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12th SepHockey in Hampshire

Following the EH decision to move to Step 5 in the 'Return to Play' process, the HHA Council is happy to confirm that all leagues will commence as per the published fixture lists for the South Men's League, South Women's Hockey League, Hampshire Open League and Hampshire Women's Hockey League. This is of course subject there being no restrictions on Team Sports being imposed in the interim.
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Following the EH decision to move to Step 5 in the 'Return to Play' process, the HHA Council is happy to confirm that all leagues will commence as per the published fixture lists for the South Men's League, South Women's Hockey League, Hampshire Open League and Hampshire Women's Hockey League. This is of course subject there being no restrictions on Team Sports being imposed in the interim.
News item loaded by Hampshire HA

Following the EH decision to move to Step 5 in the 'Return to Play' process, the HHA Council is happy to confirm that all leagues will commence as per the published fixture lists for the South Men's League, South Women's Hockey League, Hampshire Open League and Hampshire Women's Hockey League. This is of course subject there being no restrictions on Team Sports being imposed in the interim.
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11th SepPost Match refreshments

Clubs have enquired about the provision of refreshments after games in the current environment. In view of the Government’s recent announcement HHA and HHUA do not require any club to provide post-match refreshments.
Clearly many clubs will find it impossible to provide in any event some may, either in their own premises or at an outside venue, be able to provide in full compliance with government requirements. Some clubs may wish to accept the offer of refreshments whilst others may prefer to decline.
After consultation with the various league secretaries the County’s view is that Clubs that wish to offer refreshments and can do so in full compliance with the new Government’s guidelines, should advise visiting sides and appointed umpires whether they can provide refreshments. This should be done when confirming the fixture. If refreshments are to be provided, please confirm whether it would be at a club house or a public venue such as a public house/restaurant. The away side should respond as soon as possible (must be by Wednesday evening prior to the game) indicating acceptance of the offer or not. Please bear in mind the weather forecast as without access to showers players after a wet game will not want to spend further time in wet clothing. Hosts should also be aware that the visiting side may have more than the basic numbers if there are drivers, managers, or a coach etc.
If agreed and then declined on the day the home side may reclaim lost expense from the visiting side in the same way as they could in a normal season after consideration of any unforeseeable reasons. League secretaries to have the final say.
Whilst hockey is a sociable game the priority must be to keep all players and officials safe and the County expects all clubs to comply with all Covid regulations.
Stephen Downham
Chairman HHA
News item loaded by Hampshire HA

Clubs have enquired about the provision of refreshments after games in the current environment. In view of the Government’s recent announcement HHA and HHUA do not require any club to provide post-match refreshments.
Clearly many clubs will find it impossible to provide in any event some may, either in their own premises or at an outside venue, be able to provide in full compliance with government requirements. Some clubs may wish to accept the offer of refreshments whilst others may prefer to decline.
After consultation with the various league secretaries the County’s view is that Clubs that wish to offer refreshments and can do so in full compliance with the new Government’s guidelines, should advise visiting sides and appointed umpires whether they can provide refreshments. This should be done when confirming the fixture. If refreshments are to be provided, please confirm whether it would be at a club house or a public venue such as a public house/restaurant. The away side should respond as soon as possible (must be by Wednesday evening prior to the game) indicating acceptance of the offer or not. Please bear in mind the weather forecast as without access to showers players after a wet game will not want to spend further time in wet clothing. Hosts should also be aware that the visiting side may have more than the basic numbers if there are drivers, managers, or a coach etc.
If agreed and then declined on the day the home side may reclaim lost expense from the visiting side in the same way as they could in a normal season after consideration of any unforeseeable reasons. League secretaries to have the final say.
Whilst hockey is a sociable game the priority must be to keep all players and officials safe and the County expects all clubs to comply with all Covid regulations.
Stephen Downham
Chairman HHA
News item loaded by Hampshire HA

Clubs have enquired about the provision of refreshments after games in the current environment. In view of the Government’s recent announcement HHA and HHUA do not require any club to provide post-match refreshments.
Clearly many clubs will find it impossible to provide in any event some may, either in their own premises or at an outside venue, be able to provide in full compliance with government requirements. Some clubs may wish to accept the offer of refreshments whilst others may prefer to decline.
After consultation with the various league secretaries the County’s view is that Clubs that wish to offer refreshments and can do so in full compliance with the new Government’s guidelines, should advise visiting sides and appointed umpires whether they can provide refreshments. This should be done when confirming the fixture. If refreshments are to be provided, please confirm whether it would be at a club house or a public venue such as a public house/restaurant. The away side should respond as soon as possible (must be by Wednesday evening prior to the game) indicating acceptance of the offer or not. Please bear in mind the weather forecast as without access to showers players after a wet game will not want to spend further time in wet clothing. Hosts should also be aware that the visiting side may have more than the basic numbers if there are drivers, managers, or a coach etc.
If agreed and then declined on the day the home side may reclaim lost expense from the visiting side in the same way as they could in a normal season after consideration of any unforeseeable reasons. League secretaries to have the final say.
Whilst hockey is a sociable game the priority must be to keep all players and officials safe and the County expects all clubs to comply with all Covid regulations.
Stephen Downham
Chairman HHA
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4th SepOpen Letter from England Hockey

Open letter from Nick Pink & Royston Hoggarth

4 September 2020

Dear Colleague,

We hope this letter finds you, your families and your hockey clubs well and you are all looking forward to what we hope will be a new exciting season of hockey. In these unprecedented times we would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have worked with the Government and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to get hockey back on to the field of play as one of the first few approved team sports. We know the beneficial impact sport has on both the nation’s physical and mental wellbeing and we look forward to playing our part in getting the nation moving again.

You will have seen the final Step 5 ‘Return to Play’ guidelines issued this week. Please take time to read them and ensure your members are fully aware of what we need to keep hockey playing. As you will expect we will be under the spotlight to demonstrate good on-field and off-field behaviours and your support in making this happen is very much appreciated.

The last few months have been challenging for so many of us and we have been aware of the number of different circumstances affecting individual members, hockey clubs and those that represent the variety of diverse communities that play hockey. We have recently had a public challenge presented to England Hockey, concerning allegations of racism of hockey in this country. The Board of England Hockey takes these accusations very seriously and we wanted to update you on how we are addressing these concerns.

England Hockey received a letter from nine hockey clubs outlining very serious allegations of racism that they have experienced whilst playing hockey. This letter was also sent to the mainstream media. You will undoubtedly have seen some of the media articles that were subsequently published. We are grateful to the clubs that wrote the letter for bringing these issues to our attention and want to remind clubs that should they ever have any concerns around racism or any behaviours which are against the strong values we have as a sport, to report these and use the processes outlined on the England Hockey website.

We are taking these allegations very seriously and have held meetings with those who wrote the letter. We have spoken to a number of people in the past few months who have told us about racist comments that have been made to them and racist behaviours they have experienced on and off the pitch. Their experiences extend beyond hockey and into wider society. As everyone is more than aware, any such behaviours are not acceptable and we will be working with all parts of our game to ensure we bring an end to any form of racism, sexism and homophobia and other forms of discrimination in our sport.

In a statement on our website, attached to this letter, we highlight the steps we are now taking as an organisation. We would also encourage you all to continue to look at what you can do to help. We all have a responsibility to provide an equal opportunity for everyone to play and enjoy our sport. It is evident that currently there is not the same provision and opportunity across all communities and, whilst there are some systemic reasons beyond hockey, we must work harder to bridge those gaps and those divides. We are also looking at ways we can build on the work that has supported clubs with their own outreach work in local communities across the country. There is a lot of good practice already going on here and only recently we have heard of examples of clubs having diversity officers on their committees and, in some cases, a diversity committee reviewing what they do across their club.

The return of hockey in the autumn provides us with an opportunity to start with a new meaning, a respect for each other, and a respect to all, from whatever background, gender, race, sexuality, ability and socio-economic background. Our message must remain ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’ and that it is therefore a sport for all. It has been a challenging time for so many of us over the past few months and we have an opportunity to start the new season as we mean to go on.

We are expecting more media stories around diversity and inclusion in hockey in the coming weeks and we will respond to these where we need to. Equally we are working hard as outlined above and in the attached statement to make sure hockey remains at the forefront of sport, is leading the way in diversity and inclusivity and contributes positively to the nation’s return to team sports. We recognise that this is a role for England Hockey as well as for hockey clubs, for regions and counties and all those involved in our great sport.

Hopefully you will also have received a separate email from CES today containing the Calling Notice for England Hockey's reconvened AGM being held later this month. If you haven't received it, please check your 'Spam' email folders.

In closing, we wish all members and hockey clubs the very best of seasons ahead, wherever you play, umpire, coach or volunteer, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as the season progresses.

Yours in hockey,

Nick Pink and Royston Hoggarth
CEO and Chairman
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Open letter from Nick Pink & Royston Hoggarth

4 September 2020

Dear Colleague,

We hope this letter finds you, your families and your hockey clubs well and you are all looking forward to what we hope will be a new exciting season of hockey. In these unprecedented times we would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have worked with the Government and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to get hockey back on to the field of play as one of the first few approved team sports. We know the beneficial impact sport has on both the nation’s physical and mental wellbeing and we look forward to playing our part in getting the nation moving again.

You will have seen the final Step 5 ‘Return to Play’ guidelines issued this week. Please take time to read them and ensure your members are fully aware of what we need to keep hockey playing. As you will expect we will be under the spotlight to demonstrate good on-field and off-field behaviours and your support in making this happen is very much appreciated.

The last few months have been challenging for so many of us and we have been aware of the number of different circumstances affecting individual members, hockey clubs and those that represent the variety of diverse communities that play hockey. We have recently had a public challenge presented to England Hockey, concerning allegations of racism of hockey in this country. The Board of England Hockey takes these accusations very seriously and we wanted to update you on how we are addressing these concerns.

England Hockey received a letter from nine hockey clubs outlining very serious allegations of racism that they have experienced whilst playing hockey. This letter was also sent to the mainstream media. You will undoubtedly have seen some of the media articles that were subsequently published. We are grateful to the clubs that wrote the letter for bringing these issues to our attention and want to remind clubs that should they ever have any concerns around racism or any behaviours which are against the strong values we have as a sport, to report these and use the processes outlined on the England Hockey website.

We are taking these allegations very seriously and have held meetings with those who wrote the letter. We have spoken to a number of people in the past few months who have told us about racist comments that have been made to them and racist behaviours they have experienced on and off the pitch. Their experiences extend beyond hockey and into wider society. As everyone is more than aware, any such behaviours are not acceptable and we will be working with all parts of our game to ensure we bring an end to any form of racism, sexism and homophobia and other forms of discrimination in our sport.

In a statement on our website, attached to this letter, we highlight the steps we are now taking as an organisation. We would also encourage you all to continue to look at what you can do to help. We all have a responsibility to provide an equal opportunity for everyone to play and enjoy our sport. It is evident that currently there is not the same provision and opportunity across all communities and, whilst there are some systemic reasons beyond hockey, we must work harder to bridge those gaps and those divides. We are also looking at ways we can build on the work that has supported clubs with their own outreach work in local communities across the country. There is a lot of good practice already going on here and only recently we have heard of examples of clubs having diversity officers on their committees and, in some cases, a diversity committee reviewing what they do across their club.

The return of hockey in the autumn provides us with an opportunity to start with a new meaning, a respect for each other, and a respect to all, from whatever background, gender, race, sexuality, ability and socio-economic background. Our message must remain ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’ and that it is therefore a sport for all. It has been a challenging time for so many of us over the past few months and we have an opportunity to start the new season as we mean to go on.

We are expecting more media stories around diversity and inclusion in hockey in the coming weeks and we will respond to these where we need to. Equally we are working hard as outlined above and in the attached statement to make sure hockey remains at the forefront of sport, is leading the way in diversity and inclusivity and contributes positively to the nation’s return to team sports. We recognise that this is a role for England Hockey as well as for hockey clubs, for regions and counties and all those involved in our great sport.

Hopefully you will also have received a separate email from CES today containing the Calling Notice for England Hockey's reconvened AGM being held later this month. If you haven't received it, please check your 'Spam' email folders.

In closing, we wish all members and hockey clubs the very best of seasons ahead, wherever you play, umpire, coach or volunteer, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as the season progresses.

Yours in hockey,

Nick Pink and Royston Hoggarth
CEO and Chairman
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Open letter from Nick Pink & Royston Hoggarth

4 September 2020

Dear Colleague,

We hope this letter finds you, your families and your hockey clubs well and you are all looking forward to what we hope will be a new exciting season of hockey. In these unprecedented times we would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have worked with the Government and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to get hockey back on to the field of play as one of the first few approved team sports. We know the beneficial impact sport has on both the nation’s physical and mental wellbeing and we look forward to playing our part in getting the nation moving again.

You will have seen the final Step 5 ‘Return to Play’ guidelines issued this week. Please take time to read them and ensure your members are fully aware of what we need to keep hockey playing. As you will expect we will be under the spotlight to demonstrate good on-field and off-field behaviours and your support in making this happen is very much appreciated.

The last few months have been challenging for so many of us and we have been aware of the number of different circumstances affecting individual members, hockey clubs and those that represent the variety of diverse communities that play hockey. We have recently had a public challenge presented to England Hockey, concerning allegations of racism of hockey in this country. The Board of England Hockey takes these accusations very seriously and we wanted to update you on how we are addressing these concerns.

England Hockey received a letter from nine hockey clubs outlining very serious allegations of racism that they have experienced whilst playing hockey. This letter was also sent to the mainstream media. You will undoubtedly have seen some of the media articles that were subsequently published. We are grateful to the clubs that wrote the letter for bringing these issues to our attention and want to remind clubs that should they ever have any concerns around racism or any behaviours which are against the strong values we have as a sport, to report these and use the processes outlined on the England Hockey website.

We are taking these allegations very seriously and have held meetings with those who wrote the letter. We have spoken to a number of people in the past few months who have told us about racist comments that have been made to them and racist behaviours they have experienced on and off the pitch. Their experiences extend beyond hockey and into wider society. As everyone is more than aware, any such behaviours are not acceptable and we will be working with all parts of our game to ensure we bring an end to any form of racism, sexism and homophobia and other forms of discrimination in our sport.

In a statement on our website, attached to this letter, we highlight the steps we are now taking as an organisation. We would also encourage you all to continue to look at what you can do to help. We all have a responsibility to provide an equal opportunity for everyone to play and enjoy our sport. It is evident that currently there is not the same provision and opportunity across all communities and, whilst there are some systemic reasons beyond hockey, we must work harder to bridge those gaps and those divides. We are also looking at ways we can build on the work that has supported clubs with their own outreach work in local communities across the country. There is a lot of good practice already going on here and only recently we have heard of examples of clubs having diversity officers on their committees and, in some cases, a diversity committee reviewing what they do across their club.

The return of hockey in the autumn provides us with an opportunity to start with a new meaning, a respect for each other, and a respect to all, from whatever background, gender, race, sexuality, ability and socio-economic background. Our message must remain ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’ and that it is therefore a sport for all. It has been a challenging time for so many of us over the past few months and we have an opportunity to start the new season as we mean to go on.

We are expecting more media stories around diversity and inclusion in hockey in the coming weeks and we will respond to these where we need to. Equally we are working hard as outlined above and in the attached statement to make sure hockey remains at the forefront of sport, is leading the way in diversity and inclusivity and contributes positively to the nation’s return to team sports. We recognise that this is a role for England Hockey as well as for hockey clubs, for regions and counties and all those involved in our great sport.

