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20th February 2019

Diary Items to Note

Wednesday 20th March 201919:30
Umpiring Committee
Red Lion Whittlesford
Monday 25th March 201919:30
A&A Selection Meeting
Coach & Horses, Newport

Latest News

19th FebA & A Committee Meeting

The Minutes of the meeting held on the 4th Feb 2019 have now been published.

Chris Row
Secretary of the A & A Sub Committee

19th FebCry Offs/Postponements

Dear All,

For any cry offs or postponements between the 22nd Feb and the 4th March, please inform Ray Allum, and NOT Chris Row.

Thank you.

Regards
Chris Row
East Region Appts Sec.

18th FebAppointments

All - You will possibly notice some changes to the published appointments in the coming few weeks, to accommodate some umpire exchanges with the South. The result may be that you are moved (possibly even removed from a game), or find you have a different colleague - this is in preparation for next season's expanded EHL, as it has been agreed that 'cross-regional' assessments should be undertaken. In addition, some ERHUA umpires will be going into the South for the same reason. Appointments for March will also be affected. Apologies for any disruption caused, but please do your best to welcome visiting umpires into the East. Thank you for your on-going support.

In the first round of exchanges this last weekend, we are pleased that both Tony Bond and Nick Meakin passed their assessments in the South and will be placed on the new C Panel of the expanded National League with effect from 1st September 2019.

Congratulations Tony and Nick!

Alan Budd
President, ERHUA

15th FebNew Officiating Management System.

England hockey have announced the new Officiating Management System that will replace the current ERHUA website. Please follow the link for the full announcement.

The ERHUA will be working closely with the new supplier to make sure the implementation of the new system goes as smoothly as possible. Look out for more news in the coming weeks to see how things will change.

Trevor Norman
Webmaster

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13th FebMilestone Match

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Robert Lewis who recently completed his 100th ERHUA league match.

Well done Rob.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

30th JanCoaching Success

Congratulation to Paul Watts on gaining his Regional Umpire coach award (L2) following his successful watching at Lee valley on Saturday 26th Jan.

Welcome to the team.

Grant Douglas
Chief Coach

30th JanUmpiring Committee minutes

The minutes of the Umpiring Committee held on 23rd January 2019 have now been published.

Mary Baker
Hon. Sec. ERHUA

28th JanCongratulations

Congratulations to Mark Tompkins on his recent successful Level 3 indoor assessment.

Well done Mark.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A.

26th JanCry Offs

Dear All
From now until the 7th Feb would you let Ray Allum know of any cry-offs to all league and cup games as i am not available
Chris Row
Appt Sec

21st JanCongratulations

Congratulations to Ryan Andrews on his successful men's league assessment this weekend, and now joins the Men's Panel B , alongside his Women's Panel B success earlier in the season.

Well done Ryan.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A.

21st JanMilestone Match

Congratulations to Henry Wanchoo who completed his 300th ERHUA league match this weekend.

A fantastic achievement and only our second member to reach this milestone since website records began.

Well done Henry.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

21st JanMilestone Match

Congratulations to Kishor Shah who completed his 100th ERHUA league match this weekend.

Well done Kishor.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

15th JanCongratulations

Following recent performance reviews, I am pleased to congratulate the following members on gaining promotion to the Women's A Panel.

Anne Bartley, Sarah Chapman, Stuart Freeman, Zoe Hall, Robert Jordan, Sheryl Nokes, Debbie Pitfield and Sue Row.

Very well done to you all.

Ray Allum.
Chairman A&A.

14th JanCongratulations

Congratulations to Will Davey on his recent successful Level 3 indoor assessment.

Well done Will.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A.

13th JanCongratulations

Congratulations to James Rollins who was successful in his watching yesterday and is now a L2 umpire.

Ray Allum
A&A Chairman.

7th JanNational Indoor Success

Congratulations to Mark Oldfield on his successful Indoor Level 3 assessment and gaining membership to the NPUA.

Well done Mark.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A.

7th JanFIH New Rules from 1st January not being introduced into England Hockey this season:

All umpires may have read that the FIH are planning to introduce new rules from 1st January. Please be aware that England Hockey have written to say that these rules will NOT be introduced this season. Repeat will NOT be introduced this season.

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1st JanAnnual Subscriptions

Please note subscriptions for this season are due by 1st January 2019.
Do not worry if you have expenses that exceed your subs as you will be deemed to have paid.
The only people who need to pay are those who do not have expenses that exceed their subs.
I would prefer payments electronically to 20-11-13 63268047 the same account as always if you have paid this way before.
The subscription rates can be seen on the website.
Any questions please email me.
Happy New Year
Best regards
Tim Martin

24th Nov (2018)Promotions

Following their recent assessments, I have great pleasure in congratulating David Eggleton & Kishor Shah on their promotion to the men’s Panel A.

