full Competitive Match Play – Full leagues / competitions resume

For the last two weeks we have been at Step 1 with one to one coaching or household groups allowed to play. We will move to the initial stages of Step 2 from Monday 1 June. Detailed information on this will be released as soon as possible after government guidance is made available.

We do not know exactly when we will be able to progress through each step but hope this outline will assist clubs and organisations scenario plan their return to hockey. Crucially it is clear that facility providers are taking different approaches to the current restrictions and not all clubs are able to access pitches. This is a situation we will continue to monitor and take into account linked to the steps above.

England Hockey will issue the necessary advice and guidance and share good practice with as much notice as we reasonably can in the circumstances.

What are the implications of this?
Depending on the timing and pace of progression through the steps there are different implications for the 2020-21 season. These implications are interlinked and complex across the game and decisions need to be coordinated across key stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. The timing of decision-making is important to allow adequate planning time but also decisions should not be taken too early in case circumstances change.

For the next 6-8 weeks we recommend continuing to plan for the 2020-21 season as normal (option A below). There is a risk that some pre-season activity may be lost and we recommend organisations aim to minimise financial risks where possible in pre-season. If the season cannot start on time but is only delayed for a short period (a few weeks), we will aim to extend it beyond its traditional late March/early April finish (option B below).

If neither of the above scenarios are possible we will consider a revised calendar for the 2020-21 season (option C). This would apply if there was insufficient time to run a normal length season. There could also be a time by which a viable competitive season has to start. A range of scenarios are being developed for this and will be consulted upon over coming months with the relevant stakeholders. Option C would only be enacted if there was a delay starting competitive hockey into mid-November (or later) or a second wave of infections caused more significant disruption.

Finally, there is the possibility an even later start may only allow for a shortened season to take place (option D). The likelihood of implementation of Option C or D will be assessed over coming months.

A
Normal
Season runs normally from end September 2020 to April 2021. League fixtures as usual. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and regulations to cater for managing potential disruption including incomplete season.
B
Delayed
(Similar calendar)
Season runs normally but starts later and finishes later than usual, for example the end of October to end of April. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and calendar depending on time lost. Regulations adjusted to cope with disruption including incomplete season.
C
Revised
(New calendar)
A significantly revised calendar is created for season running in a reduced window – e.g. end November 2020 to end of April 2021. Some activities may be removed in this scenario depending on the circumstances.

Alternative formats for competitions and leagues will be developed including potentially splitting leagues in the latter part of the season to create playoffs.

Consultation on this approach will be undertaken in coming months with this scenario only implemented if there is confidence the timing will allow.
D
Shortened
The season runs in a severely reduced window – e.g. end January 2021 to end of April 2021.
In this scenario in adult leagues it could be that all play all but only once either home or away.

Beneath these high-level scenarios there are layers of detail that need to be considered and recommendations made including the different implications for different sections of the sport such as the impact on officiating in each scenario, leagues adapting to issues such as possible localised lockdowns and also for indoor hockey (given indoor sports rules are likely to be different to outdoor).

Given the complexity of this and the need to communicate at the right time, England Hockey will review the position every three weeks around key government announcements, and will update the position for hockey in England whenever the circumstances change.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Nick Pink said, “As we all continue to navigate this evolving landscape, the England Hockey team have been working hard to prepare the sport for a return to play and to manage the challenges ahead. By sharing our thoughts openly, we hope it enables the hockey community to work together, to plan ahead, and to help us to come back stronger. We plan to engage with you as much as possible as we look to set a course and encourage as much alignment as possible to ensure the sport as whole can thrive. The long-term health of the overall sport will always remain at the heart of our decisions.”

If you have any comments, feedback or input please email: clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Our updated guidance will be available on the England Hockey website early next week.”

Please also be aware that as this is such a complex issue, groups of volunteers ranging from Regional League administrators and the Elite Domestic Game Panel, through to club reps from small clubs across the country are being spoken with about their situation and viability of returning to hockey.