Hopefully you will also have received a separate email from CES today containing the Calling Notice for England Hockey's reconvened AGM being held later this month. If you haven't received it, please check your 'Spam' email folders.

In closing, we wish all members and hockey clubs the very best of seasons ahead, wherever you play, umpire, coach or volunteer, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as the season progresses.

Yours in hockey,

Nick Pink and Royston Hoggarth
CEO and Chairman
Facebook Twitter Instagram YouTube

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2nd SepReturn to play - Step 5

Hi All

Please see below the latest announcement that was released earlier today about the move to Step 5 of the Return to Play.

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49590&itemTitle=KEY+UPDATE%3A+Moving+to+Step+5+of+Return+To+Play+guidelines&section=22

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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 ... More

Hi All

Please see below the latest announcement that was released earlier today about the move to Step 5 of the Return to Play.

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49590&itemTitle=KEY+UPDATE%3A+Moving+to+Step+5+of+Return+To+Play+guidelines&section=22

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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 ... More

Hi All

Please see below the latest announcement that was released earlier today about the move to Step 5 of the Return to Play.

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49590&itemTitle=KEY+UPDATE%3A+Moving+to+Step+5+of+Return+To+Play+guidelines&section=22

If you have any questions, please let me know.

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 ... More

2nd SepHHUA Annual Awards 2020 - Congratulation!!

The annual HHUA awards are normally presented at the AGM in May, for which details of the respective nominees were published in the AGM Calling Notice on 20th April; however, this year with the lock down, and a virtual AGM, there was no opportunity to present the awards in person.

It was then intended to announce the winners at our pre-season gathering in September, but as this is unlikely to happen in the near future the Management Committee have decided to announce the winners in this news item and asked the President to organise the distribution of the awards in the near future.

Winners of the HHUA Awards for the season 2019-20 are as follows:

Jon Deri-Bowen Award for Great Service to Umpiring - Mike Robinson.

Gill Linnell Award for the Most Promising Umpire - Mike Boyne.

Indoor Umpire of the Year - Mike Robson.

Umpire Developer of the Year – Ginette Tessier.

Claire Wilkinson Award for the Young Umpire Showing Most Improvement & Promise - Oliver Brown.

Very many congratulations to our winners from the President, Management Committee & all HHUA members.

The annual HHUA awards are normally presented at the AGM in May, for which details of the respective nominees were published in the AGM Calling Notice on 20th April; however, this year with the lock down, and a virtual AGM, there was no opportunity to present the awards in person.

It was then intended to announce the winners at our pre-season gathering in September, but as this is unlikely to happen in the near future the Management Committee have decided to announce the winners in this news item and asked the President to organise the distribution of the awards in the near future.

Winners of the HHUA Awards for the season 2019-20 are as follows:

Jon Deri-Bowen Award for Great Service to Umpiring - Mike Robinson.

Gill Linnell Award for the Most Promising Umpire - Mike Boyne.

Indoor Umpire of the Year - Mike Robson.

Umpire Developer of the Year – Ginette Tessier.

Claire Wilkinson Award for the Young Umpire Showing Most Improvement & Promise - Oliver Brown.

Very many congratulations to our winners from the President, Management Committee & all HHUA members.

The annual HHUA awards are normally presented at the AGM in May, for which details of the respective nominees were published in the AGM Calling Notice on 20th April; however, this year with the lock down, and a virtual AGM, there was no opportunity to present the awards in person.

It was then intended to announce the winners at our pre-season gathering in September, but as this is unlikely to happen in the near future the Management Committee have decided to announce the winners in this news item and asked the President to organise the distribution of the awards in the near future.

Winners of the HHUA Awards for the season 2019-20 are as follows:

Jon Deri-Bowen Award for Great Service to Umpiring - Mike Robinson.

Gill Linnell Award for the Most Promising Umpire - Mike Boyne.

Indoor Umpire of the Year - Mike Robson.

Umpire Developer of the Year – Ginette Tessier.

Claire Wilkinson Award for the Young Umpire Showing Most Improvement & Promise - Oliver Brown.

Very many congratulations to our winners from the President, Management Committee & all HHUA members.

1st SepUMPIRES EXPENSES

Refreshments: With Covid restrictions in place some clubs may not be able to provide meals or a sandwich bag in the usual way. Umpires may well travel home shortly after a game to shower etc. Where you feel it is necessary to get refreshments, eg because of long journeys or double games, then you may claim up to £4 for expenses incurred. These will not, at present, be charged on to clubs but met from HHUA funds. Please respect this as an option - it is not intended to be a standard allowance as, if costs become too high, we may need to start to charge clubs later in the season.
Mileage: Mileage rates remain the same, ie 25p, for the journey to and from your home (or less!). As you will now know claims are automatically checked against Google Maps and significant variances will be questioned. If you incur additional mileage please add an explanation to your claim - it will save an unnecessary exchange of e-mails!

Mike Robinson
HHUA Treasurer

Refreshments: With Covid restrictions in place some clubs may not be able to provide meals or a sandwich bag in the usual way. Umpires may well travel home shortly after a game to shower etc. Where you feel it is necessary to get refreshments, eg because of long journeys or double games, then you may claim up to £4 for expenses incurred. These will not, at present, be charged on to clubs but met from HHUA funds. Please respect this as an option - it is not intended to be a standard allowance as, if costs become too high, we may need to start to charge clubs later in the season.
Mileage: Mileage rates remain the same, ie 25p, for the journey to and from your home (or less!). As you will now know claims are automatically checked against Google Maps and significant variances will be questioned. If you incur additional mileage please add an explanation to your claim - it will save an unnecessary exchange of e-mails!

Mike Robinson
HHUA Treasurer

Refreshments: With Covid restrictions in place some clubs may not be able to provide meals or a sandwich bag in the usual way. Umpires may well travel home shortly after a game to shower etc. Where you feel it is necessary to get refreshments, eg because of long journeys or double games, then you may claim up to £4 for expenses incurred. These will not, at present, be charged on to clubs but met from HHUA funds. Please respect this as an option - it is not intended to be a standard allowance as, if costs become too high, we may need to start to charge clubs later in the season.
Mileage: Mileage rates remain the same, ie 25p, for the journey to and from your home (or less!). As you will now know claims are automatically checked against Google Maps and significant variances will be questioned. If you incur additional mileage please add an explanation to your claim - it will save an unnecessary exchange of e-mails!

Mike Robinson
HHUA Treasurer

29th AugHHUA Umpire Appointments for September 2020

Many thanks to all the clubs who submitted requests for appointed HHUA umpires for an array of interesting friendly fixtures in early to mid September - and even one or two in August. Thanks also to all the umpires who have submitted both their Covid Statements and their availability to umpire next month.
The appointments for the first half of September, essentially Saturdays 05/09 and 12/09, as well as Sunday 06/09, will be published on Saturday 29th August. The appointments for the rest of September will be published on or about Saturday 12th September.

We wish you all a safe, enjoyable and successful season.

David Boyle, HHUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary
Chris Butler, HHUA Sunday Appointments Secretary

Many thanks to all the clubs who submitted requests for appointed HHUA umpires for an array of interesting friendly fixtures in early to mid September - and even one or two in August. Thanks also to all the umpires who have submitted both their Covid Statements and their availability to umpire next month.
The appointments for the first half of September, essentially Saturdays 05/09 and 12/09, as well as Sunday 06/09, will be published on Saturday 29th August. The appointments for the rest of September will be published on or about Saturday 12th September.

We wish you all a safe, enjoyable and successful season.

David Boyle, HHUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary
Chris Butler, HHUA Sunday Appointments Secretary

Many thanks to all the clubs who submitted requests for appointed HHUA umpires for an array of interesting friendly fixtures in early to mid September - and even one or two in August. Thanks also to all the umpires who have submitted both their Covid Statements and their availability to umpire next month.
The appointments for the first half of September, essentially Saturdays 05/09 and 12/09, as well as Sunday 06/09, will be published on Saturday 29th August. The appointments for the rest of September will be published on or about Saturday 12th September.

We wish you all a safe, enjoyable and successful season.

David Boyle, HHUA Saturday & Midweek Appointments Secretary
Chris Butler, HHUA Sunday Appointments Secretary

21st Aug

Hi All

Hope you’re all keeping well at present?

Please see below an updated FAQ’s concerning the Step 4 advice about returning to play. There is guidance included about the “30 on a pitch” topic of conversation that I’ve had with a few people over the course of the week.

We are also announcing the decision making process for the move to Step 5. The announcement will describe the process that we are following and will be giving timescales of when decisions will be made.

In the first instance, the first date where a decision could be made is the 1st September ’20.

All announcements of this will be made via the England Hockey website. As soon as we have an update, I’ll let you know but we are still advising clubs to plan on the previso that the season will start as planned in September.

Finally, I wanted to confirm to you all that the England Hockey AGM will be held on the 15th September 2020. Calling notices have been sent in the past week to all HUA Chairs. If you have not received your calling notice, please e-mail agm.resolution@englandhockey.co.uk and they will update the contact lists so you are included on all other communication ahead of the evening. The AGM will be held electronically and face to face (COVID restrictions permitting).

If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, have a good weekend and speak soon.

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

Return to Play FAQs

Sections:
1. Requirements to Play
2. Facilities
3. Activity
4. Insurance and Safety
5. Safeguarding & GDPR
6. Other

1. Requirements to Play
Q: Where do I consent to the England Hockey Participation Agreement in order to return to playing hockey?
A: In order to return to playing hockey, all participants must first consent to the England Hockey Participation Agreement here.

Q: If I want to add organisations to my Participation Agreement, what do I do?
A: Just simply complete another Agreement and add the clubs as required – please use the same Name / Email though!

Q: If I made a mistake (mis-spelt name) on the Participation Agreement, how do I correct it?
A: Complete another agreement, but please also email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk so we can remove the incorrect record.

Q: My Club/University/Player Pathway/Coaching Camp squad does not seem to appear on the Participation Agreement – what should I do?
A: There is an outside chance your club will not appear in the first clubs’ list – however, once a club has completed the online Club Agreement within the Club Portal, this is triggering a process to ensure your club does appear on the form. So, the first thing to do is check whether your club has actually completed this agreement.
Secondly, the form is set up in a specific way with Clubs and Officiating Bodies in the first dropdowns, and then further clubs and Coaching Agencies in the second set of dropdowns, and then finally Player and Talent Pathway (so County squads, Performance Centres, EDP and NAGS) in the last set of dropdowns. Please read carefully before entering any free text in other areas. Also, Universities that play Saturday hockey are ALL listed – but some are named University of …. And some others have different naming conventions e.g. Nottingham Trent University HC, Lancaster University HC – please check all versions of the University name before entering free text.
Thirdly, if the Coaching Agency you attend is not listed, that is because they have NOT signed up to our agreement, and hence are NOT covered by England Hockey’s agreement with DCMS and Public Health England about playing hockey whilst breaking the national social distancing restrictions.
If, having checked all of the above the club name is still not there, please email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk and we will rectify very quickly for you.

Q: What is the minimum age that an individual can consent directly? (ie a junior without needing a parent/guardian)
A: Best practice would be anyone U18 should gain consent from parent / guardian in addition to individual.

Q: Please can you provide some guidance on how we deal with new members just turning up to sessions? The guidance makes sense for existing members but we would appreciate some advice on how it applies to new people?
A: A new member can fill in a Participation Agreement using the link provided and they will receive an email confirmation. This email confirmation can be used by clubs to ensure that the player will be registered on your club list when next updated.

Q: Please can you provide some clarity surrounding the symptom check prior to sessions. Can players carry out a self-assessment and in turning up to the session and marked as attending, they are confirming that they have completed the self assessment and are symptom free? This would save paperwork?
A: Yes – players have to self-declare they have no Covid-19 symptoms.

Q: When it comes to matches, do we have to complete an attendance register for visiting clubs and their officials/coaches or just for our own?
A: Just your own.

Q: Is there a way to download the Participation Agreement List from the Club Portal?
A: We are adding one soon.

Q: Where do I register to be a Covid Officer on behalf of my club/organisation?
A: In order to return to playing hockey, all affiliated clubs must have a Covid Officer in place. It is the club’s responsibility to appoint and register a Covid Officer, not the individual themself. Covid Officers can be registered via the Club Portal here.
Non-affiliated bodies (including Player Pathway activity deliverers that are technically ‘members’ rather than affiliated bodies) looking to deliver hockey activity must also have a Covid Officer. For more information about how to sign up a non-affiliated body Covid Officer, please contact clubs@englandhockey.co.uk.

Q: Can a club have more than one Covid Officer?
A: Yes, although we would recommend one being a lead officer and we will only hold details for the lead, and they will be our main point of contact if we need to inform the club of any Covid incidents. We can arrange for more than one person to have access to the Club Portal to view the Participant Agreement Lists; or you can share the weblink with anyone you wish if you are a non-club organisation.

Q: We want to change the details of our Covid Officer – how do we do that?
A: There is no direct way, so please email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk with the details of Club / Outgoing Officers / Incoming Officer and we will process for you.

Q: Where can I find a template Attendance Register?
A: You will need Attendance lists after every hockey session capturing all participants (name), location, date, match/ training session times. This needs to be emailed to track.trace@englandhockey.co.uk within 24 hours of the session. You can download a template attendance register here.

Q: Are there security issue with sending data via email?
A: As there is no sensitive information being shared via email, we do not believe there are major security risks BUT we are looking at alternative ways to share attendance registers with us – however, we were simply trying to find the most accessible and customer-friendly solution we could given the short period of time we had to propose a solution. We are aware that email transfer is not completely secure, but we balanced this up against ease of use for the clubs / organisations (as anyone can send the registers in currently – it does not have to be just the Covid Officer who may well be busy with other things) and the risks associated with simply sharing a list of names with no other details and opted for this option. We will update if we are able to propose a better solution.

Q: What about clubs affected by local lockdowns? Are we able to play according to Step 4? What if we live in lockdown but training is out of the lockdown area?
A: This depends on the nature of the specific lockdown that your area is under. At the time of writing most lockdowns would permit activity at Step 4 to be able to happen. We recommend that clubs check with England Hockey (clubs@englandhockey.co.uk) in the event of a lockdown and we will advise as soon as the government advice is clear enough. Generally, only if the lockdown specifically mentions sport would the circumstances change from the wider national picture.

Q: Do the Covid guidelines apply to Universities that affiliate to England Hockey?
A: Yes

2. Access to Pitches
Q: We can’t get on our pitch yet. Are we the only ones?
A: The picture in terms of access to pitches is currently very varied and inconsistent. In general, many leisure centre and school pitches are not yet open. We expect that the picture with leisure centres will improve as they open in coming days. Education is a mixed picture and largely a decision of individual schools. The new guidance for sport is very recent and it may take time for the new information to permeate out, so we recommend that clubs share our guidance and continue to pursue conversations with facility providers.
If you are continuing to have problems in coming weeks, please email facilities@englandhockey.co.uk

3. Activity
Q: Can you provide a definition of what you mean by “local match play” please? Is there a cap on how far we are able to travel for matches?
A: There isn’t a set definition in terms of miles/time travelled. At Step 4 we recommend that people take reasonable decisions and do not travel unnecessarily far. At some levels and for some groups travel is a necessity to play against another team or suitable standard of opposition to prepare for the season. If you can get a suitable friendly match close to your home venue, then aim to do so.

