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14th SepRequest for Men's Umpire/s - London League Div. 1 - Old Tonbridgians HC.

Good morning colleagues. Old Tonbridgians H.C. are seeking to find umpires for their home games this coming season. Games are played at Tonbridge School with start times around 11.00 to 11.30 am on Saturday mornings. There are various dates available commencing the 3rd. October through currently until the 27th. February 2021. Full expenses and travel are paid, but hospitality may be restricted under Covid19.
If you are interested for all or any of the available dates, please contact Scott Collier on 07738324348 or by email at Scott.Collier@cnahardy.com
Please note that these are not KHUA appointments.
Thanks....Malcolm KHUA Treasurer

Good morning colleagues. Old Tonbridgians H.C. are seeking to find umpires for their home games this coming season. Games are played at Tonbridge School with start times around 11.00 to 11.30 am on Saturday mornings. There are various dates available commencing the 3rd. October through currently until the 27th. February 2021. Full expenses and travel are paid, but hospitality may be restricted under Covid19.
If you are interested for all or any of the available dates, please contact Scott Collier on 07738324348 or by email at Scott.Collier@cnahardy.com
Please note that these are not KHUA appointments.
Thanks....Malcolm KHUA Treasurer

Good morning colleagues. Old Tonbridgians H.C. are seeking to find umpires for their home games this coming season. Games are played at Tonbridge School with start times around 11.00 to 11.30 am on Saturday mornings. There are various dates available commencing the 3rd. October through currently until the 27th. February 2021. Full expenses and travel are paid, but hospitality may be restricted under Covid19.
If you are interested for all or any of the available dates, please contact Scott Collier on 07738324348 or by email at Scott.Collier@cnahardy.com
Please note that these are not KHUA appointments.
Thanks....Malcolm KHUA Treasurer

7th SepKHUA Umpire Insurance - Covid19 - Important Notice.

Dear Colleagues.
I have been in discussions with our Insurers/Underwriters and it is important that you understand the impact of the above on umpiring in this coming season, for the KHUA or indeed any Club/School. It is vital that you have signed the Covid19 Participation Agreement before doing any umpiring to be covered by our Insurance. It is also crucial that you have read, fully understood and put into practice all of the Guidelines as issued by England Hockey AND by Her Majesty's Government, keeping up to date with all and any changes or "U turns!".

It is also crucial, more than ever, that I am immediately informed of any actual or potential claims arising whilst you are umpiring, especially if any such claim arises as a result of allegations of failure to follow any of the above. I quote from the email received from our Insurers....

"We have full cover operative, providing the matches are played in accordance with the guidelines of EH. I see this as more of a club responsibility as there is much more problem with clubhouse, changing and travelling facilities."

As an umpire you are responsible for the pitch, defined as that area within the "cage", from the start and until the final whistle. This includes being responsible for there not being more than 30 people on the playing area of the pitch at any time, in this case the pitch being defined as the area bounded by the white sidelines and back lines.

Have a good season, whatever it may bring. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Malcolm Hasler
KHUA Treasurer

Dear Colleagues.
I have been in discussions with our Insurers/Underwriters and it is important that you understand the impact of the above on umpiring in this coming season, for the KHUA or indeed any Club/School. It is vital that you have signed the Covid19 Participation Agreement before doing any umpiring to be covered by our Insurance. It is also crucial that you have read, fully understood and put into practice all of the Guidelines as issued by England Hockey AND by Her Majesty's Government, keeping up to date with all and any changes or "U turns!".

It is also crucial, more than ever, that I am immediately informed of any actual or potential claims arising whilst you are umpiring, especially if any such claim arises as a result of allegations of failure to follow any of the above. I quote from the email received from our Insurers....

"We have full cover operative, providing the matches are played in accordance with the guidelines of EH. I see this as more of a club responsibility as there is much more problem with clubhouse, changing and travelling facilities."

As an umpire you are responsible for the pitch, defined as that area within the "cage", from the start and until the final whistle. This includes being responsible for there not being more than 30 people on the playing area of the pitch at any time, in this case the pitch being defined as the area bounded by the white sidelines and back lines.

Have a good season, whatever it may bring. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Malcolm Hasler
KHUA Treasurer

Dear Colleagues.
I have been in discussions with our Insurers/Underwriters and it is important that you understand the impact of the above on umpiring in this coming season, for the KHUA or indeed any Club/School. It is vital that you have signed the Covid19 Participation Agreement before doing any umpiring to be covered by our Insurance. It is also crucial that you have read, fully understood and put into practice all of the Guidelines as issued by England Hockey AND by Her Majesty's Government, keeping up to date with all and any changes or "U turns!".

It is also crucial, more than ever, that I am immediately informed of any actual or potential claims arising whilst you are umpiring, especially if any such claim arises as a result of allegations of failure to follow any of the above. I quote from the email received from our Insurers....

"We have full cover operative, providing the matches are played in accordance with the guidelines of EH. I see this as more of a club responsibility as there is much more problem with clubhouse, changing and travelling facilities."

As an umpire you are responsible for the pitch, defined as that area within the "cage", from the start and until the final whistle. This includes being responsible for there not being more than 30 people on the playing area of the pitch at any time, in this case the pitch being defined as the area bounded by the white sidelines and back lines.

Have a good season, whatever it may bring. Any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Malcolm Hasler
KHUA Treasurer

4th SepKHUA AGM 2020 Agenda

Please note that only items notified by the stipulated deadline (passed) can be raised for the formal part of the AGM.

Should there be a significant issue or concern about a topic not on the AGM Agenda, the matter should be notified straight away to secretary@khua.co.uk for prompt action (where appropriate). Any other issue raised in the informal second part of the AGM is likely to be noted for evaluation by the Management Team at their next meeting.

Also, please keep an eye on the website as there may be many posts during the next month.
______________________________________________________________________
Agenda for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Kent Hockey Umpiring Association
On Thursday 1st October 2020 at 19:30
Held online due to the Covid19 pandemic conditions currently existing in the UK

AGENDA

Part 1- Formal Section

1. Chairman’s Opening Address.
2. Number of Members present.
3. Apologies for absence.
4. Minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
5. Matters Arising from 2919 Annual General Meeting Minutes (not covered by the Agenda).
6. Officer’s Reports:

a) Chairman’s Report.
b) General Secretary’s Report.
c) Membership Secretary’s Report.
d) Treasurer’s Report.
e) Safeguarding and Welfare Officer’s Report.
f) Webmaster/Data Protection Officer’s Report.
g) Men’s Appointment Secretary report.
h) Women’s Appointment Secretary Report.
i) Men’s Development Report.
j) Women’s Development Report.
k) Young Umpire Development Report.
l) Level 1 Officer’s Report.
m) Men’s Regional Representative Report.
n) Women’s Regional Representative Report.

