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30th JulThank you from HHUA President

From the President of Hampshire Hockey Umpires Association.
To all Members,
Following last night’s General Meeting and the decision to dissolve HHUA in line with the Constitution I did not want this momentous occasion to pass without putting on record some final comments.
I should like to thank most sincerely all those who have supported HHUA over the years. Any voluntary organisation depends upon individuals who give of their time and expertise in order to function successfully. Hampshire has been fortunate to have had so many people who have been willing and dedicated in helping HHUA, not least the Management Team who I have been associated with over my last few years as President. Thank you one and all for the support you have given in making HHUA one of the best Umpiring Associations in the Country.
I began my umpiring in 1979 and will be forever grateful to those who afforded me the opportunity to develop my umpiring and facilitate my enjoyment in the sport over so many years.
I cannot conclude without thanking our “rank and file” umpires who go out each week and umpire Hockey games so that others can enjoy playing the sport they love. Hopefully all of us enjoy our involvement and providing the opportunity for others to participate.
It is a sad time for HHUA, however if our new South Central organising area proves to be half as successful as HHUA has been over the years then we will be in a good place. There are bound to be some hiccups along the way, especially initially, but to those involved in setting-up this new South Central organisation, thank you.
Memories will always remain of HHUA. Good luck to one and all in the future.
Dave Adams, President.
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

From the President of Hampshire Hockey Umpires Association.
To all Members,
Following last night’s General Meeting and the decision to dissolve HHUA in line with the Constitution I did not want this momentous occasion to pass without putting on record some final comments.
I should like to thank most sincerely all those who have supported HHUA over the years. Any voluntary organisation depends upon individuals who give of their time and expertise in order to function successfully. Hampshire has been fortunate to have had so many people who have been willing and dedicated in helping HHUA, not least the Management Team who I have been associated with over my last few years as President. Thank you one and all for the support you have given in making HHUA one of the best Umpiring Associations in the Country.
I began my umpiring in 1979 and will be forever grateful to those who afforded me the opportunity to develop my umpiring and facilitate my enjoyment in the sport over so many years.
I cannot conclude without thanking our “rank and file” umpires who go out each week and umpire Hockey games so that others can enjoy playing the sport they love. Hopefully all of us enjoy our involvement and providing the opportunity for others to participate.
It is a sad time for HHUA, however if our new South Central organising area proves to be half as successful as HHUA has been over the years then we will be in a good place. There are bound to be some hiccups along the way, especially initially, but to those involved in setting-up this new South Central organisation, thank you.
Memories will always remain of HHUA. Good luck to one and all in the future.
Dave Adams, President.
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

From the President of Hampshire Hockey Umpires Association.
To all Members,
Following last night’s General Meeting and the decision to dissolve HHUA in line with the Constitution I did not want this momentous occasion to pass without putting on record some final comments.
I should like to thank most sincerely all those who have supported HHUA over the years. Any voluntary organisation depends upon individuals who give of their time and expertise in order to function successfully. Hampshire has been fortunate to have had so many people who have been willing and dedicated in helping HHUA, not least the Management Team who I have been associated with over my last few years as President. Thank you one and all for the support you have given in making HHUA one of the best Umpiring Associations in the Country.
I began my umpiring in 1979 and will be forever grateful to those who afforded me the opportunity to develop my umpiring and facilitate my enjoyment in the sport over so many years.
I cannot conclude without thanking our “rank and file” umpires who go out each week and umpire Hockey games so that others can enjoy playing the sport they love. Hopefully all of us enjoy our involvement and providing the opportunity for others to participate.
It is a sad time for HHUA, however if our new South Central organising area proves to be half as successful as HHUA has been over the years then we will be in a good place. There are bound to be some hiccups along the way, especially initially, but to those involved in setting-up this new South Central organisation, thank you.
Memories will always remain of HHUA. Good luck to one and all in the future.
Dave Adams, President.
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28th JulHampshire Cups 2021/22

Hampshire HA wishes to resurrect the Cup competitions for the coming season, following the aborted competition in 2019/20 and not being able to hold them at all in 2020/21. We are pleased that County Cups can continue to be run and administered locally as one of the activities that still falls within the remit of Counties (or Sub-Areas as they are known) in the new national structure.

The competitions will be run for the most part in the same way as they have been in the past and for the benefit of erstwhile Hampshire affiliated clubs. Eligibility for each competition will be based on the league standings at the beginning of season 2020/21, in order to ensure that all such clubs can enter if they wish, notwithstanding which Area they will be playing in this season under the new structure. The one variation will be that there will not be a group stage for the Mens 1st XI Cup in September, given the potential difficulty in finding venues at relatively short notice, and that some clubs will already have organised pre-season matches for the two potentially available dates.

Eligibility is as follows:
Mens 1st XI Cup Clubs in Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 and above
Mens 1st XI Trophy Clubs in Hampshire Divisions 1-4
Open League Cup Non-1st XIs in Hampshire Division 4 and above
Open League Trophy Teams in Hampshire Division 5 and below

Ladies Cup Clubs in EHL and South League
Ladies Trophy Teams in Hampshire Premier Division and Divisions 1 and 2
Ladies Vase Teams in Hampshire Division 3 and below

If Byes are needed in the top competition for each gender, they will be awarded initially to the sides in the EHL.

Dates for rounds in all competitions are as follows:
Round of 32 (if needed) Sun 28 November
Round of 16 Sun 30 January
Quarter finals Sun 13 March
Semi-Finals Sun 10 April
Finals (Hampshire Day) Mon 2 May
As usual these are recommended ‘play on’ dates, but matches can be arranged earlier by agreement of both teams, with adequate notice to the Cup Secretary, and HHUA Appointments Secretary where relevant.

The Cup entry fee, if any, will be advised later.

The Cup Entry system is now open on the Hampshire HA website, with a closing date of 31 August. A team contact for each side entered must be nominated so that the system can ensure contact details are made available with suitable GDPR safeguards.

You have been sent this email as the recorded Cup Competition Contact for your Club. If that is no longer part of your remit, please pass this message on immediately to the relevant person!

