Umpires & Officials
Umpiring in Essex is overseen by the Essex Hockey Umpiring Association (EHUA). Their aim is to promote umpiring across the County and to support the development of all umpires
The EHUA also maintains a pool of umpires which are appointed on a weekly basis to the necessary divisions - Men's East League Division 2 and above, and Women's East League Division 1
All umpires operating within the County must be an affiliated member to officiate a match. This affiliation provides umpires with insurance and access to the fantastic coaching and assessing team
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The renewal of your membership to the Essex Umpiring Association is now due and we would ask you to pay using the details on the renewal form. Before making payment, please check with your club to find out if they are making a bulk payment for umpires as double payments cause problems for the treasurer. The fee this year will be £5 for adult members, and £2 for Under 18 members. If you intend to umpire League games for your Club, please remember that you have to be member of a County Umpiring Association. With this in mind, so that the Divisional Reps can prepare for the season, please join before the 1st September 2019. To download the renewal form, and for more information, please click here.
The third year of the England Hockey Championships, a re-brand of the Knockout Cup competitions, is now open for your team to enter. Based on insight surrounding the Adult and Junior programmes, there were a number of important changes that were made to our programme for the 2017/18 season - which saw more sides enter than ever before. The England Hockey Championships have been designed to be more inclusive, allowing more of your clubs' respective teams to participate in a national championship, with more evenly contested games. For more information about each of the Championships please click here to visit the England Hockey Website
England Hockey is delighted to announce that the BBC will be live broadcasting our men’s and women’s EuroHockey Championship campaign on the website and connected TV’s. The competition gets underway on Friday 16th August as hosts Belgium face Spain. England’s men will be the first of our teams to take the field as they take on Wales on Saturday 17th August (10:15am BST) before the women’s team meet Ireland the following day at the same time. There will also be live coverage of the semi-finals, bronze medal and final matches on the BBC’s digital platforms. If either England’s men’s or women’s team reach the final, the BBC will show either live coverage or highlights of the game. Men's Pool A: Belgium, England, Spain, Wales Men's Pool B: Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Scotland Women's Pool A: Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Russia Women's Pool B: England, Germany, Ireland, Belarus For the fixtures list for England’s men’s and women’s group stage matches, click HERE.
Through the England Hockey Technical Appointments Panel, England Hockey 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 within the National League and England Hockey Competitions. The day will be a mix of discussion and practical elements, where you will learn “on the job” whilst watching teams prepare for their campaigns within the top regional leagues or national league. The sessions are free of charge and being led by one of the Regional Technical Official Co-Ordinators, who have a host of experience and are happy to share their knowledge with you. Course Dates 31 August Wimbledon 31 August Wakefield 01 September Wakefield 07 September Leeds 07 September Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre - London 08 September Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre - London 08 September Bristol 14 September Leicester 14 September Old Loughtonians 14 September Southampton 15 September Old Loughtonians Sign up by emailing email@example.com
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.
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
The East Young Umpire Pathway is running a series of Young Umpire Training Day's across the region. This is a great first step to get involved in officiating and start your umpiring career. Who is it for? People who are keen to umpire that are of secondary school age (11 - 16 years old). If you are over the age of 16, we recommend you take the England Hockey Level 1 Course When and where is it? A number of events are being held across the region, in June and July, with one being held in Essex, at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club on 2nd June How much is it? £20 per person to attend, which includes a whistle and a free umpiring shirt! What do I get out of it? You will become an East qualified Young Umpire, which will allow you to officiate at a number of in2hockey events. You'll be able to umpire the junior games within your club, and get the opportunity to progress further by umpiring at junior county events, such as Academy Centres. You'll also be added to the East Young Umpire Pathway's Academy Programme, where the support team of coaches and mentors will be on hand to help your progression and development. Don't worry, you wont be asked to umpire for the adult sides on a Saturday just yet. What would I need to attend? Notepad and pen, refreshments for the day and your playing kit - yes you get to play! This course involves both theory and practical elements, and is highly interactive to ensure you learn as much as you can, but also have a fun time. All the umpiring bits you may need (such as a whistle) will be provided upon arrival. So if you're interested don't miss out and book your place today! If you would like further information about the training day, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you as soon as possible
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
As part of the increase in matches within the National League for the 2019/20 season, NPUA with England Hockey are looking to recruit a second Umpiring Appointments Administrator to assist Colin Barthorpe with the umpiring appointments. The role, whilst being recruited by England Hockey, will be under the direct line management and responsibilities of the NPUA. Saying this, applicants do not need to be current members of the NPUA to apply and a representative group of key stakeholders are involved with this recruitment process. Details of the position can be found by following this link to the England Hockey website. If you have any questions regarding the role, please contact David Elworthy, Officiating Relationship Manager, at England Hockey.
The job role We are looking for a coaches for our adult teams with a primary focus on the mens and ladies 1st XI squads, but with responsibility for 4 mens and 3 ladies teams. The person will need to be organised, reliable and committed. They will need to work effectively with teams captains, match day managers and the committee to deliver improved performance and results for the mens and ladies 1s team squads and the capability and overall performance for the remainder of adult teams in the club. Ideally they must be an England Hockey Level 2 coach, or equivalent. We welcome applications from player coaches. This is a paid role that would be suitable for a person to balance alongside existing full-time work or additional coaching or teaching work. Remuneration is based on an hourly rate (which is set dependant on qualifications) for coaching delivered. Selection via an initial paper sift followed by interview with SHC committee member/s Main responsibilities are; Setting out a coaching programme for delivery to all adult participants (in season and a strategy to take us 3-5 years out) One coach required for each of our mens and ladies 1st teams – the role holders will personally coach each team and travel with them to matches. Ensuring coaching is delivered to a programme you define to accommodate all abilities for the mens and ladies teams (3 mens and 2 ladies teams) with a view to delivering progress at all levels in the club. Encouraging and developing coach volunteers to gain qualifications and deliver coaching within the club. Support the recruitment of players into Sudbury Hockey Club teams. Supporting the junior coaching co-ordinator such that there is a complimentary coaching programme and link between the junior and adult coaching. Retaining and where possible growing the number of adults participating Running coaching camps/learning interventions throughout the year to maintain participation, improve capability and generate revenue for the club. About the club Sudbury Hockey Club has circa 100 adult members and we four mens and three ladies teams playing in East League; Mens 1st promoted into Premier B, the other mens teams play Div 4, 5 and 6 Ladies 1sts solidly holding their place in Division 1N, the ladies 2nds promoted this season into Div 3 and the 3rds play Div 5. We also have a flourishing 100 junior members ranging from aged 7 to aged 17 and field competitive teams in the following age groups; Under 8, 10, U12, U14, U16, U18 boys and girls teams. See www.sudburyhockeyclub.co.uk for more information about the club Interested? Come and help us build on our success! Email – Chairman@sudburyhockeyclub.co.uk Please supply CV and covering note and supply a contact telephone number All candidates must have the right to work in the UK.
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