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24th NovDecember Umpire Availability - Last Updated 26 November

On the basis that some postponed fixtures may get rescheduled to the weekends of 5/6, 12/13 and 19/20 December (subject to Kent not suffering a Regional Lockdown), could all members that take appointments please ensure their availability is up to date.

UPDATE:

Following HMG notification that Kent should be a COVID-19 Tier 3 area (requires parliamentary approval on Tuesday) we await notification from EH and the relevant leagues' management bodies as to how they intend to move forward.

Chris Peart
Chairman

On the basis that some postponed fixtures may get rescheduled to the weekends of 5/6, 12/13 and 19/20 December (subject to Kent not suffering a Regional Lockdown), could all members that take appointments please ensure their availability is up to date.

UPDATE:

Following HMG notification that Kent should be a COVID-19 Tier 3 area (requires parliamentary approval on Tuesday) we await notification from EH and the relevant leagues' management bodies as to how they intend to move forward.

Chris Peart
Chairman

On the basis that some postponed fixtures may get rescheduled to the weekends of 5/6, 12/13 and 19/20 December (subject to Kent not suffering a Regional Lockdown), could all members that take appointments please ensure their availability is up to date.

UPDATE:

Following HMG notification that Kent should be a COVID-19 Tier 3 area (requires parliamentary approval on Tuesday) we await notification from EH and the relevant leagues' management bodies as to how they intend to move forward.

Chris Peart
Chairman

23rd NovReturn to Hockey (Again)

With HMG announcements earlier today, it is likely that hockey will be able to re-start after 4 December but we need to wait for EH, KHA, South and East leagues authorities to confirm what and when that may happen. KHUA has extant appointments to league fixtures promulgated from before Lockdown 2 was announced - these commence on 5 December. Members should expect these fixtures and appointments will go ahead; if anybody has a concern they should contact the relevant Appointer as soon as possible.

Chris Peart
Chairman

With HMG announcements earlier today, it is likely that hockey will be able to re-start after 4 December but we need to wait for EH, KHA, South and East leagues authorities to confirm what and when that may happen. KHUA has extant appointments to league fixtures promulgated from before Lockdown 2 was announced - these commence on 5 December. Members should expect these fixtures and appointments will go ahead; if anybody has a concern they should contact the relevant Appointer as soon as possible.

Chris Peart
Chairman

With HMG announcements earlier today, it is likely that hockey will be able to re-start after 4 December but we need to wait for EH, KHA, South and East leagues authorities to confirm what and when that may happen. KHUA has extant appointments to league fixtures promulgated from before Lockdown 2 was announced - these commence on 5 December. Members should expect these fixtures and appointments will go ahead; if anybody has a concern they should contact the relevant Appointer as soon as possible.

Chris Peart
Chairman

1st NovCOVID-19 Latest: All Club Hockey Suspended

EH have notified the Hockey Family that all club hockey is suspended until after 4 December 2020. The latest information can be found on the England Hockey Website News page.

Chris Peart
Chairman ... More

EH have notified the Hockey Family that all club hockey is suspended until after 4 December 2020. The latest information can be found on the England Hockey Website News page.

Chris Peart
Chairman ... More

EH have notified the Hockey Family that all club hockey is suspended until after 4 December 2020. The latest information can be found on the England Hockey Website News page.

Chris Peart
Chairman ... More

22nd OctKHUA Umpire Promotions

It is with pleasure that following recent successful assessments I can announce that Iain McCarthy and Andy Whitaker have been promoted to KHUA's Women's A1 grade Panel.

Excellent. Congratulations and very well done to both of you.

Peter Divall
KHUA Women's Development Officer.

It is with pleasure that following recent successful assessments I can announce that Iain McCarthy and Andy Whitaker have been promoted to KHUA's Women's A1 grade Panel.

Excellent. Congratulations and very well done to both of you.

Peter Divall
KHUA Women's Development Officer.

