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20th MayEngland Hockey's Umpire of the Year 2017

Congratulations to Joy Elliott-Bowman on winning England Hockey's Umpire of the Year 2017. From the Committee and everyone at MHUA

8th MayMore Congratulations! Level 2 nominations

MHUA are delighted to announce that the following candidates have now been put forward for their Level 2 qualifications with SCHUA:

Joy Elliott-Bowman
Ryan Croxon
Elysee Laporte
Holly Redpath

Ruth Busse
Hon. Level 1 co-ordinator

3rd AprCongratulations!

MHUA are very pleased to congratulate the following on their recent umpiring assessments:

Holly Redpath and Ryan Croxton have passed their NYUPL (National Young Umpire Programme) assessments and Colin Reed has passed his Level 2 assessment and is now a full member of SCHUA.

Well done to Holly, Ryan and Colin and we wish you all the best with your future umpiring careers.

Ruth Busse
on behalf of MHUA Committee

14th MarUmpire Development Workshops for Level 1 and Young Umpires

For the second year MHUA will be running a series of workshops to support and develop Level 1 umpires. The workshops will be run alongside Middlesex JAC games, giving umpires the opportunity to receive personalised umpire support.

Workshops will cater to different levels of club umpires from young umpires (under 23) to club umpires to experienced umpires and are a great opportunity to develop skills and meet umpires from across the county.

The workshops are for primarily for Level 1 Umpires (umpires who have been assessed at level 1), with limited space for umpires who have experience but have not yet been assessed. For Young Umpires, the workshops are for those who have taken the Level 1 Umpire Course.

The workshops also have a number of places for senior umpires who would like to become umpire developers or umpire assessors. Attending these events will allow those who wish to be umpire assessors to learn more about assessing and is part of the MHUA process to becoming a club level assessor. Umpires should first attend one of the MHUA Umpire Development Courses held on March 8th (Ashford) or 10th (Hampstead and Westminster)

Each of the workshops will consist of:

45 minute pre-tournament discussion focusing on umpire development
1-2 games umpiring at junior county level (appropriate to experience)
Coaching and feedback from MHUA and South League level 2 umpires

All umpires with a level 1 qualification who umpire with clubs within the county are invited to come to attend. The workshops will be coordinated MHUA Level 2 umpires and each umpire will umpire a minimum of one game and receive personalised coaching.

Tickets are available for FREE by booking on the following links:

19th March – Ashford Hockey Club – Advanced Umpire Workshop: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhua-advanced-umpire-development-tickets-32096618851

26th March – Ashford Hockey Club – Level 1 (Assessed) Umpires: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhua-umpire-development-workshop-level-1-umpires-tickets-32098810406

26th March – Staines Hockey Club – Young Umpire Development:


26th March – Ashford Hockey Club – Level 1 (Assessed) Umpires:


2nd April - Staines Hockey Club-Level 1 (Assessed) Umpires:


23rd April – Merchant Taylors Hockey Club – ALL Umpire levels:


23rd April – Ashford Hockey Club – Advanced Women Umpires: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mhua-advanced-umpire-development-women-only-tickets-32097583737

23rd April – Staines Hockey Club – Advanced Level 1 (Assessed) Umpires


7th May – Ashford Hockey Club – Young Umpires:


7th May – Eastcote Hockey Club – ALL Umpire Levels:


More dates may become available. Last year many dates sold out, so please book early to avoid disappointment and if you are not able to attend, email Joy Elliott-Bowman on joymelliott@gmail.com as soon as possible.

For more information or to find out which course is right for you please email us on mhuaumpires@gmail.com

Many Thanks,

Ruth Busse
Level One Coordinator, MHUA

Joy Elliott-Bowman
Young Umpires Coordinator, MHUA

3rd FebThank you and farewell to James O'Hara

Many of you will already know that the very highly regarded umpire coach and assessor James O'Hara hung up his whistle, pen and paper at the end of January and left London and the winter for the warmth and a new life in Paros, Greece. Many colleagues in the MHUA and Southern Counties Hockey Umpires' Association (SCHUA) benefited tremendously from James' commitment and easy, supportive style of coaching and mentoring. The Committee met last week and formally recognised James' years of commendable service to the MHUA. President Tim Forte managed to catch James before he left for Paros to thank him and drop off a present of crystal wine glasses to complement red wine already presented him by SCHUA. The Committee intends to explore other ways to recognise and remember James O'Hara at this years AGM. His many friends throughout hockey wish him and partner Fergus every happiness in their new adventure.
Ed Bateman

21st Sep (2016)Revision to red card/match day misconduct procedure

The red card/match day misconduct reporting form has been changed in response to amendments to the EH Disciplinary Code in relation to personal penalties received by players during a game, with specific reference to red cards. The intention of this change is to ensure that an accumulation of minor offences results in a proportionate sanction. From the start of the 2016/17 season, any player who receives a red card after committing a minor offence for a second time, having also received a yellow card for the first offence, will no longer automatically receive a 16 day ban. The form has changed to include an additional category of offence at 8 (d) as 'two separate, but duplicate, minor offences for which a yellow card was awarded for the first offence'. Please consider printing a few off and placing them at the bottom of your bag. The revised form, England Hockey explanatory note and a supplementary FAQ support document issued on 22 September is also available by following the link. Importantly, and this has caused a lively debate, the EH FAQ document advises umpires to show players the second yellow card before presenting them with the red for the second similar offences.
Ed Bateman

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