Very well done to both of you.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A

24th Nov (2018)Milestone Matches

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Tim Martin who completed his 300th ERHUA league match this weekend.

A fantastic achievement and our first member to reach this milestone since website records began.

Well done Tim.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

24th Nov (2018)Milestone Matches

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Jon Bigham who completed his 100th ERHUA league match this weekend.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

18th Nov (2018)Congratulations

Congratulations to Will Davey on his successful Level 3 assessment and gaining membership to the NPUA.

Well done Will.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A.

17th Nov (2018)Milestone Match

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Peter Lemon who umpired his 250th ERHUA league match this weekend.

A fantastic achievement.

Well done Peter.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

17th Nov (2018)Milestone Match

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Stuart Birkett who completed his 50th ERHUA support match this weekend.

Well done Stuart.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

14th Nov (2018)Travelling to Matches

Dear All,

Can I take this opportunity to remind the membership that when appointments are made, if there is a possibility for the umpires to travel together, then this option should be taken.

Not only does this save the association money, but it also gives the umpires the perfect opportunity to have their pre-match chat to cover all aspects for the upcoming match!

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A

12th Nov (2018)Congratulations

After her watching at the weekend, I am pleased to welcome Katherine Abbie to our region as a L2 umpire.

Ray Allum
A&A Chairman

10th Nov (2018)Milestone Match

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Philip Everett who umpired his 150th ERHUA league match this weekend.

Well done Philip.

Nick Meakin ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

26th Oct (2018)New ERHUA Chairman

Dear All,

At this year’s AGM Barry Smith announced that he would be stepping down as Chairman of the ERHUA, but due to the proposed replacement being unable to take up the role Barry agreed to remain until a suitable replacement could be found. It was also agreed that the ERHUA Umpiring Committee would be given the power to vote in the new Chairman.

We are pleased to announce that a new Chairman has been found, and at this week’s meeting the committee voted unanimously to appoint Nick Meakin as our new Chairman.

We would like to welcome Nick and wish him well in his new role.

We would also like to thank Barry for his 6 ½ years of services as Chairman and wish him well on his return to the hockey pitch as a player !

Mary Baker
Hon.Sec ERHUA.

25th Oct (2018)Emergency Details Form

ERHUA is adopting an Emergency Details form to inform paramedics and first aiders in the event of an emergency at your game.

If an umpire or umpire supporter is ill or injured and cannot personally respond to questions raised by a paramedic or first aider, colleagues can search the incapacitated person’s bag, find the form and provide vital information.

It is well known that prompt and accurate medical facts about a patient can help towards providing the right care quickly.

Please find the form on the download pages, or follow the link attached to this news item.

We thank Kent Umpires Association and Debbie Garner for providing this form.

Nick Meakin
ERHUA Chairman

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25th Oct (2018)Rules Regarding Goalkeepers & Players with Goalkeeping Privileges - Update

All,

In addition to rule 10, rule 2.3g should be followed:

g time is stopped for substitution of goalkeepers (ie wearing full protective equipment) but not for other substitutions.

Time is stopped briefly to permit a goalkeeper who
is wearing full protective equipment to take part in a
substitution. The time stoppage is not extended for a
goalkeeper to put on or take off protective equipment
as part of a substitution including following a
goalkeeper injury or suspension. If necessary, play
should continue with a player with goalkeeping
privileges and wearing a different coloured shirt or
only with field players while a substitute goalkeeper
puts on or takes off protective equipment.

Nick Meakin
ERHUA Chairman

25th Oct (2018)Rules Regarding Goalkeepers & Players with Goalkeeping Privileges

Following a recent incident regarding a goalkeeper being sin binned and a player taking on goalkeeping privileges, please read the below rule to refresh your memory on what should happen, and what is allowed when this occurs.

Of course all of you would have re-read the rules book prior to the start of the current season and be familiar with rule 10!

Attached is a link to the full rule book should you wish to brush up on anything else.

10 Conduct of play: goalkeepers and players with goalkeeping privileges

10.1 A goalkeeper who wears protective equipment comprising at least headgear, leg guards and kickers must
not take part in the match outside the 23 metres area they are defending, except when taking a penalty
stroke.

Protective headgear must be worn by a goalkeeper at all times, except when taking a penalty stroke.

10.2 A player with goalkeeping privileges must not take part in the match outside the 23 metres area they are
defending when wearing the protective headgear but may remove the headgear and take part in the match
anywhere on the field.

Protective headgear must be worn by a player with goalkeeping privileges when defending a penalty
corner or penalty stroke.