Hampshire HA wishes to resurrect the Cup competitions for the coming season, following the aborted competition in 2019/20 and not being able to hold them at all in 2020/21. We are pleased that County Cups can continue to be run and administered locally as one of the activities that still falls within the remit of Counties (or Sub-Areas as they are known) in the new national structure.

The competitions will be run for the most part in the same way as they have been in the past and for the benefit of erstwhile Hampshire affiliated clubs. Eligibility for each competition will be based on the league standings at the beginning of season 2020/21, in order to ensure that all such clubs can enter if they wish, notwithstanding which Area they will be playing in this season under the new structure. The one variation will be that there will not be a group stage for the Mens 1st XI Cup in September, given the potential difficulty in finding venues at relatively short notice, and that some clubs will already have organised pre-season matches for the two potentially available dates.

Eligibility is as follows:
Mens 1st XI Cup Clubs in Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 and above
Mens 1st XI Trophy Clubs in Hampshire Divisions 1-4
Open League Cup Non-1st XIs in Hampshire Division 4 and above
Open League Trophy Teams in Hampshire Division 5 and below

Ladies Cup Clubs in EHL and South League
Ladies Trophy Teams in Hampshire Premier Division and Divisions 1 and 2
Ladies Vase Teams in Hampshire Division 3 and below

If Byes are needed in the top competition for each gender, they will be awarded initially to the sides in the EHL.

Dates for rounds in all competitions are as follows:
Round of 32 (if needed) Sun 28 November
Round of 16 Sun 30 January
Quarter finals Sun 13 March
Semi-Finals Sun 10 April
Finals (Hampshire Day) Mon 2 May
As usual these are recommended ‘play on’ dates, but matches can be arranged earlier by agreement of both teams, with adequate notice to the Cup Secretary, and HHUA Appointments Secretary where relevant.

The Cup entry fee, if any, will be advised later.

The Cup Entry system is now open on the Hampshire HA website, with a closing date of 31 August. A team contact for each side entered must be nominated so that the system can ensure contact details are made available with suitable GDPR safeguards.

You have been sent this email as the recorded Cup Competition Contact for your Club. If that is no longer part of your remit, please pass this message on immediately to the relevant person!

Hampshire HA wishes to resurrect the Cup competitions for the coming season, following the aborted competition in 2019/20 and not being able to hold them at all in 2020/21. We are pleased that County Cups can continue to be run and administered locally as one of the activities that still falls within the remit of Counties (or Sub-Areas as they are known) in the new national structure.

The competitions will be run for the most part in the same way as they have been in the past and for the benefit of erstwhile Hampshire affiliated clubs. Eligibility for each competition will be based on the league standings at the beginning of season 2020/21, in order to ensure that all such clubs can enter if they wish, notwithstanding which Area they will be playing in this season under the new structure. The one variation will be that there will not be a group stage for the Mens 1st XI Cup in September, given the potential difficulty in finding venues at relatively short notice, and that some clubs will already have organised pre-season matches for the two potentially available dates.

Eligibility is as follows:
Mens 1st XI Cup Clubs in Hampshire/Surrey Regional 2 and above
Mens 1st XI Trophy Clubs in Hampshire Divisions 1-4
Open League Cup Non-1st XIs in Hampshire Division 4 and above
Open League Trophy Teams in Hampshire Division 5 and below

Ladies Cup Clubs in EHL and South League
Ladies Trophy Teams in Hampshire Premier Division and Divisions 1 and 2
Ladies Vase Teams in Hampshire Division 3 and below

If Byes are needed in the top competition for each gender, they will be awarded initially to the sides in the EHL.

Dates for rounds in all competitions are as follows:
Round of 32 (if needed) Sun 28 November
Round of 16 Sun 30 January
Quarter finals Sun 13 March
Semi-Finals Sun 10 April
Finals (Hampshire Day) Mon 2 May
As usual these are recommended ‘play on’ dates, but matches can be arranged earlier by agreement of both teams, with adequate notice to the Cup Secretary, and HHUA Appointments Secretary where relevant.

The Cup entry fee, if any, will be advised later.

The Cup Entry system is now open on the Hampshire HA website, with a closing date of 31 August. A team contact for each side entered must be nominated so that the system can ensure contact details are made available with suitable GDPR safeguards.

You have been sent this email as the recorded Cup Competition Contact for your Club. If that is no longer part of your remit, please pass this message on immediately to the relevant person!

2nd JulUpdate from England Hockey

Hi All

Hope you are all keeping well and the return of hockey in the past couple of months has treated you well?

There has been lots of activities “behind the scenes” with different parts of the Transition over to the new governance structure, so thought it would be appropriate to update you on the activities that have taken place and what the next few weeks look like….

Areas
The 8 New incorporated Area Companies have all been registered at Companies House and across July, all 8 Area Companies will be holding their inaugural AGMs to seek the approval of the membership (clubs) on the following matters:

1. Agreement of the Directors of the Area Companies
2. Agreement of the Area Chairs of the committees (i.e. Adult Leagues & Comps, Officiating, Masters, etc)
3. Setting of Area membership fees for clubs
4. Setting of entry fees for leagues & cups

England Hockey Game Management System

The development of the GMS to the Minimum Viable Specification, to enable the system to be operational for the 2021/2 season is on track and testing commenced W/C 14th June for the competition side of the system. The formal merging of the competition side to the existing officiating side starts W/C 19th July, with testing to start the week after.

I’ll be writing to all current Webmasters next week to invite individuals to a Forum outlining the GMS and the testing involved to ensure there is no loss of functionality of the existing officiating management system.

Due to both side of the game coming together, future references to the OMS will be amended to the GMS for consistent naming and to remove confusion.

England Hockey Officiating

The chairs of the Area Officiating Transition Teams have been working hard in agreeing the details for the launch of the EHO. Here is an update on the progress:

1. Constitution & Bylaws are at final draft stage – decisions due at next meeting on the 12th July
2. Membership Subscriptions – details are being pulled together for final decisions at the next meeting
3. Committees Positions – Core Lead Role descriptions are at an advanced draft stage
EHO Operations Group & OWG Terms of Reference being worked through in draft stage

Communications

An introduction to the EHO is going live on the EH website next week, replacing the information currently held on there about the EHUmpiring Membership. The EHUmpiring Membership has now been removed from circulation, so it is not possible to become a new member and a letter has been sent to all EHU members today outlining the transfer process from the current EHU to EHO membership and further communications will be sent to this group of officials over the next few weeks ahead of the new season.

