Irish Hockey Umpires Association

Irish Hockey Umpires Association

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Forthcoming Irish Hockey Umpires Association Events

9th Sep 2017

EYHL Umpires Pre-Season Workshop and Fitness Testing (10:45) @ TBC

21st Jan 2018

EYHL Umpires Mid-Season Workshop and Fitness Testing (10:45) @ TBC

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Recent News Items
17th February 2017
Kate Russell Tournament

The Kate Russell school-girls tournament will take place in Ulster on 23rd and 24th March 2017.

Preference for appointments will be given to Ulster based umpires (to keep costs to a minimum) however we would like to give consideration to appointing at least two umpires from outside Ulster.

IHUA will work closely with Ulster Umpires Committee to appoint umpires to this tournament. Gareth Herron will therefore be the point of contact – gareth.herron@gmail.com.

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

Please note that an Umpire Manager has been appointed for this tournament to assist all umpires.

15th February 2017
Assessor Promotion

Congratulations to Adare Brady and Gail Taylor on obtaining their official Umpire Assessor Accreditation.

Umpire Promotion

Congratulations to Linda Coughlan on her upgrade to the National Development Panel following her recent above grade assessments.

1st February 2017
Card Reports (Irish Competitions only)

The HI Discipline Committee has asked us to remind all umpires who are involved in cup games that have NO table, that all yellow and red card reports must be forwarded WITHIN 48 HOURS of the match.

To ensure that the proper disciplinary procedures are followed (suspensions etc.) it is extremely important that your card reports are received without delay, particularly as we are drawing near semi-finals and finals of the cup competitions!

The required report forms can be found under 'Information & Downloads'.

Your compliance is much appreciated.

28th January 2017
Player Concussion

Concussion in sport is a serious matter. For this reason, two new documents have been uploaded onto this website for the 'awareness' of ALL umpires (click 'information and downloads button).

It is important to emphasise that the PRIME responsibility lies with the player and their team - NOT the umpire.

However, it is essential that all umpires recognise the symptoms and if you have concerns about any player, stop the match and recommend that the team (through their manager or captain) takes the appropriate action in accordance with the Hockey Ireland guidelines.

Remember: Concussion does not always involve losing consciousness therefore you must take any of these symptoms very seriously!!

30th November 2016
2017 Rules of Hockey and Player Equipment Requirements for Irish Competitions

Three new documents are available to view in the Download Section of the IHUA website under 'Rules and Guidance'.

The first document relates to the new 2017 Rules of Hockey.

The second document relates to the formal implementation of these rules (1st January 2017) and highlights the key information regarding the specific rule changes.

The third document relates to safety issues regarding player equipment (especially at PC's) and how this will be managed in the intervening period until the new rules are implemented, to help Clubs be ready for the changes.

Hockey Ireland has notified all Clubs involved in Irish Competitions and advised the Provinces that they are also welcome to implement these rules.

5th November 2016
Clarification guidance - playing the ball on the ground v sliding tackles

There appears to be a little confusion about players playing the ball on the ground as opposed to ‘going to ground’ to make a sliding tackle. It is clear that not every player on the ground during a game of hockey commits an offence however players must be discouraged from deliberately sliding into tackles.

The following guidance is therefore issued for clarification: -

- A player simply playing the ball while on the ground does not commit an offence, subject to danger;

- A player going to ground to make a tackle who makes no contact with either the ball or another player does not commit an offence, subject to danger;

- A player going to ground to make a tackle who wins the ball cleanly without making contact with any other player does not commit an offence, subject to danger;

- A sliding tackle which takes an opponent to the ground has the potential to cause serious injury and is considered highly dangerous. The offending player must be punished with high penalty action - a ...

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