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16th NovPromotions

Congratulations to the following who have been promoted following the recent meetings of the Selection Committees.

W1 Jane Taylor promoted from W2
W3 Giles Hulme added to the panel following a recent successful assessment.

In addition, we welcome Annette Harvey to the Region and who joins the Women’s panel at W1. Annette has recently moved back to the UK after a number of years living and working abroad. She was previously on the FIH World Class panel of umpires

16th NovRed cards

A reminder to all members that if you should have the misfortune to give a Red card/MMO in a match to which you have been appointed by MRHUA, you should please, also send a copy of the report to your relevant Chair of Selectors.
This allows us to monitor Red Cards/MMO's and also gives us the opportunity to support umpires through the whole process, if required.

9th NovIndoor Appointments

Please note that no indoor appointments will be published until week commencing the 20th November at the earliest, when it is hoped that we will have a better idea of the number of matches to be covered and the full format of the various competitions. Apologies for this but the closing date for the majority of the competitions is not until 17th November

7th NovL3 success

Congratulations to James Carter who was successful on his assessment game at the weekend and rejoins the NPUA panel.

6th NovCongratulations

Congratulations go to Ollie Rhodes who was successful in his assessment game at the weekend and joins the Men's Panel.
We wish him well for his future career with MRHUA

2nd NovHeadsets

Dear Colleagues,
Some of you have recently raised a query regarding incompatibility between other headsets and the "secret service" type headsets now being supplied. I need to clear up what is a growing fallacy or misnomer that is occurring in MRHUA with regard to Headset compatibility.
The only thing your headset can, or needs to be compatible with, is your radio unit. There is no such thing as incompatibility with colleagues’ headsets. It may depend where your colleague attaches his microphone or it is just a quieter model of headset and all that is required is to turn up the volume on your set to hear your colleague fully.
Let me reassure you again and, assuming there are no faults on anyone’s equipment, there is no such thing as headset incompatibility. As long as your headset is compatible with your radio unit it will work with your colleague's regardless of the headset they are using.
On another note, members, in order to combat what they see as a compatibility issue, are asking for two sets of the new type. As of today, only one set per requesting member will be provided at a cost of £10 per set which is deducted from your earned expenses.
Jerry Yates
Kit Manager, MRHUA

31st OctCongratulations

Congratulations to Dan Wheawall who was successful in his assessment game at the weekend and joins the Men's Panel.
We wish him well for the future

19th OctGuidance to Umpires on completion of Watcher feedback form

We have published guidance for umpires who need to feedback on watchers. The file can be found in the Information and Downloads section and by following the link below

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13th OctRetirement

After over 25 years of service to MRHUA, Richard Suggett has decided to retire from his umpiring career. Richard will be very much missed by those who had the pleasure to meet him. We wish you a very long and happy retirement Richard.

12th OctLevel 3 - Congratulations

Congratulations to Saul Sohet on passing his level three umpiring assessment on the 7 October 2017. We wish you every success officiating in the national league, and hope that you enjoy this new venture.

11th OctWelcome

We extend a warm welcome to Ben Garrod who has moved into the area and who has joined the Men's panel.
We wish him well with his umpiring in the Midlands.

25th SepRetirement: Lawrence Colledge

After over 35 years of service, as an umpire, umpire coach and Assessor, Lawrence Colledge has announced his retirement from MRHUA. We wish Lawrence all the best in his retirement and thank him for his dedication to MRHUA over the years. With very Best Wishes. Laura Seager (Vice President).

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

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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