A communication is being sent to all Officials next week outlining the EHO and has an advance FAQ for individuals to understand the EHO, the benefits of membership and confirming the launch date of the club.

Communications are still being sent from local Area Transition Teams to Officials in their areas and these will start to increase about local delivery (i.e. club support, appointing, coaching, assessing, etc) in the upcoming weeks.

Adult Leagues 2021/2

The league fixtures for the 2021/2 season have been scheduled, with the Areas now working through any specific requests from clubs. It is hoped that all Areas will release fixtures by the end of July to clubs and the Area Officiating Committees as appropriate.

The Adult League regulations are also at final draft stage and are due to be released by the end of July as well. The key points for information concerning the regulations:

Appointments are to be organised through the Area Officiating Committees. The AOC’s may delegate to existing HUAs by prior agreement for next season, however all appointments are to be made on the GMS and any invoicing / expenses for Adult Leagues / Cup competitions are administered by the Area
All officials who wish to undertake umpiring matches at any level will need to be a member of the EHO
The leagues are being assigned to “grades” and each grade as slightly different parameters in the regulations, however all leagues will be operating to these standards.

When the league regulations are completed, I’ll share a copy with you.

Finally, as usual within hockey, there is a lot of change happening and communication to your members and yourselves will increase as we head towards the start of the 2021/2 season. If you do have any questions prior to further updates, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a good weekend
David Elworthy.

Officiating Team

Direct: 01628 896843 |
England Hockey, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RR
Tel: 01628 897500 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

Hi All

Hope you are all keeping well and the return of hockey in the past couple of months has treated you well?

There has been lots of activities “behind the scenes” with different parts of the Transition over to the new governance structure, so thought it would be appropriate to update you on the activities that have taken place and what the next few weeks look like….

Areas
The 8 New incorporated Area Companies have all been registered at Companies House and across July, all 8 Area Companies will be holding their inaugural AGMs to seek the approval of the membership (clubs) on the following matters:

1. Agreement of the Directors of the Area Companies
2. Agreement of the Area Chairs of the committees (i.e. Adult Leagues & Comps, Officiating, Masters, etc)
3. Setting of Area membership fees for clubs
4. Setting of entry fees for leagues & cups

England Hockey Game Management System

The development of the GMS to the Minimum Viable Specification, to enable the system to be operational for the 2021/2 season is on track and testing commenced W/C 14th June for the competition side of the system. The formal merging of the competition side to the existing officiating side starts W/C 19th July, with testing to start the week after.

I’ll be writing to all current Webmasters next week to invite individuals to a Forum outlining the GMS and the testing involved to ensure there is no loss of functionality of the existing officiating management system.

Due to both side of the game coming together, future references to the OMS will be amended to the GMS for consistent naming and to remove confusion.

England Hockey Officiating

The chairs of the Area Officiating Transition Teams have been working hard in agreeing the details for the launch of the EHO. Here is an update on the progress:

1. Constitution & Bylaws are at final draft stage – decisions due at next meeting on the 12th July
2. Membership Subscriptions – details are being pulled together for final decisions at the next meeting
3. Committees Positions – Core Lead Role descriptions are at an advanced draft stage
EHO Operations Group & OWG Terms of Reference being worked through in draft stage

Communications

An introduction to the EHO is going live on the EH website next week, replacing the information currently held on there about the EHUmpiring Membership. The EHUmpiring Membership has now been removed from circulation, so it is not possible to become a new member and a letter has been sent to all EHU members today outlining the transfer process from the current EHU to EHO membership and further communications will be sent to this group of officials over the next few weeks ahead of the new season.

A communication is being sent to all Officials next week outlining the EHO and has an advance FAQ for individuals to understand the EHO, the benefits of membership and confirming the launch date of the club.

Communications are still being sent from local Area Transition Teams to Officials in their areas and these will start to increase about local delivery (i.e. club support, appointing, coaching, assessing, etc) in the upcoming weeks.

Adult Leagues 2021/2

The league fixtures for the 2021/2 season have been scheduled, with the Areas now working through any specific requests from clubs. It is hoped that all Areas will release fixtures by the end of July to clubs and the Area Officiating Committees as appropriate.

The Adult League regulations are also at final draft stage and are due to be released by the end of July as well. The key points for information concerning the regulations:

Appointments are to be organised through the Area Officiating Committees. The AOC’s may delegate to existing HUAs by prior agreement for next season, however all appointments are to be made on the GMS and any invoicing / expenses for Adult Leagues / Cup competitions are administered by the Area
All officials who wish to undertake umpiring matches at any level will need to be a member of the EHO
The leagues are being assigned to “grades” and each grade as slightly different parameters in the regulations, however all leagues will be operating to these standards.

When the league regulations are completed, I’ll share a copy with you.

Finally, as usual within hockey, there is a lot of change happening and communication to your members and yourselves will increase as we head towards the start of the 2021/2 season. If you do have any questions prior to further updates, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a good weekend
David Elworthy.

Officiating Team

Direct: 01628 896843 |
England Hockey, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RR
Tel: 01628 897500 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

Hi All

Hope you are all keeping well and the return of hockey in the past couple of months has treated you well?

There has been lots of activities “behind the scenes” with different parts of the Transition over to the new governance structure, so thought it would be appropriate to update you on the activities that have taken place and what the next few weeks look like….

Areas
The 8 New incorporated Area Companies have all been registered at Companies House and across July, all 8 Area Companies will be holding their inaugural AGMs to seek the approval of the membership (clubs) on the following matters:

1. Agreement of the Directors of the Area Companies
2. Agreement of the Area Chairs of the committees (i.e. Adult Leagues & Comps, Officiating, Masters, etc)
3. Setting of Area membership fees for clubs
4. Setting of entry fees for leagues & cups

England Hockey Game Management System

The development of the GMS to the Minimum Viable Specification, to enable the system to be operational for the 2021/2 season is on track and testing commenced W/C 14th June for the competition side of the system. The formal merging of the competition side to the existing officiating side starts W/C 19th July, with testing to start the week after.

