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1st SepPre-season Appointments

Dear all, members and clubs

Due to the migration of MHUA website functionality to the new OMS website/system, we will not be able to appoint to games of any format for the weekend of 5/6 September 2020.

We anticipate being able to commence appointments from the weekend of 12th September.

Any questions on this, please email: middx.appointments@live.co.uk

Best regards

Ruth Busse and Georga Reed
MHUA Fixture Secretaries

Dear all, members and clubs

Due to the migration of MHUA website functionality to the new OMS website/system, we will not be able to appoint to games of any format for the weekend of 5/6 September 2020.

We anticipate being able to commence appointments from the weekend of 12th September.

Any questions on this, please email: middx.appointments@live.co.uk

Best regards

Ruth Busse and Georga Reed
MHUA Fixture Secretaries

Dear all, members and clubs

Due to the migration of MHUA website functionality to the new OMS website/system, we will not be able to appoint to games of any format for the weekend of 5/6 September 2020.

We anticipate being able to commence appointments from the weekend of 12th September.

Any questions on this, please email: middx.appointments@live.co.uk

Best regards

Ruth Busse and Georga Reed
MHUA Fixture Secretaries

24th AugEntering availability has been disabled

Dear all - as a follow up to Ed's earlier message, as we are now migrating all data to OMS, the ability to enter availability into this website (mhua.org.uk) has been disabled.

All active umpires will shortly receive instructions on how to login to OMS, to update their details and to enter their availability.

Thank you.

Ruth Busse and Georga Reed

MHUA Fixture Secretaries

Email: middx.appointments@live.co.uk

Dear all - as a follow up to Ed's earlier message, as we are now migrating all data to OMS, the ability to enter availability into this website (mhua.org.uk) has been disabled.

All active umpires will shortly receive instructions on how to login to OMS, to update their details and to enter their availability.

Thank you.

Ruth Busse and Georga Reed

MHUA Fixture Secretaries

Email: middx.appointments@live.co.uk

Dear all - as a follow up to Ed's earlier message, as we are now migrating all data to OMS, the ability to enter availability into this website (mhua.org.uk) has been disabled.

All active umpires will shortly receive instructions on how to login to OMS, to update their details and to enter their availability.

Thank you.

Ruth Busse and Georga Reed

MHUA Fixture Secretaries

Email: middx.appointments@live.co.uk

24th AugMigration to the new umpire management system and website

As announced at our AGM in July 2020, we are successfully migrating data to our new online umpire management and appointments website. Named OMS (Officials Management System), it is hosted by 'Who’s the Umpire' (WTU) and is being rolled out to regional and county HUAs in conjunction with England Hockey.

From 1st September 2020 we will no longer be using the MHUA website to collect availability, display fixtures, issue appointments, manage clubs/venues or manage expense claims.

This functionality will be done from the new OMS system. The general information held on the MHUA website (for example MHUA constitution, rules advice and AGM minutes) will be migrated to the new system although it is likely to be done as a gradual process.

Shortly, you will receive an invitation from OMS to log in to the new system and to set up your password and other details.

If you are an umpire who takes neutral appointments from the association, we will require you to enter your availability now into the new OMS.

More information on this will be sent to you shortly.

Kind Regards,

Ed Bateman
MHUA Secretary

As announced at our AGM in July 2020, we are successfully migrating data to our new online umpire management and appointments website. Named OMS (Officials Management System), it is hosted by 'Who’s the Umpire' (WTU) and is being rolled out to regional and county HUAs in conjunction with England Hockey.

From 1st September 2020 we will no longer be using the MHUA website to collect availability, display fixtures, issue appointments, manage clubs/venues or manage expense claims.

This functionality will be done from the new OMS system. The general information held on the MHUA website (for example MHUA constitution, rules advice and AGM minutes) will be migrated to the new system although it is likely to be done as a gradual process.

Shortly, you will receive an invitation from OMS to log in to the new system and to set up your password and other details.

If you are an umpire who takes neutral appointments from the association, we will require you to enter your availability now into the new OMS.