7. Election of Officers for the 2020/21 Season:

a) Chairman.
b) General Secretary.
c) Membership Secretary.
d) Treasurer.
e) Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.
f) Webmaster/Data Protection Officer.
g) Men’s Appointment Secretary.
h) Women’s Appointment Secretary.
i) Head of Selection Sub-Committee.
j) Men’s Development Officer.
k) Women’s Development Officer.
l) Young Umpire’s Officer.
m) Level 1 Officer.
n) Men’s Regional Representative.
o) Women’s Regional Representative.

Part 2 – Informal Section

8. Honours and Awards for Season 2019/20.
____________________________________________
Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

Please note that only items notified by the stipulated deadline (passed) can be raised for the formal part of the AGM.

Should there be a significant issue or concern about a topic not on the AGM Agenda, the matter should be notified straight away to secretary@khua.co.uk for prompt action (where appropriate). Any other issue raised in the informal second part of the AGM is likely to be noted for evaluation by the Management Team at their next meeting.

Also, please keep an eye on the website as there may be many posts during the next month.
______________________________________________________________________
Agenda for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Kent Hockey Umpiring Association
On Thursday 1st October 2020 at 19:30
Held online due to the Covid19 pandemic conditions currently existing in the UK

AGENDA

Part 1- Formal Section

1. Chairman’s Opening Address.
2. Number of Members present.
3. Apologies for absence.
4. Minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
5. Matters Arising from 2919 Annual General Meeting Minutes (not covered by the Agenda).
6. Officer’s Reports:

a) Chairman’s Report.
b) General Secretary’s Report.
c) Membership Secretary’s Report.
d) Treasurer’s Report.
e) Safeguarding and Welfare Officer’s Report.
f) Webmaster/Data Protection Officer’s Report.
g) Men’s Appointment Secretary report.
h) Women’s Appointment Secretary Report.
i) Men’s Development Report.
j) Women’s Development Report.
k) Young Umpire Development Report.
l) Level 1 Officer’s Report.
m) Men’s Regional Representative Report.
n) Women’s Regional Representative Report.

7. Election of Officers for the 2020/21 Season:

a) Chairman.
b) General Secretary.
c) Membership Secretary.
d) Treasurer.
e) Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.
f) Webmaster/Data Protection Officer.
g) Men’s Appointment Secretary.
h) Women’s Appointment Secretary.
i) Head of Selection Sub-Committee.
j) Men’s Development Officer.
k) Women’s Development Officer.
l) Young Umpire’s Officer.
m) Level 1 Officer.
n) Men’s Regional Representative.
o) Women’s Regional Representative.

Part 2 – Informal Section

8. Honours and Awards for Season 2019/20.
____________________________________________
Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

Please note that only items notified by the stipulated deadline (passed) can be raised for the formal part of the AGM.

Should there be a significant issue or concern about a topic not on the AGM Agenda, the matter should be notified straight away to secretary@khua.co.uk for prompt action (where appropriate). Any other issue raised in the informal second part of the AGM is likely to be noted for evaluation by the Management Team at their next meeting.

Also, please keep an eye on the website as there may be many posts during the next month.
______________________________________________________________________
Agenda for the 2020 Annual General Meeting of the Kent Hockey Umpiring Association
On Thursday 1st October 2020 at 19:30
Held online due to the Covid19 pandemic conditions currently existing in the UK

AGENDA

Part 1- Formal Section

1. Chairman’s Opening Address.
2. Number of Members present.
3. Apologies for absence.
4. Minutes of the 2019 Annual General Meeting.
5. Matters Arising from 2919 Annual General Meeting Minutes (not covered by the Agenda).
6. Officer’s Reports:

a) Chairman’s Report.
b) General Secretary’s Report.
c) Membership Secretary’s Report.
d) Treasurer’s Report.
e) Safeguarding and Welfare Officer’s Report.
f) Webmaster/Data Protection Officer’s Report.
g) Men’s Appointment Secretary report.
h) Women’s Appointment Secretary Report.
i) Men’s Development Report.
j) Women’s Development Report.
k) Young Umpire Development Report.
l) Level 1 Officer’s Report.
m) Men’s Regional Representative Report.
n) Women’s Regional Representative Report.

7. Election of Officers for the 2020/21 Season:

a) Chairman.
b) General Secretary.
c) Membership Secretary.
d) Treasurer.
e) Safeguarding and Welfare Officer.
f) Webmaster/Data Protection Officer.
g) Men’s Appointment Secretary.
h) Women’s Appointment Secretary.
i) Head of Selection Sub-Committee.
j) Men’s Development Officer.
k) Women’s Development Officer.
l) Young Umpire’s Officer.
m) Level 1 Officer.
n) Men’s Regional Representative.
o) Women’s Regional Representative.

Part 2 – Informal Section

8. Honours and Awards for Season 2019/20.
____________________________________________
Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

4th SepKHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice – Q and As

A few queries have arisen from the recently published COVID-19 Participation notices:

Q1. I have already signed off the participation form on EH website. Do I still need to follow the links for KHUA?
A1. No. One Participation Agreement will be sufficient.
Q2. I have registered with England Hockey but have not heard anything yet. Does the info come from KHUA, my club or EH?
A2. It is likely that the system has not recognised the application. You will need to complete it again. The confirmation should come from England Hockey in a confirmatory e-mail.
Q3. I have filled a participation agreement to play. Do I need to do a separate one for umpiring?
A3. No, one Participation Agreement will be sufficient.

Feel free to email me, if you have any further questions or concerns, on secretary@khua.co.uk.

Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association. ... More

A few queries have arisen from the recently published COVID-19 Participation notices:

Q1. I have already signed off the participation form on EH website. Do I still need to follow the links for KHUA?
A1. No. One Participation Agreement will be sufficient.
Q2. I have registered with England Hockey but have not heard anything yet. Does the info come from KHUA, my club or EH?
A2. It is likely that the system has not recognised the application. You will need to complete it again. The confirmation should come from England Hockey in a confirmatory e-mail.
Q3. I have filled a participation agreement to play. Do I need to do a separate one for umpiring?
A3. No, one Participation Agreement will be sufficient.

Feel free to email me, if you have any further questions or concerns, on secretary@khua.co.uk.

Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association. ... More

A few queries have arisen from the recently published COVID-19 Participation notices:

Q1. I have already signed off the participation form on EH website. Do I still need to follow the links for KHUA?
A1. No. One Participation Agreement will be sufficient.
Q2. I have registered with England Hockey but have not heard anything yet. Does the info come from KHUA, my club or EH?
A2. It is likely that the system has not recognised the application. You will need to complete it again. The confirmation should come from England Hockey in a confirmatory e-mail.
Q3. I have filled a participation agreement to play. Do I need to do a separate one for umpiring?
A3. No, one Participation Agreement will be sufficient.

