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16th MarUmpiring opportunities at Master's World Cup

The Masters World cup is being held in Spain from 27th July to 5th August 2018. The organisers are looking to recruit umpires and technical officials.

For more information please click on the download link.

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13th MarL3 Success

Congratulations to Jaime Cox who was successfully assessed at the weekend and becomes a full member of NPUA.

12th MarCongratulations

Congratulations to Jenny Cordon, David McCarthy and Graham Reynolds in recently and successfully obtaining their level two awards, and becoming W3 panel umpires. Welcome to MRHUA.

7th MarCongratulations

Congratulations to Clare White who has been promoted to the NPUA Women's Premier panel, thus gaining her National Badge.
Well done Clare, MRHUA is proud of your achievement

26th FebMen's County Championships Preliminary rounds - 12/13th May 2018

There are two groups being run in our region this year. An A Division and a C Division, both being run at Cannock HC.

These have been entered on the system and we would ask that you please enter your availability or otherwise as soon as possible so that we can start our planning

19th FebNew member

Congratulations to Herbert John Bentley who was successfully assessed at the weekend and joins the Men's panel

18th FebPromotions

Following the recent meetings of the Selection Committees we are please to announce the following promotions:

Women's Panel
W1 - Donna Seager promoted from W2
W2 - Lewis Gibson promoted from W3 and Elise Charlton admitted at this level following a recent L2 assessment

Men's Panel
M2 - Dan Wheawall promoted from M3

Congratulations to you all.

31st JanCongratulations

Congratulations to Darren Pugh who was successfully assessed at the weekend and now joins the Men's Panel.
We wish him all success for the future

23rd JanAOL Email addresses are Being Rejected

The web system is currently unable to send emails to anyone with an AOL.com email address. This is because the ISP provider (Heart) are blocking these addresses. It seems to happen about twice a year and as and when they unblock AOL email addresses, the information will be updated accordingly.

22nd JanNew Regional Umpire Coach

Congratulations to Kevin Hopkins who recently passed his one to one coaching assessment and has now been accredited as a Regional Umpire Coach.
We are sure that his experience will help to develop other umpires within our Association.

10th JanL3 Indoor Successes

Congratulations to Tom Cox who was successfully assessed at the weekend and joins the NPUA Indoor Panel and to Saul Shohet who was returned to panel after a year's absence

2nd JanL2 Indoor Successes

Congratulations to the following who were successfully assessed in December for their L2 Indoor Award

Men’s game – Jaime Cox and Ben Garrod
Women’s game – Steve Hoban

27th Nov (2017)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.

22nd Nov (2017)Guidance on players going to ground

There has recently been some confusion on penalties that should be applied to players who go to ground. The guidance on this subject, which was first issued in October 2014, has been uploaded to the Information and Downloads page and can be viewed using the link

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16th Nov (2017)Red 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.

19th Oct (2017)Guidance 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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6th Apr (2017)England 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 Mar (2017)FIH 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)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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