I’ll be writing to all current Webmasters next week to invite individuals to a Forum outlining the GMS and the testing involved to ensure there is no loss of functionality of the existing officiating management system.

Due to both side of the game coming together, future references to the OMS will be amended to the GMS for consistent naming and to remove confusion.

England Hockey Officiating

The chairs of the Area Officiating Transition Teams have been working hard in agreeing the details for the launch of the EHO. Here is an update on the progress:

1. Constitution & Bylaws are at final draft stage – decisions due at next meeting on the 12th July
2. Membership Subscriptions – details are being pulled together for final decisions at the next meeting
3. Committees Positions – Core Lead Role descriptions are at an advanced draft stage
EHO Operations Group & OWG Terms of Reference being worked through in draft stage

Communications

An introduction to the EHO is going live on the EH website next week, replacing the information currently held on there about the EHUmpiring Membership. The EHUmpiring Membership has now been removed from circulation, so it is not possible to become a new member and a letter has been sent to all EHU members today outlining the transfer process from the current EHU to EHO membership and further communications will be sent to this group of officials over the next few weeks ahead of the new season.

A communication is being sent to all Officials next week outlining the EHO and has an advance FAQ for individuals to understand the EHO, the benefits of membership and confirming the launch date of the club.

Communications are still being sent from local Area Transition Teams to Officials in their areas and these will start to increase about local delivery (i.e. club support, appointing, coaching, assessing, etc) in the upcoming weeks.

Adult Leagues 2021/2

The league fixtures for the 2021/2 season have been scheduled, with the Areas now working through any specific requests from clubs. It is hoped that all Areas will release fixtures by the end of July to clubs and the Area Officiating Committees as appropriate.

The Adult League regulations are also at final draft stage and are due to be released by the end of July as well. The key points for information concerning the regulations:

Appointments are to be organised through the Area Officiating Committees. The AOC’s may delegate to existing HUAs by prior agreement for next season, however all appointments are to be made on the GMS and any invoicing / expenses for Adult Leagues / Cup competitions are administered by the Area
All officials who wish to undertake umpiring matches at any level will need to be a member of the EHO
The leagues are being assigned to “grades” and each grade as slightly different parameters in the regulations, however all leagues will be operating to these standards.

When the league regulations are completed, I’ll share a copy with you.

Finally, as usual within hockey, there is a lot of change happening and communication to your members and yourselves will increase as we head towards the start of the 2021/2 season. If you do have any questions prior to further updates, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Have a good weekend
David Elworthy.

Officiating Team

Direct: 01628 896843 |
England Hockey, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow, Buckinghamshire, SL7 1RR
Tel: 01628 897500 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
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23rd MayUmpires Expenses

Would all umpires please enter AND THEN CLAIM expenses for the end of the season immediately, or after your final game next week, even if it is zero! I can then make any payments and close the accounts for the year. Assuming that you will not be claiming for most matches in line with our free umpiring commitment I will enter nil claims on your behalf if they remain outstanding.
Cheers
Mike
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Would all umpires please enter AND THEN CLAIM expenses for the end of the season immediately, or after your final game next week, even if it is zero! I can then make any payments and close the accounts for the year. Assuming that you will not be claiming for most matches in line with our free umpiring commitment I will enter nil claims on your behalf if they remain outstanding.
Cheers
Mike
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Would all umpires please enter AND THEN CLAIM expenses for the end of the season immediately, or after your final game next week, even if it is zero! I can then make any payments and close the accounts for the year. Assuming that you will not be claiming for most matches in line with our free umpiring commitment I will enter nil claims on your behalf if they remain outstanding.
Cheers
Mike
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18th MayEH - Return to Play

Hi All

Following Boris’s announcement on Monday about the country moving to Step 3 of the roadmap in relation to restrictions and COVID, we have updated our guidance that takes into effect on Monday 17th May.

You can read the full statement at the link.

Key points:

Car Sharing is now allowed
Levels of Spectators are now allowed at the side of the pitch in all settings

Due to these factors, England Hockey are currently receiving entries into some Summer EH Competitions that we are running. This may have a knock on effect to you guys, with you being asked to appoint officials. Further information on this will come in due course, once the entry closing date has passed.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Have a good weekend
David. ... More
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Hi All

Following Boris’s announcement on Monday about the country moving to Step 3 of the roadmap in relation to restrictions and COVID, we have updated our guidance that takes into effect on Monday 17th May.

You can read the full statement at the link.

Key points:

Car Sharing is now allowed
Levels of Spectators are now allowed at the side of the pitch in all settings

Due to these factors, England Hockey are currently receiving entries into some Summer EH Competitions that we are running. This may have a knock on effect to you guys, with you being asked to appoint officials. Further information on this will come in due course, once the entry closing date has passed.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Have a good weekend
David. ... More
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

Hi All

Following Boris’s announcement on Monday about the country moving to Step 3 of the roadmap in relation to restrictions and COVID, we have updated our guidance that takes into effect on Monday 17th May.

You can read the full statement at the link.

Key points:

Car Sharing is now allowed
Levels of Spectators are now allowed at the side of the pitch in all settings

Due to these factors, England Hockey are currently receiving entries into some Summer EH Competitions that we are running. This may have a knock on effect to you guys, with you being asked to appoint officials. Further information on this will come in due course, once the entry closing date has passed.

If you have any further questions, please let me know.

