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23rd MayUmpires Expenses

Would all umpires please enter AND THEN CLAIM expenses for the end of the season immediately, or after your final game next week, even if it is zero! I can then make any payments and close the accounts for the year. Assuming that you will not be claiming for most matches in line with our free umpiring commitment I will enter nil claims on your behalf if they remain outstanding.
Cheers
Mike
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Would all umpires please enter AND THEN CLAIM expenses for the end of the season immediately, or after your final game next week, even if it is zero! I can then make any payments and close the accounts for the year. Assuming that you will not be claiming for most matches in line with our free umpiring commitment I will enter nil claims on your behalf if they remain outstanding.
Cheers
Mike
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Would all umpires please enter AND THEN CLAIM expenses for the end of the season immediately, or after your final game next week, even if it is zero! I can then make any payments and close the accounts for the year. Assuming that you will not be claiming for most matches in line with our free umpiring commitment I will enter nil claims on your behalf if they remain outstanding.
Cheers
Mike
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18th MayEH - Return to Play

Hi All

Following Boris’s announcement on Monday about the country moving to Step 3 of the roadmap in relation to restrictions and COVID, we have updated our guidance that takes into effect on Monday 17th May.

You can read the full statement at the link.

Key points:

Car Sharing is now allowed
Levels of Spectators are now allowed at the side of the pitch in all settings

Due to these factors, England Hockey are currently receiving entries into some Summer EH Competitions that we are running. This may have a knock on effect to you guys, with you being asked to appoint officials. Further information on this will come in due course, once the entry closing date has passed.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Have a good weekend
David. ... More
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Hi All

Following Boris’s announcement on Monday about the country moving to Step 3 of the roadmap in relation to restrictions and COVID, we have updated our guidance that takes into effect on Monday 17th May.

You can read the full statement at the link.

Key points:

Car Sharing is now allowed
Levels of Spectators are now allowed at the side of the pitch in all settings

Due to these factors, England Hockey are currently receiving entries into some Summer EH Competitions that we are running. This may have a knock on effect to you guys, with you being asked to appoint officials. Further information on this will come in due course, once the entry closing date has passed.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Have a good weekend
David. ... More
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Hi All

Following Boris’s announcement on Monday about the country moving to Step 3 of the roadmap in relation to restrictions and COVID, we have updated our guidance that takes into effect on Monday 17th May.

You can read the full statement at the link.

Key points:

Car Sharing is now allowed
Levels of Spectators are now allowed at the side of the pitch in all settings

Due to these factors, England Hockey are currently receiving entries into some Summer EH Competitions that we are running. This may have a knock on effect to you guys, with you being asked to appoint officials. Further information on this will come in due course, once the entry closing date has passed.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Have a good weekend
David. ... More
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10th MayUmpire Promotion

Congratulations to David Boyle for successfully gaining promotion to Level 2 Ladies' Panel. Not an easy feat given all the changes and lack of hockey this season!
Very well done David (we might forgive you for moving out of the 'County' now ;-) )
Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager
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Congratulations to David Boyle for successfully gaining promotion to Level 2 Ladies' Panel. Not an easy feat given all the changes and lack of hockey this season!
Very well done David (we might forgive you for moving out of the 'County' now ;-) )
Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager
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Congratulations to David Boyle for successfully gaining promotion to Level 2 Ladies' Panel. Not an easy feat given all the changes and lack of hockey this season!
Very well done David (we might forgive you for moving out of the 'County' now ;-) )
Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager
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28th AprUmpires Expenses for Summer League 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the HHUA Management meeting on 27 April 2021, it was decided that HHUA would support the Summer Leagues (Div 1, 2 and 3), without those teams paying the usual £18 fee. Officials are encouraged to only claim expenses if they feel particularly strongly that they need to do so. This is a way HHUA can demonstrate support to clubs after a difficult season. Any expenses will therefore be paid from HHUA Reserves.

The system will still require officials to submit an expense claim on your match feedback, just put 0 miles in the relevant box.

