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26th Aug 2018 (from Irish HUA)

Umpire Assessor Course (09:30) @ NICS, Stormont, Belfast

The course will run from 9:30am - 4:30pm. There is a maximum of 12 places available. The cost per person is £25/€28 which will include tea/coffee on arrival.

8th Sep 2018 (from Irish HUA)

EYHL Umpires Pre-Season Workshop and Fitness Testing (10:30) @ TBC

8th Sep 2018 (from Irish HUA)

IHUA Annual General Meeting @ TBC

3rd Feb 2019 (from Irish HUA)

EYHL Umpires Mid-Season Workshop and Fitness Testing (10:30) @ TBC

7th Sep 2019 (from Irish HUA)

EYHL Umpires Pre-Season Workshop and Fitness Testing (10:30) @ TBC

Recent News Items
22nd July 2018
Umpire Assessor Course - 26th August 2018 (from Irish HUA)

IHUA will be running an Umpire Assessors’ Course on Sunday 26th August 2018. The venue will be the NICS Sports Pavilion, Stormont, Belfast and the course will run from 9:30am – 4:30pm. There is a maximum of 12 places available. The cost per person is £25/€28 which will include tea/coffee on arrival, all training materials, tuition and the opportunity to assess two umpires in a live hockey match during the afternoon.

The course is open to anyone who has an interest in assessing umpires at local provincial or national level. If you wish to reserve a place please contact Robert Johnston on our email address (irish.umpires@gmail.com) BEFORE Wednesday 8th August 2018.

20th July 2018
WANTED: Honorary Secretary - no experience necessary

At the AGM we were unable to identify anyone who was willing to take on this important role. Before I try to 'press gang' someone into this role, I thought that I would make this appeal to the panel to see whether someone would be willing to volunteer for this important role.

The role itself is not too demanding; it involves organising monthly committee meetings between August - April and the AGM; even then the venue is booked by others, so the Hon Secretary only needs to prepare the Agenda and provide Minutes to the committee. In between, there may be adhoc correspondence to deal with and representing Ulster Umpires at a few events during the season. If I were to estimate the amount of time needed to fulfill this role, I would say no more than 1 hour a week during the season.

While we all enjoy the practical side of umpiring, it is also important that we have a strong active committee that focuses on developing umpiring in Ulster - whether through the provision of new systems, ...

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15th July 2018
Umpires receive abuse but respect is key part of the game today! (from Irish HUA) ...(with image - click here)

Have a look at the views of our very own Alison Keogh on Umpire Abuse and the need for Respect...

12th July 2018
New Umpire Shirts - Part 3 ...(with image - click here)

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New Umpire Shirts - Part 2 ...(with image - click here)

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New Umpire Shirts - Part 1 ...(with image - click here) ...(with link - click here)

As part of the new sponsorship deal between Ulster Hockey & Joma, Ulster Hockey will be providing the panel with Joma polo shirts for the 2018-2019 season. The Umpire Executive have agreed with Ulster Hockey that they will provide us with two or three shirts and a tracksuit top from the Joma range.

The Joma shirts are a more fitted shirt than the current Kukri tops and are described in their catalogue has being "semi fitted pro". We now need to get the shirts ordered, so I need you to email me the size that you would like Ulster Hockey to order for you. To help, I have attached the Joma size chart and a few pictures one showing the Joma Shirt laid on top of a Kukri Shirt (both sized XL) and yours truly modelling the shirt. My XL Kukri shirt from seam to seam (width) is 60cms | 23.5", whereas the XL Joma shirt is 53cms | 21".

While the new shirt is cut completely different and is comparatively smaller than the current shirts, when wearing the shirt it is quite comfortable, ...

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29th June 2018
Season 2018/19 (from Irish HUA)

All EYHL & IHL Div. 2 fixtures (M&W), together with the dates for all other Irish competitions are now on the portal. You will be able to enter your availability for September & October from 1/7/18 so plenty of time to plan ahead!!

17th June 2018
NEW - Grading of International Officials and Fitness of FIH Umpires (from Irish HUA)

Two new documents published by the FIH on 1st June 2018 have been added to the Irish HUA Information Section under 'FIH Information and Guidance'.

The 'Grading of International Officials' shows the new FIH panel structure. Note: the FIH has placed all FIH international umpires into a specific panel - this can be viewed on their website.

The 'Guidelines for Fitness of FIH Umpires' shows the new fitness testing standard required for all umpires for their respective panels. Note: the fitness levels are no longer representative of age!

23rd May 2018
General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) ...(with image - click here)

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) apply from the 25th May 2018 and it affects how we use your data. The attached Ulster Hockey Privacy Policies explain how you can expect your information to be used, stored and retained and how Ulster Hockey intends fulfilling its obligations under GDPR in relation to your rights as an individual.

From an Umpiring perspective, we use the information you provide for the purpose of

Organising Umpire Appointments

Umpire Development / Coaching

Paying Umpire Expenses

Organising Umpire Development Events

Contacting you by phone and e-mail

Contacting Club Officials regarding matches (change of times, cancellations etc)

Providing you with information related to Ulster Umpires and IHUA

Producing Reports related to Appointments, coaching and grading activity, contact data and financial reporting.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of the Ulster Hockey Privacy Notice, or how your personal information is being processed, please ...

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21st May 2018
Umpire Availability Statistics 2017-2018 ...(with image - click here)

Attached are the final umpire availabilty statistics for the year. The Ulster Hockey Management Board have agreed that all clubs who achieved 80% or higher will be viewed as having complied with Article 6 of the Constitution. Clubs whose Umpire Availability percentage is below this will be fined in accordance with a sliding scale of fines that were agreed by the Board at the beginning of the season, which was also copied to clubs.

We would like to thank the many clubs who have met their responsibilities under this rule and have provided umpires to the panel through out the season. Without your support and encouragement, we could not be able to cover the range of matches that we do. However, the panel is still too small, so I would urge all clubs to continue to support and encourage their club members to join the panel. In Ulster we have a fine tradition of providing umpires who go on to be appointed to European and International matches, but we can only continue to do this with ...

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