Q: Can we play matches involving two squads of 16 or more?
A: Yes. In this scenario as long as there are never more than 30 people involved on the pitch in the match at one time. In an 11-a-side game the number would therefore never be more than 24 (two teams and two umpires). Everyone outside of the pitch would be expected to be socially distanced at all times.

Q: When will Player Pathway activity start up again?
A: We expect that Academy Centres and Performance Centres will be delivered on the dates set in the centralised calendar for 2020-21. Depending on the timing of the restart of activity, decisions will be made on the implications for the calendar. If the delay is only minor, dates that are not able to be used will be cancelled and not be rescheduled later in the cycle. Development Centre activity is organised by local county associations and happens in different ways in different places. Please contact your local county administrator to find out when Development Centre activity will take place.
We are issuing specific advice for Player Pathway administrators.

Q: Please can you provide some further guidance around League scenarios. I think your suggestions are very good however if the leagues are curtailed or teams cannot or will not complete their fixtures some guidance and regulations may also have to be considered for those teams that may benefit from a curtailed season and not completing their fixtures.
A: Shortly we intend to issue guidance on revised rules and regulations for leagues that will help to mitigate for alternative approaches to the season as well as managing the risks associated with Covid-19 to league rules and the impact of these on clubs. We will strongly recommend that leagues adopt these rules.

Q: What about the 2019-20 Adult, Masters, U16 and U18 club championships? Is there any news on whether these can be completed?
A: Teams in the Championships that were postponed from 2019-20 have been contacted and asked about proposals developed for completing the competitions in September 2020. We are continuing to work with the proposed venues and communicate with teams involved about the possibility of these events still going ahead.

Q: Will you be running Adult, Masters and Junior Club Championships in 2020-21?
A: Yes, and entries are now open! Find out more about the Championships here.
We would encourage teams to enter but entry fees will not need to be paid until a competition and format is confirmed so teams may withdraw without penalty, if they feel that circumstances mean that they are unable to compete. This will also be the case for national-entry Schools Championships where some deadlines have now closed.
However, if we have a delayed, revised or shortened season in line with our Return to Play policy we may revise the dates or formats of some Championships or ultimately not run them depending on the time available within the calendar.

Q: Will these guidelines apply to school hockey sessions?
A: Currently, not for sessions that are run where the school have responsibility for hosting it. All intramural and extramural hockey provided by schools will fall under the Government strategic framework for schools overseen by the Department for Education. Where extramural hockey might be provided by clubs or hockey providers who are insuring the activity then these guidelines and procedures will apply. Pupils and other participants in the sessions would need to complete the Participation Agreement before taking part.

Q: Are Umpires included in the maximum of 30 people to be involved during a match?
A: Yes, they are but anyone not involved at one time (e.g. substitutes) is not included so the maximum number of people involved in a game at one time should be 24 (2 teams of 11 plus 2 umpires). Everyone else is outside the field of play and socially distanced.

Q: Do we have to record Spectators, and are they included in the 30 people to be involved during a match?
A: England Hockey’s guidance is specifically related to playing hockey and breaking the government guidelines for general life of social distancing due to the nature of playing the game. Spectators have no need to break this social distancing regulation and hence should adhere to it at all times. Therefore, they do not need to be involved in the club’s monitoring of hockey being played. However, a club may want to implement its own solution if parents/spectators are using a clubhouse/indoor space on site.

Q: How will the decision be made to progress to Step 5?
A: England Hockey will shortly issue more information on progression to Step 5. In a previous article we have reference the need to know that the sport is compliant, that there is the capability to play (e.g. access to pitches) and that people involved are confident in the approach we are taking. We are continuing to assess this.

Q: Can I be involved in more than one training session / match per day?
A: Yes. There must be a clear difference between sessions. A session must end and a new one start after. You should not join a session after it has already started. There must be time to complete post session procedures (leave pitch, wash hands) and undertake pre session procedures (symptom check, wash hands) between sessions.

Q: Are clubs able to hold events like hockey weekends or mini hockeyfests providing they stick to their groups of 30 and other guidance? Eg could we have 7 a side and 4 teams on half a pitch?
A: The guidance does allow for groups of 30 to train or play together and more than one group to use a pitch. However, at Step 4 we would not advise significant large-scale competitive events being held unless a detailed consideration of the risks has been undertaken.
England Hockey is not holding larger scale events at this stage having carefully considered the risks associated with them. The space needed to socially distance large numbers of teams when off the pitch, the access and transport issues associated with the event and the the lack of access to indoor spaces in the event of poor weather at many venues means that this isn’t a reasonable exercise at this time.
Matches where people arrive at pitches and leave are more viable at this stage.

4. Insurance and Safety
Q: Please can you advise on what is meant by appropriate Insurance?
A: If you have insurance via Howdens they state that during the current pandemic, when the Government confirms the time is right for members to recommence activity, the liability insurers have advised that the insurance cover will continue to apply provided that England Hockey coaches/clubs are adhering to the Government guidelines and any additional supporting guidance provided by England Hockey to its coaches/clubs concerning safety and social distancing.
If you do not have insurance cover from Howdens, please check with your insurer.
If you use insurance via Howdens (England Hockey’s insurance partner) please see here for further guidance / advice: http://www.ps-hockey.co.uk/
Regarding your coaching insurance, if you are insured with England Hockey through Howden then your cover will continue to apply, providing you adhere to the Government guidelines and any additional supporting guidance provided by England Hockey. Risk assessments must be carried out and risk management put in place around Covid-19 requirements as these are key to evidencing that the risk is being assessed and managed. This is something that the Government has highlighted must be taking place. It is essential that coaches record and evidence that they are working to and controlling the social distancing measures expected by the Government.

Q: Can you provide a Covid-19 specific risk assessment?
A: England Hockey advises all clubs to consult the ‘Returning to Play’ guidance and perform their own risk assessment prior to the commencement of hockey activity. As the guidance regarding Covid-19 is ever changing, clubs are advised to regularly assess all activity in line with current government guidelines. A template risk assessment can be found at http://englandhockey.co.uk/covid19

Q: Can you update the H&S guidance so that it takes into account the wider Covid-19 guidance?
A: England Hockey regularly reviews and updates the Health & Safety guidance provided to clubs through the Safety FAQs. As the government guidance regarding Covid-19 is regularly updated, all H&S updates directly relating to Covid-19 will be included within the ‘Returning to Play’ guidance alongside any additional guidance from the FIH.

Q: Gumshields
A: Gumshields are obviously strongly recommended for hockey and participants are encouraged to use them where possible but keep them in for the duration of the session, whilst also adhering to the Covid-19 hygiene advice. As with all other equipment they should be cleaned and disinfected between sessions.

Q: What advice would you give for travelling to games when social distancing is lifted? And what about the use of changing rooms/hospitality facilities at matches?
A: This is now included in our Step 4 guidance.

Q: Can you give any advice on maintaining pitch hygiene during this time?
A: There is some advice from the FIH on safely returning pitches to play here. The Groundmanship website also has some advice here.

5. Safeguarding & GDPR
Q: What age can young people train without the supervision of the adult?
A: England Hockey strongly recommends that all hockey activity involving those under the age of 18 is supervised. In line with EH guidance regarding supervision ratios, the following ratios should be observed:
Children under 8 years old: one adult to 8 young people (with a minimum of 2 adults)
Children over 8 years: one adult to twelve young people (with a minimum of 2 adults)
Please ensure that government guidance regarding social distancing and group sizes is observed.
Clubs must also ensure that first aid provision is in place before allowing members to take part in hockey activity.

Q: One-to-one coaching of young people
A: All coaches should closely follow the England Hockey safeguarding advice on one to one coaching as covered in the document here.

Q: Why do we have to sign Participation Agreements?
A: The Participation Agreement is designed to ensure that everyone participating in hockey (players, coaches, officials) are aware of their obligations related to Covid-19 and to the associated changes in the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour that all participants are expected to follow. As the National Governing Body for hockey in England responsible for the discipline and disrepute processes within the sport it is a reasonable and legitimate interest for England Hockey to take this approach. We have aimed to make this process as simple and quick for participants and clubs as possible and will listen and respond to your feedback on how to improve it.

Q: Why do we have to send registers?
A: All clubs have to comply with expectations around track and trace. Unfortunately through a number of recent issues related to Health and Safety in hockey we are aware that many clubs do not regularly take registers, particularly for adult sessions, which have had serious consequences in some cases. We need to be sure that there are proper practices in place at clubs to ensure the sport is compliant with Covid guidelines. The aim is to support clubs to get into a regular routine to ensure that clubs remain Covid-19 compliant. Our approach has been approved as part of the government sign off process.

Q: How are you using the register data?
A: The register data will be used for a number of purposes. Firstly to help understand the readiness of the sport to progress to Step 5 of the Return to Play plans. Secondly to ensure that clubs continue to properly dispense their responsibilities related to Track and Trace. England Hockey will look at the broader trends in the data and ensure that the sport is doing enough to remain compliant.

Q: How does this sit with GDPR?
In terms of the Participant Agreement this is appropriate data for England Hockey to collect as National Governing Body as per the previous question.
The register data does not include information that is considered to be personally identifiable information (PII) data. We are simply collecting basic information including a name that is public record data. Like clubs England Hockey is obliged (as are clubs) to delete the data after 21 days.

Q: We are using an app or check in system – do we still have to send info within 24 hours of a session?
A: We are happy to discuss the need for such regular updates when clubs that organise lots of activity can demonstrate that they have effective and robust processes in place. Email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk and we can agree the best approach according to your circumstance.

Q: Does the Covid Officer have to send the data?
A: No, any suitable officer from the club can share the register data with EH in the format requested.

6. Other
Q: Will there be any changes to affiliation fees if hockey has not been able to return fully come September?
A: At this stage we have not taken any decisions on any alternative arrangements for next season. As we continue to plan for next season running normally (or near normally) so we are not currently planning any changes. We will keep the membership informed over coming weeks and aim to make decisions at appropriate times.

Hi All

Hope you’re all keeping well at present?

Please see below an updated FAQ’s concerning the Step 4 advice about returning to play. There is guidance included about the “30 on a pitch” topic of conversation that I’ve had with a few people over the course of the week.

We are also announcing the decision making process for the move to Step 5. The announcement will describe the process that we are following and will be giving timescales of when decisions will be made.

In the first instance, the first date where a decision could be made is the 1st September ’20.

All announcements of this will be made via the England Hockey website. As soon as we have an update, I’ll let you know but we are still advising clubs to plan on the previso that the season will start as planned in September.

Finally, I wanted to confirm to you all that the England Hockey AGM will be held on the 15th September 2020. Calling notices have been sent in the past week to all HUA Chairs. If you have not received your calling notice, please e-mail agm.resolution@englandhockey.co.uk and they will update the contact lists so you are included on all other communication ahead of the evening. The AGM will be held electronically and face to face (COVID restrictions permitting).

If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, have a good weekend and speak soon.

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

Return to Play FAQs

Sections:
1. Requirements to Play
2. Facilities
3. Activity
4. Insurance and Safety
5. Safeguarding & GDPR
6. Other

1. Requirements to Play
Q: Where do I consent to the England Hockey Participation Agreement in order to return to playing hockey?
A: In order to return to playing hockey, all participants must first consent to the England Hockey Participation Agreement here.

Q: If I want to add organisations to my Participation Agreement, what do I do?
A: Just simply complete another Agreement and add the clubs as required – please use the same Name / Email though!

Q: If I made a mistake (mis-spelt name) on the Participation Agreement, how do I correct it?
A: Complete another agreement, but please also email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk so we can remove the incorrect record.

Q: My Club/University/Player Pathway/Coaching Camp squad does not seem to appear on the Participation Agreement – what should I do?
A: There is an outside chance your club will not appear in the first clubs’ list – however, once a club has completed the online Club Agreement within the Club Portal, this is triggering a process to ensure your club does appear on the form. So, the first thing to do is check whether your club has actually completed this agreement.
Secondly, the form is set up in a specific way with Clubs and Officiating Bodies in the first dropdowns, and then further clubs and Coaching Agencies in the second set of dropdowns, and then finally Player and Talent Pathway (so County squads, Performance Centres, EDP and NAGS) in the last set of dropdowns. Please read carefully before entering any free text in other areas. Also, Universities that play Saturday hockey are ALL listed – but some are named University of …. And some others have different naming conventions e.g. Nottingham Trent University HC, Lancaster University HC – please check all versions of the University name before entering free text.
Thirdly, if the Coaching Agency you attend is not listed, that is because they have NOT signed up to our agreement, and hence are NOT covered by England Hockey’s agreement with DCMS and Public Health England about playing hockey whilst breaking the national social distancing restrictions.
If, having checked all of the above the club name is still not there, please email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk and we will rectify very quickly for you.

Q: What is the minimum age that an individual can consent directly? (ie a junior without needing a parent/guardian)
A: Best practice would be anyone U18 should gain consent from parent / guardian in addition to individual.

Q: Please can you provide some guidance on how we deal with new members just turning up to sessions? The guidance makes sense for existing members but we would appreciate some advice on how it applies to new people?
A: A new member can fill in a Participation Agreement using the link provided and they will receive an email confirmation. This email confirmation can be used by clubs to ensure that the player will be registered on your club list when next updated.

Q: Please can you provide some clarity surrounding the symptom check prior to sessions. Can players carry out a self-assessment and in turning up to the session and marked as attending, they are confirming that they have completed the self assessment and are symptom free? This would save paperwork?
A: Yes – players have to self-declare they have no Covid-19 symptoms.

Q: When it comes to matches, do we have to complete an attendance register for visiting clubs and their officials/coaches or just for our own?
A: Just your own.

Q: Is there a way to download the Participation Agreement List from the Club Portal?
A: We are adding one soon.

Q: Where do I register to be a Covid Officer on behalf of my club/organisation?
A: In order to return to playing hockey, all affiliated clubs must have a Covid Officer in place. It is the club’s responsibility to appoint and register a Covid Officer, not the individual themself. Covid Officers can be registered via the Club Portal here.
Non-affiliated bodies (including Player Pathway activity deliverers that are technically ‘members’ rather than affiliated bodies) looking to deliver hockey activity must also have a Covid Officer. For more information about how to sign up a non-affiliated body Covid Officer, please contact clubs@englandhockey.co.uk.

Q: Can a club have more than one Covid Officer?
A: Yes, although we would recommend one being a lead officer and we will only hold details for the lead, and they will be our main point of contact if we need to inform the club of any Covid incidents. We can arrange for more than one person to have access to the Club Portal to view the Participant Agreement Lists; or you can share the weblink with anyone you wish if you are a non-club organisation.

Q: We want to change the details of our Covid Officer – how do we do that?
A: There is no direct way, so please email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk with the details of Club / Outgoing Officers / Incoming Officer and we will process for you.

Q: Where can I find a template Attendance Register?
A: You will need Attendance lists after every hockey session capturing all participants (name), location, date, match/ training session times. This needs to be emailed to track.trace@englandhockey.co.uk within 24 hours of the session. You can download a template attendance register here.

