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16th SepPeter Cranswick

It is with regret we report that Peter Cranswick has passed away after a long battle with leukemia.
Peter served as MRHA Men's League Secretary for twenty-one years prior to his retirement in 2015. He was also secretary of the Third team League from 2009-2015.
Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time

22nd JunSad news

It is with great sadness that we have to advise that Peter Byng passed away on Saturday 17th June after a long battle with cancer.

Peter had been the appointments Secretary of BCHUA and Men’s Appointments Secretary of MCHUA and more latterly MRHUA for more than thirty years prior to his retirement at the end of the 2013/14 season. He was an Umpire Assessor and Selector at both County and Regional level for many years until ill heath forced him to retire at the end of 2016. He had great understanding of all umpiring matters and during this time he offered help, support and guidance to many umpires.

Peter also served as President of both BCHUA (1996-98) and MRHUA (2003-05), combining these additional duties alongside those of Appointment Secretary.

Peter undertook his duties with equanimity and only the occasional grumble – usually about a late cry-off from an umpire! - and fought his battle with cancer with the same fortitude and grace.

Peter's funeral service will be held at 10AM on Thursday 29th June, at St. Michael's Church, Silverstone, NN12 8UW. The funeral will be followed by a burial in the churchyard and reception in the church rooms.

Peter's has requested a retiring collection for St. Michael's Church rather than flowers. The website address is www.memorygiving.com/peterbyng

6th AprEngland Hockey Centralised Calendar 2017-18

The EH Centralised Calendar for 2017/18 has now been published and can be found in the MRHUA Information & Downloads section

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29th MarFIH launches Rule of Hockey App

FIH has launched a Rule of Hockey App for smart phones and tablets.

Please follow link to FIH article for full details and links to the App for both iOS and Android versions

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11th Nov (2016)Confirmation of match details to Watchers

If a watcher has been appointed to a match that you are involved with, it is common courtesy, notwithstanding the details shown on the website, for you to make contact with the watcher to confirm the time and venue of the match.

The usual protocol is for the first named umpire to take responsibility for confirming details. However, if you find you are paired with somebody who is first named but who isn’t a Panel Umpire (e.g. Guest, Candidate, Exchange Visitor etc.) then please take on the responsibility yourself.

11th Nov (2016)Clarification on Red Cards awarded for dissent

In the last fortnight there have been two instances where our members have issued Red Cards for dissent and have reported them as Category D Offences (two separate, but duplicate minor offences for which a yellow card was awarded for the first offence).

Please would everybody note that under Para 6.3 of EH Discipline Regulations, dissent is not a minor offence. It therefore follows that if a player has received a yellow card for dissent, a second offence of this nature will attract a Red Card which should be reported as a Category A Offence (Physical violence was not used, attempted or threatened).

17th Aug (2016)+++ UDATED +++ Parking at King Edwards High School, Birmingham

Despite previous advice, parking at KES, home to Harborne and Bournville does not require a permit.

However, umpires should note that the only car park that we can use is the Parade Ground car park, which is accessed by the side entrance on the A38 only, not by either of the entrances on Edgbaston Park road. Heading towards the city centre, take the third entry after Edgbaston Park Road. If approaching from the city, you will need to do a U turn at the lights on the junction of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road

If other car parks are used, you risk having your car clamped because these areas are being monitored.

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