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News & Diary
19th September 2018

Diary Items to Note

Wednesday 24th October 201819:30
Umpiring Committee
Red Lion Whittlesford

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19th SepPLUM 2018 Presentations

Dear All,

The powerpoint presentations shown at the PLUM conference are now available for download from the Information & Downloads section of the website.

Click the above link or go to the downloads page and click on PLUM 2018 Presentations to download.

Trevor Norman
Webmaster

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18th SepERHUA Middleton Aggregates Sponsored Soft Shell Jackets

Members are reminded that they need to order our new sponsored soft shell jackets as soon as possible.

These are kindly offered by Peter Lemon Middleton Aggregates to our Active members.

To order your jacket see details on your personal page.

Closing date 19th September 2018.

Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

17th SepPLUM 2018

PLUM 2018

PLUM 2018 has been a massive success, with teams, umpires and umpire coaches operating at three locations, each with two pitches.

The start of the weekend was a series of presentations by Louise Knipe, a top FIH Umpire Manager, Hamish Jamson, an English Olympic Umpire and Andy Halliday, the current Manager of the Great Britain and England men’s teams. Louise and Hamish were present as part of a course for young international umpires that they were running for the EHF, and these umpires also took part in the action whilst being mentored by Louise and Hamish. The turnout by our ERHUA members and guests for these presentations was fantastic, and filled the OL main room virtually to capacity.

We thank Louise, Hamish and Andy for their thought-provoking presentations, and we are grateful that they will allow us to upload their presentations and clips onto the ERHUA website in due course. They are well worth watching.

We were blessed with excellent weather for the “action” part of the weekend and all umpires had the opportunity to umpire under excellent conditions along with receiving coaching throughout the weekend. We would like to thank all the umpire coaches that took part, together with the Centres themselves and those members who, behind the scenes, made things happen.

A big thank you also to the staff at Old Loughtonians HC who laid on a splendid dinner for umpires and coaches on the Saturday evening.

We are all grateful to the members of the organising committee from among our number, too many to name individually, for all their hard work and dedication over the past year and we look forward to another successful event in 2019.

Alan Budd
President, ERHUA

17th SepUse & Maintenance of Radio Sets

All,

I would like to remind the membership that the responsibility of maintaining and keeping the umpiring radios in good working order is down to the individual the radio has been allocated to.

The ERHUA have invested heavily in these radios for the benefit of its members, so the association expects that the radios are looked after in the appropriate manner.

If there are any problems with the radio, headset, carry pouch or charging unit firstly please inform me. Then if necessary following further discussions, it remains the responsibility of the member to contact ‘Umpire Talk’ the radio manufacturer directly to arrange any repair or replacement.

This enables me to keep a record of what has happened to the radios, while ensuring members get radios working again as soon as possible.

This is all set out in the letter sent out when radios are issued. Please follow the link to refresh your memory.

Thank you.

Trevor Norman
Webmaster & ERHUA Umpire Radio Co-ordinator.

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17th SepCongratulations

Congratulations to Dan Carter, Caroline Illing, David Kennedy & Martin Mason on their recent successful Level 2 assessments and gaining membership to the ERHUA.

Welcome, and we hope you have a long and successful career in the East.

Ray Allum
Chairman A&A.

12th SepFrank Lockhart

Funeral details are:

City of London Crematorium (North Chapel), Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London E12 5DQ at 10.45am on Tuesday 18th September and afterwards at The Woodford Wells Club,Monkhams Lane,Woodford Green,ESSEX,IG8 ONL.

Family flowers only and any donations to Great Ormond Street Hospital please.

Barry Smith
Chairman

10th SepFrank Lockhart 1933-2018

A stalwart of umpiring and sport generally passed away last week.
Frank became a much respected figure in both hockey and cricket over many years. His cricket at Oxford University identified him as someone who would make his mark on the game, and he became a very successful club cricketer, who then moved into umpiring where he reached Minor Counties standard, and was well known throughout Essex as one of the top umpires in the county, as well as umpiring at Lords. He was a member for many years at Woodford Wells Cricket Club where he finished umpiring only this summer.
His hockey career was equally successful with many years service to East umpiring. He umpired at the top level in the East, and many said he was close to an appointment by the England Selectors. He had a long spell as secretary of ECHUA before the merger, and was a Selector for a long time. When NPUA was formed Frank became its first Appointments Secretary, a demanding post which he filled with considerable flair for many years. He followed this with several years service as an NPUA Match Delegate.
He was a popular figure at many hockey and cricket clubs in the East, and became a regular figure at the Barcelona Hockey Tournament, where he was honored with a special presentation recently. Until last year he was taking regular appointments with Essex HUA, and was a regular at School games in the East, as well as England Masters matches -- not bad at 80 +! His involvement with Crostyx Hockey Club goes back a long way.
He was a much admired umpire in both sports, who was always sought out after games to socialize and discuss decisions.
His friends and colleagues will miss him enormously--he was always supportive on the pitch and off it, and had a never ending catalogue of stories. One of Hockey's greats-- there have not been many of them.