It is with pleasure that following recent successful assessments I can announce that Iain McCarthy and Andy Whitaker have been promoted to KHUA's Women's A1 grade Panel.

Excellent. Congratulations and very well done to both of you.

Peter Divall
KHUA Women's Development Officer.

22nd OctPostponed and cancelled games - IMPORTANT

It is extremely important that you urgently inform the relevant Appointments Secretary if you are advised that a game has been cancelled.

Men’s appointments – Brian Miller
Women’s appointments – Stephen Bristow

Their contact details can be found in your personal area on the KHUA website, under ‘Umpiring Associations’ and then ‘Umpire Contacts’.

Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

It is extremely important that you urgently inform the relevant Appointments Secretary if you are advised that a game has been cancelled.

Men’s appointments – Brian Miller
Women’s appointments – Stephen Bristow

Their contact details can be found in your personal area on the KHUA website, under ‘Umpiring Associations’ and then ‘Umpire Contacts’.

Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

It is extremely important that you urgently inform the relevant Appointments Secretary if you are advised that a game has been cancelled.

Men’s appointments – Brian Miller
Women’s appointments – Stephen Bristow

Their contact details can be found in your personal area on the KHUA website, under ‘Umpiring Associations’ and then ‘Umpire Contacts’.

Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

16th OctCOVID-19 Update - 16 October 2020 @ 08:50

Despite the recent introduction of the Tiers 1, 2 and 3 Concept, associated local control arrangements being put in place and significant press reporting, at the time of writing there has been no update to the EH Rules and Guidance on COVID-19 Requirements (although an update is expected soon).

Therefore, in respect of the management of hockey and related activities nothing has changed and, until otherwise notified, members should continue to exercise personal risk judgement whilst complying with National Requirements and EH Rules and Guidance.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Despite the recent introduction of the Tiers 1, 2 and 3 Concept, associated local control arrangements being put in place and significant press reporting, at the time of writing there has been no update to the EH Rules and Guidance on COVID-19 Requirements (although an update is expected soon).

Therefore, in respect of the management of hockey and related activities nothing has changed and, until otherwise notified, members should continue to exercise personal risk judgement whilst complying with National Requirements and EH Rules and Guidance.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Despite the recent introduction of the Tiers 1, 2 and 3 Concept, associated local control arrangements being put in place and significant press reporting, at the time of writing there has been no update to the EH Rules and Guidance on COVID-19 Requirements (although an update is expected soon).

Therefore, in respect of the management of hockey and related activities nothing has changed and, until otherwise notified, members should continue to exercise personal risk judgement whilst complying with National Requirements and EH Rules and Guidance.

Chris Peart
Chairman

5th OctKent Hockey Umpires Association - 2020 AGM and Awards

AGM

Thank you to all those who managed to log on to our first on-line AGM. Thank you to all those who had technical issues initially but persevered and managed to join later. It was well attended (37 people) and was well managed by our Chairman.

Apologies to those of you who attempted to log on (in some cases for 45 mins), but had technical difficulties and couldn't. Thank you for trying.

Thank you to those who sent apologies for absence.
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AWARDS

Umpire Awards (voted for by the Selection Committee):

Top Male Umpire - Thomas Crump
Top Female Umpire - Jo Swift
Significantly Improved Male Umpire - Glen Ly Grys
Significantly improved Female Umpire - Hazel Spencer

Achievement Awards (voted for by the Management Team):

Significant Contribution to KHUA (last 5 Years) - Chris Peart
Long Service award - Tony Puckridge
Lifetime Achievement Award - Brian Miller

Special Award (voted for by the Management Team)
Life Member - Chris Peart

Congratulations to all of the award winners.
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Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

AGM

Thank you to all those who managed to log on to our first on-line AGM. Thank you to all those who had technical issues initially but persevered and managed to join later. It was well attended (37 people) and was well managed by our Chairman.

Apologies to those of you who attempted to log on (in some cases for 45 mins), but had technical difficulties and couldn't. Thank you for trying.