Have a good weekend
David. ... More
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10th MayUmpire Promotion

Congratulations to David Boyle for successfully gaining promotion to Level 2 Ladies' Panel. Not an easy feat given all the changes and lack of hockey this season!
Very well done David (we might forgive you for moving out of the 'County' now ;-) )
Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager
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Congratulations to David Boyle for successfully gaining promotion to Level 2 Ladies' Panel. Not an easy feat given all the changes and lack of hockey this season!
Very well done David (we might forgive you for moving out of the 'County' now ;-) )
Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager
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Congratulations to David Boyle for successfully gaining promotion to Level 2 Ladies' Panel. Not an easy feat given all the changes and lack of hockey this season!
Very well done David (we might forgive you for moving out of the 'County' now ;-) )
Ginette Tessier
HHUA Assessment Manager
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28th AprUmpires Expenses for Summer League 2021

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the HHUA Management meeting on 27 April 2021, it was decided that HHUA would support the Summer Leagues (Div 1, 2 and 3), without those teams paying the usual £18 fee. Officials are encouraged to only claim expenses if they feel particularly strongly that they need to do so. This is a way HHUA can demonstrate support to clubs after a difficult season. Any expenses will therefore be paid from HHUA Reserves.

The system will still require officials to submit an expense claim on your match feedback, just put 0 miles in the relevant box.

Phil Gibbs
Secretary
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Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the HHUA Management meeting on 27 April 2021, it was decided that HHUA would support the Summer Leagues (Div 1, 2 and 3), without those teams paying the usual £18 fee. Officials are encouraged to only claim expenses if they feel particularly strongly that they need to do so. This is a way HHUA can demonstrate support to clubs after a difficult season. Any expenses will therefore be paid from HHUA Reserves.

The system will still require officials to submit an expense claim on your match feedback, just put 0 miles in the relevant box.

Phil Gibbs
Secretary
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the HHUA Management meeting on 27 April 2021, it was decided that HHUA would support the Summer Leagues (Div 1, 2 and 3), without those teams paying the usual £18 fee. Officials are encouraged to only claim expenses if they feel particularly strongly that they need to do so. This is a way HHUA can demonstrate support to clubs after a difficult season. Any expenses will therefore be paid from HHUA Reserves.

The system will still require officials to submit an expense claim on your match feedback, just put 0 miles in the relevant box.

Phil Gibbs
Secretary
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16th Oct

(2020)
Tier Update from EH

Afternoon all,

Please see below a communication that has been sent out today concerning how the restrictions effect hockey. The full article is available on the below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49726&itemTitle=Updated+Return+To+Play+guidance+in+line+with+new+Local+Covid+Alert+Levels&section=22

The headlines for appointing umpires, umpire coaches / assessors & officials are as follows:

1) Anyone living in a T1 or T2 level of restriction are able to umpire at any venues in ENGLAND where they are at the same “restriction level”.

2) Anyone living in T3 have been recommended to not travel outside that area unless it is for essential travel (unfortunately, hockey in England doesn’t count as essential).

3) Any teams that are in a T3 location can still play IF their opponents are also from a T3 area.

4) Any umpires that live in a T3 location can still umpire any match within that local T3 Area. For example, if an umpire or official lived 10 mins from Bowden and Bowden were in T3, then the umpire could do a game at Bowden.

5) Wales have different regulations / restrictions in place, so the following is permitted:

- Any ENG umpire from a T1 or T2 location will be given dispensation to travel to Swansea or Cardiff to undertake appointments.
- Any umpires living in WAL are allowed to travel to matches in England in a T1 or T2 location.

As this situation changes, we will update all as soon as we can.

The link to the latest FAQ’s from the England Hockey website concerning the processes around reporting venues / clubs where COVID safety processes aren’t as desired or required due to the current governmental legislations. I would ask that you share this part with your members so that we can remain as safe as possible when taking part in hockey.

I hope hockey continues this weekend safely for you all.

Kind Regards.
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk

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Afternoon all,

Please see below a communication that has been sent out today concerning how the restrictions effect hockey. The full article is available on the below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49726&itemTitle=Updated+Return+To+Play+guidance+in+line+with+new+Local+Covid+Alert+Levels&section=22

The headlines for appointing umpires, umpire coaches / assessors & officials are as follows:

1) Anyone living in a T1 or T2 level of restriction are able to umpire at any venues in ENGLAND where they are at the same “restriction level”.

2) Anyone living in T3 have been recommended to not travel outside that area unless it is for essential travel (unfortunately, hockey in England doesn’t count as essential).

3) Any teams that are in a T3 location can still play IF their opponents are also from a T3 area.

4) Any umpires that live in a T3 location can still umpire any match within that local T3 Area. For example, if an umpire or official lived 10 mins from Bowden and Bowden were in T3, then the umpire could do a game at Bowden.

5) Wales have different regulations / restrictions in place, so the following is permitted:

- Any ENG umpire from a T1 or T2 location will be given dispensation to travel to Swansea or Cardiff to undertake appointments.
- Any umpires living in WAL are allowed to travel to matches in England in a T1 or T2 location.

As this situation changes, we will update all as soon as we can.

The link to the latest FAQ’s from the England Hockey website concerning the processes around reporting venues / clubs where COVID safety processes aren’t as desired or required due to the current governmental legislations. I would ask that you share this part with your members so that we can remain as safe as possible when taking part in hockey.

I hope hockey continues this weekend safely for you all.

Kind Regards.
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk

the following diagram shows the interplay between Tiers for Hockey to continue: ... More
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Afternoon all,

Please see below a communication that has been sent out today concerning how the restrictions effect hockey. The full article is available on the below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49726&itemTitle=Updated+Return+To+Play+guidance+in+line+with+new+Local+Covid+Alert+Levels&section=22

The headlines for appointing umpires, umpire coaches / assessors & officials are as follows:

1) Anyone living in a T1 or T2 level of restriction are able to umpire at any venues in ENGLAND where they are at the same “restriction level”.

2) Anyone living in T3 have been recommended to not travel outside that area unless it is for essential travel (unfortunately, hockey in England doesn’t count as essential).

3) Any teams that are in a T3 location can still play IF their opponents are also from a T3 area.

4) Any umpires that live in a T3 location can still umpire any match within that local T3 Area. For example, if an umpire or official lived 10 mins from Bowden and Bowden were in T3, then the umpire could do a game at Bowden.

5) Wales have different regulations / restrictions in place, so the following is permitted:

- Any ENG umpire from a T1 or T2 location will be given dispensation to travel to Swansea or Cardiff to undertake appointments.
- Any umpires living in WAL are allowed to travel to matches in England in a T1 or T2 location.

As this situation changes, we will update all as soon as we can.

