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6th SepCongratulations!

Congratulations to two of our members who were presented with awards at the annual SCHUA South day on 1st September.

Alex Nelson - Mason Award - for merit or progress in umpiring
Elysee Enness-Laporte - Tony White award - 'up and coming' umpire of the year

We wish Alex and Elysee continued success and progress with the onset of the new season.

Ruth Busse
Hon MHUA Level 1 co-ordinator

4th AugMHUA 2019 AGM minutes, Executive and Finance reports

The minutes of the AGM (Eastcote Hockey Club on 5th July) together with the Executive and Finance reports are now available on the website

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28th JulEngland Hockey proposals for structural change

England Hockey have recently published their proposals (AGM Resolution Proposals) for structural change in support the ongoing regional workshops. The linked proposals result from a comprehensive discussion at all levels of the game and will inform a decision by the England Hockey Board at their AGM next year. The current proposals will impact on MHUA and SCHUA. The Committee will continue to engage with England Hockey and SCHUA to inform the conversation and keep you informed of progress.

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26th JulWeb Site Structure Changes

Some changes have been made to the structure of the web site.
Some of the pages that have traditionally been available to anyone have been moved to within the personal area. This further protects data from access by people with no genuine reason to access it.
The pages affected are the Committees Page, Umpire Contact Details Page(s), Membership Page, Umpire Panels Page and Umpire Awards Page.
In addition, the Club Page that is in the public area showing all the information about a club has been modified so that it no longer shows any contact information for individuals. There is a duplicate of the page accessible from within the personal areas, which does show contact details.

The changes mean that, with the exception of a very few key contacts for the association(s), no personal contact information is now available to the public - it is only available to people who are properly registered as umpires or registered by clubs as club administrators or team officials.
In the past, there have been three settings that people can use for protecting their contact information (Public, Private or Secret). Because of the changes the Public category is now only really relevant for a few key association contacts and a new Internal category has been added. Any contact information marked as Internal can only be seen by genuinely registered users of the web site.
If your contact information needs to be seen by people from other clubs even if you are not due to play against them, you should ensure that your privacy setting for the relevant contact information is Internal rather than Private.

28th JunMHUA AGM - Friday 5th July 2019

A further reminder that this year's AGM will be at Eastcote Hockey Club from 1945 on Friday 5th July 2019. Apart from meeting up with friends and eating a curry supper, there will be a presentation on the new rules live from the beginning of the season (including an update on whether the four quarters and stopping time for each penalty corner is included) and a discussion on England Hockey's vision for hockey and hockey governance. A bumper, fun filled evening of information and need to know rules changes that you should not miss! Please email Secretary Ed Bateman as to whether you will be attending.

21st MayMiddlesex Young Umpire success

Our congratulations to Darragh Woods who passed his National Young Umpire Promising List (NYUPL) assessment on 11-12 May at Reading. He will join a growing list of NYUPL umpires from the South Regional Young Umpires Action Group (SRYUAG) and the embryonic MHUA young umpires programme. This will allow Darragh to join SCHUA whilst keeping the benefits of staying in the young umpires programme.

MHUA were delighted to promote three young umpires to SRYUAG this season, so including Darragh, we have five young umpires in the SRYUAG programme now which is excellent news for these young people, their clubs and also our association.

If your club has young umpires (aged 24 or under) who you think would benefit from being in the programme then please do drop me a line.

Ruth Busse
Hon. MHUA Level 1 co-ordinator

7th AprLevel 2 assessment process

The increased movement of teams next season caused by the reorganisation of the leagues (with the consequent knock on impact of clubs needing to identify Level 2 umpires) has put strain on assessing and coaching at all levels: national, regional and county. There was a plea at the recent MHUA committee meeting that umpires and clubs refer to and follow the assessment process as set out at the attached link. In particular, clubs and umpires should understand that while there may be rare exceptions, the expectation is that umpires wishing to progress to Level 2 will already by on the MHUA coachs' radar by taking regular or occasional county appointments. The Association want to help clubs but we need to have the opportunity to look properly at Level 2 candidates.

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7th AprRed cards and MMOs - uninvolved umpires must resist commenting

This has come up at a couple of recent MHUA committee meetings as a problem. Conversations concerning red cards or Match day Misconduct reports understandably get discussed in the bar post game. There have been recent instances when MHUA umpires not involved in the game but present in the bar have become engaged in the conversation and have passed comment. Players then use any views expressed to support an appeal. While it is healthy that umpires talk with players out of the game context as both learn, it is unhelpful for umpires to comment on red cards or match day misconduct reports given by colleagues and Members are asked to exercise appropriate caution and restraint.

19th Dec (2018)New FIH Rule changes - implementation in England

FIH has announced that changes to the rules will commence from 1 January 2019. However, England Hockey confirms that the no changes will be made to the domestic game during the remainder of the 2018/19 season

The FIH has announced the following significant changes:
• Match timings to be quarters, to mirror international game
• Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges (PwGKP)
• Amendments to Attacking Free Hits and Defending Free Hits within the 23m area

In recent years, England Hockey have strived to apply a consistent set of rules throughout all levels of the sport. In normal circumstances England Hockey does not implement rule changes mid-season apart from where there are potential safety implications which required swifter action.

The changes proposed by the FIH have far reaching implications for the grass roots of hockey and therefore England Hockey intend to seek clarification on the rationale behind the decision as well as understand the potential impact of the rule changes amongst participants at all levels. They will communicate more about this in early 2019.

The revised rules will be available from Friday 21 December 2018 on the FIH Rules app which can be downloaded from the attached link.

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13th Dec (2018)New MHUA umpire shirts now available online in lime green, orange and yellow

The new coloured MHUA logo'd umpire shirts are now available from the Pro Shop. MHUA umpires will continue to wear yellow but, additionally, will now have lime green and orange as alternative colours bringing us into line with regional and neighbouring county HUAs. They cost £25 but are a better quality shirt than previous and can be ordered online at https://www.hockeyproshop.co.uk/product-category/club-shops/middlesex-county-ha/. Ruth Busse has negotiated to have a wider range of MHUA kit available (e.g. beenies, hoodies and waterproof jackets) and these will be added to the Pro Shop website in coming weeks. Some of the images are poor but they will improve.

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13th Dec (2018)Urinating at the side of a hockey pitch to be regarded as a Disrepute Offence

The following message has been received from David Elworthy at England Hockey:

We are seeing an increasing number of complaints regarding urinating at the side of the pitch. As we are sure you will all agree, this behaviour is not only unpleasant but also a contravention of the EH ‘Respect – Code of Ethics and Behaviour’ – Disrepute Offence, not to mention in some cases a criminal offence. We expect all members to refrain from such behaviour. However, in the event of such incidences, in keeping with the revised Disrepute Complaint Regulations, we kindly ask that these be referred to EH as a Disrepute Complaint in the first instance. It is likely that offenders will face a suspension.

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