Feel free to email me, if you have any further questions or concerns, on secretary@khua.co.uk.

Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association. ... More

4th SepKHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice - Impact of Moving to Step 5

Would all members please note that the recent decision of England Hockey to move to Step 5 of their 'Return to Play Roadmap' does not impact on the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice published on 3 September 2020; consequently, there is no need to update Version 1 at present.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Would all members please note that the recent decision of England Hockey to move to Step 5 of their 'Return to Play Roadmap' does not impact on the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice published on 3 September 2020; consequently, there is no need to update Version 1 at present.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Would all members please note that the recent decision of England Hockey to move to Step 5 of their 'Return to Play Roadmap' does not impact on the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice published on 3 September 2020; consequently, there is no need to update Version 1 at present.

Chris Peart
Chairman

3rd SepKHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice

The KHUA Management Team has produced the document below for members' guidance when considering umpiring whilst COVID-19 remains a concern. The Notice should be read and used alongside the material promulgated by England Hockey (which it does not replace) and members should be aware that, ultimately, they need to assess and manage the risks associated with umpiring in the COVID-19 environment for themselves. The bottom line is that each member should do nothing to expose themselves or others to any unnecessary or unassessed risk.

Chris Peart
Chairman

KHUA COVID-19 PARTICIPATION NOTICE

Introduction

1. COVID-19 has generated a unique set of challenges for hockey that England Hockey (EH) have properly taken the lead on, producing and issuing a plan so that the playing of hockey can resume with minimum risk to all participants in a series of steps as associated essential requirements are met. This is against a background of HMG Legislation, Directives and Guidance which evolved and continues to evolve as circumstances change continually. EH have issued a number of documents providing generic requirements, advice and guidance for the Hockey Community which are available to access on line at the EH Website. Additionally, compliance with other requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has to be maintained. For the avoidance of doubt, this document has been prepared whilst Hockey is at Step 4 of the EH Plan and only addresses matters specific and possibly unique to the KHUA and it’s members.

2. As a HUA, KHUA has to ensure its members are made aware of the material EH has promulgated and where it may be accessed. It also needs to provide guidance, where it considers that to be necessary, such that members are able to self-assess their personal risk and so act appropriately. Members also need to know how any personal data they have provided to the Association might be used (over and above the GDPR safeguarding measures already in place and promulgated).

COVID-19 Officer

3. EH planning and the associated documentation stipulates that every club and association that facilitates the playing of hockey must appoint a COVID-19 Officer whose obligations are detailed by EH. EH subsequently advised that if a COVID-19 Officer is not appointed because a party does not directly provide a hockey playing opportunity (e.g. provide a pitch or organise a fixture/tournament), then there need only be a promulgated focal point in order to facilitate and support any Test and Trace action and requirements that may needed.

4. Given KHUA does not have a direct responsibility for facilitating the playing of hockey (agreed with EH), we do not need to appoint a COVID-19 Officer (also agreed with EH who have listed KHUA as an Organisation within their COVID-19 database); however, KHUA does need to facilitate Test and Trace action if/when necessary. Test and Trace will involve use of the KHUA Website and possibly associated personal data contained thein. Therefore, our Webmaster/GDPR Officer is best placed to be the COVID-19 POC, especially given the paucity of willing volunteers to help run the association and the level of system knowledge required to extract and supply the minimum level of personal data through the use of sound discretionary judgement

General Considerations

5. KHUA is not “…a provider of hockey…” in the sense that we do not directly host, provide or facilitate the playing of any game of hockey; however, we are a service provider to hockey when appointing umpires to fixtures and have a Duty of Care responsibility to ensure our members are aware of EH requirements and member obligations in the context of ‘Return to Play’. However, KHUA can not be aware of each individual’s unique personal circumstances which would form the baseline for each individual’s self-assessment as to how they may best reduce or control any risk exposure; therefore, each member has to make such judgements for themself.

6. Tex Solutions (the KHUA Website Software Provider) has put forward proposals for adaption of the KHUA Website software designed on the basis that there will be a COVID Officer and that we would wish to have the EH mandated personal Declaration for Participation in Hockey in the COVID-19 situation as part of the appointing process. Although we could adjust our website functionality it is simpler to allow members to form their own assessment of the risk with EH and KHUA guidance; such decisions are best made by each individual. However, it is important that KHUA notifies members of their obligations and allows same to self-manage their compliance; if an individual can judge whether it is safe for them to go outside, judge social distancing requirement and when they need to wear a facemask, complying with clear and simple notified umpiring related measures is considerably more straightforward and should not need policing. KHUA will therefore place all essential information on our website for members to access. ‘Notification via Website’ is the established approach for communicating with our members on important matters as referenced in our Constitution.

7. KHUA members should be aware of the key points of the EH Return to Play Step 4 material, how KHUA intends to interpret and apply these additional requirements, what impacts this will have on established protocols (e.g. GDPR), what they are required to do when umpiring both as a General Member (either individually or for their club) and as an Appointed Umpire, where to report post-umpiring illness that may be COVID-19 related and how to get further advice if needed. In all cases the preferred material should be that provided by EH.

8. In the interests of simplicity which will aid members assimilate how KHUA will act on COVID-19 matters on their behalf, this document provides a Baseline to be read alongside the EH material. The following bulleted list provide a minimum list of requirements (Note: the content of the lists represents the minimum considered necessary at the time this document was issued or last updated and does not reduce each individual’s responsibility to do anything else they or others may consider appropriate to safeguard their own wellbeing).

Requirements for Members acting as a General Umpire (Club or Individual)

9. Any KHUA member acting as a General KHUA Member should, before umpiring:

• Complete the EH Participation Agreement as an individual (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020 – the link is on Page 1, under Pre-Match Protocols, end of the first sentence);
• Have read the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice (this document);
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation;
• Apply the EH additional COVID-19 Umpire obligations regarding player behaviours (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020);
• Comply with location specific COVID requirements;
• Maintain Social Distancing Requirements (when/where appropriate);
• Report any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related) to NHS Test and Trace.
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation.

