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Forthcoming Events for other Umpiring Associations

24th Mar 2018 (from Irish HUA)

IHUA Executive Committee Meeting (10:30) @ Pembroke Hockey Club

8th Sep 2018 (from Irish HUA)

EYHL Umpires Pre-Season Workshop and Fitness Testing (10:30) @ 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
9th March 2018
The Masters Interpros

Ulster will be hosting the annual Masters Interpros at Lisnagarvey HC between the 27th - 29th April with approximately 40 matches taking place over three days. The competition organisers are seeking your support to assist with umpiring duties.

Unfortunately they are not in a position to pay umpire expenses, instead they can offer:

1. Free entry to the hog roast event on Saturday night - some matches will be on at the same time as well to watch

2. Free entry to the Garvey Mens 1s versus Railway Union IHL match on the Saturday which the tournament is built around so hopefully big crowd, good atmosphere.

3. To assist with umpire coaching they have offered to video certain umpires and make the footage available FOC.

So this is your opportunity to support provincial hockey and help the Ireland 50s team prepare for the Home Nations tournament which is happening two weeks later.

If you can help, no matter how small, the organisers would love to hear from you. So if interested, ...

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23rd February 2018
Kate Russell School-girls Tournament - 22 & 23 March 2018 (from Irish HUA) ...(with image - click here)

The prestigious Kate Russell School-girls Tournament will take place at Kilkenny College on 22nd and 23rd March 2018. IHUA will be appointing to this tournament, where there is suitable availability to do so.

Kilkenny College, on 62 acres on the outskirts of the medieval city, is one of Ireland's oldest schools. It was founded in 1538 and former pupils include Jonathan Swift and the philosopher, Bishop George Berkeley.

Umpires expenses including accommodation will be paid by Hockey Ireland as per the agreed travel rates with IHUA (see attached document).

If you are available to umpire and support this important tournament, can you please update your ‘Irish HUA Availability’ on this website ASAP and add any availability restrictions for the two days in the ‘Special Notes’ section.

31st December 2017
Umpire Availability Stats (Sep - Dec) ...(with image - click here)

Please find attached the Umpire Availability Statistics from September to December. At the First Review Point it is clear that most Clubs are complying with the Rule and if they continue to provide an umpire to the panel, at the Second Review Point they should meet the 80% compliance target set by the Ulster Hockey Board.

However, disappointingly there are some clubs who are currently below the 80% target and will need to improve their umpire availability to the panel, otherwise they could face the prospect of a financial sanction at the Second Review Point - in particular two Ladies clubs have yet to make any umpire available to the panel.

So, we would urge all clubs (even those clubs complying with the rule) to encourage, support or even recruit more umpires. This will ensure that clubs minimize the potential of any fine being levied by Ulster Hockey either at the Second Review Point or in the future and strengthen the Ulster Umpire Panel: something that benefits us all.

13th October 2017

ALL Hockey Ireland Cup Competitions now have the following procedure for a DRAWN MATCH: -

There is NO extra time (matches are 35 minutes each way)

Matches will go straight to a SHOOT-OUT Competition to decide the winner (NOT penalty strokes)

IHUA has compiled a guidance document (as attached) which provides all umpires with information on how to run a shoot out competition.

15th August 2017
National 4 Year Umpiring Plan (from Irish HUA) ...(with link - click here)

The Irish Hockey Umpires Association (IHUA) remains seriously concerned about the shortage of qualified umpires and the general acceptance of this ever deepening problem. IHUA has therefore launched its 4 Year Plan, in conjunction with the Provincial Umpire Associations/Working Groups, for umpiring at both national and provincial level and this framework document provides a number of strategies for addressing the current crisis in respect of the recruitment and retention of umpires at all ages.

We recognise the substantial umpiring problems that continue to exist particularly with our provincial umpiring colleagues week to week. It was therefore vital that any national umpiring strategy had the involvement and support of our provincial colleagues and we welcome their contribution to the final product.

The strategic objectives outlined in our 4 Year Plan basically provide us with an essential foundation for moving forward with hope. However, IHUA and the Umpire Associations ...

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