Thank you to those who sent apologies for absence.
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AWARDS

Umpire Awards (voted for by the Selection Committee):

Top Male Umpire - Thomas Crump
Top Female Umpire - Jo Swift
Significantly Improved Male Umpire - Glen Ly Grys
Significantly improved Female Umpire - Hazel Spencer

Achievement Awards (voted for by the Management Team):

Significant Contribution to KHUA (last 5 Years) - Chris Peart
Long Service award - Tony Puckridge
Lifetime Achievement Award - Brian Miller

Special Award (voted for by the Management Team)
Life Member - Chris Peart

Congratulations to all of the award winners.
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Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

AGM

Thank you to all those who managed to log on to our first on-line AGM. Thank you to all those who had technical issues initially but persevered and managed to join later. It was well attended (37 people) and was well managed by our Chairman.

Apologies to those of you who attempted to log on (in some cases for 45 mins), but had technical difficulties and couldn't. Thank you for trying.

Thank you to those who sent apologies for absence.
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AWARDS

Umpire Awards (voted for by the Selection Committee):

Top Male Umpire - Thomas Crump
Top Female Umpire - Jo Swift
Significantly Improved Male Umpire - Glen Ly Grys
Significantly improved Female Umpire - Hazel Spencer

Achievement Awards (voted for by the Management Team):

Significant Contribution to KHUA (last 5 Years) - Chris Peart
Long Service award - Tony Puckridge
Lifetime Achievement Award - Brian Miller

Special Award (voted for by the Management Team)
Life Member - Chris Peart

Congratulations to all of the award winners.
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Bob Jordan
General Secretary
Kent Hockey Umpires Association

3rd OctLevel 3 Success

I am delighted to report that Stuart Freeman passed his Level 3 Assessment game today and will now be a full member of the NPUA. Well done Stuart - many congratulations!

Chris Peart
Chairman

I am delighted to report that Stuart Freeman passed his Level 3 Assessment game today and will now be a full member of the NPUA. Well done Stuart - many congratulations!

Chris Peart
Chairman

I am delighted to report that Stuart Freeman passed his Level 3 Assessment game today and will now be a full member of the NPUA. Well done Stuart - many congratulations!

Chris Peart
Chairman

3rd OctCerise Umpiring Shirts

General members can now order cerise umpiring shirts. This was previously restricted to appointed umpires but as Pool Umpires prefer to wear green we have decided to release cerise shirts to all general umpires. They are also cheaper than new orange ones! They can be ordered via your personal area on the website.

General members can now order cerise umpiring shirts. This was previously restricted to appointed umpires but as Pool Umpires prefer to wear green we have decided to release cerise shirts to all general umpires. They are also cheaper than new orange ones! They can be ordered via your personal area on the website.

General members can now order cerise umpiring shirts. This was previously restricted to appointed umpires but as Pool Umpires prefer to wear green we have decided to release cerise shirts to all general umpires. They are also cheaper than new orange ones! They can be ordered via your personal area on the website.

23rd SepExisting KHUA Memberships

Due to the exceptional circumstances and uncertainties generated by COVID-19 in respect of Outdoor Hockey re-starting, KHUA has extended the validity of 2019/20 memberships to 30 November 2020. This is to allow the notification, payment and processing of membership fees for the 2020/21 Season.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Due to the exceptional circumstances and uncertainties generated by COVID-19 in respect of Outdoor Hockey re-starting, KHUA has extended the validity of 2019/20 memberships to 30 November 2020. This is to allow the notification, payment and processing of membership fees for the 2020/21 Season.

Chris Peart
Chairman

Due to the exceptional circumstances and uncertainties generated by COVID-19 in respect of Outdoor Hockey re-starting, KHUA has extended the validity of 2019/20 memberships to 30 November 2020. This is to allow the notification, payment and processing of membership fees for the 2020/21 Season.

Chris Peart
Chairman

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 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

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