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16th OctUmpire Promotions

Two more promotions:
Congratulations to Tim Clay for getting to men's County 1 panel and to Jenny Rust for passing her Candidate assessment to go on to women's County panel.
Well done both of you!
HHUA Umpire Assessment Manager

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11th OctUmpire Promotions

It's still early doors, but already we have some umpire promotions to announce:
Congratulations to:
Adam Swann for achieving Regional 1 panel for the men's side and County panel for the women's.
Michael Duncan and Paul Moore for successfully passing their candidate assessments and are now part of the County 2 panel for men.
Well done all!
Ginette Tessier
Umpire Assessment Manager

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8th OctEngland Hockey Governance Review Survey

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am sure you are all fully aware that England Hockey is conducting a review of Governance of the sport and full details of the process can be found at:


They are inviting members of HA's/HUA's to submit their thoughts in an online survey, by 27 October 2019, which you will find at the link.

You are encouraged to complete the survey, as either an individual or club representative. HHUA have already provided a response to he proposals.

Please contact the Secretary or Chairman if you have any questions.

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2nd OctWebsite issues

There are a number of issues on the website which are taking longer to resolve than expected - especially player registration - please be patient

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29th SepPlayers needed for Romsey Hockey Club Ladies Teams

Romsey Ladies 1st and 2nd teams are looking for keen, committed players wishing to represent our friendly club at the highest level. The 1st team are in Hampshire Premier division and the 2nds are in Division 2. Why not come down to one of our training sessions on our new pitch at Romsey School on a Thursday evening and give us a try? Or for more information contact Club President Amy Edwards on missamyedwards@gmail.com.

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18th Sep

Umpires Expenses:
Just a reminder that expenses are based on the google maps mileage from your home to the ground and any separate clubhouse. This will be shown as a guide when making a claim. It is expected your claims should be close to that distance! If you have to travel via a different route because of traffic, roadworks, meeting a colleague etc please claim the additional mileage AND ADD AN EXPLANATION! That will avoid a dispute being raised with all the unnecessary e-mails for both of us.
Mike - HHUA Treasurer

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17th SepGreat Britain Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Message from Andy Tapley of England Hockey

As you are probably aware, the Great Britain teams are taking part in qualifying matches for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. After the draw this week, we are now in a position to confirm that these matches will take place on the afternoons of the 2nd and 3rd of November at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London. Great Britain Men will play Malaysia and Great Britain Women will play Chile in two days of back-to-back matches for a place at the Olympics. We intend to go on sale for tickets imminently.
When devising the England Hockey calendar this year, we left a break in the England Hockey League season to cater for this eventuality, but it would have been unrealistic to ask all teams at all levels to have a weekend off. Now that the matches are confirmed, there is a chance that clubs and/or teams may ask to reorganise fixtures planned for this weekend. We haven’t hosted a qualifier in this way for nearly 25 years and, given the significance of the occasion, anticipate the wider hockey family would want to support our teams in getting to Tokyo.
I know how challenging the hockey calendar can be for all regions, however on behalf of England Hockey and the GB teams, please can I ask you to consider being accommodating to reasonable requests by clubs.

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11th SepLadies Coach required

Basingstoke are looking for a coach for their Ladies 2s team.

Basingstoke is a friendly and welcoming club which continues to grow. The 1s have just been promoted into Investec Conference West and the building of a second pitch has just begun. It is an exciting time to be a part of the club.

We are looking for a coach that is enthusiastic and will help drive the progression of the 2s team.
Training: Wednesday 20:30-22:00
Matches: Saturdays - coaches not available on Saturdays may be considered so please get in contact.

Salary negotiable depending on qualifications and experience.

If you would be interested in coaching the Ladies 2s please contact the team captain Leah.
Email: basingstokehcl2@gmail.com

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7th SepTime to listen Courses for Welfare Officers

I am pleased to advise that Time to Listen Workshops have been organised as follows:

Monday 30 September - Old Bristolians Sports Club, Longwood Lane, Failand, Bristol BS8 3TQ
Monday 30 September - Trojans Sports Club, Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO50 9HT
Monday 14 October - Royal Wootton Bassett Sports Association, Gerald Buxton Sports Ground, Brinkworth Road, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon SN4 8DS
Monday 28 October – University of Brighton, Falmer Sports Centre, Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, Sussex BN1 9PH
Monday 18 November – Polo Farm Sports Club, Littlebourne Road, Canterbury, Kent CT3 4AF

Other Workshops are available around the country.

All Workshops are 18.30 – 21.30 hrs.

Time to Listen (TTL) is a three hour interactive workshop, developed by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) which has been adapted to be specific to hockey. ALL Welfare Officers should attend this workshop to update their skills and knowledge of Safeguarding in regards to hockey. The certificate should be updated every three years in order to keep up with current legislation.

Time to Listen attendance by the CWO is a compulsory element of ClubMark accreditation.

The workshop is aimed at Club Welfare Officers (CWO) and people who have a designated welfare role in their County or Region . It is good practice for the CWO, or someone from the club/association, to attend this workshop especially if you have U18 players. It is recommended that a second Club Official is also trained as a deputy.

