Player   Pathway

The Player Pathway, formerly the Single System, was launched in October 2016.

The Player Pathway provides an environment that helps junior players realise their potential and is made up of the following tiers:

Development Centres, Academy Centres, Performance Centres, Futures Cup, Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE), National Age Group Squads (NAGs) and U21 / Development Programme.

If you would like more information about the Player Pathway, please contact a member of the ECHA Coaching & Youth Committee

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  • 0 Application of the rules of hockey in England for the 2019-20 Season

    • General
    • by Administrator
    • 17-07-2019

    The FIH published the new Rules of Outdoor Hockey in December 2018: These took effect internationally from 1 January 2019, but National Associations have discretion to decide the date of implementation at national level. As communicated on 18th December 2018, (click here) England Hockey chose not to implement the changes during the 2018-19 season.   England Hockey can now confirm that it supports the implementation of all the rule changes with the exception of one. Therefore the following (major) changes will be implemented at all levels of the sport in England from the start of the 2019/20 season:    • Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges (PwGKP) • Amendments to Attacking Free Hits within the 23m  • Defensive Free Hits awarded within the defensive circle • Amendment to ruling around Attackers entering the circle early at a Penalty Corner   England Hockey has, in recent years, striven to apply a consistent set of rules throughout all levels of the sport, however, the proposed change to 15-minute quarters has caused considerable concern. Since December England Hockey has been considering the full implications of the rule change including research on the impact on game length consultation with officiating bodies and discussions with other hockey governing bodies around the world.   England Hockey has also been liaising with the FIH to understand whether they were reconsidering the proposals in light of the number of countries opting to continue to play halves or opting to move to 17.5 minute quarters (without the clock stopping at Penalty Corners).   The Board of England Hockey met on 16 July and has agreed the following changes: 1. To apply 17.5 minute quarters (without the clock stopping at Penalty Corners) to the elite domestic club game specifically: a. All Divisions of the England Hockey Leagues (the Investec Women’s Hockey League and Men’s England Hockey League); b. Tier 1 of the Adult Club Championships. 2. For season 2019-20, to leave the rest of the club game played as halves, usually of 2x35 minutes (or shorter formats in the junior game as appropriate).    The implementation of quarters at lower levels will be considered over the course of the 2019/20 season, in light of the experience at the higher levels.   Support will be available for players, coaches, umpires and officials in learning these rule implementations through access to material on the Hockey Hub and this will be shared with Leagues & Umpiring Associations to enhance the learning of their members ahead of the new season.    Due to the variation in rule sets for the domestic game, the Hockey Hub will host both versions of the rules that England Hockey will be playing to during the 2019/20 season.   As previously stated, there are a number of changes to the Outdoor Rules. These are all marked with a vertical line in the margin of the Rule Book. The key rule changes are summarised below, but players, coaches, umpires and officials are encouraged to read the full text of the new rules rather than relying on this document.    Key Changes   2.2 – Mandatory Experiment: a team no longer has the option to play with a player with goalkeeping privileges. This means that teams either play with a Goalkeeper, or 11 outfield players   5 – timing of matches to be more closely aligned with the international game as seen at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup or FIH Pro-League. See above / below for further details.   6 – wording change around the start and re-start of the match to reflect the change to quarters in the rule book.   9.12 – Very minor clarification of third party or shadow obstruction during a penalty corner on defenders (and goalkeeper).   11.6 – wording added to this rule to show that Umpires blow the whistle for the start / end of each quarter and for the stopping / re-starting of time around a Penalty Corner.   12.4 – clarification added to the awarding of a Penalty Stroke if the ball hits a piece of equipment lying in the circle and a probable goal is prevented, a penalty stroke may be awarded.   13.1 – A free hit awarded to the defence within the defensive circle can be taken anywhere in their circle OR taken up to 15 metres from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line.   13.2 – Additional wording in the guidance concerning the re-start after awarding a Free Hit to the attacking team within 5 metres of the circle they are attacking. The introduction of a quick self-pass for these Free Hits allows the defenders to stay within the circle, within 5m and not interfere with play until the ball can legitimately enter the circle. If there is no quick self-pass, then ALL defenders, regardless of location in the 23m, have to retreat 5m if they wish to legitimately play the ball once the Free Hit is taken.   13.3.g – Clarification on defending team’s responsibilities when defending a Penalty Corner when playing with no Goalkeeper.    13.5 – Removal of previous rule of when a Penalty Corner is finished if time has already lapsed and clarification that if play during a Penalty Corner is stopped because of an injury or for any other reason during the taking of a penalty corner at the end of a quarter or half and a bully would otherwise be awarded, the penalty corner must be taken again.   13.6.e – change to current rule, now if an attacker enters the circle at a Penalty Corner before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline is required to go beyond the centre-line and the Penalty Corner is taken again.   13.7.e – if a team has chosen to play with eleven outfield players and no goalkeeper, if they concede a Penalty Stroke then this explains what protective equipment is permitted for the defender.   Click here for a PDF version of the above.

