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11th AugEngland Hockey provide guidelines concerning trans and transgender players

England Hockey have issued guidelines and policy to support clubs provide a positive environment for trans and transgender players. The guidelines and policy are consistent with other associated EH policies and are built around dignity, fairness, respect and the elimination of discrimination. The documents provide practical advice to clubs and include a contact point at EH for further advice.

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4th AugUpdating club contact details

Fixtures for the coming season have been uploaded onto the site. Could all clubs please go to their club pages and update their contact details for Secretaries, Treasurers, Umpire Co-ordinators and team captains.
Also please add venues and start times as soon as these are confirmed, this will make it easier to allocate the limited umpiring resources we have.

25th JulAGM awards, new Honorary Vice Presidents for Life and minutes

There was lots to celebrate at this year's AGM at Eastcote HC on 14 July 2017. Edwin Owen, Arthur Soares and James O'Hara were made Honorary Vice Presidents for Life, James O'Hara's retirement from hockey was recognised by the introduction of a new James O'Hara Coaching Award that was won in its first year by Dawn Bonner and England Hockey Umpire of the Year Joy Elliott-Bowman was awarded the Freddie Burnside Trophy for her unstinting energy and commitment to umpire development. Follow the link to read the minutes and executive committee and financial reports presented to the AGM.

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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

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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