Requirements for Members as Appointed Umpire

10. Any KHUA member acting as an Appointed KHUA Member should, before umpiring:

• Complete the EH Participation Agreement as an individual (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020 – the link is on Page 1, under Pre-Match Protocols, end of the first sentence);
• Have read the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice (this document);
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation;
• Understand that accepting fulfilling a KHUA Appointment means that each individual has accepted the KHUA philosophy on COVID-19 in respect of Return to Play;
• Apply the EH additional COVID-19 Umpire obligations regarding player behaviours (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020);
• Maintain Social Distancing Requirements (when/where appropriate);
• Comply with Hosting Club (location specific) COVID requirements;
• Understand that each Home Club will include their Name and Contact details on their Match Report Sheet (taken from the Appointment Notification) – this will be a KHA notified requirement to relevant Kent clubs and adjusts established KHUA GDPR procedures; in accepting and fulfilling an Appointment, the Appointed Umpire agrees that their personal data supplied to KHUA for umpire management may be used in this manner;
• Report to NHS Test and Trace and the Home Club Team Representative any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related);
• Notify KHUA COVID POC of any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related).
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation.

Appreciation

11. Members are responsible for self-determining their status in respect of each game they may officiate (i.e. General Umpire or Appointed Umpire).

12. Notification of all KHUA generated COVID-19 materials will be via KHUA Website Notice.

13. KHUA will deem that such notification has placed the relevant material within the ability of every member to access same.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Version 1.0; Last Updated: 2 September 2020

The KHUA Management Team has produced the document below for members' guidance when considering umpiring whilst COVID-19 remains a concern. The Notice should be read and used alongside the material promulgated by England Hockey (which it does not replace) and members should be aware that, ultimately, they need to assess and manage the risks associated with umpiring in the COVID-19 environment for themselves. The bottom line is that each member should do nothing to expose themselves or others to any unnecessary or unassessed risk.

Chris Peart
Chairman

KHUA COVID-19 PARTICIPATION NOTICE

Introduction

1. COVID-19 has generated a unique set of challenges for hockey that England Hockey (EH) have properly taken the lead on, producing and issuing a plan so that the playing of hockey can resume with minimum risk to all participants in a series of steps as associated essential requirements are met. This is against a background of HMG Legislation, Directives and Guidance which evolved and continues to evolve as circumstances change continually. EH have issued a number of documents providing generic requirements, advice and guidance for the Hockey Community which are available to access on line at the EH Website. Additionally, compliance with other requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has to be maintained. For the avoidance of doubt, this document has been prepared whilst Hockey is at Step 4 of the EH Plan and only addresses matters specific and possibly unique to the KHUA and it’s members.

2. As a HUA, KHUA has to ensure its members are made aware of the material EH has promulgated and where it may be accessed. It also needs to provide guidance, where it considers that to be necessary, such that members are able to self-assess their personal risk and so act appropriately. Members also need to know how any personal data they have provided to the Association might be used (over and above the GDPR safeguarding measures already in place and promulgated).

COVID-19 Officer

3. EH planning and the associated documentation stipulates that every club and association that facilitates the playing of hockey must appoint a COVID-19 Officer whose obligations are detailed by EH. EH subsequently advised that if a COVID-19 Officer is not appointed because a party does not directly provide a hockey playing opportunity (e.g. provide a pitch or organise a fixture/tournament), then there need only be a promulgated focal point in order to facilitate and support any Test and Trace action and requirements that may needed.

4. Given KHUA does not have a direct responsibility for facilitating the playing of hockey (agreed with EH), we do not need to appoint a COVID-19 Officer (also agreed with EH who have listed KHUA as an Organisation within their COVID-19 database); however, KHUA does need to facilitate Test and Trace action if/when necessary. Test and Trace will involve use of the KHUA Website and possibly associated personal data contained thein. Therefore, our Webmaster/GDPR Officer is best placed to be the COVID-19 POC, especially given the paucity of willing volunteers to help run the association and the level of system knowledge required to extract and supply the minimum level of personal data through the use of sound discretionary judgement

General Considerations

5. KHUA is not “…a provider of hockey…” in the sense that we do not directly host, provide or facilitate the playing of any game of hockey; however, we are a service provider to hockey when appointing umpires to fixtures and have a Duty of Care responsibility to ensure our members are aware of EH requirements and member obligations in the context of ‘Return to Play’. However, KHUA can not be aware of each individual’s unique personal circumstances which would form the baseline for each individual’s self-assessment as to how they may best reduce or control any risk exposure; therefore, each member has to make such judgements for themself.

6. Tex Solutions (the KHUA Website Software Provider) has put forward proposals for adaption of the KHUA Website software designed on the basis that there will be a COVID Officer and that we would wish to have the EH mandated personal Declaration for Participation in Hockey in the COVID-19 situation as part of the appointing process. Although we could adjust our website functionality it is simpler to allow members to form their own assessment of the risk with EH and KHUA guidance; such decisions are best made by each individual. However, it is important that KHUA notifies members of their obligations and allows same to self-manage their compliance; if an individual can judge whether it is safe for them to go outside, judge social distancing requirement and when they need to wear a facemask, complying with clear and simple notified umpiring related measures is considerably more straightforward and should not need policing. KHUA will therefore place all essential information on our website for members to access. ‘Notification via Website’ is the established approach for communicating with our members on important matters as referenced in our Constitution.

7. KHUA members should be aware of the key points of the EH Return to Play Step 4 material, how KHUA intends to interpret and apply these additional requirements, what impacts this will have on established protocols (e.g. GDPR), what they are required to do when umpiring both as a General Member (either individually or for their club) and as an Appointed Umpire, where to report post-umpiring illness that may be COVID-19 related and how to get further advice if needed. In all cases the preferred material should be that provided by EH.

8. In the interests of simplicity which will aid members assimilate how KHUA will act on COVID-19 matters on their behalf, this document provides a Baseline to be read alongside the EH material. The following bulleted list provide a minimum list of requirements (Note: the content of the lists represents the minimum considered necessary at the time this document was issued or last updated and does not reduce each individual’s responsibility to do anything else they or others may consider appropriate to safeguard their own wellbeing).

Requirements for Members acting as a General Umpire (Club or Individual)

9. Any KHUA member acting as a General KHUA Member should, before umpiring:

• Complete the EH Participation Agreement as an individual (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020 – the link is on Page 1, under Pre-Match Protocols, end of the first sentence);
• Have read the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice (this document);
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation;
• Apply the EH additional COVID-19 Umpire obligations regarding player behaviours (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020);
• Comply with location specific COVID requirements;
• Maintain Social Distancing Requirements (when/where appropriate);
• Report any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related) to NHS Test and Trace.
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation.

