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17th SepNPUA Award for John Litchfield

Our congratulations go to John Litchfield who was presented with the Julia Gill Lifetime Achievement Award at the NPUA Conference held last weekend at University of Warwick. This was in recognition of all the work he had undertaken in the development of Umpire Support within the Association

Former members of MYU also featured in the Awards. Rebecca Woodcock received the NPUA Indoor Umpire of the Year Award whilst James Barnes received the Graham Nash Trophy as the Outdoor Umpire of the Year.

Below: John receiving his award from NPUA Chairman Martin Twist

29th AugRevisions to Umpire Assessment Report Form

Following the introduction of the new assessment form at the beginning of 2018, various comments have been made relating to the scores awarded and also required to achieve an ‘Above Panel’ assessment (originally set at 23 or higher).

As a result, the scoring system has been amended for each section of the report where 5 = Above Panel, 4 = Umpiring at Top of Panel, 3 = Umpiring to Middle of Panel, 2 = Umpiring to Bottom of Panel and 1 = Umpiring Below panel. This will give umpires a better idea of where their performance lies relative to their current grade and will enable assessors to provide marks which are more subjective when compared to previous descriptors such as ‘Excellent’, ‘Good’ etc..

To achieve an ‘Above Panel’ assessment, umpires will now need to achieve a score of 21 or more. The mark for a Below Panel has not changed (a score of 7 or less, or receiving a mark of 1 in two or more areas).

22nd AugMRHUA Member's Meeting - Tuesday 9th October 2018

The next MRHUA members meeting will be held on the above date at Old Silhillians, 7.00pm for a 7.30 start. Refreshments will be provided.
Full details will be announced shortly but in the mean time, please put the date in your diary

17th AugEngland Hockey Technical Officiating

Thinking about a change in direction or an addition to your officiating bow, then would you like to learn more about becoming a Technical Official within the National League and England Hockey Competitions?
The England Hockey Technical Appointments Panel are hosting a series of Free, Introductory sessions across the country to allow interested parties to come and learn what is involved with being a Technical Official. The day will be a mix of discussion and practical elements, where you will learn “on the job” whilst watching top Regional or national league teams prepare for their campaigns.
The sessions are free of charge and being led by one of our Regional Technical Official Co-ordinators, who have a host of experience and are happy to share their knowledge with you.
There is one of these introductory sessions being held in the Midlands:
Saturday 8th September @ Leicester Grammar School approximately 11am to 4pm.
To book a place, or to ask more questions, please e-mail Janet Sutton (Regional Technical Official Co-ordinator) at janetsutton@blueyonder.co.uk.

19th JulWebsite Access for Clubs and Teams

Important message to all clubs and teams accessing the MRHUA, BCHUA and EMHUA Websites.
Following the introduction of the GDPR regulations in May, the umpiring websites have changed the way that clubs and teams access the website. The prime change is that there is no longer one password per club or team and only registered people with their own password can access their club or team pages.
In order to comply with the GDPR regulations all club and team contacts should now access the website through their own personal areas using their registered email address and password, which have been created for all know contacts, from details previously stored, as part of the new system implementation.
All know Club and Team contacts will have received emails, to their registered email address, advising of the change and of the need to setup a ‘personal’ password.
Clubs and teams must utilise this method in order to update or change names and or contact details. If the link in your email has expired (please check your junk boxes if you have not received these), please contact the relevant webmaster of MRHUA, BCHUA or EMHUA who will reset.
Jerry Yates
Webmaster MRHUA

5th AprChanges to England Hockey Leagues for season 2019/20

England Hockey have announced the structure for the National Leagues for season 2019/20 onwards. Full details can be obtained by clicking on the link

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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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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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