More information on this will be sent to you shortly.

Kind Regards,

Ed Bateman
MHUA Secretary

As announced at our AGM in July 2020, we are successfully migrating data to our new online umpire management and appointments website. Named OMS (Officials Management System), it is hosted by 'Who’s the Umpire' (WTU) and is being rolled out to regional and county HUAs in conjunction with England Hockey.

From 1st September 2020 we will no longer be using the MHUA website to collect availability, display fixtures, issue appointments, manage clubs/venues or manage expense claims.

This functionality will be done from the new OMS system. The general information held on the MHUA website (for example MHUA constitution, rules advice and AGM minutes) will be migrated to the new system although it is likely to be done as a gradual process.

Shortly, you will receive an invitation from OMS to log in to the new system and to set up your password and other details.

If you are an umpire who takes neutral appointments from the association, we will require you to enter your availability now into the new OMS.

More information on this will be sent to you shortly.

Kind Regards,

Ed Bateman
MHUA Secretary

12th AugEngland Hockey (COVID) advice for umpires

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12th AugImportant Message - Please read and act before considering umpiring

Most of you will be aware that England Hockey, advised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), have authorised the return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing with the following caveats:.

Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play/training and pre/post matches
Changing facilities are still 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
We await permission to begin league hockey

There is a lot of information coming out at the moment but there are two important things for umpires to do immediately if you intend officiating soon: follow the below link and sign the 'Individual Consent for Participating in Hockey under COVID-19 Restrictions' and read the 'England Hockey Advice for Umpires' document attached to the next news immediately above. You need to do both before even thinking about picking up a whistle and doing your club a favour by umpiring a friendly summer game - both for their and your own physical protection. ... More

Most of you will be aware that England Hockey, advised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), have authorised the return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing with the following caveats:.

Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play/training and pre/post matches
Changing facilities are still 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
We await permission to begin league hockey

There is a lot of information coming out at the moment but there are two important things for umpires to do immediately if you intend officiating soon: follow the below link and sign the 'Individual Consent for Participating in Hockey under COVID-19 Restrictions' and read the 'England Hockey Advice for Umpires' document attached to the next news immediately above. You need to do both before even thinking about picking up a whistle and doing your club a favour by umpiring a friendly summer game - both for their and your own physical protection. ... More

Most of you will be aware that England Hockey, advised by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), have authorised the return to 11-a-side hockey without social distancing with the following caveats:.

Social Distancing is still applicable when there are natural breaks in play/training and pre/post matches
Changing facilities are still 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
We await permission to begin league hockey

There is a lot of information coming out at the moment but there are two important things for umpires to do immediately if you intend officiating soon: follow the below link and sign the 'Individual Consent for Participating in Hockey under COVID-19 Restrictions' and read the 'England Hockey Advice for Umpires' document attached to the next news immediately above. You need to do both before even thinking about picking up a whistle and doing your club a favour by umpiring a friendly summer game - both for their and your own physical protection. ... More

24th JulEngland Hockey update in relation to returning to hockey

The below email to HUA chairs from David Elworthy, EH Officiating Relationship Manager, was received on 10th July but due to the volume of AGM messages going out at the time it's posting was delayed until now......

'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.

Our latest statement on this announcement is linked to this message.

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.

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 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 ... More

The below email to HUA chairs from David Elworthy, EH Officiating Relationship Manager, was received on 10th July but due to the volume of AGM messages going out at the time it's posting was delayed until now......

'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.

Our latest statement on this announcement is linked to this message.

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.

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 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 ... More

The below email to HUA chairs from David Elworthy, EH Officiating Relationship Manager, was received on 10th July but due to the volume of AGM messages going out at the time it's posting was delayed until now......

'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.

Our latest statement on this announcement is linked to this message.

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.