  • 0 EHUA 2019 AGM

    The EHUA AGM will be held at Chelmsford HC on the 23 May 2019 with 7.30 prompt start. Sandwiches will be provided at 7pm for those coming straight from work This years AGM has a guest speaker. David Elworthy , the officiating relationship manager from England Hockey, he has been invited to give us some information concerning the new season ahead and how it impact on Umpiring associations. So please take this opportunity to hear some interesting information and support the EHUA by attending.   Reports and relevant documents for the AGM can be downloaded below: 2019 AGM Agenda 2018 AGM Minutes Constitution - March 2019 President's Report Secretary's Report Treasurer's Report - Accounts Treasurer's Report - Predicted Budget Selection Report Coaching Report Level One Sec. Report Young Umpire Report Indoor Report

  • 0 ECHA 2019 AGM

    The ECHA will be having its Annual General Meeting on Thursday 9th May 2019. It will be at Chelmsford Hockey Club, starting at 7.30pm prompt. There will be vacancies for ECHA Secretary and Welfare Officer. Please find below relevant documents for the AGM, including the agenda:   2019 AGM Agenda 2018 AGM Minutes

  • 0 GB & England Hockey Concussion Policy

    • General
    • by Administrator
    • 01-02-2019

    GB & England Hockey takes player welfare seriously and has been a primary supporter of the2008, 2012 and 2016 Concussion in Sport Consensus Meetings. These meetings bringtogether the world experts in concussion every four years to review the current evidencesurrounding concussion. Following a Consensus Conference, a position paper (ConsensusStatement) is developed summarizing the current evidence based on knowledge in the areaof concussion. This concussion guideline has been updated to reflect the principles agreed following the2016 Concussion Consensus conference. These guidelines are designed to be used byMedical Practitioners and approved healthcare professionals. All other parties involved inconcussion management should refer to the guidelines for non-approved healthcareprofessionals and General Public.   These Guidelines are meant to ensure that players who suffer concussion are managedeffectively to protect their short and long-term health and welfare. Scientific knowledge in the field of concussion is constantly evolving and the consensus process and scientific meetings will make sure that the guidelines keep pace with these changes.   A number of documents are available for download below: - Concussion Policy (Updated November 2018) - Concussion guidelines for Parents and Coaches (2019) - Appendix 1 - Adult SCAT 5 2017 - Appendix 2 - Child SCAT 5 2017

  • 0 Frank Lockhart [Funeral Information Added]

    • General
    • by Administrator
    • 10-09-2018

    It is with deep sadness we have to inform our members that Frank Lockhart, a stalwart of umpiring and sport generally, has passed away. Frank became a much respected figure in both hockey and cricket over many years. His cricket at Oxford University identified him as someone who would make his mark on the game, and he became a very successful club cricketer, who then moved into umpiring where he reached Minor Counties standard, and was well known throughout Essex as one of the top umpires in the county, as well as umpiring at Lords. He was a member for many years at Woodford Wells Cricket Club where he finished umpiring only this summer. His hockey career was equally successful with many years service to Essex and East umpiring. He umpired at the top level in the East, and many said he was close to an appointment by the England Selectors. He had a long spell as secretary of ECHUA before the merger, and was a Selector for a long time. When NPUA was formed Frank became its first Appointments Secretary, a demanding post which he filled with considerable flair for many years. He followed this with several years service as an NPUA Match Delegate. He was a popular figure at many hockey and cricket clubs in the East, and became a regular figure at the Barcelona Hockey Tournament, where he was honoured with a special presentation recently. Until last year he was taking regular appointments with Essex HUA, and was a regular at School games in the East, as well as England Masters matches - not bad at 80 +! His involvement with Crostyx Hockey Club goes back a long way. He was a much admired umpire in both sports, who was always sought out after games to socialise and discuss decisions. His friends and colleagues will miss him enormously. He was always supportive on the pitch and off it, and had a never ending catalogue of stories. One of Hockey's greats; there have not been many of them. Frank Lockhart 1933 - 2018   Funeral Details City of London Crematorium (North Chapel), Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London E12 5DQ at 10.45am on Tuesday 18th September and afterwards at The Woodford Wells Club,Monkhams Lane,Woodford Green,ESSEX,IG8 ONL.Family flowers only and any donations to Great Ormond Street Hospital please

  • 0 Ian Roberts

    • General
    • by Administrator
    • 31-07-2018

    It is with deep sadness we have to inform our members that Ian Roberts, sadly passed away over the weekend. He supported and inspired so many, and will be greatly missed by all within the hockey family. A gentleman of the game. Our condolences are with his family at this very sad time.    Funeral Information Ian/Robbo/Webble's funeral will be at the Chelmsford crematorium starting at 15:30 (3:30pm) on Friday 7th September. All are welcome to attend. The family would like to invite all attendees back to their home after the service for drinks and nibbles. Flowers are welcome and/or a donation to a memorial, this can be done via chelmsford star co-op funeral directors.   Please indicate if you are likely to attend. This can be done via this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/399268350477826/ 

  • 0 ECHA AGM - 10th May 2018

    The ECHA AGM will take place on thursday 10th May 2018, 7.15pm start at Chelmer Park, Chelmsford. A copy of the agenda and minutes from the 2017 AGM can be downloaded below. Also below is a copy of the current constitution and the proposed amended constitution, which is to be discussed and agreed at the AGM. All clubs should send at least 1 representative.   Files for the AGM are listed below: ECHA 2018 AGM - Agenda ECHA 2018 AGM - 2017 Minutes ECHA 2018 AGM - Current Constitution ECHA 2018 AGM - Proposed Constitution Changes

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