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21st OctCovid 19 update from England Hockey

Clubs within tier 3 lockdown cannot travel to Tier 1or 2 to play matches and also Tier1/2 can't travel to Tier 3 to play.
This will have a large impact on the league and certain divisions in particular. The league is meeting this evening and will discuss the implications.
At the moment Liverpool City Region and Lancashire clubs are in tier 3 with it possible that Greater Manchester will join them. We also realise that some players will be residents of a different tier to their clubs and we'll look into what we can do for those.
>>>>>In light of the government announcing the new Local Covid-19 Alert Levels, we can now update the situation for hockey. Over the past 24 hours a number of clarifications have been sought by NGBs and Sport England from government and this update incorporates the answers to those questions.
Firstly, and crucially, outdoor organised team sport continues to be seen as a low-risk activity for the transmission of Covid-19. The weight of evidence across sports - allied to the excellent work clubs have done establishing safer environments - demonstrates the confidence government has. From an England Hockey perspective, the visibility that clubs have given of reported cases and exploring the reasons behind them also demonstrates the low level of risk. We cannot link any cases to transmission on the field of play, and where transport has been shared and safer travel guidance followed there is also a low level of risk of transmission. The only examples of transmission or where larger groups of players have been required to self-isolate is where social distancing rules have not been maintained outside of play.
At all three of the new alert levels, outdoor hockey activity is allowed to continue:
At Level 1 (Medium) and Level 2 (High) of the new restrictions, hockey can continue but with further limitations to arrangements in indoor settings for clubs at Level 2 - linked to groups not being allowed to mix indoors.
Unfortunately, at Level 3 (Very High) alert level there will be some restrictions on hockey activity due to travel restrictions. People are advised not to travel into or out of areas that have a very high alert level, including for sport. Further limitations also exist at this level for indoor setting arrangements.
NB We are seeking clarification on an exemption to travel outside of a Level 3 area for disability sport, sport for educational purposes or supervised sport for under 18 activity. We will update on this as soon as we can.
Training and matches for clubs and players within the Level 3 (Very High) areas can continue. Obviously, some players may be not be able to leave or enter a Level 3 (Very High) area to play and in those examples we encourage other local clubs to support players who temporarily may not be able to access their normal club activity.
A quick guide to show how the new Covid Alert Level system impacts hockey in England. Please click here or on the photo to download the full version.
Covid Alert Levels
England Hockey has been meeting with representatives of clubs in the Tier 3 areas to discuss the circumstances and will communicate with England Hockey League clubs shortly.
This season was always going to require all involved in hockey to demonstrate the flexibility, resilience and spirit required to keep hockey going. We continue to be grateful to all the volunteers that are supporting activity and hope that the chance to get out and pick up your stick is appreciated by all involved. England Hockey also continues to request that leagues to show the flexibility and patience required to let games happen when they can, and support postponements if required.
England Hockey will continue to follow the permissions from government as the guide for when hockey activity is allowed. Ultimately, we want to ensure that clubs and players can come through this period as strongly as possible.

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21st OctNew structure consultation

Dear All
As we move forward towards the new structure, North HA & NHUA in response to a question LHUA asked about our inclusion on the new groups being set up to form the new officiating association sent the following response
"As I understand, you dialled into the presentation on Umpiring which clearly outlined the Vision for the Future and how it related to the organisation of umpiring in the new Areas and called for volunteers. The Umpiring Working Groups were thus formed from volunteers and the composition is designed to balance a range of experience and expertise whilst at the same time reflecting both gender and regional diversity.
County HA’s and County HUA’s as such have not been invited to join the Working Groups per se, in line with the England Governance Structure principle to engage with Clubs. Initially, the Groups will conduct a survey of all Clubs and of Umpires via a questionnaire to establish the current situation regarding umpiring and elicit their views. Thus, I can assure you that all members will have an opportunity to make their contribution as to the way forward."
Please confirm if you have been approached by any club you are affiliated to on this matter.

14th SepEngland Hockey Return to Play

Following the announcement last week from government concerning the tighter Social Distancing measures that came into play today, I’d like to remind you all of the following:

The conditions of the Return to Play agreement with DCMS allow the relaxing of social distancing on the pitch when the ball is in play. This means that when the clock is stopped, or situations such as the set up to a Penalty Corner, social distancing should be applied by the players.

The total number of 30 people in the guidance documents apply to individuals within the white lines of the pitch. The pitch surrounding area (i.e. within the cage but not on the field of play) must apply social distancing guidelines. This applies to all individuals on team benches, any technical officials on duty, umpire coaches / assessors and spectators.

The umpires are responsible purely for the rules of the game. The home club’s COVID Officer is responsible for ensure that any guidance documents concerning the steps the club have taken to make the facility COVID safe are available.

As Officiating generally, we have a responsibility when appointing individuals to ensure they have completed a Participant Agreement and are aware of their responsibilities on game day. As HUAs and TAP, we need to ensure we have the following in place:

We have registered a COVID Officer with clubs@englandhockey.co.uk
That COVID Officer has access to EH records to show who has completed the Participant Agreement
Weekly, we ask for the appointments made by HUAs or TAP to be sent to England Hockey for all Track & Trace queries. These record are kept for 21 days and then destroyed.
IF someone involved in a game shows either COVID Symptoms OR is tested positive for COVID, the COVID Safety Officer for the HUA or TAP will be required to contact the clubs and make them aware of this. The same is applied if a club contacts the HUA / TAP COVID Officer, so they can get in touch with the umpire or official in question.