Requirements for Members as Appointed Umpire

10. Any KHUA member acting as an Appointed KHUA Member should, before umpiring:

• Complete the EH Participation Agreement as an individual (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020 – the link is on Page 1, under Pre-Match Protocols, end of the first sentence);
• Have read the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice (this document);
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation;
• Understand that accepting fulfilling a KHUA Appointment means that each individual has accepted the KHUA philosophy on COVID-19 in respect of Return to Play;
• Apply the EH additional COVID-19 Umpire obligations regarding player behaviours (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020);
• Maintain Social Distancing Requirements (when/where appropriate);
• Comply with Hosting Club (location specific) COVID requirements;
• Understand that each Home Club will include their Name and Contact details on their Match Report Sheet (taken from the Appointment Notification) – this will be a KHA notified requirement to relevant Kent clubs and adjusts established KHUA GDPR procedures; in accepting and fulfilling an Appointment, the Appointed Umpire agrees that their personal data supplied to KHUA for umpire management may be used in this manner;
• Report to NHS Test and Trace and the Home Club Team Representative any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related);
• Notify KHUA COVID POC of any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related).
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation.

Appreciation

11. Members are responsible for self-determining their status in respect of each game they may officiate (i.e. General Umpire or Appointed Umpire).

12. Notification of all KHUA generated COVID-19 materials will be via KHUA Website Notice.

13. KHUA will deem that such notification has placed the relevant material within the ability of every member to access same.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Version 1.0; Last Updated: 2 September 2020

The KHUA Management Team has produced the document below for members' guidance when considering umpiring whilst COVID-19 remains a concern. The Notice should be read and used alongside the material promulgated by England Hockey (which it does not replace) and members should be aware that, ultimately, they need to assess and manage the risks associated with umpiring in the COVID-19 environment for themselves. The bottom line is that each member should do nothing to expose themselves or others to any unnecessary or unassessed risk.

Chris Peart
Chairman

KHUA COVID-19 PARTICIPATION NOTICE

Introduction

1. COVID-19 has generated a unique set of challenges for hockey that England Hockey (EH) have properly taken the lead on, producing and issuing a plan so that the playing of hockey can resume with minimum risk to all participants in a series of steps as associated essential requirements are met. This is against a background of HMG Legislation, Directives and Guidance which evolved and continues to evolve as circumstances change continually. EH have issued a number of documents providing generic requirements, advice and guidance for the Hockey Community which are available to access on line at the EH Website. Additionally, compliance with other requirements such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has to be maintained. For the avoidance of doubt, this document has been prepared whilst Hockey is at Step 4 of the EH Plan and only addresses matters specific and possibly unique to the KHUA and it’s members.

2. As a HUA, KHUA has to ensure its members are made aware of the material EH has promulgated and where it may be accessed. It also needs to provide guidance, where it considers that to be necessary, such that members are able to self-assess their personal risk and so act appropriately. Members also need to know how any personal data they have provided to the Association might be used (over and above the GDPR safeguarding measures already in place and promulgated).

COVID-19 Officer

3. EH planning and the associated documentation stipulates that every club and association that facilitates the playing of hockey must appoint a COVID-19 Officer whose obligations are detailed by EH. EH subsequently advised that if a COVID-19 Officer is not appointed because a party does not directly provide a hockey playing opportunity (e.g. provide a pitch or organise a fixture/tournament), then there need only be a promulgated focal point in order to facilitate and support any Test and Trace action and requirements that may needed.

4. Given KHUA does not have a direct responsibility for facilitating the playing of hockey (agreed with EH), we do not need to appoint a COVID-19 Officer (also agreed with EH who have listed KHUA as an Organisation within their COVID-19 database); however, KHUA does need to facilitate Test and Trace action if/when necessary. Test and Trace will involve use of the KHUA Website and possibly associated personal data contained thein. Therefore, our Webmaster/GDPR Officer is best placed to be the COVID-19 POC, especially given the paucity of willing volunteers to help run the association and the level of system knowledge required to extract and supply the minimum level of personal data through the use of sound discretionary judgement

General Considerations

5. KHUA is not “…a provider of hockey…” in the sense that we do not directly host, provide or facilitate the playing of any game of hockey; however, we are a service provider to hockey when appointing umpires to fixtures and have a Duty of Care responsibility to ensure our members are aware of EH requirements and member obligations in the context of ‘Return to Play’. However, KHUA can not be aware of each individual’s unique personal circumstances which would form the baseline for each individual’s self-assessment as to how they may best reduce or control any risk exposure; therefore, each member has to make such judgements for themself.

6. Tex Solutions (the KHUA Website Software Provider) has put forward proposals for adaption of the KHUA Website software designed on the basis that there will be a COVID Officer and that we would wish to have the EH mandated personal Declaration for Participation in Hockey in the COVID-19 situation as part of the appointing process. Although we could adjust our website functionality it is simpler to allow members to form their own assessment of the risk with EH and KHUA guidance; such decisions are best made by each individual. However, it is important that KHUA notifies members of their obligations and allows same to self-manage their compliance; if an individual can judge whether it is safe for them to go outside, judge social distancing requirement and when they need to wear a facemask, complying with clear and simple notified umpiring related measures is considerably more straightforward and should not need policing. KHUA will therefore place all essential information on our website for members to access. ‘Notification via Website’ is the established approach for communicating with our members on important matters as referenced in our Constitution.

7. KHUA members should be aware of the key points of the EH Return to Play Step 4 material, how KHUA intends to interpret and apply these additional requirements, what impacts this will have on established protocols (e.g. GDPR), what they are required to do when umpiring both as a General Member (either individually or for their club) and as an Appointed Umpire, where to report post-umpiring illness that may be COVID-19 related and how to get further advice if needed. In all cases the preferred material should be that provided by EH.

8. In the interests of simplicity which will aid members assimilate how KHUA will act on COVID-19 matters on their behalf, this document provides a Baseline to be read alongside the EH material. The following bulleted list provide a minimum list of requirements (Note: the content of the lists represents the minimum considered necessary at the time this document was issued or last updated and does not reduce each individual’s responsibility to do anything else they or others may consider appropriate to safeguard their own wellbeing).

Requirements for Members acting as a General Umpire (Club or Individual)

9. Any KHUA member acting as a General KHUA Member should, before umpiring:

• Complete the EH Participation Agreement as an individual (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020 – the link is on Page 1, under Pre-Match Protocols, end of the first sentence);
• Have read the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice (this document);
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation;
• Apply the EH additional COVID-19 Umpire obligations regarding player behaviours (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020);
• Comply with location specific COVID requirements;
• Maintain Social Distancing Requirements (when/where appropriate);
• Report any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related) to NHS Test and Trace.
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation.