Q: Are there security issue with sending data via email?
A: As there is no sensitive information being shared via email, we do not believe there are major security risks BUT we are looking at alternative ways to share attendance registers with us – however, we were simply trying to find the most accessible and customer-friendly solution we could given the short period of time we had to propose a solution. We are aware that email transfer is not completely secure, but we balanced this up against ease of use for the clubs / organisations (as anyone can send the registers in currently – it does not have to be just the Covid Officer who may well be busy with other things) and the risks associated with simply sharing a list of names with no other details and opted for this option. We will update if we are able to propose a better solution.

Q: What about clubs affected by local lockdowns? Are we able to play according to Step 4? What if we live in lockdown but training is out of the lockdown area?
A: This depends on the nature of the specific lockdown that your area is under. At the time of writing most lockdowns would permit activity at Step 4 to be able to happen. We recommend that clubs check with England Hockey (clubs@englandhockey.co.uk) in the event of a lockdown and we will advise as soon as the government advice is clear enough. Generally, only if the lockdown specifically mentions sport would the circumstances change from the wider national picture.

Q: Do the Covid guidelines apply to Universities that affiliate to England Hockey?
A: Yes

2. Access to Pitches
Q: We can’t get on our pitch yet. Are we the only ones?
A: The picture in terms of access to pitches is currently very varied and inconsistent. In general, many leisure centre and school pitches are not yet open. We expect that the picture with leisure centres will improve as they open in coming days. Education is a mixed picture and largely a decision of individual schools. The new guidance for sport is very recent and it may take time for the new information to permeate out, so we recommend that clubs share our guidance and continue to pursue conversations with facility providers.
If you are continuing to have problems in coming weeks, please email facilities@englandhockey.co.uk

3. Activity
Q: Can you provide a definition of what you mean by “local match play” please? Is there a cap on how far we are able to travel for matches?
A: There isn’t a set definition in terms of miles/time travelled. At Step 4 we recommend that people take reasonable decisions and do not travel unnecessarily far. At some levels and for some groups travel is a necessity to play against another team or suitable standard of opposition to prepare for the season. If you can get a suitable friendly match close to your home venue, then aim to do so.

Q: Can we play matches involving two squads of 16 or more?
A: Yes. In this scenario as long as there are never more than 30 people involved on the pitch in the match at one time. In an 11-a-side game the number would therefore never be more than 24 (two teams and two umpires). Everyone outside of the pitch would be expected to be socially distanced at all times.

Q: When will Player Pathway activity start up again?
A: We expect that Academy Centres and Performance Centres will be delivered on the dates set in the centralised calendar for 2020-21. Depending on the timing of the restart of activity, decisions will be made on the implications for the calendar. If the delay is only minor, dates that are not able to be used will be cancelled and not be rescheduled later in the cycle. Development Centre activity is organised by local county associations and happens in different ways in different places. Please contact your local county administrator to find out when Development Centre activity will take place.
We are issuing specific advice for Player Pathway administrators.

Q: Please can you provide some further guidance around League scenarios. I think your suggestions are very good however if the leagues are curtailed or teams cannot or will not complete their fixtures some guidance and regulations may also have to be considered for those teams that may benefit from a curtailed season and not completing their fixtures.
A: Shortly we intend to issue guidance on revised rules and regulations for leagues that will help to mitigate for alternative approaches to the season as well as managing the risks associated with Covid-19 to league rules and the impact of these on clubs. We will strongly recommend that leagues adopt these rules.

Q: What about the 2019-20 Adult, Masters, U16 and U18 club championships? Is there any news on whether these can be completed?
A: Teams in the Championships that were postponed from 2019-20 have been contacted and asked about proposals developed for completing the competitions in September 2020. We are continuing to work with the proposed venues and communicate with teams involved about the possibility of these events still going ahead.

Q: Will you be running Adult, Masters and Junior Club Championships in 2020-21?
A: Yes, and entries are now open! Find out more about the Championships here.
We would encourage teams to enter but entry fees will not need to be paid until a competition and format is confirmed so teams may withdraw without penalty, if they feel that circumstances mean that they are unable to compete. This will also be the case for national-entry Schools Championships where some deadlines have now closed.
However, if we have a delayed, revised or shortened season in line with our Return to Play policy we may revise the dates or formats of some Championships or ultimately not run them depending on the time available within the calendar.

Q: Will these guidelines apply to school hockey sessions?
A: Currently, not for sessions that are run where the school have responsibility for hosting it. All intramural and extramural hockey provided by schools will fall under the Government strategic framework for schools overseen by the Department for Education. Where extramural hockey might be provided by clubs or hockey providers who are insuring the activity then these guidelines and procedures will apply. Pupils and other participants in the sessions would need to complete the Participation Agreement before taking part.

Q: Are Umpires included in the maximum of 30 people to be involved during a match?
A: Yes, they are but anyone not involved at one time (e.g. substitutes) is not included so the maximum number of people involved in a game at one time should be 24 (2 teams of 11 plus 2 umpires). Everyone else is outside the field of play and socially distanced.

Q: Do we have to record Spectators, and are they included in the 30 people to be involved during a match?
A: England Hockey’s guidance is specifically related to playing hockey and breaking the government guidelines for general life of social distancing due to the nature of playing the game. Spectators have no need to break this social distancing regulation and hence should adhere to it at all times. Therefore, they do not need to be involved in the club’s monitoring of hockey being played. However, a club may want to implement its own solution if parents/spectators are using a clubhouse/indoor space on site.

Q: How will the decision be made to progress to Step 5?
A: England Hockey will shortly issue more information on progression to Step 5. In a previous article we have reference the need to know that the sport is compliant, that there is the capability to play (e.g. access to pitches) and that people involved are confident in the approach we are taking. We are continuing to assess this.

Q: Can I be involved in more than one training session / match per day?
A: Yes. There must be a clear difference between sessions. A session must end and a new one start after. You should not join a session after it has already started. There must be time to complete post session procedures (leave pitch, wash hands) and undertake pre session procedures (symptom check, wash hands) between sessions.

Q: Are clubs able to hold events like hockey weekends or mini hockeyfests providing they stick to their groups of 30 and other guidance? Eg could we have 7 a side and 4 teams on half a pitch?
A: The guidance does allow for groups of 30 to train or play together and more than one group to use a pitch. However, at Step 4 we would not advise significant large-scale competitive events being held unless a detailed consideration of the risks has been undertaken.
England Hockey is not holding larger scale events at this stage having carefully considered the risks associated with them. The space needed to socially distance large numbers of teams when off the pitch, the access and transport issues associated with the event and the the lack of access to indoor spaces in the event of poor weather at many venues means that this isn’t a reasonable exercise at this time.
Matches where people arrive at pitches and leave are more viable at this stage.

4. Insurance and Safety
Q: Please can you advise on what is meant by appropriate Insurance?
A: If you have insurance via Howdens they state that during the current pandemic, when the Government confirms the time is right for members to recommence activity, the liability insurers have advised that the insurance cover will continue to apply provided that England Hockey coaches/clubs are adhering to the Government guidelines and any additional supporting guidance provided by England Hockey to its coaches/clubs concerning safety and social distancing.
If you do not have insurance cover from Howdens, please check with your insurer.
If you use insurance via Howdens (England Hockey’s insurance partner) please see here for further guidance / advice: http://www.ps-hockey.co.uk/
Regarding your coaching insurance, if you are insured with England Hockey through Howden then your cover will continue to apply, providing you adhere to the Government guidelines and any additional supporting guidance provided by England Hockey. Risk assessments must be carried out and risk management put in place around Covid-19 requirements as these are key to evidencing that the risk is being assessed and managed. This is something that the Government has highlighted must be taking place. It is essential that coaches record and evidence that they are working to and controlling the social distancing measures expected by the Government.

Q: Can you provide a Covid-19 specific risk assessment?
A: England Hockey advises all clubs to consult the ‘Returning to Play’ guidance and perform their own risk assessment prior to the commencement of hockey activity. As the guidance regarding Covid-19 is ever changing, clubs are advised to regularly assess all activity in line with current government guidelines. A template risk assessment can be found at http://englandhockey.co.uk/covid19

Q: Can you update the H&S guidance so that it takes into account the wider Covid-19 guidance?
A: England Hockey regularly reviews and updates the Health & Safety guidance provided to clubs through the Safety FAQs. As the government guidance regarding Covid-19 is regularly updated, all H&S updates directly relating to Covid-19 will be included within the ‘Returning to Play’ guidance alongside any additional guidance from the FIH.

Q: Gumshields
A: Gumshields are obviously strongly recommended for hockey and participants are encouraged to use them where possible but keep them in for the duration of the session, whilst also adhering to the Covid-19 hygiene advice. As with all other equipment they should be cleaned and disinfected between sessions.

Q: What advice would you give for travelling to games when social distancing is lifted? And what about the use of changing rooms/hospitality facilities at matches?
A: This is now included in our Step 4 guidance.

Q: Can you give any advice on maintaining pitch hygiene during this time?
A: There is some advice from the FIH on safely returning pitches to play here. The Groundmanship website also has some advice here.

5. Safeguarding & GDPR
Q: What age can young people train without the supervision of the adult?
A: England Hockey strongly recommends that all hockey activity involving those under the age of 18 is supervised. In line with EH guidance regarding supervision ratios, the following ratios should be observed:
Children under 8 years old: one adult to 8 young people (with a minimum of 2 adults)
Children over 8 years: one adult to twelve young people (with a minimum of 2 adults)
Please ensure that government guidance regarding social distancing and group sizes is observed.
Clubs must also ensure that first aid provision is in place before allowing members to take part in hockey activity.

Q: One-to-one coaching of young people
A: All coaches should closely follow the England Hockey safeguarding advice on one to one coaching as covered in the document here.

Q: Why do we have to sign Participation Agreements?
A: The Participation Agreement is designed to ensure that everyone participating in hockey (players, coaches, officials) are aware of their obligations related to Covid-19 and to the associated changes in the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour that all participants are expected to follow. As the National Governing Body for hockey in England responsible for the discipline and disrepute processes within the sport it is a reasonable and legitimate interest for England Hockey to take this approach. We have aimed to make this process as simple and quick for participants and clubs as possible and will listen and respond to your feedback on how to improve it.

Q: Why do we have to send registers?
A: All clubs have to comply with expectations around track and trace. Unfortunately through a number of recent issues related to Health and Safety in hockey we are aware that many clubs do not regularly take registers, particularly for adult sessions, which have had serious consequences in some cases. We need to be sure that there are proper practices in place at clubs to ensure the sport is compliant with Covid guidelines. The aim is to support clubs to get into a regular routine to ensure that clubs remain Covid-19 compliant. Our approach has been approved as part of the government sign off process.

Q: How are you using the register data?
A: The register data will be used for a number of purposes. Firstly to help understand the readiness of the sport to progress to Step 5 of the Return to Play plans. Secondly to ensure that clubs continue to properly dispense their responsibilities related to Track and Trace. England Hockey will look at the broader trends in the data and ensure that the sport is doing enough to remain compliant.

Q: How does this sit with GDPR?
In terms of the Participant Agreement this is appropriate data for England Hockey to collect as National Governing Body as per the previous question.
The register data does not include information that is considered to be personally identifiable information (PII) data. We are simply collecting basic information including a name that is public record data. Like clubs England Hockey is obliged (as are clubs) to delete the data after 21 days.

Q: We are using an app or check in system – do we still have to send info within 24 hours of a session?
A: We are happy to discuss the need for such regular updates when clubs that organise lots of activity can demonstrate that they have effective and robust processes in place. Email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk and we can agree the best approach according to your circumstance.

Q: Does the Covid Officer have to send the data?
A: No, any suitable officer from the club can share the register data with EH in the format requested.

6. Other
Q: Will there be any changes to affiliation fees if hockey has not been able to return fully come September?
A: At this stage we have not taken any decisions on any alternative arrangements for next season. As we continue to plan for next season running normally (or near normally) so we are not currently planning any changes. We will keep the membership informed over coming weeks and aim to make decisions at appropriate times.

Hi All

Hope you’re all keeping well at present?

Please see below an updated FAQ’s concerning the Step 4 advice about returning to play. There is guidance included about the “30 on a pitch” topic of conversation that I’ve had with a few people over the course of the week.

We are also announcing the decision making process for the move to Step 5. The announcement will describe the process that we are following and will be giving timescales of when decisions will be made.

In the first instance, the first date where a decision could be made is the 1st September ’20.

All announcements of this will be made via the England Hockey website. As soon as we have an update, I’ll let you know but we are still advising clubs to plan on the previso that the season will start as planned in September.

Finally, I wanted to confirm to you all that the England Hockey AGM will be held on the 15th September 2020. Calling notices have been sent in the past week to all HUA Chairs. If you have not received your calling notice, please e-mail agm.resolution@englandhockey.co.uk and they will update the contact lists so you are included on all other communication ahead of the evening. The AGM will be held electronically and face to face (COVID restrictions permitting).

If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, have a good weekend and speak soon.

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

Return to Play FAQs

Sections:
1. Requirements to Play
2. Facilities
3. Activity
4. Insurance and Safety
5. Safeguarding & GDPR
6. Other

1. Requirements to Play
Q: Where do I consent to the England Hockey Participation Agreement in order to return to playing hockey?
A: In order to return to playing hockey, all participants must first consent to the England Hockey Participation Agreement here.

Q: If I want to add organisations to my Participation Agreement, what do I do?
A: Just simply complete another Agreement and add the clubs as required – please use the same Name / Email though!

Q: If I made a mistake (mis-spelt name) on the Participation Agreement, how do I correct it?
A: Complete another agreement, but please also email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk so we can remove the incorrect record.

Q: My Club/University/Player Pathway/Coaching Camp squad does not seem to appear on the Participation Agreement – what should I do?
A: There is an outside chance your club will not appear in the first clubs’ list – however, once a club has completed the online Club Agreement within the Club Portal, this is triggering a process to ensure your club does appear on the form. So, the first thing to do is check whether your club has actually completed this agreement.
Secondly, the form is set up in a specific way with Clubs and Officiating Bodies in the first dropdowns, and then further clubs and Coaching Agencies in the second set of dropdowns, and then finally Player and Talent Pathway (so County squads, Performance Centres, EDP and NAGS) in the last set of dropdowns. Please read carefully before entering any free text in other areas. Also, Universities that play Saturday hockey are ALL listed – but some are named University of …. And some others have different naming conventions e.g. Nottingham Trent University HC, Lancaster University HC – please check all versions of the University name before entering free text.
Thirdly, if the Coaching Agency you attend is not listed, that is because they have NOT signed up to our agreement, and hence are NOT covered by England Hockey’s agreement with DCMS and Public Health England about playing hockey whilst breaking the national social distancing restrictions.
If, having checked all of the above the club name is still not there, please email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk and we will rectify very quickly for you.

Q: What is the minimum age that an individual can consent directly? (ie a junior without needing a parent/guardian)
A: Best practice would be anyone U18 should gain consent from parent / guardian in addition to individual.

Q: Please can you provide some guidance on how we deal with new members just turning up to sessions? The guidance makes sense for existing members but we would appreciate some advice on how it applies to new people?
A: A new member can fill in a Participation Agreement using the link provided and they will receive an email confirmation. This email confirmation can be used by clubs to ensure that the player will be registered on your club list when next updated.

Q: Please can you provide some clarity surrounding the symptom check prior to sessions. Can players carry out a self-assessment and in turning up to the session and marked as attending, they are confirming that they have completed the self assessment and are symptom free? This would save paperwork?
A: Yes – players have to self-declare they have no Covid-19 symptoms.

Q: When it comes to matches, do we have to complete an attendance register for visiting clubs and their officials/coaches or just for our own?
A: Just your own.