The link to the latest FAQ’s from the England Hockey website concerning the processes around reporting venues / clubs where COVID safety processes aren’t as desired or required due to the current governmental legislations. I would ask that you share this part with your members so that we can remain as safe as possible when taking part in hockey.

I hope hockey continues this weekend safely for you all.

Kind Regards.
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk

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29th May

(2020)
Message from England Hockey about way ahead with resumption of Hockey

Hi All

Hope you are all staying well? As communicated last week, England Hockey are continually reviewing our stance to “Return to Play” in England along government advice. As there was an announcement last night, please see below our latest update:

“Latest Government Announcement
After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey.

Roadmap to Return to Play
When England Hockey took the decision to suspend hockey on the 17 March, it was clear that exactly when and how the sport would be able to return would take time to resolve. Until recently the focus has rightly been on the hockey family, demonstrating our collective spirit through support for charities, key workers in our clubs and looking out for our local communities or other club members as well as engaging within the hockey community and beyond on social media. The focus has not been on returning to hockey until the last week.

With so much uncertainty the aim has been to make decisions on key issues at the right times. Getting the timing right on this has been particularly tricky and will continue to present challenges over the coming months. The aim of this message is to share what we believe the probable steps are likely to be, and in headline terms, the possible implications for the 2020-21 season.

The considerations set out here are all dependent on the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant government guidance. We would encourage our players, clubs and associations to interpret these as a guide and support and align to the work that will need to be done if plans change. At this stage it is not possible to make definitive plans.

What will be allowed?
The government alert levels announced on 10 May (link here) set out the first clear steps to emerging from lockdown. These alert levels will not relate directly to hockey activity and having reviewed the information from other countries and other sports we have set out 5 steps to returning to ‘normal’. Three relate to training, and two relate to match play activities. These are as follows:

Phase
Step
Train
1. Training - One to one / household group
2. Socially Distanced Training - Small groups but with social distancing in place
3. Small Group Training – Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
Play
4. Local Match Play – Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions stop leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
5. Full Competitive Match Play – Full leagues / competitions resume

For the last two weeks we have been at Step 1 with one to one coaching or household groups allowed to play. We will move to the initial stages of Step 2 from Monday 1 June. Detailed information on this will be released as soon as possible after government guidance is made available.

We do not know exactly when we will be able to progress through each step but hope this outline will assist clubs and organisations scenario plan their return to hockey. Crucially it is clear that facility providers are taking different approaches to the current restrictions and not all clubs are able to access pitches. This is a situation we will continue to monitor and take into account linked to the steps above.

England Hockey will issue the necessary advice and guidance and share good practice with as much notice as we reasonably can in the circumstances.

What are the implications of this?
Depending on the timing and pace of progression through the steps there are different implications for the 2020-21 season. These implications are interlinked and complex across the game and decisions need to be coordinated across key stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. The timing of decision-making is important to allow adequate planning time but also decisions should not be taken too early in case circumstances change.

For the next 6-8 weeks we recommend continuing to plan for the 2020-21 season as normal (option A below). There is a risk that some pre-season activity may be lost and we recommend organisations aim to minimise financial risks where possible in pre-season. If the season cannot start on time but is only delayed for a short period (a few weeks), we will aim to extend it beyond its traditional late March/early April finish (option B below).

If neither of the above scenarios are possible we will consider a revised calendar for the 2020-21 season (option C). This would apply if there was insufficient time to run a normal length season. There could also be a time by which a viable competitive season has to start. A range of scenarios are being developed for this and will be consulted upon over coming months with the relevant stakeholders. Option C would only be enacted if there was a delay starting competitive hockey into mid-November (or later) or a second wave of infections caused more significant disruption.

Finally, there is the possibility an even later start may only allow for a shortened season to take place (option D). The likelihood of implementation of Option C or D will be assessed over coming months.

A
Normal
Season runs normally from end September 2020 to April 2021. League fixtures as usual. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and regulations to cater for managing potential disruption including incomplete season.
B
Delayed
(Similar calendar)
Season runs normally but starts later and finishes later than usual, for example the end of October to end of April. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and calendar depending on time lost. Regulations adjusted to cope with disruption including incomplete season.
C
Revised
(New calendar)
A significantly revised calendar is created for season running in a reduced window – e.g. end November 2020 to end of April 2021. Some activities may be removed in this scenario depending on the circumstances.

Alternative formats for competitions and leagues will be developed including potentially splitting leagues in the latter part of the season to create playoffs.

Consultation on this approach will be undertaken in coming months with this scenario only implemented if there is confidence the timing will allow.
D
Shortened
The season runs in a severely reduced window – e.g. end January 2021 to end of April 2021.
In this scenario in adult leagues it could be that all play all but only once either home or away.

Beneath these high-level scenarios there are layers of detail that need to be considered and recommendations made including the different implications for different sections of the sport such as the impact on officiating in each scenario, leagues adapting to issues such as possible localised lockdowns and also for indoor hockey (given indoor sports rules are likely to be different to outdoor).

Given the complexity of this and the need to communicate at the right time, England Hockey will review the position every three weeks around key government announcements, and will update the position for hockey in England whenever the circumstances change.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Nick Pink said, “As we all continue to navigate this evolving landscape, the England Hockey team have been working hard to prepare the sport for a return to play and to manage the challenges ahead. By sharing our thoughts openly, we hope it enables the hockey community to work together, to plan ahead, and to help us to come back stronger. We plan to engage with you as much as possible as we look to set a course and encourage as much alignment as possible to ensure the sport as whole can thrive. The long-term health of the overall sport will always remain at the heart of our decisions.”

If you have any comments, feedback or input please email: clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Our updated guidance will be available on the England Hockey website early next week.”

Please also be aware that as this is such a complex issue, groups of volunteers ranging from Regional League administrators and the Elite Domestic Game Panel, through to club reps from small clubs across the country are being spoken with about their situation and viability of returning to hockey.

For umpiring and officiating, there could be differing challenges concerning availability, fixture timings, congestion of calendar and I would recommend speaking with your committees about what challenges could be in place if hockey is unable to restart “as normal” from the 1st September and some of the barriers that you may face. If you have any questions or would like some more guidance, please let me know.