More information is available on the England Hockey website.

6th SepEngland Hockey received a letter from nine hockey clubs outlining very serious allegations of racism

4 September 2020

Dear Colleague,

We hope this letter finds you, your families and your hockey clubs well and you are all looking forward to what we hope will be a new exciting season of hockey. In these unprecedented times we would like to thank you for your support and patience as we have worked with the Government and Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to get hockey back on to the field of play as one of the first few approved team sports. We know the beneficial impact sport has on both the nation’s physical and mental wellbeing and we look forward to playing our part in getting the nation moving again.

You will have seen the final Step 5 ‘Return to Play’ guidelines issued this week. Please take time to read them and ensure your members are fully aware of what we need to keep hockey playing. As you will expect we will be under the spotlight to demonstrate good on-field and off-field behaviours and your support in making this happen is very much appreciated.

The last few months have been challenging for so many of us and we have been aware of the number of different circumstances affecting individual members, hockey clubs and those that represent the variety of diverse communities that play hockey. We have recently had a public challenge presented to England Hockey, concerning allegations of racism of hockey in this country. The Board of England Hockey takes these accusations very seriously and we wanted to update you on how we are addressing these concerns.

England Hockey received a letter from nine hockey clubs outlining very serious allegations of racism that they have experienced whilst playing hockey. This letter was also sent to the mainstream media. You will undoubtedly have seen some of the media articles that were subsequently published. We are grateful to the clubs that wrote the letter for bringing these issues to our attention and want to remind clubs that should they ever have any concerns around racism or any behaviours which are against the strong values we have as a sport, to report these and use the processes outlined on the England Hockey website.

We are taking these allegations very seriously and have held meetings with those who wrote the letter. We have spoken to a number of people in the past few months who have told us about racist comments that have been made to them and racist behaviours they have experienced on and off the pitch. Their experiences extend beyond hockey and into wider society. As everyone is more than aware, any such behaviours are not acceptable and we will be working with all parts of our game to ensure we bring an end to any form of racism, sexism and homophobia and other forms of discrimination in our sport.

In a statement on our website, attached to this letter, we highlight the steps we are now taking as an organisation. We would also encourage you all to continue to look at what you can do to help. We all have a responsibility to provide an equal opportunity for everyone to play and enjoy our sport. It is evident that currently there is not the same provision and opportunity across all communities and, whilst there are some systemic reasons beyond hockey, we must work harder to bridge those gaps and those divides. We are also looking at ways we can build on the work that has supported clubs with their own outreach work in local communities across the country. There is a lot of good practice already going on here and only recently we have heard of examples of clubs having diversity officers on their committees and, in some cases, a diversity committee reviewing what they do across their club.

The return of hockey in the autumn provides us with an opportunity to start with a new meaning, a respect for each other, and a respect to all, from whatever background, gender, race, sexuality, ability and socio-economic background. Our message must remain ‘A Nation Where Hockey Matters’ and that it is therefore a sport for all. It has been a challenging time for so many of us over the past few months and we have an opportunity to start the new season as we mean to go on.

We are expecting more media stories around diversity and inclusion in hockey in the coming weeks and we will respond to these where we need to. Equally we are working hard as outlined above and in the attached statement to make sure hockey remains at the forefront of sport, is leading the way in diversity and inclusivity and contributes positively to the nation’s return to team sports. We recognise that this is a role for England Hockey as well as for hockey clubs, for regions and counties and all those involved in our great sport.

Hopefully you will also have received a separate email from CES today containing the Calling Notice for England Hockey's reconvened AGM being held later this month. If you haven't received it, please check your 'Spam' email folders.

In closing, we wish all members and hockey clubs the very best of seasons ahead, wherever you play, umpire, coach or volunteer, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as the season progresses.

Yours in hockey,

Nick Pink and Royston Hoggarth

CEO and Chairman

6th SepMembership 2020/2021

At the AGM it was decided that if you were a member of LHUA last season your membership will continue free of charge this season (2020/2021). If you are unsure if you paid last season! please contact Jane Evans to check.

11th Dec (2018)Urinating at the side of a hockey pitch.

We are seeing an increasing number of complaints regarding urinating at the side of the pitch. As we are sure you will all agree, this behaviour is not only unpleasant but also a contravention of the EH ‘Respect – Code of Ethics and Behaviour’ – Disrepute Offence, not to mention in some cases a criminal offence. We expect all members to refrain from such behaviour. However, in the event of such incidences, in keeping with the revised Disrepute Complaint Regulations, we kindly ask that these be referred to EH as a Disrepute Complaint in the first instance. It is likely that offenders will face a suspension.
If you have any queries on this, Please contact England Hockey

26th Sep (2018)The New North and Feeder league Structure for 2019-20

The New North and Feeder league Structure for 2019-20 (OPTION A1 002) has now been ratified by the North HA Council to be implemented for the start of 2019-20 season.
North HA are now in the process of scheduling Regional meetings with County and league Officers/Representatives to discuss the detail.
Chris Reece
Secretary
North HA

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20th Dec (2016)Entering Feedback/Questions for Officials/Administrators

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Organisation’s:
North Hockey Association
North Hockey Umpiring Association
North Young Umpires
Cheshire Hockey Association
Cumbria Hockey
Greater Manchester Association
Lancashire Hockey Association
Lancashire Hockey Umpiring Association
North West Hockey Umpiring Association
North West League
Isle of Man Hockey Umpiring Association
Yorkshire Hockey Umpiring Association
Chris Reece
Secretary
North HA

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