Q: Is there a way to download the Participation Agreement List from the Club Portal?
A: We are adding one soon.

Q: Where do I register to be a Covid Officer on behalf of my club/organisation?
A: In order to return to playing hockey, all affiliated clubs must have a Covid Officer in place. It is the club’s responsibility to appoint and register a Covid Officer, not the individual themself. Covid Officers can be registered via the Club Portal here.
Non-affiliated bodies (including Player Pathway activity deliverers that are technically ‘members’ rather than affiliated bodies) looking to deliver hockey activity must also have a Covid Officer. For more information about how to sign up a non-affiliated body Covid Officer, please contact clubs@englandhockey.co.uk.

Q: Can a club have more than one Covid Officer?
A: Yes, although we would recommend one being a lead officer and we will only hold details for the lead, and they will be our main point of contact if we need to inform the club of any Covid incidents. We can arrange for more than one person to have access to the Club Portal to view the Participant Agreement Lists; or you can share the weblink with anyone you wish if you are a non-club organisation.

Q: We want to change the details of our Covid Officer – how do we do that?
A: There is no direct way, so please email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk with the details of Club / Outgoing Officers / Incoming Officer and we will process for you.

Q: Where can I find a template Attendance Register?
A: You will need Attendance lists after every hockey session capturing all participants (name), location, date, match/ training session times. This needs to be emailed to track.trace@englandhockey.co.uk within 24 hours of the session. You can download a template attendance register here.

Q: Are there security issue with sending data via email?
A: As there is no sensitive information being shared via email, we do not believe there are major security risks BUT we are looking at alternative ways to share attendance registers with us – however, we were simply trying to find the most accessible and customer-friendly solution we could given the short period of time we had to propose a solution. We are aware that email transfer is not completely secure, but we balanced this up against ease of use for the clubs / organisations (as anyone can send the registers in currently – it does not have to be just the Covid Officer who may well be busy with other things) and the risks associated with simply sharing a list of names with no other details and opted for this option. We will update if we are able to propose a better solution.

Q: What about clubs affected by local lockdowns? Are we able to play according to Step 4? What if we live in lockdown but training is out of the lockdown area?
A: This depends on the nature of the specific lockdown that your area is under. At the time of writing most lockdowns would permit activity at Step 4 to be able to happen. We recommend that clubs check with England Hockey (clubs@englandhockey.co.uk) in the event of a lockdown and we will advise as soon as the government advice is clear enough. Generally, only if the lockdown specifically mentions sport would the circumstances change from the wider national picture.

Q: Do the Covid guidelines apply to Universities that affiliate to England Hockey?
A: Yes

2. Access to Pitches
Q: We can’t get on our pitch yet. Are we the only ones?
A: The picture in terms of access to pitches is currently very varied and inconsistent. In general, many leisure centre and school pitches are not yet open. We expect that the picture with leisure centres will improve as they open in coming days. Education is a mixed picture and largely a decision of individual schools. The new guidance for sport is very recent and it may take time for the new information to permeate out, so we recommend that clubs share our guidance and continue to pursue conversations with facility providers.
If you are continuing to have problems in coming weeks, please email facilities@englandhockey.co.uk

3. Activity
Q: Can you provide a definition of what you mean by “local match play” please? Is there a cap on how far we are able to travel for matches?
A: There isn’t a set definition in terms of miles/time travelled. At Step 4 we recommend that people take reasonable decisions and do not travel unnecessarily far. At some levels and for some groups travel is a necessity to play against another team or suitable standard of opposition to prepare for the season. If you can get a suitable friendly match close to your home venue, then aim to do so.

Q: Can we play matches involving two squads of 16 or more?
A: Yes. In this scenario as long as there are never more than 30 people involved on the pitch in the match at one time. In an 11-a-side game the number would therefore never be more than 24 (two teams and two umpires). Everyone outside of the pitch would be expected to be socially distanced at all times.

Q: When will Player Pathway activity start up again?
A: We expect that Academy Centres and Performance Centres will be delivered on the dates set in the centralised calendar for 2020-21. Depending on the timing of the restart of activity, decisions will be made on the implications for the calendar. If the delay is only minor, dates that are not able to be used will be cancelled and not be rescheduled later in the cycle. Development Centre activity is organised by local county associations and happens in different ways in different places. Please contact your local county administrator to find out when Development Centre activity will take place.
We are issuing specific advice for Player Pathway administrators.

Q: Please can you provide some further guidance around League scenarios. I think your suggestions are very good however if the leagues are curtailed or teams cannot or will not complete their fixtures some guidance and regulations may also have to be considered for those teams that may benefit from a curtailed season and not completing their fixtures.
A: Shortly we intend to issue guidance on revised rules and regulations for leagues that will help to mitigate for alternative approaches to the season as well as managing the risks associated with Covid-19 to league rules and the impact of these on clubs. We will strongly recommend that leagues adopt these rules.

Q: What about the 2019-20 Adult, Masters, U16 and U18 club championships? Is there any news on whether these can be completed?
A: Teams in the Championships that were postponed from 2019-20 have been contacted and asked about proposals developed for completing the competitions in September 2020. We are continuing to work with the proposed venues and communicate with teams involved about the possibility of these events still going ahead.

Q: Will you be running Adult, Masters and Junior Club Championships in 2020-21?
A: Yes, and entries are now open! Find out more about the Championships here.
We would encourage teams to enter but entry fees will not need to be paid until a competition and format is confirmed so teams may withdraw without penalty, if they feel that circumstances mean that they are unable to compete. This will also be the case for national-entry Schools Championships where some deadlines have now closed.
However, if we have a delayed, revised or shortened season in line with our Return to Play policy we may revise the dates or formats of some Championships or ultimately not run them depending on the time available within the calendar.

Q: Will these guidelines apply to school hockey sessions?
A: Currently, not for sessions that are run where the school have responsibility for hosting it. All intramural and extramural hockey provided by schools will fall under the Government strategic framework for schools overseen by the Department for Education. Where extramural hockey might be provided by clubs or hockey providers who are insuring the activity then these guidelines and procedures will apply. Pupils and other participants in the sessions would need to complete the Participation Agreement before taking part.

Q: Are Umpires included in the maximum of 30 people to be involved during a match?
A: Yes, they are but anyone not involved at one time (e.g. substitutes) is not included so the maximum number of people involved in a game at one time should be 24 (2 teams of 11 plus 2 umpires). Everyone else is outside the field of play and socially distanced.

Q: Do we have to record Spectators, and are they included in the 30 people to be involved during a match?
A: England Hockey’s guidance is specifically related to playing hockey and breaking the government guidelines for general life of social distancing due to the nature of playing the game. Spectators have no need to break this social distancing regulation and hence should adhere to it at all times. Therefore, they do not need to be involved in the club’s monitoring of hockey being played. However, a club may want to implement its own solution if parents/spectators are using a clubhouse/indoor space on site.

Q: How will the decision be made to progress to Step 5?
A: England Hockey will shortly issue more information on progression to Step 5. In a previous article we have reference the need to know that the sport is compliant, that there is the capability to play (e.g. access to pitches) and that people involved are confident in the approach we are taking. We are continuing to assess this.

Q: Can I be involved in more than one training session / match per day?
A: Yes. There must be a clear difference between sessions. A session must end and a new one start after. You should not join a session after it has already started. There must be time to complete post session procedures (leave pitch, wash hands) and undertake pre session procedures (symptom check, wash hands) between sessions.

Q: Are clubs able to hold events like hockey weekends or mini hockeyfests providing they stick to their groups of 30 and other guidance? Eg could we have 7 a side and 4 teams on half a pitch?
A: The guidance does allow for groups of 30 to train or play together and more than one group to use a pitch. However, at Step 4 we would not advise significant large-scale competitive events being held unless a detailed consideration of the risks has been undertaken.
England Hockey is not holding larger scale events at this stage having carefully considered the risks associated with them. The space needed to socially distance large numbers of teams when off the pitch, the access and transport issues associated with the event and the the lack of access to indoor spaces in the event of poor weather at many venues means that this isn’t a reasonable exercise at this time.
Matches where people arrive at pitches and leave are more viable at this stage.

4. Insurance and Safety
Q: Please can you advise on what is meant by appropriate Insurance?
A: If you have insurance via Howdens they state that during the current pandemic, when the Government confirms the time is right for members to recommence activity, the liability insurers have advised that the insurance cover will continue to apply provided that England Hockey coaches/clubs are adhering to the Government guidelines and any additional supporting guidance provided by England Hockey to its coaches/clubs concerning safety and social distancing.
If you do not have insurance cover from Howdens, please check with your insurer.
If you use insurance via Howdens (England Hockey’s insurance partner) please see here for further guidance / advice: http://www.ps-hockey.co.uk/
Regarding your coaching insurance, if you are insured with England Hockey through Howden then your cover will continue to apply, providing you adhere to the Government guidelines and any additional supporting guidance provided by England Hockey. Risk assessments must be carried out and risk management put in place around Covid-19 requirements as these are key to evidencing that the risk is being assessed and managed. This is something that the Government has highlighted must be taking place. It is essential that coaches record and evidence that they are working to and controlling the social distancing measures expected by the Government.

Q: Can you provide a Covid-19 specific risk assessment?
A: England Hockey advises all clubs to consult the ‘Returning to Play’ guidance and perform their own risk assessment prior to the commencement of hockey activity. As the guidance regarding Covid-19 is ever changing, clubs are advised to regularly assess all activity in line with current government guidelines. A template risk assessment can be found at http://englandhockey.co.uk/covid19

Q: Can you update the H&S guidance so that it takes into account the wider Covid-19 guidance?
A: England Hockey regularly reviews and updates the Health & Safety guidance provided to clubs through the Safety FAQs. As the government guidance regarding Covid-19 is regularly updated, all H&S updates directly relating to Covid-19 will be included within the ‘Returning to Play’ guidance alongside any additional guidance from the FIH.

Q: Gumshields
A: Gumshields are obviously strongly recommended for hockey and participants are encouraged to use them where possible but keep them in for the duration of the session, whilst also adhering to the Covid-19 hygiene advice. As with all other equipment they should be cleaned and disinfected between sessions.

Q: What advice would you give for travelling to games when social distancing is lifted? And what about the use of changing rooms/hospitality facilities at matches?
A: This is now included in our Step 4 guidance.

Q: Can you give any advice on maintaining pitch hygiene during this time?
A: There is some advice from the FIH on safely returning pitches to play here. The Groundmanship website also has some advice here.

5. Safeguarding & GDPR
Q: What age can young people train without the supervision of the adult?
A: England Hockey strongly recommends that all hockey activity involving those under the age of 18 is supervised. In line with EH guidance regarding supervision ratios, the following ratios should be observed:
Children under 8 years old: one adult to 8 young people (with a minimum of 2 adults)
Children over 8 years: one adult to twelve young people (with a minimum of 2 adults)
Please ensure that government guidance regarding social distancing and group sizes is observed.
Clubs must also ensure that first aid provision is in place before allowing members to take part in hockey activity.

Q: One-to-one coaching of young people
A: All coaches should closely follow the England Hockey safeguarding advice on one to one coaching as covered in the document here.

Q: Why do we have to sign Participation Agreements?
A: The Participation Agreement is designed to ensure that everyone participating in hockey (players, coaches, officials) are aware of their obligations related to Covid-19 and to the associated changes in the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour that all participants are expected to follow. As the National Governing Body for hockey in England responsible for the discipline and disrepute processes within the sport it is a reasonable and legitimate interest for England Hockey to take this approach. We have aimed to make this process as simple and quick for participants and clubs as possible and will listen and respond to your feedback on how to improve it.

Q: Why do we have to send registers?
A: All clubs have to comply with expectations around track and trace. Unfortunately through a number of recent issues related to Health and Safety in hockey we are aware that many clubs do not regularly take registers, particularly for adult sessions, which have had serious consequences in some cases. We need to be sure that there are proper practices in place at clubs to ensure the sport is compliant with Covid guidelines. The aim is to support clubs to get into a regular routine to ensure that clubs remain Covid-19 compliant. Our approach has been approved as part of the government sign off process.

Q: How are you using the register data?
A: The register data will be used for a number of purposes. Firstly to help understand the readiness of the sport to progress to Step 5 of the Return to Play plans. Secondly to ensure that clubs continue to properly dispense their responsibilities related to Track and Trace. England Hockey will look at the broader trends in the data and ensure that the sport is doing enough to remain compliant.

Q: How does this sit with GDPR?
In terms of the Participant Agreement this is appropriate data for England Hockey to collect as National Governing Body as per the previous question.
The register data does not include information that is considered to be personally identifiable information (PII) data. We are simply collecting basic information including a name that is public record data. Like clubs England Hockey is obliged (as are clubs) to delete the data after 21 days.

Q: We are using an app or check in system – do we still have to send info within 24 hours of a session?
A: We are happy to discuss the need for such regular updates when clubs that organise lots of activity can demonstrate that they have effective and robust processes in place. Email clubs@englandhockey.co.uk and we can agree the best approach according to your circumstance.

Q: Does the Covid Officer have to send the data?
A: No, any suitable officer from the club can share the register data with EH in the format requested.

6. Other
Q: Will there be any changes to affiliation fees if hockey has not been able to return fully come September?
A: At this stage we have not taken any decisions on any alternative arrangements for next season. As we continue to plan for next season running normally (or near normally) so we are not currently planning any changes. We will keep the membership informed over coming weeks and aim to make decisions at appropriate times.

21st AugCovid Note and Guidance for Members of HHUA

Ladies and Gentlemen

As many of you are aware some hockey is now being played and hopefully the leagues will commence shortly. At the time of preparing this note, two Hampshire umpire appointments have taken place and as hockey clubs gear up to play more competitive games, the demands upon HHUA are bound to increase.

The key aim is to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy. Whilst this advice note provides some useful help, based on the guidance from England Hockey, each and every individual should continue to apply common sense. Whilst taking responsibility for your own health and well-being, it is incumbent upon all of us to consider others.

As the HHUA Covid Officer, I am obliged to communicate the latest guidance and be available to any Member who has concerns or questions which I would be happy to answer. If you need further information please email me at: hhuacovid@hhua.org.uk

Planning ahead

Much of the processes and procedures have now been set up to enable Members to complete and register the England Hockey ‘Participant Agreement’ which you must complete should you wish to take HHUA Umpire appointments. If you have not registered, please use the following link or cut and paste the link into your web browser.

https://forms.office.com/FormsPro/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NvkYmuiQxU--asEa8eSc6g-NqKCAUipGoe_luyiEaiZUMlE4NUVKRDZENzJGNUtNVEE5NVlXME9ETC4u

Go to the second drop-down menu and you will find HHUA.

Once you have completed the form, I will be notified by EH and I can then confirm that you are registered to umpire on behalf of HHUA.

To date 57 Members have signed up and are registered so thank you to all of those.

Each time you take an umpire appointment, your details will be entered into a spreadsheet for track and tracing purposes only, which will be made available to EH and the NHS.

Each hockey club or hockey participating authority is obliged to appoint a Covid Officer, all of whom have similar duties to collect data, complete spreadsheets and submit material following each hockey event whether it be training, playing or umpiring hockey games.

At the moment no hockey venues are supplying changing and shower facilities so please attend the ground changed ready to start. It is advisable to keep your personal belongings close by and to the minimum. Include a face mask, a small bottle of sanitiser, your own water bottle (tea or coffee flask) for refreshment. You may share transport so long as you follow government guidelines [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers], but some may prefer to travel along keeping a safe distance.

