The HGWHUA provides a network of like-minded umpires, who can offer you fixtures within three counties.

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!

To keep up with the latest news from the HGWHUA, take a look at the recent updates shown below and why not sign up to our Mailing List! You can also help publicise the HGWHUA by downloading and displaying our latest advertising flyer.

Latest News from the HGWHUA

How to progress to Level 2 / 04 Sep 17

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.

Progression to Level 2 »

Notes from 2017 HUA Conference / 04 Sep 17

This was held in June and representatives from HGWHUA attended. The summary document of the discussions can be downloaded below:

HUA Conference 2017 Notes »



Presentation of the Chris Tomlinson Award / 06 Jun 17

At the HGW AGM it was announced that the Chris Tomlinson Award, which is presented annually to an HGW member in recognition of their services to the association, was given posthumously to Mike Smith. He had been an energetic Lay Member on the committee and never afraid to speak his mind regarding issues, particularly relating to the foot soldiers. His feedback on umpires was always helpful and he had made a massive contribution to umpiring.

Chippenham Men's Hockey Club organised a fundraising day in aid of the Mike Smith Memorial Fund at which the presentation was made to Sonya, his widow, by last year's winner Dave Lennie seen here with John Cull, President of the club.

Club Umpire Developer training / 26 Mar 17

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

Update to Red Card and MMO Regulations 2016 / 11 Sep 16

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.

Read the full release »

Communication from EH Umpiring - Penalties for Dissent / 23 Oct 15

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.



Our Aims

The aims of the association are to support outdoor and indoor hockey by:

  • Recruiting, developing and promoting umpires
  • Developing and promoting umpire coaches
  • Looking after the well-being of umpires
  • Promoting communication between umpires and players/coaches
  • Appointing umpires to league, cup and other appropriate matches
  • Assessing Association umpires to maintain standards
  • Developing and maintaining relations with counties, clubs, team coaches and players
  • Representing the views of the HGWHUA at Regional and County level

Our Mailing List

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Our Flyer

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.