For umpiring and officiating, there could be differing challenges concerning availability, fixture timings, congestion of calendar and I would recommend speaking with your committees about what challenges could be in place if hockey is unable to restart “as normal” from the 1st September and some of the barriers that you may face. If you have any questions or would like some more guidance, please let me know.

Apart from that, please have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager

Hi All

Hope you are all staying well? As communicated last week, England Hockey are continually reviewing our stance to “Return to Play” in England along government advice. As there was an announcement last night, please see below our latest update:

“Latest Government Announcement
After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey.

Roadmap to Return to Play
When England Hockey took the decision to suspend hockey on the 17 March, it was clear that exactly when and how the sport would be able to return would take time to resolve. Until recently the focus has rightly been on the hockey family, demonstrating our collective spirit through support for charities, key workers in our clubs and looking out for our local communities or other club members as well as engaging within the hockey community and beyond on social media. The focus has not been on returning to hockey until the last week.

With so much uncertainty the aim has been to make decisions on key issues at the right times. Getting the timing right on this has been particularly tricky and will continue to present challenges over the coming months. The aim of this message is to share what we believe the probable steps are likely to be, and in headline terms, the possible implications for the 2020-21 season.

The considerations set out here are all dependent on the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant government guidance. We would encourage our players, clubs and associations to interpret these as a guide and support and align to the work that will need to be done if plans change. At this stage it is not possible to make definitive plans.

What will be allowed?
The government alert levels announced on 10 May (link here) set out the first clear steps to emerging from lockdown. These alert levels will not relate directly to hockey activity and having reviewed the information from other countries and other sports we have set out 5 steps to returning to ‘normal’. Three relate to training, and two relate to match play activities. These are as follows:

Phase
Step
Train
1. Training - One to one / household group
2. Socially Distanced Training - Small groups but with social distancing in place
3. Small Group Training – Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
Play
4. Local Match Play – Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions stop leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
5. Full Competitive Match Play – Full leagues / competitions resume

For the last two weeks we have been at Step 1 with one to one coaching or household groups allowed to play. We will move to the initial stages of Step 2 from Monday 1 June. Detailed information on this will be released as soon as possible after government guidance is made available.

We do not know exactly when we will be able to progress through each step but hope this outline will assist clubs and organisations scenario plan their return to hockey. Crucially it is clear that facility providers are taking different approaches to the current restrictions and not all clubs are able to access pitches. This is a situation we will continue to monitor and take into account linked to the steps above.

England Hockey will issue the necessary advice and guidance and share good practice with as much notice as we reasonably can in the circumstances.

What are the implications of this?
Depending on the timing and pace of progression through the steps there are different implications for the 2020-21 season. These implications are interlinked and complex across the game and decisions need to be coordinated across key stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. The timing of decision-making is important to allow adequate planning time but also decisions should not be taken too early in case circumstances change.

For the next 6-8 weeks we recommend continuing to plan for the 2020-21 season as normal (option A below). There is a risk that some pre-season activity may be lost and we recommend organisations aim to minimise financial risks where possible in pre-season. If the season cannot start on time but is only delayed for a short period (a few weeks), we will aim to extend it beyond its traditional late March/early April finish (option B below).

If neither of the above scenarios are possible we will consider a revised calendar for the 2020-21 season (option C). This would apply if there was insufficient time to run a normal length season. There could also be a time by which a viable competitive season has to start. A range of scenarios are being developed for this and will be consulted upon over coming months with the relevant stakeholders. Option C would only be enacted if there was a delay starting competitive hockey into mid-November (or later) or a second wave of infections caused more significant disruption.

Finally, there is the possibility an even later start may only allow for a shortened season to take place (option D). The likelihood of implementation of Option C or D will be assessed over coming months.

A
Normal
Season runs normally from end September 2020 to April 2021. League fixtures as usual. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and regulations to cater for managing potential disruption including incomplete season.
B
Delayed
(Similar calendar)
Season runs normally but starts later and finishes later than usual, for example the end of October to end of April. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and calendar depending on time lost. Regulations adjusted to cope with disruption including incomplete season.
C
Revised
(New calendar)
A significantly revised calendar is created for season running in a reduced window – e.g. end November 2020 to end of April 2021. Some activities may be removed in this scenario depending on the circumstances.