Phil Gibbs
Secretary
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the HHUA Management meeting on 27 April 2021, it was decided that HHUA would support the Summer Leagues (Div 1, 2 and 3), without those teams paying the usual £18 fee. Officials are encouraged to only claim expenses if they feel particularly strongly that they need to do so. This is a way HHUA can demonstrate support to clubs after a difficult season. Any expenses will therefore be paid from HHUA Reserves.

The system will still require officials to submit an expense claim on your match feedback, just put 0 miles in the relevant box.

Phil Gibbs
Secretary
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the HHUA Management meeting on 27 April 2021, it was decided that HHUA would support the Summer Leagues (Div 1, 2 and 3), without those teams paying the usual £18 fee. Officials are encouraged to only claim expenses if they feel particularly strongly that they need to do so. This is a way HHUA can demonstrate support to clubs after a difficult season. Any expenses will therefore be paid from HHUA Reserves.

The system will still require officials to submit an expense claim on your match feedback, just put 0 miles in the relevant box.

Phil Gibbs
Secretary
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9th AprReturn to Hockey April 2021

Return to Hockey April 2021

As Members will be returning to umpire games of hockey this weekend, it is timely just to remind ourselves of the current guidance in relation to remaining safe during the gentle release of the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

There is a good deal of up-to-date information to be found on the England Hockey website so please visit the following link for general information –

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/return-to-play-latest-update-march-2021

The latest update was issued as recently as the 7th April 2021 – please see –

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/hockeys-first-steps-back-for-summer-of-fun

The highlights are as follows but please read the latest guidance.

• Car sharing is not yet permitted (unless passengers are currently living as a family unit). The earliest this might change will be the 17th May 2021 but this will be reviewed closer to the time;
• In the main only local friendlies are permitted at present as well as club training;
• The HHUA Covid Officer will automatically register your participation if you are appointed by the Association for Track and Trace purposes;
• Please abide by club local guidance using toilet facilities;
• Changing rooms and showers remain out of bounds but varying degrees of hospitality may occur, subject to local club guidance;
• Maintain social distancing please;
• The green card, and appropriate escalation, continues in respect of spitting or nose blowing without a handkerchief;

Perhaps most useful to all Members is the updated England Hockey ‘Advice for Umpires (March 2021)’ – see the link

Enjoy your hockey but should you have any questions please let us know.

Richard Wood
Chairman HHUA ... More
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Return to Hockey April 2021

As Members will be returning to umpire games of hockey this weekend, it is timely just to remind ourselves of the current guidance in relation to remaining safe during the gentle release of the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

There is a good deal of up-to-date information to be found on the England Hockey website so please visit the following link for general information –

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/return-to-play-latest-update-march-2021

The latest update was issued as recently as the 7th April 2021 – please see –

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/hockeys-first-steps-back-for-summer-of-fun

The highlights are as follows but please read the latest guidance.

• Car sharing is not yet permitted (unless passengers are currently living as a family unit). The earliest this might change will be the 17th May 2021 but this will be reviewed closer to the time;
• In the main only local friendlies are permitted at present as well as club training;
• The HHUA Covid Officer will automatically register your participation if you are appointed by the Association for Track and Trace purposes;
• Please abide by club local guidance using toilet facilities;
• Changing rooms and showers remain out of bounds but varying degrees of hospitality may occur, subject to local club guidance;
• Maintain social distancing please;
• The green card, and appropriate escalation, continues in respect of spitting or nose blowing without a handkerchief;

Perhaps most useful to all Members is the updated England Hockey ‘Advice for Umpires (March 2021)’ – see the link

Enjoy your hockey but should you have any questions please let us know.

Richard Wood
Chairman HHUA ... More
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Return to Hockey April 2021

As Members will be returning to umpire games of hockey this weekend, it is timely just to remind ourselves of the current guidance in relation to remaining safe during the gentle release of the Covid-19 lockdown rules.

There is a good deal of up-to-date information to be found on the England Hockey website so please visit the following link for general information –

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/return-to-play-latest-update-march-2021

The latest update was issued as recently as the 7th April 2021 – please see –

https://www.englandhockey.co.uk/media/news/hockeys-first-steps-back-for-summer-of-fun

The highlights are as follows but please read the latest guidance.

