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26th JulWeb Site Structure Changes

Some changes have been made to the structure of the web site.
Some of the pages that have traditionally been available to anyone have been moved to within the personal area. This further protects data from access by people with no genuine reason to access it.
The pages affected are the Committees Page, Umpire Contact Details Page(s), Membership Page, Umpire Panels Page and Umpire Awards Page.
In addition, the Club Page that is in the public area showing all the information about a club has been modified so that it no longer shows any contact information for individuals. There is a duplicate of the page accessible from within the personal areas, which does show contact details.

The changes mean that, with the exception of a very few key contacts for the association(s), no personal contact information is now available to the public - it is only available to people who are properly registered as umpires or registered by clubs as club administrators or team officials.
In the past, there have been three settings that people can use for protecting their contact information (Public, Private or Secret). Because of the changes the Public category is now only really relevant for a few key association contacts and a new Internal category has been added. Any contact information marked as Internal can only be seen by genuinely registered users of the web site.
If your contact information needs to be seen by people from other clubs even if you are not due to play against them, you should ensure that your privacy setting for the relevant contact information is Internal rather than Private.

23rd JulPam Parker, OBE

We are saddened to hear that Pam passed away last month.

Pam was President of MWHUA at the time of its merger, in 2000, with MCHUA to form our current Association. Post merger, she served as selector for a number of years and also as the Vice President from the Women’s game.

Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. The funeral was held on 8th July.

17th JulApplication of the rules of hockey in England for the 2019-20 Season

Dear MRHUA Umpires, Coaches and Assessors,
England Hockey have now released a statement confirming that it supports the implementation of all the rule changes contained within the 2019 FIH rules of hockey, with the exception of one, which relates to ‘Quarters’.
Please see the attached England Hockey Statement for full details.
If you have any questions relating to the new rules or their implementation, please feel free to contact the Chairs of Selection or myself accordingly. An item on the new rules will be held at the MRHUA members meeting in September, where interpretations and requirements will be discussed.
New rule books are in the process of being ordered and will be distributed through BCHUA or EMHUA if you are members or otherwise through MRHUA.
Jerry Yates, Secretary MRHUA

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13th JulMarc Abraham Funeral Arrangements

Marc’s funeral will be on Monday 22 July at 2.00 pm in the Wellington Chapel of Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham, RG40 3DW and then afterwards for a celebration of his life at Camberley Cricket Club, Upper Verran Road, Camberley GU15 2JL.
Family flowers only. If you would like to make a donation, the chosen charity in Marc’s memory is the Oesophago-gastric Fund at The Christie Hospital, Manchester.
Should you wish to donate online the link is shown below Please reference Marc’s name at the time of making the donation.

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28th JunMarc Abraham 1981-2019

Many of you will remember Marc for the help he gave you to improve your umpiring. He was a keen sportsman playing cricket and hockey at home in the South before coming to the Midlands to study Nutrition at Nottingham University at Sutton Bonington.
Marc was a member of the National Young Umpire Panel, started by Jane Nockolds. He joined EMHUA as an umpire in 2002 and remained a member until 2004. He moved away from the Midlands for a time and became an L3 umpire in March 2010. Marc returned to the Midlands in 2010 as a Regional Umpire Coach (L2 in those days).
He was always interested in helping young umpires and joined the Midlands Young Umpiring Group in 2010 as a member, and as a coach and mentor until 2015. He was also part of the MYU management team. Many of our young umpires benefited from Marc’s knowledge of hockey at higher levels, his coaching and his help with many things. He re-joined EMHUA again from 2012 to 2016.
In 2016 his job took him to work at the Christie NHS Foundation Trust in Manchester where he worked as a nutritionist. He continued to live in Nottingham and helped three of our NPDP umpires to achieve their Level 3s. Matt Parry season 2014/15, Ben Driver 2015/16 and Brett Friskney 2017/18. At this point he moved to Manchester to be nearer to work.
He passed away very suddenly last week. He was on holiday in Sardinia with his partner and family and became unwell while swimming in the sea and could not be revived.
Marc had a wonderful calm demeanour and approach which will be sorely missed. This is a sad time but all of us who had the privilege of working with him will remember him as someone special.

Details of funeral arrangements will follow in due course

3rd JunFitness testing dates UPDATED

We have arranged the following dates when we will be running fitness tests. Satisfactory completion of a fitness test is required for all NPUA Umpires, MRHUA members who wish to be considered for promotion and all candidates nominated for MRHUA membership. Other members who wish to take the test are more than welcome.

Beeston (Supervised by Richard Kirk)
Tuesday 11th and 18th June and Thursday 11th July all commencing at 7.00pm

Old Silhillians (Supervised by Howard Wilson)
Wednesday 19th June and Tuesday 16th July both commencing at 7.00pm

All umpires will have the options of running either the Cooper or Beep test. The Yo-yo test will be available on the 11th July only.

Fitness levels remain the same as last year; details can be found in the downloads section of the website. NPUA C panel umpires are required to meet the same levels as those for MRHUA umpires.

In order that we can plan effectively, please advise Richard or Howard as appropriate as to which date you will be attending and the test that you wish to complete. It is not acceptable to notify other people as this will just delay the process on the day due to the administration required in advance of running the sessions.

