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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
4th December 2018

An email has been sent to all members re claiming your EYHL & IHL 2 expenses ONLY.

The claiming period is NOW OPEN and will remain so UNTIL 14 DECEMBER 2018. Please get your claim submitted through your personal area.

If you are choosing to have your clothing order deducted from your current expenses, you must CLAIM YOUR EXPENSES through your personal area before we are able to process your order - so please do not delay!!

If you have not received this email, please let us know through irish.umpires@gmail.com.

*Remember, all cup competition expenses go to Hockey Ireland for payment through your Appointments Coordinator and they have their own payment processes (we have no control over this).


An email has been sent to all IHUA members re the supply of our new Adidas clothing.

IHUA will subsidise the cost of all clothing purchased in the INITIAL ORDER. To be included in the INITIAL ORDER you must submit or re-submit your order no later than Friday 14th December 2018. For all future orders, the clothing will resort to the standard purchase price.

The Order Form which has all the prices and a PDF with the new IHUA clothing range is attached to this email. ALL clothing will have the IHUA logo included.

*If you have not received this email, please simply advise us on - irish.umpires@gmail.com - and we will contact you shortly (IHUA members only).

1st December 2018
NEWLY UPDATED - MATCH DAY HOSPITALITY (Irish Competitions) (from Irish HUA)

Only in all Irish Cup Competitions are the HOME clubs expected to provide a post-match meal to visiting match officials who are travelling from another province.

HOWEVER - Please do your utmost during all pre-match communication to advise the HOME club that you are travelling from another province, if that is the case and ask if a post-meal was being provided. It will be very helpful to the home club and will ensure that everything runs smoothly and you are 'catered' for!

Please don't feel embarrassed about making this known or asking as the home club is unlikely to know where you are travelling from, on many occasions.

28th November 2018
Umpire Availability Statistics as at the 3rd November ...(with image - click here)

Please find attached the Umpire Availability Statistics as at the 3rd November.

At this point, it is pleasing to report that all Premier and Senior 1 clubs have provided umpires to the panel at least some of the time. Undoubtedly, there are a few clubs who will need to improve their umpire's availability to the panel, otherwise they may face being fined at the end of the season, while many are going from strength to strength providing more umpires to the panel.

Like last year, we will carry out a formal review at the end of the year and will write to all clubs highlighting the availability they have achieved at the season mid-point and emphasizing the importance of either maintaining or improving this level of availability to the end of the season.

Intermediate Clubs have been included for information only, so that these clubs understand how this rule will be applied in the future. For this season 2018-19, the Board have agreed not to apply this rule, but have given notice ...

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27th November 2018
Regatta Professional Softshell Warm Jacket

Hopefully by now many of you will have picked up your new Ulster Hockey Umpires Kit and will realise that the tracksuit tops, while very smart are not designed for the winter: however they are a good base layer.

You may recall at the beginning of the year, Paul Arneill (whose father-in-the-law is in the clothing trade) sourced a suitable warm jacket from Regatta's Professional range and quite a few umpires ordered the jacket. Now that we have our new kit, you now have another opportunity to purchase one of these warm jackets for only £30). As a rough size guide, Neal Hermon wears a large jacket, while Gareth Herron will need an x-large - so sizing is pretty standard.

The jackets will be Black S-XXL (Men) or 8-20 (Women). They will come embroidered with the Ulster Hockey logo and word "UMPIRE" immediately below the logo. The jacket's main features are:

+ Warm backed woven Softshell XPT waterproof and breathable

+ 3 layer membrane fabric

+ Wind resistant membrane fabric

+ ...

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21st November 2018
Oh dear oh dear ...(with link - click here)

While there have recently been some unsavioury behaviour directed toward umpires, you might find this News story interesting as to what can happen if such behaviour is left unchecked.

So, if you encounter any form of abuse from spectators, officials or parents, please make sure that you submit a Code of Conduct Report to Ulster Hockey - if you find yourself in such a situation rather than use generalisations, please provide as much specific detail as possible including what was actually said to you. In the interests of hockey, it is important that we stand firm and dont allow, or accept our officials being treated like these referees.

19th November 2018
Ulster Schools Indoor Tournament

Ulster Hockey are resurecting the Ulster Schools Indoor Tournament. In this inaugral event 9 schools will take part. The teams have been grouped in 3 groups of 3 teams, with crossover matches, followed by semi finals and finals matches.

Teams will comprise of squads of 10 and matches will be 2 x 10 min halves played under proper indoor rules. Matches will last a maximum of 30 minutes per match,including warm up and half time team talk. The Ulster Schools Committee will provide a technical table for all matches.

The tournament will take place on Wednesday 19th December at Queens PEC between 9.00am to 6.00pm. So, if you are available and can help out please contact Jamie Aiken as soon as possible

5th October 2018
Irish Cup Competitions - Important Information for all Umpires (from Irish HUA) ...(with image - click here)

Here are a few reminders before the Cup Competition matches this weekend: -

*The home club MUST contact BOTH UMPIRES to confirm arrangements by 8.00pm on the Monday prior to the match. Travel arrangements, time of departure and any pick-up requirements should be confirmed.

*Home clubs must provide post-match hospitality, including a post-match meal, to visiting match officials where travel is from outside of the home Branch.

(Failure to comply with the above should be reported to irish.umpires@gmail.com ASAP).

Duration of matches: Matches are of 70 minutes duration (2 x 35 min). There is no extra time.

In the event of a match ending in a draw after 70 mins a Shootout competition will take place under FIH rules (see below). The home side must provide a time keeper (See Appendix A on the attached Rules & Regulations).

Maximum of 18 players provided two fully kitted goalkeepers are included & present. If fewer than two fully kitted goalkeepers present, then ...

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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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