Alternative formats for competitions and leagues will be developed including potentially splitting leagues in the latter part of the season to create playoffs.

Consultation on this approach will be undertaken in coming months with this scenario only implemented if there is confidence the timing will allow.
D
Shortened
The season runs in a severely reduced window – e.g. end January 2021 to end of April 2021.
In this scenario in adult leagues it could be that all play all but only once either home or away.

Beneath these high-level scenarios there are layers of detail that need to be considered and recommendations made including the different implications for different sections of the sport such as the impact on officiating in each scenario, leagues adapting to issues such as possible localised lockdowns and also for indoor hockey (given indoor sports rules are likely to be different to outdoor).

Given the complexity of this and the need to communicate at the right time, England Hockey will review the position every three weeks around key government announcements, and will update the position for hockey in England whenever the circumstances change.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Nick Pink said, “As we all continue to navigate this evolving landscape, the England Hockey team have been working hard to prepare the sport for a return to play and to manage the challenges ahead. By sharing our thoughts openly, we hope it enables the hockey community to work together, to plan ahead, and to help us to come back stronger. We plan to engage with you as much as possible as we look to set a course and encourage as much alignment as possible to ensure the sport as whole can thrive. The long-term health of the overall sport will always remain at the heart of our decisions.”

If you have any comments, feedback or input please email: clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Our updated guidance will be available on the England Hockey website early next week.”

Please also be aware that as this is such a complex issue, groups of volunteers ranging from Regional League administrators and the Elite Domestic Game Panel, through to club reps from small clubs across the country are being spoken with about their situation and viability of returning to hockey.

For umpiring and officiating, there could be differing challenges concerning availability, fixture timings, congestion of calendar and I would recommend speaking with your committees about what challenges could be in place if hockey is unable to restart “as normal” from the 1st September and some of the barriers that you may face. If you have any questions or would like some more guidance, please let me know.

Apart from that, please have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager

Hi All

Hope you are all staying well? As communicated last week, England Hockey are continually reviewing our stance to “Return to Play” in England along government advice. As there was an announcement last night, please see below our latest update:

“Latest Government Announcement
After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey.

Roadmap to Return to Play
When England Hockey took the decision to suspend hockey on the 17 March, it was clear that exactly when and how the sport would be able to return would take time to resolve. Until recently the focus has rightly been on the hockey family, demonstrating our collective spirit through support for charities, key workers in our clubs and looking out for our local communities or other club members as well as engaging within the hockey community and beyond on social media. The focus has not been on returning to hockey until the last week.

With so much uncertainty the aim has been to make decisions on key issues at the right times. Getting the timing right on this has been particularly tricky and will continue to present challenges over the coming months. The aim of this message is to share what we believe the probable steps are likely to be, and in headline terms, the possible implications for the 2020-21 season.

The considerations set out here are all dependent on the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant government guidance. We would encourage our players, clubs and associations to interpret these as a guide and support and align to the work that will need to be done if plans change. At this stage it is not possible to make definitive plans.

What will be allowed?
The government alert levels announced on 10 May (link here) set out the first clear steps to emerging from lockdown. These alert levels will not relate directly to hockey activity and having reviewed the information from other countries and other sports we have set out 5 steps to returning to ‘normal’. Three relate to training, and two relate to match play activities. These are as follows:

Phase
Step
Train
1. Training - One to one / household group
2. Socially Distanced Training - Small groups but with social distancing in place
3. Small Group Training – Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
Play
4. Local Match Play – Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions stop leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
5. Full Competitive Match Play – Full leagues / competitions resume

For the last two weeks we have been at Step 1 with one to one coaching or household groups allowed to play. We will move to the initial stages of Step 2 from Monday 1 June. Detailed information on this will be released as soon as possible after government guidance is made available.