23rd MayUmpire Grade Changes

Following the recent selection meetings, we are pleased to announce the following promotions:

Men’s Panel

M1 – Tom Cox, Ben Garrod, Cellan Griffiths and Jim Wakeland promoted from M2, Amar Chudasama promoted from M3

M2* Herbie Bently added to the development panel

Women’s Panel

W1 – Lewis Gibson and Jason Sign promoted from W2
W2 – John Van Berkel added to panel, Jenny Cordon promoted from W3
W3 – Maria Carr and Jeevan Chagger added to panel after successful assessments.

Congratulations to you all.

23rd MayManaging Club Email Addresses

The web system has been updated to allow club webmasters to manage the use of club email addresses for registered club contacts and administrators.
Where a contact has used a club email address as their log-in address (despite the instructions that this should not be done), the club webmaster can now change the log-in address for that contact to be their personal email address.
Where a club contact has registered a club email address to be used for all email communications regarding club matters, the club webmaster can remove the registration.
Both options allow club webmasters to fully update the system when positions within the club change, without the need to force other club members to log in (who may have left the club).
The options are all in the "Update Club Members (Contact and Administrators)" button in the "Recorded Club Members" section of the club administration area.
The options are only available to the designated club webmaster.

6th MayRob@bchua.org.uk is no longer accessible

If you want to contact Rob Crosson via email please use Robcrosson@outlook.com. The address above will not be accessible but will probably not bounce

15th FebCategory D Red Cards and Dissent

There have recently been two instances where our members have issued red cards for a second, repeat offence of Dissent and have subsequently reported this as a Category D offence (Two separate, but duplicate, minor offences for which a yellow card was awarded for the first offence.)

Please note that under the Red Card & MMO Regulations, Dissent is not considered (quite rightly) to be a minor offence. It therefore follows that in a game, if a player who has already received a yellow card for dissent should repeat the offence such that a second yellow card would be awarded, the player should be shown a Red Card and the offence should be reported as a Category A Offence on the Red Card Report Form.

28th Sep (2018)Revised England Hockey Disrepute Process

Please note that England Hockey have introduced revised Disrepute Complaint Regulations with effect from 21 September 2018.
In summary, complaints of disrepute are now to be sent to the Head of Governance at England Hockey in the first instance. Please follow the link below for the revised copy of the Disrepute Complaint Regulations and the Code of Ethics & Behaviour Disrepute Incident Form.
Individuals are free to submit such complaints on their own behalf. However, if you are a member of MRHUA and you wish to submit a disrepute report in relation to events relating to regional hockey (which can be done if you wish to report what you consider to be disreputable behaviour which would not fall within your powers under the Red Card and MMO Regulations), we would strongly urge you to speak to a member of the MRHUA Executive Committee before so doing. The Executive will, of course, always support you should it believe that you have reasonable cause to submit such a report.
Finally, please note that Disrepute complaints may be submitted up to 14 days after any alleged incident. This means that you and the MRHUA Executive have time to ensure that your report is fully considered before being compiled and submitted in a structured way.
A copy of the new Disrepute form is also available on the website under 'Information and Downloads - Disciplinary Code'

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19th Jul (2018)Website Access for Clubs and Teams

Important message to all clubs and teams accessing the MRHUA, BCHUA and EMHUA Websites.
Following the introduction of the GDPR regulations in May, the umpiring websites have changed the way that clubs and teams access the website. The prime change is that there is no longer one password per club or team and only registered people with their own password can access their club or team pages.
In order to comply with the GDPR regulations all club and team contacts should now access the website through their own personal areas using their registered email address and password, which have been created for all know contacts, from details previously stored, as part of the new system implementation.
All know Club and Team contacts will have received emails, to their registered email address, advising of the change and of the need to setup a ‘personal’ password.
Clubs and teams must utilise this method in order to update or change names and or contact details. If the link in your email has expired (please check your junk boxes if you have not received these), please contact the relevant webmaster of MRHUA, BCHUA or EMHUA who will reset.
Jerry Yates
Webmaster MRHUA

5th Apr (2018)Changes to England Hockey Leagues for season 2019/20

England Hockey have announced the structure for the National Leagues for season 2019/20 onwards. Full details can be obtained by clicking on the link

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27th Nov (2017)Confirmation of match details to Watchers

If a watcher has been appointed to a match that you are involved with, it is common courtesy, notwithstanding the details shown on the website, for you to make contact with the watcher to confirm the time and venue of the match.

The usual protocol is for the first named umpire to take responsibility for confirming details. However, if you find you are paired with somebody who is first named but who isn’t a Panel Umpire (e.g. Guest, Candidate, Exchange Visitor etc.) then please take on the responsibility yourself.

11th Nov (2016)Clarification on Red Cards awarded for dissent

In the last fortnight there have been two instances where our members have issued Red Cards for dissent and have reported them as Category D Offences (two separate, but duplicate minor offences for which a yellow card was awarded for the first offence).

Please would everybody note that under Para 6.3 of EH Discipline Regulations, dissent is not a minor offence. It therefore follows that if a player has received a yellow card for dissent, a second offence of this nature will attract a Red Card which should be reported as a Category A Offence (Physical violence was not used, attempted or threatened).

17th Aug (2016)+++ UDATED +++ Parking at King Edwards High School, Birmingham

Despite previous advice, parking at KES, home to Harborne and Bournville does not require a permit.

However, umpires should note that the only car park that we can use is the Parade Ground car park, which is accessed by the side entrance on the A38 only, not by either of the entrances on Edgbaston Park road. Heading towards the city centre, take the third entry after Edgbaston Park Road. If approaching from the city, you will need to do a U turn at the lights on the junction of Bristol Road and Edgbaston Park Road

If other car parks are used, you risk having your car clamped because these areas are being monitored.

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