10.3 When the ball is inside the circle they are defending and they have their stick in their hand:

a goalkeepers wearing full protective equipment are permitted to use their stick, feet, kickers, legs or leg
guards to propel the ball and to use their stick, feet, kickers, legs, leg guards or any other part of their
body to stop the ball or deflect it in any direction including over the back-line

Goalkeepers are not permitted to conduct themselves in a manner which is dangerous to other players
by taking advantage of the protective equipment they wear.

b players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted to use their stick, feet and legs to propel the ball and to
use their stick, feet, legs or any other part of their body to stop the ball or deflect it in any direction
including over the back-line.

c goalkeepers wearing full protective equipment and players with goalkeeping privileges are permitted to
use arms, hands and any other part of their body to push the ball away.

The action in rule c above is permitted only as part of a goal saving action or to move the ball away from
the possibility of a goal scoring action by opponents. It does not permit a goalkeeper or player with
goalkeeping privileges to propel the 28 ball forcefully with arms, hands or body so that it travels a long
distance.

10.4 Goalkeepers or players with goalkeeping privileges must not lie on the ball.

10.5 When the ball is outside the circle they are defending, goalkeepers or players with goalkeeping privileges are only permitted to play the ball with their stick.

A player with goalkeeping privileges is considered to be a field player when outside the circle they are defending.

Regards

Nick Meakin
ERHUA Chairman

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21st Oct (2018)Milestone Matches

Milestone Matches

Congratulations to Alan Baker who recently umpired his 250th ERHUA league
match, joining a select bunch who have achieved this milestone.

And congratulations to Andy Meacher on reaching his 150th support match, the first person to achieve this since the website records began!

Well done Alan and Andy.

Barry Smith ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

16th Oct (2018)A & A Commitee

The Minutes of the A & A Committee meeting held on the 1st of October have now been published
Chris Row
Sec A & A Committee

19th Sep (2018)PLUM 2018 Presentations

Dear All,

The powerpoint presentations shown at the PLUM conference are now available for download from the Information & Downloads section of the website.

Click the above link or go to the downloads page and click on PLUM 2018 Presentations to download.

Trevor Norman
Webmaster

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28th Jul (2018)Secretary Vacancy

Please note at the end of the 2018/2019 season, our secretary, Mary Baker, has given notice of her intention to step down from the role after many years of service to the ERHUA committee. We therefore would like to start the proccess of succession planning to make sure we have an effective transition. We would ask interested parties to contact either Mary, or myself and we will publish a role description to those persons.
Regards,
Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

5th Jan (2018)Website Enhancement - Umpire & Club Feedback

Dear Umpire,
Very shortly the ERHUA will be introducing a new marking system to the website to allow umpires to give feedback on teams and teams to give feedback on umpires.

This will allow you to appraise the match/teams involved in your league match. This gives us the opportunity to work with the clubs in identifying any areas for praise or concern, with the intention of raising the standards of performance and behaviour within the East League. This includes pre-match hospitality, on pitch behaviour and quality of the post-match refreshment.

The changes will mean, when you login to your personal area after you have umpired a league game, as well as seeing the normal request to input your expenses, you will see that you will be required to give feedback on the teams.

There will be a new dropdowns within the menu with seven levels, where you can select from Excellent down to unacceptable. Depending on your selection, you may then need to provide further information to explain your reasoning for that selection.

Please note we will be using this system on league games only, so you will not be required to provide feedback for any cup games or tournaments. Also, you will not be able to claim any expenses until your match feedback has been completed.

This is not one way traffic – the Clubs get their opportunity to feed back on the umpires` performance as well! This happens in a number of ways - clubs provide a rating for each umpire for every match in the outdoor league; and clubs are also able to submit additional comments or feedback for the umpires which are read by your Panel Selector.

Each umpire`s average scores from the clubs are published in their personal area twice each season, at the end of the first half and at the end of the season. Members can see their own average scores and the overall average scores for umpires on their panel. No averages are shown if the umpire has umpired fewer than five games in that half-season.

The introduction of these new systems is to allow the ERHUA and the East League Association to better understand the behaviour of clubs, and to aid the A&A committee in the monitoring of umpire performance across the region.

We have chosen to implement these systems now at the halfway point of the season, to allow everyone including umpires, clubs and administrators to get use to the systems and requirements before we start a new season. Therefore, while this half season’s feedback will be useful, the main purpose of the introduction to see how the systems work and iron out any issues we may find.

If you are having trouble with the use of this new system, please contact me as soon as possible to rectify the issue.

Regards
The Webmaster.
webmaster@erhua.co.uk

7th Sep (2017)Fitness Test

Just a quick reminder all panel A umpires must pass either the Bleep or Cooper test before or just after the start of the new season, failure to do so will result in that umpire being dropped down a panel , All Candidates must pass either tests before they are given a game, Any umpire who aspires to progress up the umpiring ladder within our region will be required to pass a fitness test before moving up a panel

Ray Allum.

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