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East Region Hockey Umpiring Association

News & Diary
18th February 2018

Diary Items to Note

Wednesday 28th March 201819:30
Umpiring Committee
Red Lion Whittlesford

Latest News

11th FebNPUA Level 3 Success

Congratulations to Isaac Charles who successfully passed his Level 3 watching this weekend.

Well done Isaac.

Ray Allum A&A Chairman

4th FebNPUA Level 3 Success

Congratulations to Neil Tallentire who successfully passed his Level 3 watching this weekend.

Well done Neil.

Ray Allum A&A Chairman

4th FebMilestone Match

Milestone Match

Congratulations to Steve Mayhew who recently umpired his 150th ERHUA league
match.

Well done Steve.

Barry Smith ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

30th JanUmpiring Committee minutes

The minutes of the Umpiring Committee held on 24th January 2018 have now been published.

Mary Baker
Hon. Sec. ERHUA

25th JanIndoor L3 Success

Following the recent National Indoor League season, we can congratulate Francesca Grapes on passing her Indoor Level 3 assessment.

Well done Frankie.

Ray Allum A&A Chairman

23rd JanVacancy – Post of Development Director – East Region Hockey Association

Vacancy – Post of Development Director – East Region Hockey Association

Applications are invited for the post of Development Director – East Region Hockey Association. This is a rewarding role for those who are committed to creative organisational development in the Region with particular emphasis on communication at all levels of strategy and planning together with leading the integration and coordination of EH/Regional objectives. (Chairing 1 meeting and attending 4 Board meetings annually plus an AGM). The applicant will be expected to:

· Producing strategies, developing and updating a rolling 5 year plan for Board approval and executing such plans for the continued development of all aspects of Hockey in the East

· Responding to East development issues as directed by the Board

· Maintaining the East in line with EH Strategy and 4 year cycles

· Responsible for supporting and guiding development programmes

· Linking plans and actions with the support work of EH appointed Regional Officers in

o Development of officials, leaders, resources and activities

o Club accreditation

o Links to schools

· Work with EH in the continuing development of strategies and plans

· Review the constitution annually in order to maintain it as a ’living’ document and to make appropriate recommendations for changes, deletions and additions to the Board meeting prior to the AGM

Applications should be submitted in letter format describing briefly your background incorporating a summary CV to John Hendy - johnstuarthendy@hotmail.co.uk by 28 February 2018

For additional information please contact John Hendy on 07976 838309

23rd JanVacancy – Post of Secretary – East Region Hockey Association

Vacancy – Post of Secretary – East Region Hockey Association

Applications are invited for the post of Secretary – East Region Hockey Association. This is a rewarding role for those who are committed to administration in the Region with particular emphasis on meeting organisation and recording (4 Board meetings annually plus AGM) together with communication and advise at all levels. Expenses are payable and a per meeting fee could be negotiated. The applicant will be expected to:

· Prepare and issue agendas and minutes of the Board and General Meetings in consultation with the President

· Arrange publication of minutes and Board reports, as deemed appropriate by the Board, on the Association’s web-site

· Act as the main communication link, as appropriate, with EH and with other relevant external bodies

· Deal with general correspondence, and

· Give help and advice as required to the Executive, Board, Directorates, Committees and other constituent members of the Association

Applications should be submitted in letter format describing briefly your background incorporating a summary CV to John Hendy - johnstuarthendy@hotmail.co.uk by 28 February 2018

For additional information please contact John Hendy on 07976 838309

22nd JanVancancy - Post of Performance Director – East Region Hockey Association

Vacancy – Post of Performance Director – East Region Hockey Association

Applications are invited for the post of Performance Director – East Region Hockey Association. This is a rewarding role for those that are committed to youth development in the Region with particular emphasis on running and maintaining Performance Centres at Northwood and Bury St Edmunds. The applicant must:

· Be an excellent ORGANISER as the post carries the responsibility of successfully delivering Performance Centres at Northwood and Bury St Edmunds. It would be useful but certainly not essential to have a Coaching qualification.

· Have an absolute PASSION for talent development within the Youth of the Region.

· Be a good COMMUNICATOR with the stakeholders that are principally, England Hockey, the Academy Centres, players and coaches.

Applications should be submitted in letter format describing briefly your background incorporating a summary CV to Martin Williams martinw1955@gmail.com by the closing date of 28th February 2018

For additional information please contact Martin Williams on 07793-651260

17th JanPLUM 2018 - Date For Your Diary.

PLUM 2018 Will be held on September 15th/16th 2018. Our new Conference committee promise an interesting morning of talks from top speakers. As usual there will be loads of games to watch and umpire and there are plans afoot for coaching groups to be lead by experienced umpires and umpire coaches.

Peter Halliday
President

17th JanA & A Committee Meeting

The MInutes of the meeting held on the 3rd Jan have now been published
Chris Row
Secretary A&A Committee

13th JanCongratulations

After passing his watching today I am pleased to welcome back after a number of years Dave Reeson to the Region.

Ray Allum
A&A Chairman

9th JanIndoor Congratulations

After his watching over the weekend I am pleased to welcome Richard Chere to the Region after gaining his Indoor L2.