Requirements for Members as Appointed Umpire

10. Any KHUA member acting as an Appointed KHUA Member should, before umpiring:

• Complete the EH Participation Agreement as an individual (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020 – the link is on Page 1, under Pre-Match Protocols, end of the first sentence);
• Have read the KHUA COVID-19 Participation Notice (this document);
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation;
• Understand that accepting fulfilling a KHUA Appointment means that each individual has accepted the KHUA philosophy on COVID-19 in respect of Return to Play;
• Apply the EH additional COVID-19 Umpire obligations regarding player behaviours (contained in the News item on the Website COVID 19 - Advice for Umpires dated 18 August 2020);
• Maintain Social Distancing Requirements (when/where appropriate);
• Comply with Hosting Club (location specific) COVID requirements;
• Understand that each Home Club will include their Name and Contact details on their Match Report Sheet (taken from the Appointment Notification) – this will be a KHA notified requirement to relevant Kent clubs and adjusts established KHUA GDPR procedures; in accepting and fulfilling an Appointment, the Appointed Umpire agrees that their personal data supplied to KHUA for umpire management may be used in this manner;
• Report to NHS Test and Trace and the Home Club Team Representative any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related);
• Notify KHUA COVID POC of any post-match illness symptoms (that may be COVID related).
• Comply with any promulgated additional obligation.

Appreciation

11. Members are responsible for self-determining their status in respect of each game they may officiate (i.e. General Umpire or Appointed Umpire).

12. Notification of all KHUA generated COVID-19 materials will be via KHUA Website Notice.

13. KHUA will deem that such notification has placed the relevant material within the ability of every member to access same.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Version 1.0; Last Updated: 2 September 2020

1st SepKHUA AGM 2020

The AGM has been confirmed for Thursday 1st October 2020, starting at 19.30.
It will be conducted online using the Zoom platform. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have Zoom or have never used it before. I will be sending you a meeting invitation within the next two weeks. This will contain a link, which will take you straight to the meeting – you don’t have to download anything.
I will confirm when I have sent the invitation, so if you don’t receive it within 72 hours, please email me at secretary@khua.co.uk.
I will shortly be putting the various KHUA officers’ reports for the AGM on the website – I’ll let you know when I have done so.
Bob Jordan
General Secretary

The AGM has been confirmed for Thursday 1st October 2020, starting at 19.30.
It will be conducted online using the Zoom platform. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have Zoom or have never used it before. I will be sending you a meeting invitation within the next two weeks. This will contain a link, which will take you straight to the meeting – you don’t have to download anything.
I will confirm when I have sent the invitation, so if you don’t receive it within 72 hours, please email me at secretary@khua.co.uk.
I will shortly be putting the various KHUA officers’ reports for the AGM on the website – I’ll let you know when I have done so.
Bob Jordan
General Secretary

The AGM has been confirmed for Thursday 1st October 2020, starting at 19.30.
It will be conducted online using the Zoom platform. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have Zoom or have never used it before. I will be sending you a meeting invitation within the next two weeks. This will contain a link, which will take you straight to the meeting – you don’t have to download anything.
I will confirm when I have sent the invitation, so if you don’t receive it within 72 hours, please email me at secretary@khua.co.uk.
I will shortly be putting the various KHUA officers’ reports for the AGM on the website – I’ll let you know when I have done so.
Bob Jordan
General Secretary

30th AugKent Women’s Pool Appointing Reduced to East Leagues’ 1S and 2SE

Members may wish to be aware that due to recent umpire retirements, the current pandemic situation which prevents some of our members umpiring at present and following detailed discussions with KHA, we shall not be appointing umpires to any of the Kent Ladies’ Leagues this season. However, KHUA will continue to appoint to East Leagues’ Divisions 1S and 2SE, along with Women’s cup competitions (when requested).

Chris Peart
Chairman

Members may wish to be aware that due to recent umpire retirements, the current pandemic situation which prevents some of our members umpiring at present and following detailed discussions with KHA, we shall not be appointing umpires to any of the Kent Ladies’ Leagues this season. However, KHUA will continue to appoint to East Leagues’ Divisions 1S and 2SE, along with Women’s cup competitions (when requested).

Chris Peart
Chairman

Members may wish to be aware that due to recent umpire retirements, the current pandemic situation which prevents some of our members umpiring at present and following detailed discussions with KHA, we shall not be appointing umpires to any of the Kent Ladies’ Leagues this season. However, KHUA will continue to appoint to East Leagues’ Divisions 1S and 2SE, along with Women’s cup competitions (when requested).

Chris Peart
Chairman

28th AugFolkestone HC Looking for a Women’s Pool Umpire

Folkestone HC are searching for a Club Umpired Assessed/Level 1 umpire able to obtain and hold a KHUA Women’s Panel grade to be their Kent Pool Umpire in support of their Women’s 1st XI; the fixtures will be in East 1 South or 2 South-East divisions. Any umpire who believes they may be able to help should contact Kay Parsons (kdparsons@hotmail.co.uk) in the first instance and for more information.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Folkestone HC are searching for a Club Umpired Assessed/Level 1 umpire able to obtain and hold a KHUA Women’s Panel grade to be their Kent Pool Umpire in support of their Women’s 1st XI; the fixtures will be in East 1 South or 2 South-East divisions. Any umpire who believes they may be able to help should contact Kay Parsons (kdparsons@hotmail.co.uk) in the first instance and for more information.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Folkestone HC are searching for a Club Umpired Assessed/Level 1 umpire able to obtain and hold a KHUA Women’s Panel grade to be their Kent Pool Umpire in support of their Women’s 1st XI; the fixtures will be in East 1 South or 2 South-East divisions. Any umpire who believes they may be able to help should contact Kay Parsons (kdparsons@hotmail.co.uk) in the first instance and for more information.

Chris Peart
Chairman

18th AugCOVID 19 - Advice for Umpires

With some recreational hockey beginning after we ease out of lockdown, please view the advice from England Hockey on how you can keep yourselves and others safe whilst umpiring. ... More

With some recreational hockey beginning after we ease out of lockdown, please view the advice from England Hockey on how you can keep yourselves and others safe whilst umpiring. ... More

With some recreational hockey beginning after we ease out of lockdown, please view the advice from England Hockey on how you can keep yourselves and others safe whilst umpiring. ... More

18th AugEmergency Details (Keep it in your bag!!)

Don't forget to update your personal medical details before you go to a hockey match. In the event of an emergency, these details can help you get the right medical support. You can complete the form on this link or use a phone app. Tell your colleague where it is, just in case! Keep safe and well! ... More

Don't forget to update your personal medical details before you go to a hockey match. In the event of an emergency, these details can help you get the right medical support. You can complete the form on this link or use a phone app. Tell your colleague where it is, just in case! Keep safe and well! ... More

Don't forget to update your personal medical details before you go to a hockey match. In the event of an emergency, these details can help you get the right medical support. You can complete the form on this link or use a phone app. Tell your colleague where it is, just in case! Keep safe and well! ... More

18th AugDisclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS)

DBS certificates are valid for three years. Many KHUA members have a DBS that has expired or is about to expire. As it is KHUA policy to hold a valid DBS to take KHUA appointments, please check your certificate and contact me one month before the expiry date for me to begin the process of renewal. If your DBS has already expired and you plan to take appointments this season, please contact me urgently so we can apply for a new DBS prior to the season starting.