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 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 ... More

23rd JulMHUA AGM - minutes posted

The minutes of this year's AGM on Friday, 17 July 2020 have been posted onto the website. Read about the success of using Zoom, the best attended AGM for several years, the recognition of Ian Fitzgerald by both the Association and the MHA for his loyal and selfless service to Middlesex hockey, the award of the Freddie Burnside trophy to Harrow's Holly Redpath and the election of a new League Appointment Secretary. ... More

The minutes of this year's AGM on Friday, 17 July 2020 have been posted onto the website. Read about the success of using Zoom, the best attended AGM for several years, the recognition of Ian Fitzgerald by both the Association and the MHA for his loyal and selfless service to Middlesex hockey, the award of the Freddie Burnside trophy to Harrow's Holly Redpath and the election of a new League Appointment Secretary. ... More

The minutes of this year's AGM on Friday, 17 July 2020 have been posted onto the website. Read about the success of using Zoom, the best attended AGM for several years, the recognition of Ian Fitzgerald by both the Association and the MHA for his loyal and selfless service to Middlesex hockey, the award of the Freddie Burnside trophy to Harrow's Holly Redpath and the election of a new League Appointment Secretary. ... More

28th MayEngland Hockey announces new initiative 'Online Education for Umpires'

Introduced to side-step the restrictions of Covid-19, the 'Online Education for Umpires' initiative offers free, one hour seminars for umpires of every age, ability and experience providing a platform to interact and learn about different aspects of the game. EH have also modified a number of paid-for courses allowing them to be successfully completed online without recourse to a classroom or other face-to-face physical component. An example is the reduced cost Level 1 theory qualification that can now be completed online provided students complete the whole session together with the online Rules of Hockey test.

In a further message, EH said that there will be no FIH rule changes until after the delayed 2021 Tokyo Olympics. ... More

Introduced to side-step the restrictions of Covid-19, the 'Online Education for Umpires' initiative offers free, one hour seminars for umpires of every age, ability and experience providing a platform to interact and learn about different aspects of the game. EH have also modified a number of paid-for courses allowing them to be successfully completed online without recourse to a classroom or other face-to-face physical component. An example is the reduced cost Level 1 theory qualification that can now be completed online provided students complete the whole session together with the online Rules of Hockey test.

In a further message, EH said that there will be no FIH rule changes until after the delayed 2021 Tokyo Olympics. ... More

Introduced to side-step the restrictions of Covid-19, the 'Online Education for Umpires' initiative offers free, one hour seminars for umpires of every age, ability and experience providing a platform to interact and learn about different aspects of the game. EH have also modified a number of paid-for courses allowing them to be successfully completed online without recourse to a classroom or other face-to-face physical component. An example is the reduced cost Level 1 theory qualification that can now be completed online provided students complete the whole session together with the online Rules of Hockey test.

In a further message, EH said that there will be no FIH rule changes until after the delayed 2021 Tokyo Olympics. ... More

28th MayEngland Hockey 'Return to Play' Guidelines published

Hockey Umpire Associations received a message from England Hockey this week linking to their 'Return to Play' Strategy and Guidelines developed with Public Health England in accordance with current Government rules (link attached). In addition to noting that hockey pitches may now open again, the guidelines set out a range of sensible precautions allowing players and coaches to re-engage in a limited form of the game whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing. The message provided a note of caution to clubs and associations preparing for a September restart referring to the recent RFU statement that they are scenario planning for a season start in January, 2020. The implications for umpiring of a delayed beginning to the season will be considered at the AGM now scheduled for 17th July 2020 ... More

Hockey Umpire Associations received a message from England Hockey this week linking to their 'Return to Play' Strategy and Guidelines developed with Public Health England in accordance with current Government rules (link attached). In addition to noting that hockey pitches may now open again, the guidelines set out a range of sensible precautions allowing players and coaches to re-engage in a limited form of the game whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing. The message provided a note of caution to clubs and associations preparing for a September restart referring to the recent RFU statement that they are scenario planning for a season start in January, 2020. The implications for umpiring of a delayed beginning to the season will be considered at the AGM now scheduled for 17th July 2020 ... More