Ray Allum
A&A 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

22nd Dec (2017)Match day call-off procedure

With the second half of the season starting on the first weekend of the New Year, please keep in mind the following, should there be need to postpone a match on the day it is due to be played.
Teams should understand from where and at what time the umpires will be leaving to travel to their game and a phone call will be considered the only accepted form of communication on that day; please no emails or messages, as these cannot be read whilst driving and may not arrive in a timely manner. Please also make sure you speak to the umpire directly and do not just leave an answer phone message.
Umpires should also play their part, if they think the weather may influence the game taking place, they should inform the home team of there location and what time they expect to leave home to travel to the match and please check with your colleague before starting your journey.
If an umpire has started to travel without cancellation confirmation received and subsequently claims cost to the ERHUA, a fixed cost invoice will be sent to the home club to cover the travel and administration costs.

Barry Smith
ERHUA Chairman

19th Dec (2017)Women in umpiring

Please see link below to an article on the England hockey website with regards to women in umpiring.

Barry Smith.
ERHUA Chairman.

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10th Dec (2017)Late Call Offs

All,

Following this weekend’s poor weather with multiple postponed games, please be aware that should you be in a position where you have already set off from home to the game and the game has subsequently been called off, you are entitled to claim mileage expenses for the miles you have travelled up to the point where you have been informed that the game is called off.

Please fill in the feedback mileage claim as you would normally do for a completed game.

Please note, if you have not begun your journey, and have no claim to make please do nothing with regard to the feedback as this aids with the administration when rearranging the fixture.

Thank you

The Webmaster.

3rd Dec (2017)Indoor Congratulations

After their watchings this weekend I have the pleasure of congratulating Sue Row, Jason Davies and Mark Tomkins who were all successful in gaining their L2 Indoor.

Ray Allum
A&A Chairman

25th Nov (2017)Milestone Match

Congratulations to Mike Hudson who this weekend umpired his 250th ERHUA league match.

A fantastic achievement, well done Mike.

Barry Smith ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

21st Nov (2017)Coaching Success

Congratulations to Paul Gallop on his successfully assessment for his Regional Coaching Award (old style L2 umpire coach) by Allan Holliwell at Lee Valley this weekend.
A huge thank you to those umpire coaches who mentored and supported Paul through this process

Welcome to the team.

Grant Douglas
East Chief Umpire Coach

19th Nov (2017)Milestone Match

Congratulations to Alan Budd who this weekend made his 100th ERHUA support match appearance.

A great achievement, well done Alan.

Barry Smith ERHUA Chairman
Ray Allum A&A Chairman

23rd Oct (2017)Mileage Recording

Could all members please enter mileages shortly after their games.
I can then keep track of how our finances are going.
Many thanks
Tim Martin
Treasurer ERHUA

19th Oct (2017)Umpire Confirmations by Clubs

Members are reminded that should clubs fail to notify you of matches for the weekend by the end of Tuesday of that week, that they should let Barry Smith, Chairman of ERHUA know. This enables the Association to act accordingly if this breach of league rules persists.

21st Sep (2017)Umpire Feedback Form

In previous seasons it has been felt that information regarding teams, facilities and games have not been feed back to the appropriate committees when and where necessary.

There is and has been the ability for umpires to provide feedback using the feedback form on the Information & Download section of the website, the link to the form is below.

Please use this form if there are any comments, positive or negative, that you would like to make concerning the attitude or behaviour of players or the organisation of a game to which you have been appointed. This form should be used for issues you feel need to be drawn to the attention of the authorities, ERHUA or League.

Thank you.

The Webmaster.

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18th Sep (2017)PLUM Volunteers

All,

Following the recent survey regarding PLUM a number of you indicated that you were willing to help out with the running of future PLUM's.

Unfortunately, due to how the survey worked we were unable to identify who these individuals were. Therefore, could those who wish to help with future PLUM's please respond to the email address below.

We will then collate this information and contact individuals in due course.

Regards,
Webmaster
ERHUA Webmaster
(webmaster@erhua.co.uk)

14th Sep (2017)New Marking Matrix

All,

Following discussions at this years AGM & A&A meetings, it has been decided to update the marking matrix and bring it in line with the marking system used throughout England Hockey and beyond!

The new matrix can be found on the Information & Downloads sections of the website or by clicking the attached link.

If you have any questions regarding this new matrix, please seek out any member of the A&A committee during PLUM.

The Webmaster.

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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.

15th Jul (2017)AGM and Umpiring Committee minutes

The minutes of the AGM and Umpiring Committee held on 5th July 2017 have now been published.

Mary Baker
Hon. Sec. ERHUA

16th Apr (2017)Personal Area Login Changes

All,
Due to changes to security and how the website now works you will see the next time you try to sign into your personal area the login procedure has changed.

Rather than picking your name from the drop down list, then entering your password, you will be asked to enter the the email address associated to your login, along with your current password.

Please note, there is an option to tick a box to enable your device to remember your email and your password. Please only do this if you are the only user of this device, for public devices please do not have the box ticked.Ticking this box will mean you will not have to enter your email or password every time you login.

This change is to ensure we maintain the most up to date systems, security and smooth running of the website.

Regards
The Webmaster.

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