It is recommended you conduct a personal Covid-19 self-assessment before leaving for each hockey activity. The following 7 questions need to be addressed;

• Do you have a temperature above 37.8 degrees Centigrade?
• Do you have a continuous cough?
• Do you have a shortness of breath?
• Do you have a sore throat?
• Do you have a loss or change in normal sense of taste or smell?
• Do you feel generally unwell?
• Have you been in contact with/living with a person who has suspected/confirmed Covid-19 in the previous 2 weeks?

If any of the above apply, please stay at home and notify the Appointments Secretary.

At the venue, please maintain the 2m distancing.

Wash your hands regularly. If you use the club facilities, you may be asked to wear a face mask in the building.

On the pitch itself, remain isolated as far as possible maintaining the 2m.

No shaking hands or close contact.

Discuss matters with the two captains at the toss-up making sure the umpire with the coin flips the coin whilst the away captain calls ‘heads or tails’. Ensure and reinforce respect to all participants on the pitch.

Take penally corners quickly without unnecessary delays to reduce close quarters.

Not the umpire’s responsibility but observe the use of face masks in the goal area making sure that if players wish to sanitise equipment, they be given time to do so.

At the end of the game there will probably not be any post-match refreshments but applying the ‘pub rules’ where safe distancing can be observed, then the decision to participate is personal. Nobody will be offended if you prefer to return home immediately.

Communications

It is obvious that everyone participating in the sport will be fit and healthy BUT should you for any reason experience any Covid-19 symptoms, you must inform me immediately. You also have a continuing responsibility to refresh your Participant Agreement if your circumstances change in any way. If you become ill yourself with Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, then it would be most unwise to umpire games and you will not be appointed until you obtain clearance. We all appreciate that HHUA appointments are made in advance so to avoid last minute alterations, please remain vigilant and inform the appropriate HHUA Appointments Secretary.

Before each match that you umpire, please review with the participating Captains, Coaches and possibly the Home Club Covid Officer, whoever is pitch-side, that all steps have been taken to keep players and others safe.

Any breaches of the Code of Ethics & Behaviours and EH Guidance can form the basis of formal disciplinary action for example if any player, coach or manager (or umpire) deliberately brings the game into disrepute. An obligatory green card is to be awarded to any player spitting or blowing their nose without a handkerchief on the pitch following which they will be required to remove the mess before play can recommence.

On behalf of HHUA I will liaise with other Club Covid Officers in the event I am notified or otherwise become aware that any Member of HHUA might have come into contact with anyone confirmed with Covid-19 in some way or another.

Should you have any questions or observations, please let me know.

Stay safe, fit and healthy.

Graham Beck
Covid Officer HHUA

hhuacovid@hhua.org.uk ... More

Ladies and Gentlemen

As many of you are aware some hockey is now being played and hopefully the leagues will commence shortly. At the time of preparing this note, two Hampshire umpire appointments have taken place and as hockey clubs gear up to play more competitive games, the demands upon HHUA are bound to increase.

The key aim is to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy. Whilst this advice note provides some useful help, based on the guidance from England Hockey, each and every individual should continue to apply common sense. Whilst taking responsibility for your own health and well-being, it is incumbent upon all of us to consider others.

As the HHUA Covid Officer, I am obliged to communicate the latest guidance and be available to any Member who has concerns or questions which I would be happy to answer. If you need further information please email me at: hhuacovid@hhua.org.uk

Planning ahead

Much of the processes and procedures have now been set up to enable Members to complete and register the England Hockey ‘Participant Agreement’ which you must complete should you wish to take HHUA Umpire appointments. If you have not registered, please use the following link or cut and paste the link into your web browser.

https://forms.office.com/FormsPro/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NvkYmuiQxU--asEa8eSc6g-NqKCAUipGoe_luyiEaiZUMlE4NUVKRDZENzJGNUtNVEE5NVlXME9ETC4u

Go to the second drop-down menu and you will find HHUA.

Once you have completed the form, I will be notified by EH and I can then confirm that you are registered to umpire on behalf of HHUA.

To date 57 Members have signed up and are registered so thank you to all of those.

Each time you take an umpire appointment, your details will be entered into a spreadsheet for track and tracing purposes only, which will be made available to EH and the NHS.

Each hockey club or hockey participating authority is obliged to appoint a Covid Officer, all of whom have similar duties to collect data, complete spreadsheets and submit material following each hockey event whether it be training, playing or umpiring hockey games.

At the moment no hockey venues are supplying changing and shower facilities so please attend the ground changed ready to start. It is advisable to keep your personal belongings close by and to the minimum. Include a face mask, a small bottle of sanitiser, your own water bottle (tea or coffee flask) for refreshment. You may share transport so long as you follow government guidelines [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers], but some may prefer to travel along keeping a safe distance.

It is recommended you conduct a personal Covid-19 self-assessment before leaving for each hockey activity. The following 7 questions need to be addressed;

• Do you have a temperature above 37.8 degrees Centigrade?
• Do you have a continuous cough?
• Do you have a shortness of breath?
• Do you have a sore throat?
• Do you have a loss or change in normal sense of taste or smell?
• Do you feel generally unwell?
• Have you been in contact with/living with a person who has suspected/confirmed Covid-19 in the previous 2 weeks?

If any of the above apply, please stay at home and notify the Appointments Secretary.

At the venue, please maintain the 2m distancing.

Wash your hands regularly. If you use the club facilities, you may be asked to wear a face mask in the building.

On the pitch itself, remain isolated as far as possible maintaining the 2m.

No shaking hands or close contact.

Discuss matters with the two captains at the toss-up making sure the umpire with the coin flips the coin whilst the away captain calls ‘heads or tails’. Ensure and reinforce respect to all participants on the pitch.

Take penally corners quickly without unnecessary delays to reduce close quarters.

Not the umpire’s responsibility but observe the use of face masks in the goal area making sure that if players wish to sanitise equipment, they be given time to do so.

At the end of the game there will probably not be any post-match refreshments but applying the ‘pub rules’ where safe distancing can be observed, then the decision to participate is personal. Nobody will be offended if you prefer to return home immediately.

Communications

It is obvious that everyone participating in the sport will be fit and healthy BUT should you for any reason experience any Covid-19 symptoms, you must inform me immediately. You also have a continuing responsibility to refresh your Participant Agreement if your circumstances change in any way. If you become ill yourself with Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, then it would be most unwise to umpire games and you will not be appointed until you obtain clearance. We all appreciate that HHUA appointments are made in advance so to avoid last minute alterations, please remain vigilant and inform the appropriate HHUA Appointments Secretary.

Before each match that you umpire, please review with the participating Captains, Coaches and possibly the Home Club Covid Officer, whoever is pitch-side, that all steps have been taken to keep players and others safe.

Any breaches of the Code of Ethics & Behaviours and EH Guidance can form the basis of formal disciplinary action for example if any player, coach or manager (or umpire) deliberately brings the game into disrepute. An obligatory green card is to be awarded to any player spitting or blowing their nose without a handkerchief on the pitch following which they will be required to remove the mess before play can recommence.

On behalf of HHUA I will liaise with other Club Covid Officers in the event I am notified or otherwise become aware that any Member of HHUA might have come into contact with anyone confirmed with Covid-19 in some way or another.

Should you have any questions or observations, please let me know.

Stay safe, fit and healthy.

Graham Beck
Covid Officer HHUA

hhuacovid@hhua.org.uk ... More

Ladies and Gentlemen

As many of you are aware some hockey is now being played and hopefully the leagues will commence shortly. At the time of preparing this note, two Hampshire umpire appointments have taken place and as hockey clubs gear up to play more competitive games, the demands upon HHUA are bound to increase.

The key aim is to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy. Whilst this advice note provides some useful help, based on the guidance from England Hockey, each and every individual should continue to apply common sense. Whilst taking responsibility for your own health and well-being, it is incumbent upon all of us to consider others.

As the HHUA Covid Officer, I am obliged to communicate the latest guidance and be available to any Member who has concerns or questions which I would be happy to answer. If you need further information please email me at: hhuacovid@hhua.org.uk

Planning ahead

Much of the processes and procedures have now been set up to enable Members to complete and register the England Hockey ‘Participant Agreement’ which you must complete should you wish to take HHUA Umpire appointments. If you have not registered, please use the following link or cut and paste the link into your web browser.

https://forms.office.com/FormsPro/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NvkYmuiQxU--asEa8eSc6g-NqKCAUipGoe_luyiEaiZUMlE4NUVKRDZENzJGNUtNVEE5NVlXME9ETC4u

Go to the second drop-down menu and you will find HHUA.

Once you have completed the form, I will be notified by EH and I can then confirm that you are registered to umpire on behalf of HHUA.

To date 57 Members have signed up and are registered so thank you to all of those.

Each time you take an umpire appointment, your details will be entered into a spreadsheet for track and tracing purposes only, which will be made available to EH and the NHS.

Each hockey club or hockey participating authority is obliged to appoint a Covid Officer, all of whom have similar duties to collect data, complete spreadsheets and submit material following each hockey event whether it be training, playing or umpiring hockey games.

At the moment no hockey venues are supplying changing and shower facilities so please attend the ground changed ready to start. It is advisable to keep your personal belongings close by and to the minimum. Include a face mask, a small bottle of sanitiser, your own water bottle (tea or coffee flask) for refreshment. You may share transport so long as you follow government guidelines [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers], but some may prefer to travel along keeping a safe distance.

It is recommended you conduct a personal Covid-19 self-assessment before leaving for each hockey activity. The following 7 questions need to be addressed;

• Do you have a temperature above 37.8 degrees Centigrade?
• Do you have a continuous cough?
• Do you have a shortness of breath?
• Do you have a sore throat?
• Do you have a loss or change in normal sense of taste or smell?
• Do you feel generally unwell?
• Have you been in contact with/living with a person who has suspected/confirmed Covid-19 in the previous 2 weeks?

If any of the above apply, please stay at home and notify the Appointments Secretary.

At the venue, please maintain the 2m distancing.

Wash your hands regularly. If you use the club facilities, you may be asked to wear a face mask in the building.

On the pitch itself, remain isolated as far as possible maintaining the 2m.

No shaking hands or close contact.

Discuss matters with the two captains at the toss-up making sure the umpire with the coin flips the coin whilst the away captain calls ‘heads or tails’. Ensure and reinforce respect to all participants on the pitch.

Take penally corners quickly without unnecessary delays to reduce close quarters.

Not the umpire’s responsibility but observe the use of face masks in the goal area making sure that if players wish to sanitise equipment, they be given time to do so.

At the end of the game there will probably not be any post-match refreshments but applying the ‘pub rules’ where safe distancing can be observed, then the decision to participate is personal. Nobody will be offended if you prefer to return home immediately.

Communications

It is obvious that everyone participating in the sport will be fit and healthy BUT should you for any reason experience any Covid-19 symptoms, you must inform me immediately. You also have a continuing responsibility to refresh your Participant Agreement if your circumstances change in any way. If you become ill yourself with Covid-19 symptoms, test positive for Covid-19 or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, then it would be most unwise to umpire games and you will not be appointed until you obtain clearance. We all appreciate that HHUA appointments are made in advance so to avoid last minute alterations, please remain vigilant and inform the appropriate HHUA Appointments Secretary.

Before each match that you umpire, please review with the participating Captains, Coaches and possibly the Home Club Covid Officer, whoever is pitch-side, that all steps have been taken to keep players and others safe.

Any breaches of the Code of Ethics & Behaviours and EH Guidance can form the basis of formal disciplinary action for example if any player, coach or manager (or umpire) deliberately brings the game into disrepute. An obligatory green card is to be awarded to any player spitting or blowing their nose without a handkerchief on the pitch following which they will be required to remove the mess before play can recommence.

On behalf of HHUA I will liaise with other Club Covid Officers in the event I am notified or otherwise become aware that any Member of HHUA might have come into contact with anyone confirmed with Covid-19 in some way or another.

Should you have any questions or observations, please let me know.

Stay safe, fit and healthy.

Graham Beck
Covid Officer HHUA

hhuacovid@hhua.org.uk ... More

20th AugCovid secure First Aid courses

For any clubs requiring a First Aid course, Eddie Seaborne MBE is running Covid Secure courses for groups of six out of St Vincent College, Gosport. Courses for clubs can also be run out of their venue if people are interested. Please contact e.seabourne@ntlworld.com at St Vincent College for details.
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For any clubs requiring a First Aid course, Eddie Seaborne MBE is running Covid Secure courses for groups of six out of St Vincent College, Gosport. Courses for clubs can also be run out of their venue if people are interested. Please contact e.seabourne@ntlworld.com at St Vincent College for details.
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For any clubs requiring a First Aid course, Eddie Seaborne MBE is running Covid Secure courses for groups of six out of St Vincent College, Gosport. Courses for clubs can also be run out of their venue if people are interested. Please contact e.seabourne@ntlworld.com at St Vincent College for details.
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20th AugHockey Museum - Request for Historical Documents

The Hockey Museum, operated by Mike Smith in Woking, is looking for more clubs to provide historical documents. If you or your club have any that you think might be of interest, please contact Richard Macer (richard.macer@btinternet.com).
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The Hockey Museum, operated by Mike Smith in Woking, is looking for more clubs to provide historical documents. If you or your club have any that you think might be of interest, please contact Richard Macer (richard.macer@btinternet.com).
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The Hockey Museum, operated by Mike Smith in Woking, is looking for more clubs to provide historical documents. If you or your club have any that you think might be of interest, please contact Richard Macer (richard.macer@btinternet.com).
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17th AugGoalkeepers Wanted Alton Hockey Club

Alton Hockey Club are looking for Goalkeepers young or old, novice or experienced to join our club. We currently have 6 Men and 3 Ladies sides playing in Hampshire on Saturdays and numerous Junior sides who play on Sundays. If you are interested or would require further information please contact the Secretary@altonhockeyclub.co.uk or check out our website for more information. ... More
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Alton Hockey Club are looking for Goalkeepers young or old, novice or experienced to join our club. We currently have 6 Men and 3 Ladies sides playing in Hampshire on Saturdays and numerous Junior sides who play on Sundays. If you are interested or would require further information please contact the Secretary@altonhockeyclub.co.uk or check out our website for more information. ... More
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Alton Hockey Club are looking for Goalkeepers young or old, novice or experienced to join our club. We currently have 6 Men and 3 Ladies sides playing in Hampshire on Saturdays and numerous Junior sides who play on Sundays. If you are interested or would require further information please contact the Secretary@altonhockeyclub.co.uk or check out our website for more information. ... More
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12th AugStep 4 and on-going work

England Hockey are pleased to announce that DCMS and government have given approval to our Sport Specific Risk Assessment, which allows us to return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing.

Please be aware of the following about the above statement:

Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play / training and pre / post matches
Changing facilities are still currently not permitted to be used due to guidance about these areas from Government
The MAXIMUM number of individuals on the pitch at any one time is 30 people.

For those who have read the guidance (available here) there is detail within the guidance concerning the responsibility of Organisers of Hockey Activity.