Hockey Umpire Associations received a message from England Hockey this week linking to their 'Return to Play' Strategy and Guidelines developed with Public Health England in accordance with current Government rules (link attached). In addition to noting that hockey pitches may now open again, the guidelines set out a range of sensible precautions allowing players and coaches to re-engage in a limited form of the game whilst maintaining appropriate social distancing. The message provided a note of caution to clubs and associations preparing for a September restart referring to the recent RFU statement that they are scenario planning for a season start in January, 2020. The implications for umpiring of a delayed beginning to the season will be considered at the AGM now scheduled for 17th July 2020 ... More

14th MayUpdate on the adjourned England Hockey AGM

Further to the adjourned England Hockey AGM on 17 March 2020, England Hockey is now in a position to advise on the proposed next steps. The AGM agenda included a number of regular items that are addressed every year as well as the significant matter of seeking membership approval of the Structure Fit for the Future proposals.

The England Hockey articles do not allow for an AGM to be held electronically. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the government are making allowances for companies regarding the filing of the relevant end of year paperwork. Having made the necessary enquiries with our auditors, the 2018-19 England Hockey accounts have been filed at Companies House, noting they are subject to membership retrospective approval when the adjourned AGM is eventually reconvened, allowing for amends to be filed if necessary.

A new date has not yet been set for the England Hockey AGM. When the situation allows, a time and date will be published to reconvene the adjourned AGM in the appropriate manner with sufficient notice in line with the articles of England Hockey.

Obviously without the vote from the membership taking place at the AGM, the Structure Fit for the Future proposals are not yet approved. The Board of England Hockey still has the appetite to pursue the work against the initial timescales due to the level of engagement and support from the membership in the run up to the adjourned AGM. The staff at England Hockey will therefore start to develop the next stages of the proposals in line with the timeline set out. Clubs, Associations and other membership bodies can expect to be invited to provide information to develop the next level of detail in the proposals. The Board is clear that the implementation of this work will only progress subject to membership approval.

Further to the adjourned England Hockey AGM on 17 March 2020, England Hockey is now in a position to advise on the proposed next steps. The AGM agenda included a number of regular items that are addressed every year as well as the significant matter of seeking membership approval of the Structure Fit for the Future proposals.

The England Hockey articles do not allow for an AGM to be held electronically. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the government are making allowances for companies regarding the filing of the relevant end of year paperwork. Having made the necessary enquiries with our auditors, the 2018-19 England Hockey accounts have been filed at Companies House, noting they are subject to membership retrospective approval when the adjourned AGM is eventually reconvened, allowing for amends to be filed if necessary.

A new date has not yet been set for the England Hockey AGM. When the situation allows, a time and date will be published to reconvene the adjourned AGM in the appropriate manner with sufficient notice in line with the articles of England Hockey.

Obviously without the vote from the membership taking place at the AGM, the Structure Fit for the Future proposals are not yet approved. The Board of England Hockey still has the appetite to pursue the work against the initial timescales due to the level of engagement and support from the membership in the run up to the adjourned AGM. The staff at England Hockey will therefore start to develop the next stages of the proposals in line with the timeline set out. Clubs, Associations and other membership bodies can expect to be invited to provide information to develop the next level of detail in the proposals. The Board is clear that the implementation of this work will only progress subject to membership approval.

Further to the adjourned England Hockey AGM on 17 March 2020, England Hockey is now in a position to advise on the proposed next steps. The AGM agenda included a number of regular items that are addressed every year as well as the significant matter of seeking membership approval of the Structure Fit for the Future proposals.

The England Hockey articles do not allow for an AGM to be held electronically. In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, the government are making allowances for companies regarding the filing of the relevant end of year paperwork. Having made the necessary enquiries with our auditors, the 2018-19 England Hockey accounts have been filed at Companies House, noting they are subject to membership retrospective approval when the adjourned AGM is eventually reconvened, allowing for amends to be filed if necessary.

A new date has not yet been set for the England Hockey AGM. When the situation allows, a time and date will be published to reconvene the adjourned AGM in the appropriate manner with sufficient notice in line with the articles of England Hockey.