Thank you
Debbie Garner

DBS certificates are valid for three years. Many KHUA members have a DBS that has expired or is about to expire. As it is KHUA policy to hold a valid DBS to take KHUA appointments, please check your certificate and contact me one month before the expiry date for me to begin the process of renewal. If your DBS has already expired and you plan to take appointments this season, please contact me urgently so we can apply for a new DBS prior to the season starting.

Thank you
Debbie Garner

DBS certificates are valid for three years. Many KHUA members have a DBS that has expired or is about to expire. As it is KHUA policy to hold a valid DBS to take KHUA appointments, please check your certificate and contact me one month before the expiry date for me to begin the process of renewal. If your DBS has already expired and you plan to take appointments this season, please contact me urgently so we can apply for a new DBS prior to the season starting.

Thank you
Debbie Garner

14th AugWomen’s Appointments Secretary

I am pleased and very relieved to announce that Stephen Bristow will be the Women’s Appointments Secretary for the 2020/21 Season.

Chris Peart
Chairman

I am pleased and very relieved to announce that Stephen Bristow will be the Women’s Appointments Secretary for the 2020/21 Season.

Chris Peart
Chairman

I am pleased and very relieved to announce that Stephen Bristow will be the Women’s Appointments Secretary for the 2020/21 Season.

Chris Peart
Chairman

13th AugDebbie Garner - Amazing Success

I am delighted to be able to tell you that at the East Region Hockey Umpiring Association (ERHUA) AGM last night, Debbie was made a life Vice-President of the Association and it was announced that she had been given the John Davey Award. This is the oldest award made by ERHUA and is thus very illustrious, and is for services to hockey umpiring in the East Region. To quote the President, it was very well deserved.

Well done Debs - we are very proud of you.

Chris Peart
Chairman

I am delighted to be able to tell you that at the East Region Hockey Umpiring Association (ERHUA) AGM last night, Debbie was made a life Vice-President of the Association and it was announced that she had been given the John Davey Award. This is the oldest award made by ERHUA and is thus very illustrious, and is for services to hockey umpiring in the East Region. To quote the President, it was very well deserved.

Well done Debs - we are very proud of you.

Chris Peart
Chairman

I am delighted to be able to tell you that at the East Region Hockey Umpiring Association (ERHUA) AGM last night, Debbie was made a life Vice-President of the Association and it was announced that she had been given the John Davey Award. This is the oldest award made by ERHUA and is thus very illustrious, and is for services to hockey umpiring in the East Region. To quote the President, it was very well deserved.

Well done Debs - we are very proud of you.

Chris Peart
Chairman

13th AugUmpire Availability

It is becoming increasingly likely that league hockey fixtures may be able to get under way In Kent from 19 September with a few outstanding EH Cup fixtures played as early as 23 August. Could I therefore ask all umpires who undertake appointments to ensure their expected availability is entered as soon as possible to facilitate appointments drafting to commence. Should there be an umpire who would like to start taking appointments this season then please contact me directly (peartc2@btinternet.com).

We are preparing the information, guidance and advice for all members on returning to umpiring in the current environment and, hopefully, that will be able to be promulgated by 17 August 2020.

Chris Peart
Chairman

It is becoming increasingly likely that league hockey fixtures may be able to get under way In Kent from 19 September with a few outstanding EH Cup fixtures played as early as 23 August. Could I therefore ask all umpires who undertake appointments to ensure their expected availability is entered as soon as possible to facilitate appointments drafting to commence. Should there be an umpire who would like to start taking appointments this season then please contact me directly (peartc2@btinternet.com).

We are preparing the information, guidance and advice for all members on returning to umpiring in the current environment and, hopefully, that will be able to be promulgated by 17 August 2020.

Chris Peart
Chairman

It is becoming increasingly likely that league hockey fixtures may be able to get under way In Kent from 19 September with a few outstanding EH Cup fixtures played as early as 23 August. Could I therefore ask all umpires who undertake appointments to ensure their expected availability is entered as soon as possible to facilitate appointments drafting to commence. Should there be an umpire who would like to start taking appointments this season then please contact me directly (peartc2@btinternet.com).

We are preparing the information, guidance and advice for all members on returning to umpiring in the current environment and, hopefully, that will be able to be promulgated by 17 August 2020.

Chris Peart
Chairman

8th AugReturn To Play - EH Step 4 Approved - UDATED 11 August

UPDATE: EH has provisionally endorsed a draft KHUA approach for umpires to return to officiating. There is some generic EH-provided material that has to be included that we are waiting to receive. The Management Team will provide complete detailed guidance as soon as we are able to do so...

Please note the following announcement recently promulgated by England Hockey. With the endorsement of Step 4 the way is clear for local area outdoor and indoor hockey to recommence (subject to completion of specified actions). It follows that KHUA members will be able to return to officiating although there may be actions required of every individual; at present what this will entail is not clear but I am expecting a briefing from EH on Monday after which I hope to be able to provide more information. Meanwhile I have appended a link below to the relevant EH News page/Article - click on 'More' after the message signature block.

"With the recent announcement of the Recreational Team Sports Framework and England Hockey’s subsequent submissions to government we can now confirm that hockey can move from Step 2 to Step 4 of the Return to Play plans.

Working with the other team sports and learning from the evidence developed from the resumption of professional sports, England Hockey has been able to demonstrate to DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) that hockey can be resumed safely. This means that moving to Step 3 (small group activity) will not been required at all.

With government approval, competitive activity can resume immediately both training and matches – outdoor and indoor. This is great news for many as pre-season will be able to start in earnest and local fixtures can start to take place.

However, England Hockey is also acutely aware that not all hockey players or organisations are currently in a position to play, with access to pitches in particular a significant challenge. Moving to Step 5 (the resumption of league hockey) will therefore be assessed over coming weeks ensuring that the decision to start the season can be made when there is enough confidence that clubs are sufficiently ready to start. We continue to recommend planning for a normal start date for the season and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our full guidance for Step 4 is available here with a number of shorter guides and information also available. England Hockey will add to these early next week with a short video for players and will develop the guidance based on feedback we receive including updating our FAQ’s.
The permission to play competitive hockey means that everyone involved will need to understand their responsibilities to ensure that we can all make the most of our return to the pitch. Clubs and other hockey organisers must follow guidance to ensure that they are compliant before starting competitive activity. For some this will take time to ensure that everything is in place and we encourage players and clubs to be sure that everything is sufficiently ready before starting. The risks during competitive hockey are low, but special permission has been given to resume hockey by government, so we expect all players to understand their responsibilities clearly and adapt their behaviours accordingly. All hockey organisations will need to conduct risk assessments, adapt processes and appoint Covid Officers to ensure this happens.