As HUAs, the following steps are in place for our members:

If a member is looking to undertake umpiring activities that are NOT organised by the HUA, then they would need to read and agree to the Participant Agreement (available here). It is the responsibility of the umpire to give confirmation to the “appointing” club if this is not their home club.
If a member is undertaking neutral appointments, it is suggested that you contact your appointing system provider and ask umpires to agree to the Participant Agreement when they enter their availability for neutral appointments. For HUA’s on the OMS, this will be in place before the move to Step 5, however other providers will need to be approached by the relevant HUA.

There is also a guidance document that is part of the Participant Agreement that has been distributed tonight to everyone who has completed the Participant agreement and is also available on the website from later tonight. I would be grateful if you could please share this with your membership, as these measures are not only in place to protect Umpire’s health by minimising the risk of transmission, however this also is there to promote Respect to Umpires & Officials, whilst enhancing steps that are already present in the following documents:

Red Card / MMO Policies
Disrepute Policies

The next step is to look at the return of league hockey, which is Step 5. We are working hard to produce guidelines to help educate out decision making on this and if you have any thoughts around measure on this, please feel free to share these with me.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

David Elworthy
EH

England Hockey are pleased to announce that DCMS and government have given approval to our Sport Specific Risk Assessment, which allows us to return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing.

Please be aware of the following about the above statement:

Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play / training and pre / post matches
Changing facilities are still currently not permitted to be used due to guidance about these areas from Government
The MAXIMUM number of individuals on the pitch at any one time is 30 people.

For those who have read the guidance (available here) there is detail within the guidance concerning the responsibility of Organisers of Hockey Activity.

As HUAs, the following steps are in place for our members:

If a member is looking to undertake umpiring activities that are NOT organised by the HUA, then they would need to read and agree to the Participant Agreement (available here). It is the responsibility of the umpire to give confirmation to the “appointing” club if this is not their home club.
If a member is undertaking neutral appointments, it is suggested that you contact your appointing system provider and ask umpires to agree to the Participant Agreement when they enter their availability for neutral appointments. For HUA’s on the OMS, this will be in place before the move to Step 5, however other providers will need to be approached by the relevant HUA.

There is also a guidance document that is part of the Participant Agreement that has been distributed tonight to everyone who has completed the Participant agreement and is also available on the website from later tonight. I would be grateful if you could please share this with your membership, as these measures are not only in place to protect Umpire’s health by minimising the risk of transmission, however this also is there to promote Respect to Umpires & Officials, whilst enhancing steps that are already present in the following documents:

Red Card / MMO Policies
Disrepute Policies

The next step is to look at the return of league hockey, which is Step 5. We are working hard to produce guidelines to help educate out decision making on this and if you have any thoughts around measure on this, please feel free to share these with me.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

David Elworthy
EH

England Hockey are pleased to announce that DCMS and government have given approval to our Sport Specific Risk Assessment, which allows us to return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing.

Please be aware of the following about the above statement:

Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play / training and pre / post matches
Changing facilities are still currently not permitted to be used due to guidance about these areas from Government
The MAXIMUM number of individuals on the pitch at any one time is 30 people.

For those who have read the guidance (available here) there is detail within the guidance concerning the responsibility of Organisers of Hockey Activity.

As HUAs, the following steps are in place for our members:

If a member is looking to undertake umpiring activities that are NOT organised by the HUA, then they would need to read and agree to the Participant Agreement (available here). It is the responsibility of the umpire to give confirmation to the “appointing” club if this is not their home club.
If a member is undertaking neutral appointments, it is suggested that you contact your appointing system provider and ask umpires to agree to the Participant Agreement when they enter their availability for neutral appointments. For HUA’s on the OMS, this will be in place before the move to Step 5, however other providers will need to be approached by the relevant HUA.

There is also a guidance document that is part of the Participant Agreement that has been distributed tonight to everyone who has completed the Participant agreement and is also available on the website from later tonight. I would be grateful if you could please share this with your membership, as these measures are not only in place to protect Umpire’s health by minimising the risk of transmission, however this also is there to promote Respect to Umpires & Officials, whilst enhancing steps that are already present in the following documents:

Red Card / MMO Policies
Disrepute Policies

The next step is to look at the return of league hockey, which is Step 5. We are working hard to produce guidelines to help educate out decision making on this and if you have any thoughts around measure on this, please feel free to share these with me.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Thanks for your support and stay safe.

David Elworthy
EH

9th AugLatest update from England Hockey

Hi all

Hope you are all keeping well during this period.

As you are aware, we have been working through the Return to Play strategy with DCMS and the position of England Hockey.

Below is the communication that has been shared with the Hockey Community tonight:

www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19

With the recent announcement of the Recreational Team Sports Framework and England Hockey’s subsequent submissions to government we can now confirm that hockey can move from Step 2 to Step 4 of the Return to Play plans.

Working with the other team sports and learning from the evidence developed from the resumption of professional sports, England Hockey has been able to demonstrate to DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) that hockey can be resumed safely. This means that moving to Step 3 (small group activity) will not been required at all.

With government approval, competitive activity can resume immediately both training and matches – outdoor and indoor. This is great news for many as pre-season will be able to start in earnest and local fixtures can start to take place.

However, England Hockey is also acutely aware that not all hockey players or organisations are currently in a position to play, with access to pitches in particular a significant challenge. Moving to Step 5 (the resumption of league hockey) will therefore be assessed over coming weeks ensuring that the decision to start the season can be made when there is enough confidence that clubs are sufficiently ready to start. We continue to recommend planning for a normal start date for the season and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our full guidance for Step 4 is available at the link with a number of shorter guides and information also available. England Hockey will add to these early next week with a short video for players and will develop the guidance based on feedback we receive including updating our FAQ’s.
The permission to play competitive hockey means that everyone involved will need to understand their responsibilities to ensure that we can all make the most of our return to the pitch. Clubs and other hockey organisers must follow guidance to ensure that they are compliant before starting competitive activity. For some this will take time to ensure that everything is in place and we encourage players and clubs to be sure that everything is sufficiently ready before starting. The risks during competitive hockey are low, but special permission has been given to resume hockey by government, so we expect all players to understand their responsibilities clearly and adapt their behaviours accordingly. All hockey organisations will need to conduct risk assessments, adapt processes and appoint Covid Officers to ensure this happens.

By ensuring everyone understands the expectations it will mean that the game is as welcoming to all those involved in the game as possible. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the standards set out are maintained and that all in the game from player to umpire to coach feel confident in the ‘new normal’ for hockey. The code of ethics and behaviour will be updated to make provision for Covid-19 related issues and guidance will be given for adaptations in competition rules.

Overall, this is great news for hockey, and we hope that clubs and organisations can make up for lost time enjoying the feeling of being back on the pitch and feeling the spirit of hockey start to shine through again.

More specific advice for Umpires, Technical Officials and HUAs will be made available on Monday from myself, however I would recommend if possible that the above consistent message is shared with your members at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions, please either visit the England Hockey website COVID-19 by clicking here OR e-mail me and I’ll come back to you when I can over the next 48 hours.

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 ... More

Hi all

Hope you are all keeping well during this period.

As you are aware, we have been working through the Return to Play strategy with DCMS and the position of England Hockey.

Below is the communication that has been shared with the Hockey Community tonight:

www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19

With the recent announcement of the Recreational Team Sports Framework and England Hockey’s subsequent submissions to government we can now confirm that hockey can move from Step 2 to Step 4 of the Return to Play plans.

Working with the other team sports and learning from the evidence developed from the resumption of professional sports, England Hockey has been able to demonstrate to DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) that hockey can be resumed safely. This means that moving to Step 3 (small group activity) will not been required at all.

With government approval, competitive activity can resume immediately both training and matches – outdoor and indoor. This is great news for many as pre-season will be able to start in earnest and local fixtures can start to take place.

However, England Hockey is also acutely aware that not all hockey players or organisations are currently in a position to play, with access to pitches in particular a significant challenge. Moving to Step 5 (the resumption of league hockey) will therefore be assessed over coming weeks ensuring that the decision to start the season can be made when there is enough confidence that clubs are sufficiently ready to start. We continue to recommend planning for a normal start date for the season and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our full guidance for Step 4 is available at the link with a number of shorter guides and information also available. England Hockey will add to these early next week with a short video for players and will develop the guidance based on feedback we receive including updating our FAQ’s.
The permission to play competitive hockey means that everyone involved will need to understand their responsibilities to ensure that we can all make the most of our return to the pitch. Clubs and other hockey organisers must follow guidance to ensure that they are compliant before starting competitive activity. For some this will take time to ensure that everything is in place and we encourage players and clubs to be sure that everything is sufficiently ready before starting. The risks during competitive hockey are low, but special permission has been given to resume hockey by government, so we expect all players to understand their responsibilities clearly and adapt their behaviours accordingly. All hockey organisations will need to conduct risk assessments, adapt processes and appoint Covid Officers to ensure this happens.

By ensuring everyone understands the expectations it will mean that the game is as welcoming to all those involved in the game as possible. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the standards set out are maintained and that all in the game from player to umpire to coach feel confident in the ‘new normal’ for hockey. The code of ethics and behaviour will be updated to make provision for Covid-19 related issues and guidance will be given for adaptations in competition rules.

Overall, this is great news for hockey, and we hope that clubs and organisations can make up for lost time enjoying the feeling of being back on the pitch and feeling the spirit of hockey start to shine through again.

More specific advice for Umpires, Technical Officials and HUAs will be made available on Monday from myself, however I would recommend if possible that the above consistent message is shared with your members at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions, please either visit the England Hockey website COVID-19 by clicking here OR e-mail me and I’ll come back to you when I can over the next 48 hours.

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 ... More

Hi all

Hope you are all keeping well during this period.

As you are aware, we have been working through the Return to Play strategy with DCMS and the position of England Hockey.

Below is the communication that has been shared with the Hockey Community tonight:

www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19

With the recent announcement of the Recreational Team Sports Framework and England Hockey’s subsequent submissions to government we can now confirm that hockey can move from Step 2 to Step 4 of the Return to Play plans.

Working with the other team sports and learning from the evidence developed from the resumption of professional sports, England Hockey has been able to demonstrate to DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) that hockey can be resumed safely. This means that moving to Step 3 (small group activity) will not been required at all.

With government approval, competitive activity can resume immediately both training and matches – outdoor and indoor. This is great news for many as pre-season will be able to start in earnest and local fixtures can start to take place.

However, England Hockey is also acutely aware that not all hockey players or organisations are currently in a position to play, with access to pitches in particular a significant challenge. Moving to Step 5 (the resumption of league hockey) will therefore be assessed over coming weeks ensuring that the decision to start the season can be made when there is enough confidence that clubs are sufficiently ready to start. We continue to recommend planning for a normal start date for the season and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our full guidance for Step 4 is available at the link with a number of shorter guides and information also available. England Hockey will add to these early next week with a short video for players and will develop the guidance based on feedback we receive including updating our FAQ’s.
The permission to play competitive hockey means that everyone involved will need to understand their responsibilities to ensure that we can all make the most of our return to the pitch. Clubs and other hockey organisers must follow guidance to ensure that they are compliant before starting competitive activity. For some this will take time to ensure that everything is in place and we encourage players and clubs to be sure that everything is sufficiently ready before starting. The risks during competitive hockey are low, but special permission has been given to resume hockey by government, so we expect all players to understand their responsibilities clearly and adapt their behaviours accordingly. All hockey organisations will need to conduct risk assessments, adapt processes and appoint Covid Officers to ensure this happens.

By ensuring everyone understands the expectations it will mean that the game is as welcoming to all those involved in the game as possible. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the standards set out are maintained and that all in the game from player to umpire to coach feel confident in the ‘new normal’ for hockey. The code of ethics and behaviour will be updated to make provision for Covid-19 related issues and guidance will be given for adaptations in competition rules.

Overall, this is great news for hockey, and we hope that clubs and organisations can make up for lost time enjoying the feeling of being back on the pitch and feeling the spirit of hockey start to shine through again.

More specific advice for Umpires, Technical Officials and HUAs will be made available on Monday from myself, however I would recommend if possible that the above consistent message is shared with your members at your earliest convenience.

If you have any questions, please either visit the England Hockey website COVID-19 by clicking here OR e-mail me and I’ll come back to you when I can over the next 48 hours.

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 ... More

4th AugPetersfield Hockey Club Recruiting New Players

Are you interested in playing hockey? Have you played hockey before and want to return? New to the area and want to join a family friendly and social club? If so, Petersfield Hockey Club could be the one for you!

Petersfield Hockey club we are always looking for new players to join our thriving, friendly club. We offer three Men’s teams and two Ladies teams in addition to a thriving junior section starting at U8.

Men’s Section: Hampshire Area: Division 2, Division 5 and Division 8 and are looking to challenge in the season ahead.

Ladies Section: Hampshire Area: Division 2 and Division 4.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Vickers via email.

pv247@hotmail.com

Are you interested in playing hockey? Have you played hockey before and want to return? New to the area and want to join a family friendly and social club? If so, Petersfield Hockey Club could be the one for you!

Petersfield Hockey club we are always looking for new players to join our thriving, friendly club. We offer three Men’s teams and two Ladies teams in addition to a thriving junior section starting at U8.

Men’s Section: Hampshire Area: Division 2, Division 5 and Division 8 and are looking to challenge in the season ahead.

Ladies Section: Hampshire Area: Division 2 and Division 4.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Vickers via email.

pv247@hotmail.com

Are you interested in playing hockey? Have you played hockey before and want to return? New to the area and want to join a family friendly and social club? If so, Petersfield Hockey Club could be the one for you!

Petersfield Hockey club we are always looking for new players to join our thriving, friendly club. We offer three Men’s teams and two Ladies teams in addition to a thriving junior section starting at U8.

Men’s Section: Hampshire Area: Division 2, Division 5 and Division 8 and are looking to challenge in the season ahead.

Ladies Section: Hampshire Area: Division 2 and Division 4.

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Vickers via email.

pv247@hotmail.com

2nd AugEH Update

England Hockey’s submission regarding moving to Step 4 on our Return To Play planning remains with the relevant government authorities for their approval. Obviously the situation this week has evolved again.

We fully appreciate that players, clubs and stakeholders are keen to know more as soon as possible; please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable return for our sport.

With regards to the further safety measures imposed in different parts of the country this week, the measures do still allow for small groups of no more than six to meet in outdoor public places. With the sport still at Step 2, these localised restrictions will not impact current hockey provision until further notice. ... More

England Hockey’s submission regarding moving to Step 4 on our Return To Play planning remains with the relevant government authorities for their approval. Obviously the situation this week has evolved again.

We fully appreciate that players, clubs and stakeholders are keen to know more as soon as possible; please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable return for our sport.

With regards to the further safety measures imposed in different parts of the country this week, the measures do still allow for small groups of no more than six to meet in outdoor public places. With the sport still at Step 2, these localised restrictions will not impact current hockey provision until further notice. ... More

England Hockey’s submission regarding moving to Step 4 on our Return To Play planning remains with the relevant government authorities for their approval. Obviously the situation this week has evolved again.

We fully appreciate that players, clubs and stakeholders are keen to know more as soon as possible; please be assured that we are working as quickly as possible to ensure a safe and enjoyable return for our sport.

With regards to the further safety measures imposed in different parts of the country this week, the measures do still allow for small groups of no more than six to meet in outdoor public places. With the sport still at Step 2, these localised restrictions will not impact current hockey provision until further notice. ... More

13th Juladditional update from EH

“Dear all,

Firstly I hope that this email finds you all well.