• Car sharing is not yet permitted (unless passengers are currently living as a family unit). The earliest this might change will be the 17th May 2021 but this will be reviewed closer to the time;
• In the main only local friendlies are permitted at present as well as club training;
• The HHUA Covid Officer will automatically register your participation if you are appointed by the Association for Track and Trace purposes;
• Please abide by club local guidance using toilet facilities;
• Changing rooms and showers remain out of bounds but varying degrees of hospitality may occur, subject to local club guidance;
• Maintain social distancing please;
• The green card, and appropriate escalation, continues in respect of spitting or nose blowing without a handkerchief;

Perhaps most useful to all Members is the updated England Hockey ‘Advice for Umpires (March 2021)’ – see the link

Enjoy your hockey but should you have any questions please let us know.

Richard Wood
Chairman HHUA ... More
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6th AprEH Officiating Forums on return to play

Hi all,

Thank you very much for attending the Officiating Forums on return to play – we hope you found it very useful and are now aware of the support in place to ensure a smooth return for all!

please also click in the link below if you wish to revisit the session that was recorded:

https://englandhockey-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/david_elworthy_englandhockey_co_uk/ERWJTZgO95NLlADAOuxDQ4oBSdSwvJUtmX4D7iIuZxcG-Q?e=fRFqUP

Hope this helps and do not hesitate to get in touch if we can be of any further support.

Kind regards,

EH Officiating ... More
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Hi all,

Thank you very much for attending the Officiating Forums on return to play – we hope you found it very useful and are now aware of the support in place to ensure a smooth return for all!

please also click in the link below if you wish to revisit the session that was recorded:

https://englandhockey-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/david_elworthy_englandhockey_co_uk/ERWJTZgO95NLlADAOuxDQ4oBSdSwvJUtmX4D7iIuZxcG-Q?e=fRFqUP

Hope this helps and do not hesitate to get in touch if we can be of any further support.

Kind regards,

EH Officiating ... More
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Hi all,

Thank you very much for attending the Officiating Forums on return to play – we hope you found it very useful and are now aware of the support in place to ensure a smooth return for all!

please also click in the link below if you wish to revisit the session that was recorded:

https://englandhockey-my.sharepoint.com/:v:/g/personal/david_elworthy_englandhockey_co_uk/ERWJTZgO95NLlADAOuxDQ4oBSdSwvJUtmX4D7iIuZxcG-Q?e=fRFqUP

Hope this helps and do not hesitate to get in touch if we can be of any further support.

Kind regards,

EH Officiating ... More
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31st MarUmpires Expenses

Now that the remainder of the league season has been curtailed, would you all please claim your outstanding expenses and refund of your membership fee in the normal way. I will pay asap. If we have further appointments you will of course be able to submit a further claim.
Thanks
Mike Robinson (HHUA Treasurer)
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Now that the remainder of the league season has been curtailed, would you all please claim your outstanding expenses and refund of your membership fee in the normal way. I will pay asap. If we have further appointments you will of course be able to submit a further claim.
Thanks
Mike Robinson (HHUA Treasurer)
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Now that the remainder of the league season has been curtailed, would you all please claim your outstanding expenses and refund of your membership fee in the normal way. I will pay asap. If we have further appointments you will of course be able to submit a further claim.
Thanks
Mike Robinson (HHUA Treasurer)
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16th Oct

(2020)
Tier Update from EH

Afternoon all,

Please see below a communication that has been sent out today concerning how the restrictions effect hockey. The full article is available on the below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49726&itemTitle=Updated+Return+To+Play+guidance+in+line+with+new+Local+Covid+Alert+Levels&section=22

The headlines for appointing umpires, umpire coaches / assessors & officials are as follows:

1) Anyone living in a T1 or T2 level of restriction are able to umpire at any venues in ENGLAND where they are at the same “restriction level”.

2) Anyone living in T3 have been recommended to not travel outside that area unless it is for essential travel (unfortunately, hockey in England doesn’t count as essential).