Obviously without the vote from the membership taking place at the AGM, the Structure Fit for the Future proposals are not yet approved. The Board of England Hockey still has the appetite to pursue the work against the initial timescales due to the level of engagement and support from the membership in the run up to the adjourned AGM. The staff at England Hockey will therefore start to develop the next stages of the proposals in line with the timeline set out. Clubs, Associations and other membership bodies can expect to be invited to provide information to develop the next level of detail in the proposals. The Board is clear that the implementation of this work will only progress subject to membership approval.

14th MayEngland Hockey publish detail of how they will reconcile 2020 league positions

Reconciliation of 2019/20 EHL Hockey Season
Due to the COVID-19 situation putting a stop to the final week of the EHL season, please find attached a statement on how the final positions have been reconciled:
If you have any questions, please e-mail competitions@englandhockey.co.uk ... More

Reconciliation of 2019/20 EHL Hockey Season
Due to the COVID-19 situation putting a stop to the final week of the EHL season, please find attached a statement on how the final positions have been reconciled:
If you have any questions, please e-mail competitions@englandhockey.co.uk ... More

Reconciliation of 2019/20 EHL Hockey Season
Due to the COVID-19 situation putting a stop to the final week of the EHL season, please find attached a statement on how the final positions have been reconciled:
If you have any questions, please e-mail competitions@englandhockey.co.uk ... More

20th JanGurmit Bhamra is new MHUA midweek Appointments Secretary

Following many years of excellent service, Ian Fitzgerald hung up his Wednesday whistle and role of MHUA midweek appointments secretary at Christmas and has been replaced by new Committee member Gurmit Bhamra. The Committee are very grateful to Gurmit for stepping forward. Gurmit can be contacted ar gurmit.s.bhamra@gmail.com, mobile 07931 777855 or landline 01784 246596. We are always looking midweek umpires so please contact Gurmit if you could be available on a Wednesday.

Following many years of excellent service, Ian Fitzgerald hung up his Wednesday whistle and role of MHUA midweek appointments secretary at Christmas and has been replaced by new Committee member Gurmit Bhamra. The Committee are very grateful to Gurmit for stepping forward. Gurmit can be contacted ar gurmit.s.bhamra@gmail.com, mobile 07931 777855 or landline 01784 246596. We are always looking midweek umpires so please contact Gurmit if you could be available on a Wednesday.

Following many years of excellent service, Ian Fitzgerald hung up his Wednesday whistle and role of MHUA midweek appointments secretary at Christmas and has been replaced by new Committee member Gurmit Bhamra. The Committee are very grateful to Gurmit for stepping forward. Gurmit can be contacted ar gurmit.s.bhamra@gmail.com, mobile 07931 777855 or landline 01784 246596. We are always looking midweek umpires so please contact Gurmit if you could be available on a Wednesday.

9th Oct

(2019)
Social Media

Moving into the 21st century (ish)

After members comments at our AGM we are increasing the ways in which you can follow us and keep up to date with what happens at MHUA.
Share, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddlesexHUA
Twitter: @MiddxUmpires ... More

Moving into the 21st century (ish)

After members comments at our AGM we are increasing the ways in which you can follow us and keep up to date with what happens at MHUA.
Share, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddlesexHUA
Twitter: @MiddxUmpires ... More

Moving into the 21st century (ish)

After members comments at our AGM we are increasing the ways in which you can follow us and keep up to date with what happens at MHUA.
Share, like and follow us on Facebook and Twitter

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MiddlesexHUA
Twitter: @MiddxUmpires ... More

4th Aug

(2019)
MHUA 2019 AGM minutes, Executive and Finance reports

The minutes of the AGM (Eastcote Hockey Club on 5th July) together with the Executive and Finance reports are now available on the website ... More

The minutes of the AGM (Eastcote Hockey Club on 5th July) together with the Executive and Finance reports are now available on the website ... More

The minutes of the AGM (Eastcote Hockey Club on 5th July) together with the Executive and Finance reports are now available on the website ... More