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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.

24th MayManaging Club Email Addresses

The web system has been updated to allow club webmasters to manage the use of club email addresses for registered club contacts and administrators.
Where a contact has used a club email address as their log-in address (despite the instructions that this should not be done), the club webmaster can now change the log-in address for that contact to be their personal email address.
Where a club contact has registered a club email address to be used for all email communications regarding club matters, the club webmaster can remove the registration.
Both options allow club webmasters to fully update the system when positions within the club change, without the need to force other club members to log in (who may have left the club).
The options are all in the "Update Club Members (Contact and Administrators)" button in the "Recorded Club Members" section of the club administration area.
The options are only available to the designated club webmaster.

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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