We do not know exactly when we will be able to progress through each step but hope this outline will assist clubs and organisations scenario plan their return to hockey. Crucially it is clear that facility providers are taking different approaches to the current restrictions and not all clubs are able to access pitches. This is a situation we will continue to monitor and take into account linked to the steps above.

England Hockey will issue the necessary advice and guidance and share good practice with as much notice as we reasonably can in the circumstances.

What are the implications of this?
Depending on the timing and pace of progression through the steps there are different implications for the 2020-21 season. These implications are interlinked and complex across the game and decisions need to be coordinated across key stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. The timing of decision-making is important to allow adequate planning time but also decisions should not be taken too early in case circumstances change.

For the next 6-8 weeks we recommend continuing to plan for the 2020-21 season as normal (option A below). There is a risk that some pre-season activity may be lost and we recommend organisations aim to minimise financial risks where possible in pre-season. If the season cannot start on time but is only delayed for a short period (a few weeks), we will aim to extend it beyond its traditional late March/early April finish (option B below).

If neither of the above scenarios are possible we will consider a revised calendar for the 2020-21 season (option C). This would apply if there was insufficient time to run a normal length season. There could also be a time by which a viable competitive season has to start. A range of scenarios are being developed for this and will be consulted upon over coming months with the relevant stakeholders. Option C would only be enacted if there was a delay starting competitive hockey into mid-November (or later) or a second wave of infections caused more significant disruption.

Finally, there is the possibility an even later start may only allow for a shortened season to take place (option D). The likelihood of implementation of Option C or D will be assessed over coming months.

A
Normal
Season runs normally from end September 2020 to April 2021. League fixtures as usual. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and regulations to cater for managing potential disruption including incomplete season.
B
Delayed
(Similar calendar)
Season runs normally but starts later and finishes later than usual, for example the end of October to end of April. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and calendar depending on time lost. Regulations adjusted to cope with disruption including incomplete season.
C
Revised
(New calendar)
A significantly revised calendar is created for season running in a reduced window – e.g. end November 2020 to end of April 2021. Some activities may be removed in this scenario depending on the circumstances.

Alternative formats for competitions and leagues will be developed including potentially splitting leagues in the latter part of the season to create playoffs.

Consultation on this approach will be undertaken in coming months with this scenario only implemented if there is confidence the timing will allow.
D
Shortened
The season runs in a severely reduced window – e.g. end January 2021 to end of April 2021.
In this scenario in adult leagues it could be that all play all but only once either home or away.

Beneath these high-level scenarios there are layers of detail that need to be considered and recommendations made including the different implications for different sections of the sport such as the impact on officiating in each scenario, leagues adapting to issues such as possible localised lockdowns and also for indoor hockey (given indoor sports rules are likely to be different to outdoor).

Given the complexity of this and the need to communicate at the right time, England Hockey will review the position every three weeks around key government announcements, and will update the position for hockey in England whenever the circumstances change.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Nick Pink said, “As we all continue to navigate this evolving landscape, the England Hockey team have been working hard to prepare the sport for a return to play and to manage the challenges ahead. By sharing our thoughts openly, we hope it enables the hockey community to work together, to plan ahead, and to help us to come back stronger. We plan to engage with you as much as possible as we look to set a course and encourage as much alignment as possible to ensure the sport as whole can thrive. The long-term health of the overall sport will always remain at the heart of our decisions.”

If you have any comments, feedback or input please email: clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Our updated guidance will be available on the England Hockey website early next week.”

Please also be aware that as this is such a complex issue, groups of volunteers ranging from Regional League administrators and the Elite Domestic Game Panel, through to club reps from small clubs across the country are being spoken with about their situation and viability of returning to hockey.

For umpiring and officiating, there could be differing challenges concerning availability, fixture timings, congestion of calendar and I would recommend speaking with your committees about what challenges could be in place if hockey is unable to restart “as normal” from the 1st September and some of the barriers that you may face. If you have any questions or would like some more guidance, please let me know.

Apart from that, please have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager

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.

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