By ensuring everyone understands the expectations it will mean that the game is as welcoming to all those involved in the game as possible. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the standards set out are maintained and that all in the game from player to umpire to coach feel confident in the ‘new normal’ for hockey. The code of ethics and behaviour will be updated to make provision for Covid-19 related issues and guidance will be given for adaptations in competition rules.

Overall, this is great news for hockey, and we hope that clubs and organisations can make up for lost time enjoying the feeling of being back on the pitch and feeling the spirit of hockey start to shine through again."

Chris Peart
Chairman ... More

UPDATE: EH has provisionally endorsed a draft KHUA approach for umpires to return to officiating. There is some generic EH-provided material that has to be included that we are waiting to receive. The Management Team will provide complete detailed guidance as soon as we are able to do so...

Please note the following announcement recently promulgated by England Hockey. With the endorsement of Step 4 the way is clear for local area outdoor and indoor hockey to recommence (subject to completion of specified actions). It follows that KHUA members will be able to return to officiating although there may be actions required of every individual; at present what this will entail is not clear but I am expecting a briefing from EH on Monday after which I hope to be able to provide more information. Meanwhile I have appended a link below to the relevant EH News page/Article - click on 'More' after the message signature block.

"With the recent announcement of the Recreational Team Sports Framework and England Hockey’s subsequent submissions to government we can now confirm that hockey can move from Step 2 to Step 4 of the Return to Play plans.

Working with the other team sports and learning from the evidence developed from the resumption of professional sports, England Hockey has been able to demonstrate to DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) that hockey can be resumed safely. This means that moving to Step 3 (small group activity) will not been required at all.

With government approval, competitive activity can resume immediately both training and matches – outdoor and indoor. This is great news for many as pre-season will be able to start in earnest and local fixtures can start to take place.

However, England Hockey is also acutely aware that not all hockey players or organisations are currently in a position to play, with access to pitches in particular a significant challenge. Moving to Step 5 (the resumption of league hockey) will therefore be assessed over coming weeks ensuring that the decision to start the season can be made when there is enough confidence that clubs are sufficiently ready to start. We continue to recommend planning for a normal start date for the season and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our full guidance for Step 4 is available here with a number of shorter guides and information also available. England Hockey will add to these early next week with a short video for players and will develop the guidance based on feedback we receive including updating our FAQ’s.
The permission to play competitive hockey means that everyone involved will need to understand their responsibilities to ensure that we can all make the most of our return to the pitch. Clubs and other hockey organisers must follow guidance to ensure that they are compliant before starting competitive activity. For some this will take time to ensure that everything is in place and we encourage players and clubs to be sure that everything is sufficiently ready before starting. The risks during competitive hockey are low, but special permission has been given to resume hockey by government, so we expect all players to understand their responsibilities clearly and adapt their behaviours accordingly. All hockey organisations will need to conduct risk assessments, adapt processes and appoint Covid Officers to ensure this happens.

By ensuring everyone understands the expectations it will mean that the game is as welcoming to all those involved in the game as possible. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the standards set out are maintained and that all in the game from player to umpire to coach feel confident in the ‘new normal’ for hockey. The code of ethics and behaviour will be updated to make provision for Covid-19 related issues and guidance will be given for adaptations in competition rules.

Overall, this is great news for hockey, and we hope that clubs and organisations can make up for lost time enjoying the feeling of being back on the pitch and feeling the spirit of hockey start to shine through again."

Chris Peart
Chairman ... More

UPDATE: EH has provisionally endorsed a draft KHUA approach for umpires to return to officiating. There is some generic EH-provided material that has to be included that we are waiting to receive. The Management Team will provide complete detailed guidance as soon as we are able to do so...

Please note the following announcement recently promulgated by England Hockey. With the endorsement of Step 4 the way is clear for local area outdoor and indoor hockey to recommence (subject to completion of specified actions). It follows that KHUA members will be able to return to officiating although there may be actions required of every individual; at present what this will entail is not clear but I am expecting a briefing from EH on Monday after which I hope to be able to provide more information. Meanwhile I have appended a link below to the relevant EH News page/Article - click on 'More' after the message signature block.

"With the recent announcement of the Recreational Team Sports Framework and England Hockey’s subsequent submissions to government we can now confirm that hockey can move from Step 2 to Step 4 of the Return to Play plans.

Working with the other team sports and learning from the evidence developed from the resumption of professional sports, England Hockey has been able to demonstrate to DCMS (Department of Culture Media and Sport) that hockey can be resumed safely. This means that moving to Step 3 (small group activity) will not been required at all.

With government approval, competitive activity can resume immediately both training and matches – outdoor and indoor. This is great news for many as pre-season will be able to start in earnest and local fixtures can start to take place.

However, England Hockey is also acutely aware that not all hockey players or organisations are currently in a position to play, with access to pitches in particular a significant challenge. Moving to Step 5 (the resumption of league hockey) will therefore be assessed over coming weeks ensuring that the decision to start the season can be made when there is enough confidence that clubs are sufficiently ready to start. We continue to recommend planning for a normal start date for the season and will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Our full guidance for Step 4 is available here with a number of shorter guides and information also available. England Hockey will add to these early next week with a short video for players and will develop the guidance based on feedback we receive including updating our FAQ’s.
The permission to play competitive hockey means that everyone involved will need to understand their responsibilities to ensure that we can all make the most of our return to the pitch. Clubs and other hockey organisers must follow guidance to ensure that they are compliant before starting competitive activity. For some this will take time to ensure that everything is in place and we encourage players and clubs to be sure that everything is sufficiently ready before starting. The risks during competitive hockey are low, but special permission has been given to resume hockey by government, so we expect all players to understand their responsibilities clearly and adapt their behaviours accordingly. All hockey organisations will need to conduct risk assessments, adapt processes and appoint Covid Officers to ensure this happens.

By ensuring everyone understands the expectations it will mean that the game is as welcoming to all those involved in the game as possible. We all have a responsibility to ensure that the standards set out are maintained and that all in the game from player to umpire to coach feel confident in the ‘new normal’ for hockey. The code of ethics and behaviour will be updated to make provision for Covid-19 related issues and guidance will be given for adaptations in competition rules.

Overall, this is great news for hockey, and we hope that clubs and organisations can make up for lost time enjoying the feeling of being back on the pitch and feeling the spirit of hockey start to shine through again."

Chris Peart
Chairman ... More