The workshop is designed to give confidence and support in the CWO role and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to other Welfare Officers to share experiences and good practice. For further details please use this link to our website. The cost is £20 per delegate.

Booking a Workshop place is now online through the HockeyHub (as with coaching and umpiring courses/workshops). Places are limited to 16 for each Workshop and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. As this is a new system for Time to Listen Workshops, if you experience difficulty with the booking process please contact safeguarding@englandhockey.co.uk in the first instance.

If you have any queries please contact my Administrator, Jenny Mitchell (jenny.mitchell@englandhockey.co.uk)

Many thanks


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6th Sep2019 Outdoor Rules Guidance

The presentation on the guidance to umpires for the new rules, as presented at the pre-season meeting on 5th September has been posted on the H.H.U.A. web site (under the Umpiring Guidance section within Information & Downloads).

The presentation has been updated to include answers to some of the questions raised.

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4th SepSouth Indoor Men's National League Qualifier

Date: Saturday 14th December
Times: First games from 9:30am
Location: Fleming Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire
Closing Date: Saturday 28th September

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3rd SepUmpire Ambitions 2019/2020


The Development and Assessment Team would really like to continue the work we started last season in supporting umpires according to their ambitions.

To that end, we would like you to please 'vote' for your plans for the season through the link shown. This will allow us to distribute our resources fairly and with a view to fairly supporting umpires who want to either move up in their panel or level, umpires who want to explore other opportunities to continue to be involved in our sport and umpires who are happy where they are!

The options you have are the same as last season:

1. Maintaining Group - for umpires who are happy where they are, but would like to make sure they are still at the right level. You will receive a minimum of one 'MOT watching' in this group (this could be a Development or Assessment, dependent on resource availability).

2. Development Group - for umpires who are looking to progress. Most of you who were in the group last year understand the commitment involved, including being fully available for a minimum number of matches, maintaining match records and a Personal Development Plan. You will be 'looked after' by Ginette as HHUA Assessment Manager and given increased opportunities for development and assessment, with specific targets to achieve in improving your umpiring.

3. Alternative Involvement - for umpires who are wanting to explore other opportunities to stay involved with umpiring such as becoming a Developer or Assessor. This DOES NOT mean that you will be asked to stop umpiring! We want to work with you to find a way to keep you involved that works for everyone.

4. Not sure - if your circumstances are such that none of the above suits you more than others, or you're not quite sure of your plans yet, or you just want to talk it over, vote here and Ginette will contact you.

I hope this makes sense, but please do get in touch if you have any questions. The poll is open until 17th September (a Tuesday).

Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager

NB: please note that the technology used in this vote requires you to submit your name and email address which will be securely stored outside of the HHUA system. This is so we can get votes linked to individuals and get in touch with you about the right thing! You will not be contacted about anything other than what is relevant to your vote.
If you are concerned about this or object to this happening, then please send an email to Ginette at hantsuam@gmail.com with your preferred option from the list above.

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26th AugRed Cards and Matchday Misconduct Offences

To all those that umpire

Welcome to the new season from the County Discipline team. There have been changes this year, I have taken over as County Disciplinary Administrator (CDA) from Chris Bond, however Chris is staying as the Deputy CDA.
A few of you this season will give a Red Card or be involved with a Matchday Misconduct Offence MMO. An MMO is a an offence that happens on the match day that would have led to red card being awarded during the match. A MMO can only be awarded by a Level 1 or above umpire, while anyone can submit issue a red card if they are umpiring the match.

The latest versions of all the relevant forms are on the HHUA website at https://www.hhua.co.uk/public/handbook.php along with some guidance on how to complete the form. If you need further help, please contact myself or Chris for additional help. The form is simple, just tell us what happened.
When you have complete the form, please send it me at discipline@hampshireha.co.uk and Chris at cwbond300@btinternet.com so that we can process it.

Please remember that a red card or MMO is a rare occurrence – you are unlikely to be involved In one. However, I suggest that you read the guidance before the start of the season so you are aware of what to do if necessary.

Alan Dow

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16th AugGoalkeeper required for Eastleigh Ladies

“Eastleigh Ladies hockey club are seeking a committed and enthusiastic Goalie to join us for the 2019/2020 season. We have 2 teams currently playing in Div 1 & 5 of the Hampshire Women’s League. We also run an Indoor League during the season. We are a small friendly club with an excellent value membership. A new goalie would be eligible for either team depending on experience. If you are interest or would like to find out more about the club please contact Club Chair, Alison Buck, at alison.buck@ericsson.com”

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16th AugCalling all HHUA Umpires who are also members of Higher Body Associations

Could all HHUA umpires who take appointments of any sort from SCHUA and / or NPUA please be aware that the new OMS system into which they are putting their availability and viewing their appointments cannot be accessed by the HHUA Appointments Secretaries, or indeed any county HUA Appointments Secretaries. This means that I currently cannot even see any of the published appointments for SCHUA or NPUA.
It is expected that any HHUA members who make themselves available to HHUA on a given date have already made themselves unavailable to any higher body on that date. This includes umpiring, developing / assessing umpires and acting as NPUA match officials.
Thank you in anticipation of your understanding and cooperation in this matter.

