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30th AprNew President!

I am delighted to announce that Karen Daffey has accepted my invitation to become the new President of SCHUA. As a long serving and enthusiastic member of the Association, in a number of different roles, Karen is a natural successor to James O'Hara. Congratulations Karen!
Bridget Midwinter

24th AprCongratulations

Congratulations for Mark Everard & Colin Toms who recently passed their L2 Umpire Coach assessment.
Well done to you both

16th Mar

Dear Members,

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, ruthbhockey@gmail.com.

16th MarGame opportunity

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, martin.walker@calday.co.uk.

14th MarCongratulations

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.

6th MarDevelopment Opportunity

Dear Members,
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.
Many thanks
Annika Barker
SCHUA Membership Secretary

5th MarPanel promotions

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.

Steve Godwin
Acting chair of selectors.

22nd JanProcedure for cancelled fixtures

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 (treasurer@schua.co.uk) 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)

25th Sep (2016)Changes to Red Card Regulations

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.

15th Sep (2016)Radios requiring repair

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.

Ian Anguige


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2nd Oct (2014)Social Media usage - a reminder

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.

Ruth Busse
Hon Secretary SCHUA


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