Apart from that, please have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

Hi All

Hope you are all staying well? As communicated last week, England Hockey are continually reviewing our stance to “Return to Play” in England along government advice. As there was an announcement last night, please see below our latest update:

“Latest Government Announcement
After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey.

Roadmap to Return to Play
When England Hockey took the decision to suspend hockey on the 17 March, it was clear that exactly when and how the sport would be able to return would take time to resolve. Until recently the focus has rightly been on the hockey family, demonstrating our collective spirit through support for charities, key workers in our clubs and looking out for our local communities or other club members as well as engaging within the hockey community and beyond on social media. The focus has not been on returning to hockey until the last week.

With so much uncertainty the aim has been to make decisions on key issues at the right times. Getting the timing right on this has been particularly tricky and will continue to present challenges over the coming months. The aim of this message is to share what we believe the probable steps are likely to be, and in headline terms, the possible implications for the 2020-21 season.

The considerations set out here are all dependent on the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant government guidance. We would encourage our players, clubs and associations to interpret these as a guide and support and align to the work that will need to be done if plans change. At this stage it is not possible to make definitive plans.

What will be allowed?
The government alert levels announced on 10 May (link here) set out the first clear steps to emerging from lockdown. These alert levels will not relate directly to hockey activity and having reviewed the information from other countries and other sports we have set out 5 steps to returning to ‘normal’. Three relate to training, and two relate to match play activities. These are as follows:

Phase
Step
Train
1. Training - One to one / household group
2. Socially Distanced Training - Small groups but with social distancing in place
3. Small Group Training – Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
Play
4. Local Match Play – Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions stop leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
5. Full Competitive Match Play – Full leagues / competitions resume

For the last two weeks we have been at Step 1 with one to one coaching or household groups allowed to play. We will move to the initial stages of Step 2 from Monday 1 June. Detailed information on this will be released as soon as possible after government guidance is made available.

We do not know exactly when we will be able to progress through each step but hope this outline will assist clubs and organisations scenario plan their return to hockey. Crucially it is clear that facility providers are taking different approaches to the current restrictions and not all clubs are able to access pitches. This is a situation we will continue to monitor and take into account linked to the steps above.

England Hockey will issue the necessary advice and guidance and share good practice with as much notice as we reasonably can in the circumstances.

What are the implications of this?
Depending on the timing and pace of progression through the steps there are different implications for the 2020-21 season. These implications are interlinked and complex across the game and decisions need to be coordinated across key stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. The timing of decision-making is important to allow adequate planning time but also decisions should not be taken too early in case circumstances change.

For the next 6-8 weeks we recommend continuing to plan for the 2020-21 season as normal (option A below). There is a risk that some pre-season activity may be lost and we recommend organisations aim to minimise financial risks where possible in pre-season. If the season cannot start on time but is only delayed for a short period (a few weeks), we will aim to extend it beyond its traditional late March/early April finish (option B below).

If neither of the above scenarios are possible we will consider a revised calendar for the 2020-21 season (option C). This would apply if there was insufficient time to run a normal length season. There could also be a time by which a viable competitive season has to start. A range of scenarios are being developed for this and will be consulted upon over coming months with the relevant stakeholders. Option C would only be enacted if there was a delay starting competitive hockey into mid-November (or later) or a second wave of infections caused more significant disruption.

Finally, there is the possibility an even later start may only allow for a shortened season to take place (option D). The likelihood of implementation of Option C or D will be assessed over coming months.

A
Normal
Season runs normally from end September 2020 to April 2021. League fixtures as usual. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and regulations to cater for managing potential disruption including incomplete season.
B
Delayed
(Similar calendar)
Season runs normally but starts later and finishes later than usual, for example the end of October to end of April. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and calendar depending on time lost. Regulations adjusted to cope with disruption including incomplete season.
C
Revised
(New calendar)
A significantly revised calendar is created for season running in a reduced window – e.g. end November 2020 to end of April 2021. Some activities may be removed in this scenario depending on the circumstances.

Alternative formats for competitions and leagues will be developed including potentially splitting leagues in the latter part of the season to create playoffs.

Consultation on this approach will be undertaken in coming months with this scenario only implemented if there is confidence the timing will allow.
D
Shortened
The season runs in a severely reduced window – e.g. end January 2021 to end of April 2021.
In this scenario in adult leagues it could be that all play all but only once either home or away.

Beneath these high-level scenarios there are layers of detail that need to be considered and recommendations made including the different implications for different sections of the sport such as the impact on officiating in each scenario, leagues adapting to issues such as possible localised lockdowns and also for indoor hockey (given indoor sports rules are likely to be different to outdoor).

Given the complexity of this and the need to communicate at the right time, England Hockey will review the position every three weeks around key government announcements, and will update the position for hockey in England whenever the circumstances change.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Nick Pink said, “As we all continue to navigate this evolving landscape, the England Hockey team have been working hard to prepare the sport for a return to play and to manage the challenges ahead. By sharing our thoughts openly, we hope it enables the hockey community to work together, to plan ahead, and to help us to come back stronger. We plan to engage with you as much as possible as we look to set a course and encourage as much alignment as possible to ensure the sport as whole can thrive. The long-term health of the overall sport will always remain at the heart of our decisions.”

If you have any comments, feedback or input please email: clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Our updated guidance will be available on the England Hockey website early next week.”

Please also be aware that as this is such a complex issue, groups of volunteers ranging from Regional League administrators and the Elite Domestic Game Panel, through to club reps from small clubs across the country are being spoken with about their situation and viability of returning to hockey.

For umpiring and officiating, there could be differing challenges concerning availability, fixture timings, congestion of calendar and I would recommend speaking with your committees about what challenges could be in place if hockey is unable to restart “as normal” from the 1st September and some of the barriers that you may face. If you have any questions or would like some more guidance, please let me know.

Apart from that, please have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
News item loaded by Hampshire HUA

Hi All

Hope you are all staying well? As communicated last week, England Hockey are continually reviewing our stance to “Return to Play” in England along government advice. As there was an announcement last night, please see below our latest update:

“Latest Government Announcement
After the latest government announcement allowing groups of 6 to meet together outdoors from Monday 1 June following strict social distancing guidelines, we are now updating the guidance for hockey.

