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10th NovChanges to the application of the Indoor Rules for 2019/20 season

England Hockey have published guidance on the application of the Indoor Rules of Hockey for the 2019/20 season. See attached link.

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1st NovUPDATE ON LOCATION:: MHUA Social Evening 7th November 7.30pm at WHHC

Dear all - the location for the social evening has been confirmed as follows:

The Cumberland Lawn Tennis Club, 25 Alvanley Gardens, West Hampstead, London NW6 1JD


There is limited parking in the club carpark at 25 Lymington Road NW6 1HZ. It is a 2 minute walk to the
clubhouse. Please walk along Lymington Road and Alvany Gardens to the main CLTC enterance.

Parking is free on both Alvany Gardens and Lymington Road after 6:30pm

Further directions from West Hampstead and Finchley Road and Frognal Stations can be found on the attached link (see below and link attached).


If you are attending and have not yet sent me an RSVP, please do so. Note that the evening is open to all club members, not just MHUA members.

I am delighted to announce also that our kit provider, the Pro Shop, will be in attendance with samples and to take any orders.

Ruth Busse

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9th OctSocial Media

Moving into the 21st century (ish)

After members comments at our AGM we are increasing the ways in which you can follow us and keep up to date with what happens at MHUA.
Share, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddlesexHUA
Twitter: @MiddxUmpires

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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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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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