No doubt you will have seen the latest government announcements as well as our update last night on the return of recreational sport. There are a number of issues that we need to work through determining to what extent ‘normal’ hockey can resume as a result of this government statement and now hockey has to go through an application process to determine what will be allowed. We will update on that as soon as we can. All our advice and guidance to this point is available here: www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19.

Whilst the picture appears more positive as part of the Return to Play work we are still keen to cover off as many eventualities as possible for the season and have prepared the attached document(s) for your consideration. These have been developed using the information from the recent club survey, feedback from leagues and other individual feedback. The documents do not cover issues related to health and safety and the government standards which will follow in due course.

We would very much appreciate feedback to competitions.info@englandhockey.co.uk by 23 July 2020 with a final document to be issued by the end of July that we hope will coincide with greater clarity on the likelihood of starting the season.

The decision whether to start the season will continue to be reviewed and will depend on compliance with government expectations, the capability of clubs and organisations and the confidence that everyone involved in the game has in the approach. All of these are expected to progress significantly over coming weeks and we are advising to continue to plan for a ‘normal’ season as best we all can.

Best wishes,
Rich”

If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks
David.

“Dear all,

Firstly I hope that this email finds you all well.

No doubt you will have seen the latest government announcements as well as our update last night on the return of recreational sport. There are a number of issues that we need to work through determining to what extent ‘normal’ hockey can resume as a result of this government statement and now hockey has to go through an application process to determine what will be allowed. We will update on that as soon as we can. All our advice and guidance to this point is available here: www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19.

Whilst the picture appears more positive as part of the Return to Play work we are still keen to cover off as many eventualities as possible for the season and have prepared the attached document(s) for your consideration. These have been developed using the information from the recent club survey, feedback from leagues and other individual feedback. The documents do not cover issues related to health and safety and the government standards which will follow in due course.

We would very much appreciate feedback to competitions.info@englandhockey.co.uk by 23 July 2020 with a final document to be issued by the end of July that we hope will coincide with greater clarity on the likelihood of starting the season.

The decision whether to start the season will continue to be reviewed and will depend on compliance with government expectations, the capability of clubs and organisations and the confidence that everyone involved in the game has in the approach. All of these are expected to progress significantly over coming weeks and we are advising to continue to plan for a ‘normal’ season as best we all can.

Best wishes,
Rich”

If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks
David.

“Dear all,

Firstly I hope that this email finds you all well.

No doubt you will have seen the latest government announcements as well as our update last night on the return of recreational sport. There are a number of issues that we need to work through determining to what extent ‘normal’ hockey can resume as a result of this government statement and now hockey has to go through an application process to determine what will be allowed. We will update on that as soon as we can. All our advice and guidance to this point is available here: www.englandhockey.co.uk/covid19.

Whilst the picture appears more positive as part of the Return to Play work we are still keen to cover off as many eventualities as possible for the season and have prepared the attached document(s) for your consideration. These have been developed using the information from the recent club survey, feedback from leagues and other individual feedback. The documents do not cover issues related to health and safety and the government standards which will follow in due course.

We would very much appreciate feedback to competitions.info@englandhockey.co.uk by 23 July 2020 with a final document to be issued by the end of July that we hope will coincide with greater clarity on the likelihood of starting the season.

The decision whether to start the season will continue to be reviewed and will depend on compliance with government expectations, the capability of clubs and organisations and the confidence that everyone involved in the game has in the approach. All of these are expected to progress significantly over coming weeks and we are advising to continue to plan for a ‘normal’ season as best we all can.

Best wishes,
Rich”

If you have any questions on this, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Thanks
David.

13th Julupdate from England Hockey

Hi All

As you may be aware, yesterday saw the announcement from Oliver Dowden (Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media & Sport) that gave team sports a green light to work on returning their sports within Recreational formats & levels from this weekend.

Out latest statement on this announcement is available below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49399&itemTitle=Hockey%27s+Return+to+Play+%96+moving+beyond+Step+2&section=22

Whilst Mr Dowden gave the green light, he omitted the steps that we still have to go through as the National Governing Body to get the “official” green light to move in our Return to Play Strategy from stage 2 to stage 3 (detail of these stages available here).

What does this mean for Umpiring & Technical Officiating?

In short, nothing in the very short term, but this is a clear step in the right direction to be able to hold 11-a-side hockey in the not too distant future and the advice we are giving clubs and league administrators is to plan for the season to start in September. We are also fully aware that any stage of our return to play is bound by the status of the COVID19 alerts from Government and all sport has to be aligned to Government advice at the time.

For some of us, we have been communicating to our members about these updates and I would urge you to continue to. Planning for some associations for the 2020/21 season may have started but would suggest that this continues as “normal”.

Educational courses for Umpiring are still available through online delivery from England Hockey (click here to view these) and we will be working with TAP next week to ensure this education will be available for Technical Officials and volunteers who are interested at club level.

Our internal “Return to Play” group are meeting regularly with Government and internally to ensure we be Compliant, Capable and Confident in hockey returning as soon as the current circumstances allow, ensuring as best we can that all participants remain safe.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes
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 ... More

Hi All

As you may be aware, yesterday saw the announcement from Oliver Dowden (Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media & Sport) that gave team sports a green light to work on returning their sports within Recreational formats & levels from this weekend.

Out latest statement on this announcement is available below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49399&itemTitle=Hockey%27s+Return+to+Play+%96+moving+beyond+Step+2&section=22

Whilst Mr Dowden gave the green light, he omitted the steps that we still have to go through as the National Governing Body to get the “official” green light to move in our Return to Play Strategy from stage 2 to stage 3 (detail of these stages available here).

What does this mean for Umpiring & Technical Officiating?

In short, nothing in the very short term, but this is a clear step in the right direction to be able to hold 11-a-side hockey in the not too distant future and the advice we are giving clubs and league administrators is to plan for the season to start in September. We are also fully aware that any stage of our return to play is bound by the status of the COVID19 alerts from Government and all sport has to be aligned to Government advice at the time.

For some of us, we have been communicating to our members about these updates and I would urge you to continue to. Planning for some associations for the 2020/21 season may have started but would suggest that this continues as “normal”.

Educational courses for Umpiring are still available through online delivery from England Hockey (click here to view these) and we will be working with TAP next week to ensure this education will be available for Technical Officials and volunteers who are interested at club level.

Our internal “Return to Play” group are meeting regularly with Government and internally to ensure we be Compliant, Capable and Confident in hockey returning as soon as the current circumstances allow, ensuring as best we can that all participants remain safe.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes
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 ... More

Hi All

As you may be aware, yesterday saw the announcement from Oliver Dowden (Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media & Sport) that gave team sports a green light to work on returning their sports within Recreational formats & levels from this weekend.

Out latest statement on this announcement is available below:

http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/news.asp?itemid=49399&itemTitle=Hockey%27s+Return+to+Play+%96+moving+beyond+Step+2&section=22

Whilst Mr Dowden gave the green light, he omitted the steps that we still have to go through as the National Governing Body to get the “official” green light to move in our Return to Play Strategy from stage 2 to stage 3 (detail of these stages available here).

What does this mean for Umpiring & Technical Officiating?

In short, nothing in the very short term, but this is a clear step in the right direction to be able to hold 11-a-side hockey in the not too distant future and the advice we are giving clubs and league administrators is to plan for the season to start in September. We are also fully aware that any stage of our return to play is bound by the status of the COVID19 alerts from Government and all sport has to be aligned to Government advice at the time.

For some of us, we have been communicating to our members about these updates and I would urge you to continue to. Planning for some associations for the 2020/21 season may have started but would suggest that this continues as “normal”.

Educational courses for Umpiring are still available through online delivery from England Hockey (click here to view these) and we will be working with TAP next week to ensure this education will be available for Technical Officials and volunteers who are interested at club level.

Our internal “Return to Play” group are meeting regularly with Government and internally to ensure we be Compliant, Capable and Confident in hockey returning as soon as the current circumstances allow, ensuring as best we can that all participants remain safe.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best wishes
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 ... More

29th MayMessage 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

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

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

30th Dec

(2019)
AGM Governance Proposal Booklet

Hi All

Over the past few weeks, a lot of you have been in touch concerning the finalised proposals for the AGM Governance Review, which is due to be voted on by the members of England Hockey in March 2020. Please find a link to the booklet below, which will be shared with HA’s, Leagues and Clubs within the next hour:

www.englandhockey.co.uk/astructurefitforthefuture

Over the past 24 months, representatives from the NPUA and Regional HUAs have been working with us at England Hockey to create the “Vision of Umpiring”. This is a whole game approach, which includes reviewing all pathways, educational offers and the relationship of Umpiring Bodies with the proposed Areas, as well as with England Hockey. In the booklet, we have made reference to some of the work that has been completed so far by the group, however there is still a lot to discuss and finalise. We intend to communicate more from this group early in 2020 on the future of Umpiring and Officiating.

Due to this, I’d like to draw your attention to section 6 where we have extended this timeline by an extra season to include County HUA’s at a later date, allowing time for us to focus on setting the structure correctly for Umpiring (in line with the above), whilst working through the impact per area and allowing us to communicate correctly, accurately and clearly to all of our umpiring colleagues and members.

Please feel free to review the booklet and feel free to contact me in the New Year with any thoughts or questions. In the meantime, thank you for your input and energies this year in Umpiring across the country to support our game at all levels.

Have a very Merry Christmas and look forward to an exciting 2020.

Best wishes
David

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967 ... More

Hi All

Over the past few weeks, a lot of you have been in touch concerning the finalised proposals for the AGM Governance Review, which is due to be voted on by the members of England Hockey in March 2020. Please find a link to the booklet below, which will be shared with HA’s, Leagues and Clubs within the next hour:

www.englandhockey.co.uk/astructurefitforthefuture

Over the past 24 months, representatives from the NPUA and Regional HUAs have been working with us at England Hockey to create the “Vision of Umpiring”. This is a whole game approach, which includes reviewing all pathways, educational offers and the relationship of Umpiring Bodies with the proposed Areas, as well as with England Hockey. In the booklet, we have made reference to some of the work that has been completed so far by the group, however there is still a lot to discuss and finalise. We intend to communicate more from this group early in 2020 on the future of Umpiring and Officiating.

Due to this, I’d like to draw your attention to section 6 where we have extended this timeline by an extra season to include County HUA’s at a later date, allowing time for us to focus on setting the structure correctly for Umpiring (in line with the above), whilst working through the impact per area and allowing us to communicate correctly, accurately and clearly to all of our umpiring colleagues and members.

Please feel free to review the booklet and feel free to contact me in the New Year with any thoughts or questions. In the meantime, thank you for your input and energies this year in Umpiring across the country to support our game at all levels.

Have a very Merry Christmas and look forward to an exciting 2020.

Best wishes
David

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967 ... More

Hi All

Over the past few weeks, a lot of you have been in touch concerning the finalised proposals for the AGM Governance Review, which is due to be voted on by the members of England Hockey in March 2020. Please find a link to the booklet below, which will be shared with HA’s, Leagues and Clubs within the next hour:

www.englandhockey.co.uk/astructurefitforthefuture

Over the past 24 months, representatives from the NPUA and Regional HUAs have been working with us at England Hockey to create the “Vision of Umpiring”. This is a whole game approach, which includes reviewing all pathways, educational offers and the relationship of Umpiring Bodies with the proposed Areas, as well as with England Hockey. In the booklet, we have made reference to some of the work that has been completed so far by the group, however there is still a lot to discuss and finalise. We intend to communicate more from this group early in 2020 on the future of Umpiring and Officiating.

Due to this, I’d like to draw your attention to section 6 where we have extended this timeline by an extra season to include County HUA’s at a later date, allowing time for us to focus on setting the structure correctly for Umpiring (in line with the above), whilst working through the impact per area and allowing us to communicate correctly, accurately and clearly to all of our umpiring colleagues and members.

Please feel free to review the booklet and feel free to contact me in the New Year with any thoughts or questions. In the meantime, thank you for your input and energies this year in Umpiring across the country to support our game at all levels.

Have a very Merry Christmas and look forward to an exciting 2020.

Best wishes
David

David Elworthy
Officiating Relationship Manager
Direct: 01509 228672 | Mobile: 07712 306967 ... More

26th Aug

(2019)
Red Cards and Matchday Misconduct Offences

To all those that umpire

Welcome to the new season from the County Discipline team. There have been changes this year, I have taken over as County Disciplinary Administrator (CDA) from Chris Bond, however Chris is staying as the Deputy CDA.
A few of you this season will give a Red Card or be involved with a Matchday Misconduct Offence MMO. An MMO is a an offence that happens on the match day that would have led to red card being awarded during the match. A MMO can only be awarded by a Level 1 or above umpire, while anyone can submit issue a red card if they are umpiring the match.

The latest versions of all the relevant forms are on the HHUA website at https://www.hhua.co.uk/public/handbook.php along with some guidance on how to complete the form. If you need further help, please contact myself or Chris for additional help. The form is simple, just tell us what happened.
When you have complete the form, please send it me at discipline@hampshireha.co.uk and Chris at cwbond300@btinternet.com so that we can process it.

Please remember that a red card or MMO is a rare occurrence – you are unlikely to be involved In one. However, I suggest that you read the guidance before the start of the season so you are aware of what to do if necessary.

Thanks
Alan Dow
HHA CDA
News item loaded by Hampshire HA

To all those that umpire

Welcome to the new season from the County Discipline team. There have been changes this year, I have taken over as County Disciplinary Administrator (CDA) from Chris Bond, however Chris is staying as the Deputy CDA.
A few of you this season will give a Red Card or be involved with a Matchday Misconduct Offence MMO. An MMO is a an offence that happens on the match day that would have led to red card being awarded during the match. A MMO can only be awarded by a Level 1 or above umpire, while anyone can submit issue a red card if they are umpiring the match.

The latest versions of all the relevant forms are on the HHUA website at https://www.hhua.co.uk/public/handbook.php along with some guidance on how to complete the form. If you need further help, please contact myself or Chris for additional help. The form is simple, just tell us what happened.
When you have complete the form, please send it me at discipline@hampshireha.co.uk and Chris at cwbond300@btinternet.com so that we can process it.

Please remember that a red card or MMO is a rare occurrence – you are unlikely to be involved In one. However, I suggest that you read the guidance before the start of the season so you are aware of what to do if necessary.

Thanks
Alan Dow
HHA CDA
News item loaded by Hampshire HA

To all those that umpire

Welcome to the new season from the County Discipline team. There have been changes this year, I have taken over as County Disciplinary Administrator (CDA) from Chris Bond, however Chris is staying as the Deputy CDA.
A few of you this season will give a Red Card or be involved with a Matchday Misconduct Offence MMO. An MMO is a an offence that happens on the match day that would have led to red card being awarded during the match. A MMO can only be awarded by a Level 1 or above umpire, while anyone can submit issue a red card if they are umpiring the match.

The latest versions of all the relevant forms are on the HHUA website at https://www.hhua.co.uk/public/handbook.php along with some guidance on how to complete the form. If you need further help, please contact myself or Chris for additional help. The form is simple, just tell us what happened.
When you have complete the form, please send it me at discipline@hampshireha.co.uk and Chris at cwbond300@btinternet.com so that we can process it.

Please remember that a red card or MMO is a rare occurrence – you are unlikely to be involved In one. However, I suggest that you read the guidance before the start of the season so you are aware of what to do if necessary.

Thanks
Alan Dow
HHA CDA
News item loaded by Hampshire HA