Peter Halliday

3rd SepChristopher Todd

Chris Todd’s Funeral Service will be held on 7th September 2:00pm @ Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
(Bright clothing - Chris Todd’s request)

Note: Please arrive early for parking purposes

Alan Budd
President ERHUA

17th AugERHUA Middleton Aggregates Sponsored Soft Shell Jackets

I am pleased to inform you Peter Lemon Middleton Aggregates has agreed to
sponsor soft shell jackets for our Active members.

To order your jacket see details on your personal page.

Closing date 19th September 2018.

Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

3rd AugA & A Minutes

The Minutes of the A & A Committee meeting held on the 18th July have now been published.

Chris Row
Sec A & A Committee

2nd AugAGM and Umpiring Committee minutes

The minutes of the AGM and Umpiring Committee held on 18th July 2018 have now been published.

Mary Baker
Hon. Sec. ERHUA

28th JulSecretary Vacancy

Please note at the end of the 2018/2019 season, our secretary, Mary Baker, has given notice of her intention to step down from the role after many years of service to the ERHUA committee. We therefore would like to start the proccess of succession planning to make sure we have an effective transition. We would ask interested parties to contact either Mary, or myself and we will publish a role description to those persons.
Regards,
Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

23rd JulAward winner

John Davey - Tim Martin
Barbara Weir - Will Davey
Peter Moore - Eliot Bates
John Whitehead - Peter Halliday
Steve Trounce - Mike Hudson
Life members - Peter Halliday and Barry Smith

Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

23rd JulNotes from the AGM

Following the recent ERHUA AGM the following bullet points can be published prior to the official minutes.
- Peter Halliday retired as President after his three year term.
- Alan Budd has been elected as the new ERHUA President.
- Barry Smith will remain as Chairman with a succession plan being implemented to put in post a new Chairman during the coming season.
- Chris Row has been elected in the new committee post of Event manager.
- Bev Budd has been named as a new selector and member of the A&A Committee.

Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

5th JanWebsite Enhancement - Umpire & Club Feedback

Dear Umpire,
Very shortly the ERHUA will be introducing a new marking system to the website to allow umpires to give feedback on teams and teams to give feedback on umpires.

This will allow you to appraise the match/teams involved in your league match. This gives us the opportunity to work with the clubs in identifying any areas for praise or concern, with the intention of raising the standards of performance and behaviour within the East League. This includes pre-match hospitality, on pitch behaviour and quality of the post-match refreshment.

The changes will mean, when you login to your personal area after you have umpired a league game, as well as seeing the normal request to input your expenses, you will see that you will be required to give feedback on the teams.

There will be a new dropdowns within the menu with seven levels, where you can select from Excellent down to unacceptable. Depending on your selection, you may then need to provide further information to explain your reasoning for that selection.

Please note we will be using this system on league games only, so you will not be required to provide feedback for any cup games or tournaments. Also, you will not be able to claim any expenses until your match feedback has been completed.

This is not one way traffic – the Clubs get their opportunity to feed back on the umpires` performance as well! This happens in a number of ways - clubs provide a rating for each umpire for every match in the outdoor league; and clubs are also able to submit additional comments or feedback for the umpires which are read by your Panel Selector.

Each umpire`s average scores from the clubs are published in their personal area twice each season, at the end of the first half and at the end of the season. Members can see their own average scores and the overall average scores for umpires on their panel. No averages are shown if the umpire has umpired fewer than five games in that half-season.

The introduction of these new systems is to allow the ERHUA and the East League Association to better understand the behaviour of clubs, and to aid the A&A committee in the monitoring of umpire performance across the region.

We have chosen to implement these systems now at the halfway point of the season, to allow everyone including umpires, clubs and administrators to get use to the systems and requirements before we start a new season. Therefore, while this half season’s feedback will be useful, the main purpose of the introduction to see how the systems work and iron out any issues we may find.

If you are having trouble with the use of this new system, please contact me as soon as possible to rectify the issue.

Regards
The Webmaster.
webmaster@erhua.co.uk

7th Sep (2017)Fitness Test

Just a quick reminder all panel A umpires must pass either the Bleep or Cooper test before or just after the start of the new season, failure to do so will result in that umpire being dropped down a panel , All Candidates must pass either tests before they are given a game, Any umpire who aspires to progress up the umpiring ladder within our region will be required to pass a fitness test before moving up a panel

Ray Allum.

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