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27th JunNEW: East Young Umpire Training Days

A second event has been added by East Young Umpire Pathway in terms of umpire training days in Herts and Beds - 20th July @ Bedford Hockey Club

If you’re interested, don’t miss out and book your place online today: http://training.eastyup.co.uk
If you would like further information about any of the days please contact training@eastyup.co.uk and we'll get back to you as soon as possible!

How much is it?
£20 per person to attend, which includes a whistle and a free umpiring shirt!

What do I get out of it?
You will become an regionally qualified Young Umpire, which will allow you to officiate at a number of events across the region, such as In2Hockey, Academy Centre and Performance Centre events, including junior matches at your club. You'll also be added to the East Young Umpire Pathway's Academy Programme, where the support team of coaches and mentors will be on hand to help your progression and development. Don't worry, you wont be asked to umpire for the adult sides on a Saturday just yet.

What do I need to attend?
Notepad and pen, refreshments for the day and your playing kit - yes you get to play! This course involves both theory and practical elements, and is highly interactive to ensure you learn as much as you can, but also have a fun time. All the umpiring bits you may need (such as a whistle) will be provided upon arrival.

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18th JunClub Contacts

Club Contacts List

It has come to my attention that a handful of clubs have not changed their clubs contact details on the HBHUA site since before 2015.
This of course could be that the club Secretary or ULO has not changed or your club has mislaid your site administration password.
It is important that these details are kept up to date so please ensure you review this information following your clubs AGM.
By all means contact me directly if you need help accessing the site.
Thank you for your continued support in ensuring that all notices are received by the correct persons.

Ray Blaxill

25th AprImportant Message to all Clubs


As the season has drawn to a close, it is not only a time to reflect upon what we hope has been a successful season for your club but also an opportunity to look forward and start planning early for next season.
To this end the HBHUA would like to draw your attention to an area of club planning that can be easily overlooked but will cause considerable issues to you as a club and ourselves as a supplier of neutral umpires, if ignored.

In the East Leagues, the number of suitably assessed and qualified umpires that we as an association need to fulfil the mandatory umpire requirements will increase considerably next season.
We draw your attention to the following East League rule which, if it is not met by the clubs involved, will be reported to the League management committee who have the power to impose appropriate strict penalties.

“In East Men Divisions Prem A, Prem B, 1, 2N and 2S and in East Women Divisions Prem, 1N and 1S, umpires are provided by either the East Regional Umpires Association or County Umpires Association Pools. Clubs in these divisions receiving umpires from pools must (a) appoint an Umpiring Liaison Officer and (b) supply a qualified umpire weekly to either the East or their County Pool on a one-in one-out basis. Failure to regularly do so will lead to withdrawal of pool umpires from the club, and matches in top divisions without two pool umpires will be awarded against the team failing to comply.”

As you are aware this means county appointments for all those listed except Men’s Prem A & B and Ladies Prem.


Over the coming summer months there are many local summer league matches, so our coaching and assessment team are willing and able to devote their time and energy to ensure that any umpires that your club feel are sufficiently experienced and available each week to fulfil neutral pool appointments can be suitably watched, coached and assessed as fit for purpose. Achieving Level 1 status is not in itself sufficient to qualify for pool duties.
If any club, not only those who MUST supply neutral pool umpires as directed above, have experienced umpires who are suitably motivated, qualified and wish to join the association pool team please contact either me directly by phone or e-mail as shown below or.
I will be re-issuing the Respect campaign notice to all clubs to be included in your club’s AGM notices plus guidance to Umpire Liaison Officers summarising their responsibilities for the new season but again we would encourage anyone who has any doubts as to the expectations required, to contact myself or Iain directly.

We are looking forward to working with you in the new season.

Ray Blaxill Iain Fletcher
President HBHUA Head Coach
07807 683927 07764 428044
rayblaxill@btinternet.com fletcherim@hotmail.co.uk

10th AprRegional Coaching Congratulations!

Congratulations to Iain Fletcher who has recently passed his Regional (L2) Umpire Coach qualification!

10th AprNPUA Umpiring Appointments Administrator Recruitment

As part of the increase in matches within the National League for the 2019/20 season, NPUA with EH are looking to recruit a second Umpiring Appointments Administrator to assist Colin with the umpiring appointments. The role, whilst being recruited by EH, will be under the direct line management and responsibilities of the NPUA. Applicants do not need to be current members of the NPUA to apply and a representative group of key stakeholders are involved with this recruitment process. Any queries should be directed to David Elworthy of EH

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