Roadmap to Return to Play
When England Hockey took the decision to suspend hockey on the 17 March, it was clear that exactly when and how the sport would be able to return would take time to resolve. Until recently the focus has rightly been on the hockey family, demonstrating our collective spirit through support for charities, key workers in our clubs and looking out for our local communities or other club members as well as engaging within the hockey community and beyond on social media. The focus has not been on returning to hockey until the last week.

With so much uncertainty the aim has been to make decisions on key issues at the right times. Getting the timing right on this has been particularly tricky and will continue to present challenges over the coming months. The aim of this message is to share what we believe the probable steps are likely to be, and in headline terms, the possible implications for the 2020-21 season.

The considerations set out here are all dependent on the ongoing nature of the Covid-19 pandemic and relevant government guidance. We would encourage our players, clubs and associations to interpret these as a guide and support and align to the work that will need to be done if plans change. At this stage it is not possible to make definitive plans.

What will be allowed?
The government alert levels announced on 10 May (link here) set out the first clear steps to emerging from lockdown. These alert levels will not relate directly to hockey activity and having reviewed the information from other countries and other sports we have set out 5 steps to returning to ‘normal’. Three relate to training, and two relate to match play activities. These are as follows:

Phase
Step
Train
1. Training - One to one / household group
2. Socially Distanced Training - Small groups but with social distancing in place
3. Small Group Training – Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
Play
4. Local Match Play – Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions stop leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
5. Full Competitive Match Play – Full leagues / competitions resume

For the last two weeks we have been at Step 1 with one to one coaching or household groups allowed to play. We will move to the initial stages of Step 2 from Monday 1 June. Detailed information on this will be released as soon as possible after government guidance is made available.

We do not know exactly when we will be able to progress through each step but hope this outline will assist clubs and organisations scenario plan their return to hockey. Crucially it is clear that facility providers are taking different approaches to the current restrictions and not all clubs are able to access pitches. This is a situation we will continue to monitor and take into account linked to the steps above.

England Hockey will issue the necessary advice and guidance and share good practice with as much notice as we reasonably can in the circumstances.

What are the implications of this?
Depending on the timing and pace of progression through the steps there are different implications for the 2020-21 season. These implications are interlinked and complex across the game and decisions need to be coordinated across key stakeholders to avoid unintended consequences. The timing of decision-making is important to allow adequate planning time but also decisions should not be taken too early in case circumstances change.

For the next 6-8 weeks we recommend continuing to plan for the 2020-21 season as normal (option A below). There is a risk that some pre-season activity may be lost and we recommend organisations aim to minimise financial risks where possible in pre-season. If the season cannot start on time but is only delayed for a short period (a few weeks), we will aim to extend it beyond its traditional late March/early April finish (option B below).

If neither of the above scenarios are possible we will consider a revised calendar for the 2020-21 season (option C). This would apply if there was insufficient time to run a normal length season. There could also be a time by which a viable competitive season has to start. A range of scenarios are being developed for this and will be consulted upon over coming months with the relevant stakeholders. Option C would only be enacted if there was a delay starting competitive hockey into mid-November (or later) or a second wave of infections caused more significant disruption.

Finally, there is the possibility an even later start may only allow for a shortened season to take place (option D). The likelihood of implementation of Option C or D will be assessed over coming months.

A
Normal
Season runs normally from end September 2020 to April 2021. League fixtures as usual. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and regulations to cater for managing potential disruption including incomplete season.
B
Delayed
(Similar calendar)
Season runs normally but starts later and finishes later than usual, for example the end of October to end of April. Adjustments made to league and competition structuring and calendar depending on time lost. Regulations adjusted to cope with disruption including incomplete season.
C
Revised
(New calendar)
A significantly revised calendar is created for season running in a reduced window – e.g. end November 2020 to end of April 2021. Some activities may be removed in this scenario depending on the circumstances.

Alternative formats for competitions and leagues will be developed including potentially splitting leagues in the latter part of the season to create playoffs.

Consultation on this approach will be undertaken in coming months with this scenario only implemented if there is confidence the timing will allow.
D
Shortened
The season runs in a severely reduced window – e.g. end January 2021 to end of April 2021.
In this scenario in adult leagues it could be that all play all but only once either home or away.

Beneath these high-level scenarios there are layers of detail that need to be considered and recommendations made including the different implications for different sections of the sport such as the impact on officiating in each scenario, leagues adapting to issues such as possible localised lockdowns and also for indoor hockey (given indoor sports rules are likely to be different to outdoor).

Given the complexity of this and the need to communicate at the right time, England Hockey will review the position every three weeks around key government announcements, and will update the position for hockey in England whenever the circumstances change.

Chief Executive of England Hockey, Nick Pink said, “As we all continue to navigate this evolving landscape, the England Hockey team have been working hard to prepare the sport for a return to play and to manage the challenges ahead. By sharing our thoughts openly, we hope it enables the hockey community to work together, to plan ahead, and to help us to come back stronger. We plan to engage with you as much as possible as we look to set a course and encourage as much alignment as possible to ensure the sport as whole can thrive. The long-term health of the overall sport will always remain at the heart of our decisions.”

If you have any comments, feedback or input please email: clubs@englandhockey.co.uk

Our updated guidance will be available on the England Hockey website early next week.”

Please also be aware that as this is such a complex issue, groups of volunteers ranging from Regional League administrators and the Elite Domestic Game Panel, through to club reps from small clubs across the country are being spoken with about their situation and viability of returning to hockey.

For umpiring and officiating, there could be differing challenges concerning availability, fixture timings, congestion of calendar and I would recommend speaking with your committees about what challenges could be in place if hockey is unable to restart “as normal” from the 1st September and some of the barriers that you may face. If you have any questions or would like some more guidance, please let me know.

Apart from that, please have a good weekend and stay safe.

Kind Regards
David.

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967
England Hockey, Hockey Pavilion, Loughborough University, Loughborough, LE11 3TU
Tel: 01509 228674 | www.englandhockey.co.uk
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