There is another umpiring opportunity for an up coming veterans tournaments.
Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th May at Basingstoke HC - Women’s over 60s England Hockey Regional Championship
Saturday 13th May at Woking HC - South Over 40s Clubs Tournament (this is the annual tournament).
If you are interested in being involved in both or either event, please contact Ruth Busse directly, email@example.com.
We have been contacted by Martin Walker, who is in charge of the Calday Grange U13 sevens squad needs an umpire next Friday at 9.00am and then again at 1.30pm for the U13 national finals at Lee Valley. It is the ISHC cup which is a new competition.
He has agreed to pay all travel expenses.
If anyone is interested or would like any further information, please contact Martin directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many congratulations to Lauren Mullett who passed her L3 assessment and is now a full member of NPUA. All the best for your future appointments.
We have the opportunity to hold development groups at the National Play Offs at Lee Valley on the weekend of the 22nd & 23rd of April.
The groups will be led by 2 aspiring level 3 coach candidates, therefore, the development groups will be open to both level 2 and level 3 members of SCHUA. Schua Coaches and assessors are also welcome to attend.
If you wish to be selected please enter your availability on the website as normal.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
SCHUA Membership Secretary
Congratulations to Tom Marks and Johnny Downer who have been promoted to Grade 1 on the Men's Panel and to Chris O'Hagan who has been promoted to Grade 1 on the Women's Panel.
Acting chair of selectors.
Congratulations to Dan Stewart who today passed his L3 assessment and is now a full member of NPUA. Well done and all the best for your future appointments.
Congratulations to Julian Warburton on passing his L3 assessment. Well done Julian.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our recent survey regarding the end of season social event.
Unfortunately, due to insufficient interest, we will not be taking this forward.
We still hope to be able to arrange a social event for members sometime in the future.
SCHUA Management Committee
If you're approached to umpire either Kingston University or St. Mary's College, it is important that you contact either Chris Burton or another Surrey HUA official before agreeing to umpire.
Congratulations to Richard Bishop-Laggett who has recently passed his L3 assessment to become a full NPUA member. Well done Richard.
Congratulations to James Freeman who has passed his L2 assessment to become a full SCHUA member. Well done James.
And finally, congratulations to Chris Henderson, who passed his coaching assessment to become a full L2 umpire coach for SCHUA. Well done Chris.
Congratulations to Chris Horton who has been promoted to Grade 1 on the SCHUA outdoor Women's Panel.
Acting chair of selectors.
This is to let you know that we have to say goodbye to James O'Hara, who has decided to give up the pleasures of living and working in London, to take up a new life on the Greek Isle of Paros.
James has been a long serving and active servant of umpiring at all levels, in various roles, both indoor and outdoor. He was Chair of the NPUSP for a number of years, Vice President of SCHUA 1997-2000 and ran the Association as President for 5 years up to 2005, before taking up the new role as President of SCHUA in 2015. He was also fully involved in Middlesex HUA. Throughout his time with us, he has made a huge and valued contribution - regularly as a coach and assessor, as an umpire, and also as Umpire Manager at many indoor and outdoor events.
When asked what he would like as a gift, in typical James fashion, he said " Your thanks is all I really need. I have gained much from SCHUA, meeting so many lovely people, who are so involved with the Association and made me feel part of a big family."
However, he did suggest that if we wished, we could make a donation to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, a charity close to his heart, in lieu of a gift, and this will certainly be arranged shortly.
There is no doubt that he will be greatly missed by all of us, and on your behalf I would like to extend our thanks and very warmest wishes to him and Fergus for their new life in the sunshine.
Ideally, the home club will have called you before you set off from home: in this case, please go straight to your Personal Area, confirm the match as cancelled AND enter a zero expense claim. The sooner you do this, the less hassle for Allan & me - thanks!
If you do not get the call before you set off, please make sure you have your phone accessible in case you get a call en route (in which case, please pull over at the first opportunity and check messages). Once you've been informed of the cancellation, turn round and, once home, enter your Personal Area, mark the match as cancelled, enter your mileage expenses for the aborted journey and email me (email@example.com) to confirm the time you received the call and any other details you feel I need to know as soon as possible . This is important as it will have an impact on whether SCHUA decides the club should be charged for the rearranged fixture (which will not be the case if sufficient notice of cancellation is provided).
In the unlikely event that you travel all the way to the ground only to find the pitch unplayable (and remember, that is the home club's call right up until the first whistle, after which it becomes your call on the grounds of safety. NEVER advise either team that you think the pitch is not playable before the start of the match!), then you should repeat the above procedure upon your return home, making sure to email me to confirm the details and timings of the day's events asap. In such a case, the home club will almost certainly be charged for the rearranged fixture.
Cheers, Matt (Treasurer)
England Hockey have issued new guidance/FAQs for the new red card regulations. These are available in the Information and Downloads section of the website. Please be aware that these do not mirror the 'Technical Red Card' in the national leagues last season, which no longer exists, and these leagues are now following the same guidance.
Would all umpires please ensure that the new red card report form is used for all red cards, and that you read the document on the Changes to the Red Card Regulations and the Guidance referred to above All documents are available in the download area.
The process if an umpire's radio develops a fault is as follows
Go to http://www.umpiretalk.com/returns.html (see link below) and follow the instructions. There may be an amount of £25 payable by the umpire, but if the issue is found to be a fault with the radio, this will be refunded.
There appears to be a common complaint that the Jabra headsets lose connection during a game and either all communication is lost, or communication only works in one direction. This may be an issue with the compatibility between the Jabra 2.5mm plug and the socket on the radio, or may be a faulty Jabra. In both cases the supplied boom headset and microphone will usually work.
The Officers would like to remind everyone about conducting appropriate Social Media usage with respect to posts on the internet concerning hockey related issues.
We would to ensure that everyone "thinks before they posts" and that all content is checked to ensure no person or organisation or team is abused in any way and that all posts are considerate and appropriate to the situation. For example, we would like to promote and encourage a discussion on the phone with a member of the committee rather than a post-match rant on the internet!!
Remember that all posts on Social Media and all emails are also subject to UK libel laws. Always think to yourself before you post your message - "would I say this message in person?" and "would I be happy to see a post about myself on this situation?" If not, then it simply shouldn't be posted.
The link to the EH guideline for Social Media is in the SCHUA handbook and also below this news item.
Hon Secretary SCHUA
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