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!

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Annual General Meeting

All members should have received an email regarding the AGM but a reminder that this is on Tuesday 4th April 2017 at Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Club, Tewkesbury Rd, Uckington, Cheltenham GL51 9SL @ 7:30 pm.

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Posted: 27 March 2017

Club Umpire Developer training

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

Posted: 20 March 2017

Tribute to Mike Smith – HGWHUA Member

The funeral of Mike Smith aged 63, a valuable member of the HGWHUA panel, took place on Wednesday 15 February 2017 at the West Wiltshire Crematorium, Semington, Wiltshire.

Mike was a member of Chippenham Men’s Hockey Club for 47 years where he served as a player, team captain, Committee Member and Chairman on more than one occasion. In addition he played a major role in the overall club development and progression.

When Mike’s playing days were over, following injury, he became an umpire. And after cutting his teeth at club level he moved on to join HGWHUA in 2007 and over the years as a panel member he progressed to officiate in games at the highest level to which this body appoints umpires. He was always striving to improve and be the best umpire that he could be. He developed a sound reputation around the clubs within the three counties for his game approach, control and management. He also served on the HGWHUA committee as a Lay Member - strongly representing the views and feelings of the rank and file members.

Mike had a wicked sense of humour – no one was safe from his good natured ribbing – even himself. It was this bubbly and positive personality that swept people along with him in his passion for the game and the role of the umpire.

His energy, passion and commitment will be sorely missed.

Posted: 27 February 2017

Notes from 2016 HUA Conference

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

HUA Conference 2016 Notes »

Posted: 17 October 2016

HGWHUA Radio Sets

HGWHUA is pleased to announce that active panel umpire members will be receiving a radio for the 2016/17 season. This is a large investment in technology which we hope will significantly improve the quality of umpiring for all clubs.

The Committee have assembled a document in response to commonly asked questions, which can now be downloaded below...

Download the Radio Set FAQs »

Posted: 26 September 2016

Update to Red Card and MMO Regulations 2016

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 »

Posted: 11 September 2016


The Chris Tomlinson Award for 2015/16 was to Dave Lennie. He gave considerable time to watching, coaching and mentoring members to the extent that when realising the shortage after Christmas withdrew from West appointments to support the Association. He was not able to be at the AGM so was presented with the trophy at the Wiltshire tournament by Steve Court, the previous holder.

Posted: 05 September 2016

Fixtures for the 2016/17 Season

The fixtures list for 1st October - 10th December 2016 is now available on the appointments page.

Posted: 24 June 2016

Rule change effective from 26th February 2016

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently announced changes to the Rules of Hockey, specifically rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of the attacking free hit within 5 metres of the attacking circle.

These changes came into effect in the international game on 16th February 2016. England Hockey has considered the implications of these changes from a number of perspectives and, in line with the desire for consistency in rules across the game, has decided to implement them at all levels of the 11-a-side game in England from Friday 26th February.

Further information and guidance has been uploaded to the England Hockey website »

Posted: 25 February 2016

Communication from EH Umpiring - Penalties for Dissent

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.

Posted: 23 October 2015

New Rules

There is an excellent online presentation on the new rules that can be found at:


This has been written by Hamish Jamson who umpired at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and will be umpiring in the European Championships later this month.

Posted: 07 August 2015

Guidance on the new Rules of Hockey

England Hockey have issued this guidance on the new rules that will be in place from 1st July 2015. Very interesting reading.

Rule Changes Guidance

Updated: 29 May 2015