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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

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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