David Boyle, Hampshire HUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary

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30th JulMen’s Coach Required

Petersfield are looking to recruit a coach for our Men’s section for the 2019-2020 season with possible extension.
Bedales School is the home of Petersfield Hockey Club which is currently made up of 5 Senior teams in addition to 8 Junior teams.
The Men’s teams currently play within Hampshire Leagues 1, 5 and 8. Our Men’s 1st XI cemented their position within Division 1 after promotion the previous year whereas both Men’s 2nd XI and Men’s 3rd XI achieved promotion within the 2018-2019 campaign.
The successful applicant would be responsible for the planning and delivery of training sessions to the Men’s section on a Tuesday evening 1930-2130 in addition to managing the Men’s 1 if possible.

Key Requirements;
EH Coaching qualification - Level 2 (or equivalent) or higher preferred
Available to coach Tuesday evenings 1930-2130
Good technical and tactical knowledge of the game
Able to motivate and communicate effectively with players
DBS check
Safe Guarding certificate
Must have right to work in the UK.

Experience coaching regional (or higher) adult hockey
First aid qualification
Able to attend Saturday fixtures

Salary by negotiation regarding qualifications and experience.

If you are interested, please contact Dan Grinstead at d.grinstead.12@hotmail.co.uk enclosing a copy of your CV.

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27th JulImproved Code for Club Websites

The interface function to provide a section to embed into club websites - showing league table, recent results and future fixtures for a specific team or teams has been improved.
The embedded information can now include the time and playing venue (along with a link to Google Maps) for fixtures in the future.
If you are already using the interface, go to the "Club Webmasters" section in the public area to get the new code to include in your club website.
Any existing code that has already been included in your website will continue to work unchanged (without the fixture time and venue for future fixtures).

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26th JulWeb Site Structure Changes

Some changes have been made to the structure of the web site.
Some of the pages that have traditionally been available to anyone have been moved to within the personal area. This further protects data from access by people with no genuine reason to access it.
The pages affected are the Committees Page, Umpire Contact Details Page(s), Membership Page, Umpire Panels Page and Umpire Awards Page.
In addition, the Club Page that is in the public area showing all the information about a club has been modified so that it no longer shows any contact information for individuals. There is a duplicate of the page accessible from within the personal areas, which does show contact details.

The changes mean that, with the exception of a very few key contacts for the association(s), no personal contact information is now available to the public - it is only available to people who are properly registered as umpires or registered by clubs as club administrators or team officials.
In the past, there have been three settings that people can use for protecting their contact information (Public, Private or Secret). Because of the changes the Public category is now only really relevant for a few key association contacts and a new Internal category has been added. Any contact information marked as Internal can only be seen by genuinely registered users of the web site.
If your contact information needs to be seen by people from other clubs even if you are not due to play against them, you should ensure that your privacy setting for the relevant contact information is Internal rather than Private.

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19th JunHHUA Shirt Policy 2019/20

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Management Committee has reviewed the situation with regard to shirt supply as there are a limited number of possible suppliers. Adidas currently supply a new range of blue and orange shirts, with a possible white shirt in the offing, to the NPUA. At the moment, there is no intention for South to change their colours, so HHUA will remain with the current options while the higher-level decisions bottom out.

HHUA will continue with Tempest for new members/replacement Orange and Green HHUA LOGO'd shirts for at least the next 12 months, available through the HHUA Website. The White version remains available though CMP from the website

Club Umpires may purchase the same shirts from Tempest, with the same logo, but CLUB Umpire underneath, for use within the County to increase the corporate look of all umpires.

Members are to be reminded that HHUA Policy is that they will wear a current County Badged Shirt for all Appointments in the county or region (including those of Higher Bodies making themselves available for County/Regional appointments). Notwithstanding this regulation, for the 2019/20 season ONLY, for those who do not currently have a white HHUA shirt, members may wear a white polo shirt (with non-controversial logo (ask Sec/Mike Robson for guidance if you are not sure whether your logo is permitted)) for the rare occasions when green/orange will not suffice.

If you need guidance on any of this information please contact Mike Robson before next season.

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15th MayHHUA Awards 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the AGM, the President of the Association presented the annual awards:
John Deri-Bowen Award Roy Holcombe
Most Promising Umpire Paul Godfrey
Young Umpire of the Year Not awarded
Indoor Umpire of the Year Howard Chaplin-White
Umpire developer of the Year Richard Wood

The President also presented the following award for 2019
Honorary Life Membership Chris Bond

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15th MayHHUA Management Committee

Ladies and Gentlemen,

at last nights HHUA AGM, the following members of your Association were elected to the Management Committee:

Chairman Richard Wood
Secretary Phil Gibbs
Treasurer Mike Robinson
Membership Jo Gordon
Shop/Radio Mike Robson
NPM Tim Clay, Alan Dow, David (Tex) Lane

The Chairman congratulated them on their appointments, and thanked the previous members of the management committee for their support for the Association

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