We can support your application of the changing rules and interpretations within the game and help those who wish to move towards WEST umpiring appointments. We are also there for a chat and drink in the bar after the game and perhaps even the occasional social gathering!
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We are pleased to announce that Dave Lennie has taken on the role of Chief Coach. Dave is well known on the circuit, both to umpires and players, and will bring his own inimitable style to the job. We wish him well.
The Gloucester 6's Tournament will take place on Sunday 29 July at Dean Close School. Anyone wishing to umpire should contact David Lillywhite at as soon as possible please.
The Newent Summer League starts on Monday 4 June and will run for 10 weeks.
Anyone wishing to be considered for appointments should contact David Lillywhite at confirming their availability or otherwise for Mondays 4, 11, 18 and 25 June by Friday 11 May.
It would appear that shirt numbers or rather the lack of them is causing some angst. So much so that some players and clubs have been giving umpires grief in order to sort it out. After a couple of incidents earlier in the season I wrote to the League. As a result they put a notice on their website.
To clarify the situation is this:
Therefore umpires cannot force teams with incorrect shirts or numbers to correct the situation. Nor can they impose any personal or team penalties for any breaches. However we would hope that by good game management from the umpires and the assistance of teams most situations can be resolved.
If you continue to have problems with opponents not having the correct apparel then I suggest you take it up with the League either directly and/or by endorsing the match card accordingly.
Essentially this is a matter between clubs and the League not HGWHUA.
Please could you disseminate this message to all your teams and players.
Current Level 1 umpires often ask how they can get to the next stage in their umpiring career and this document should help explain the process.
This was held in June and representatives from HGWHUA attended. The summary document of the discussions can be downloaded below:
England Hockey have announced the launch of the Club Umpire Developer training through their Hockey Hub. The module is designed to help learners identify what good umpiring looks like and how to give constructive feedback to umpires. Read more about it by clicking on this link: hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/clubumpire
EH Statement - 'Following representations from the regional hockey associations and umpires we have updated the red card and matchday misconduct offence regulations so that from the start of the 2016/17 season any player who received a red car after committing a minor offence for a second time, having received a yellow card for the first offence, will no longer automatically receive a 16 day ban. This brings the rest of the sport in line with the EHL regulations.
We would also stress that offences involving the use or threat of violence or verbal abuse will continue to be treated seriously and will incur a minimum 16 day suspension.'
The Red Card report Form will still have to be completed where a red card is issued following a second yellow and the updated form can be found under Coaching & Discipline.
There has been some recent confusion over what personal penalties (cards) and team penalties (free hit or PC) should be awarded for fouls and dissent by players in the 23m that they are defending. As a result, NPUA has contacted FIH for clarity and an agreed position with FIH has now been arrived at.
Read the NPUA guidance, which has the full backing of England Hockey.
The aims of the association are to support outdoor and indoor hockey by:
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We are starting to develop a better umpire/club/player communication process, first of which is this new poster that can be downloaded to be placed on a club noticeboard or added to a club website.
If you have any ideas that we could use please get in touch with any of our members or committee members.