3) Any teams that are in a T3 location can still play IF their opponents are also from a T3 area.

4) Any umpires that live in a T3 location can still umpire any match within that local T3 Area. For example, if an umpire or official lived 10 mins from Bowden and Bowden were in T3, then the umpire could do a game at Bowden.

5) Wales have different regulations / restrictions in place, so the following is permitted:

- Any ENG umpire from a T1 or T2 location will be given dispensation to travel to Swansea or Cardiff to undertake appointments.
- Any umpires living in WAL are allowed to travel to matches in England in a T1 or T2 location.

As this situation changes, we will update all as soon as we can.

The link to the latest FAQ’s from the England Hockey website concerning the processes around reporting venues / clubs where COVID safety processes aren’t as desired or required due to the current governmental legislations. I would ask that you share this part with your members so that we can remain as safe as possible when taking part in hockey.

I hope hockey continues this weekend safely for you all.

Kind Regards.
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk

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Afternoon all,

Please see below a communication that has been sent out today concerning how the restrictions effect hockey. The full article is available on the below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49726&itemTitle=Updated+Return+To+Play+guidance+in+line+with+new+Local+Covid+Alert+Levels&section=22

The headlines for appointing umpires, umpire coaches / assessors & officials are as follows:

1) Anyone living in a T1 or T2 level of restriction are able to umpire at any venues in ENGLAND where they are at the same “restriction level”.

2) Anyone living in T3 have been recommended to not travel outside that area unless it is for essential travel (unfortunately, hockey in England doesn’t count as essential).

3) Any teams that are in a T3 location can still play IF their opponents are also from a T3 area.

4) Any umpires that live in a T3 location can still umpire any match within that local T3 Area. For example, if an umpire or official lived 10 mins from Bowden and Bowden were in T3, then the umpire could do a game at Bowden.

5) Wales have different regulations / restrictions in place, so the following is permitted:

- Any ENG umpire from a T1 or T2 location will be given dispensation to travel to Swansea or Cardiff to undertake appointments.
- Any umpires living in WAL are allowed to travel to matches in England in a T1 or T2 location.

As this situation changes, we will update all as soon as we can.

The link to the latest FAQ’s from the England Hockey website concerning the processes around reporting venues / clubs where COVID safety processes aren’t as desired or required due to the current governmental legislations. I would ask that you share this part with your members so that we can remain as safe as possible when taking part in hockey.

I hope hockey continues this weekend safely for you all.

Kind Regards.
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk

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Afternoon all,

Please see below a communication that has been sent out today concerning how the restrictions effect hockey. The full article is available on the below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49726&itemTitle=Updated+Return+To+Play+guidance+in+line+with+new+Local+Covid+Alert+Levels&section=22

The headlines for appointing umpires, umpire coaches / assessors & officials are as follows:

1) Anyone living in a T1 or T2 level of restriction are able to umpire at any venues in ENGLAND where they are at the same “restriction level”.

2) Anyone living in T3 have been recommended to not travel outside that area unless it is for essential travel (unfortunately, hockey in England doesn’t count as essential).

3) Any teams that are in a T3 location can still play IF their opponents are also from a T3 area.

4) Any umpires that live in a T3 location can still umpire any match within that local T3 Area. For example, if an umpire or official lived 10 mins from Bowden and Bowden were in T3, then the umpire could do a game at Bowden.

5) Wales have different regulations / restrictions in place, so the following is permitted:

- Any ENG umpire from a T1 or T2 location will be given dispensation to travel to Swansea or Cardiff to undertake appointments.
- Any umpires living in WAL are allowed to travel to matches in England in a T1 or T2 location.

As this situation changes, we will update all as soon as we can.

The link to the latest FAQ’s from the England Hockey website concerning the processes around reporting venues / clubs where COVID safety processes aren’t as desired or required due to the current governmental legislations. I would ask that you share this part with your members so that we can remain as safe as possible when taking part in hockey.

I hope hockey continues this weekend safely for you all.

Kind Regards.
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk

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29th May

(2020)
Message 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
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
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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
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
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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
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
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