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Forthcoming Events for other Umpiring Associations

2nd Feb 2020 (from Irish HUA)

IHUA Executive Committee Meeting (10:30) @ ALSAA (TBC)

9th Feb 2020 (from Irish HUA)

EYHL Umpires Mid-season Training & Fitness Day (10:30) @ University College Dublin

Recent News Items
15th December 2019
Ellie Duffy is selected for Elite European Programme! (from Irish HUA) ...(with image - click here)

Catch up on this recently uploaded story including a 16 minute on-air interview with Galway Bay FM..........

12th December 2019
Mid Season Expenses ...(with link - click here)

Details of how to claim your mid season expenses are now in your personal area of the portal and have been sent by email to each umpire. A link to the email is also above

23rd November 2019
New EHF Appointments (from Irish HUA)

The European Hockey Federation made a number of appointments this week for upcoming tournaments. Many congratulations to all our members, below, who were selected: -

17th to 19th January 2020 - Colm Kavanagh, appointed as National Umpire to: Indoor Men's EuroHockey Indoor Championship III @ Santander (ESP)

24th to 26th January 2020 - Tara Browne, appointed as National Umpire to: Indoor Women's EuroHockey Indoor Championship III @ Bratislava (SVK)

14th to 16th February 2020 - Rob Abbott, appointed as National Umpire to: Indoor Men's EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy @ Alanya (TUR)

21st to 23rd February 2020 – Tara Browne, EHF Appointed Umpire to: Indoor Women's EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy @ Siauliai (LTU)

21st to 23rd February 2020 – Liz Clifford, EHF Appointed Umpire to: Indoor Women's EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge II @ Puconci (SLO)

21st to 23rd February 2020 – Tom Goode, appointed as Umpire Manager to: Indoor Women's EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I @ ...

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14th November 2019
New HI Umpires Claim Form and Expenses Rate Card for 2019/20 (from Irish HUA)

A new HI Umpires Claim Form and an updated Expenses Rate Card for the 2019/20 season has now been uploaded onto this system under 'Card Reporting and Expenses Claim Forms'

Please ensure that you use the nice new claim form forthwith!

***** Please submit any outstanding claims for Irish Cup competitions *****

11th November 2019
Umpire Radios (from Irish HUA)

We are aware of a few problems that have developed at the end of last season and the start of the current season with some of the UmpireTalk radios, mainly due to natural wear and tear. Of course there are a number that continue to work with no problems.

This notice is just to say that we are working on solution in conjunction with the Provinces as everyone recognises the widespread importance of radio usage for all matches. It is important that we try and get a radio that suits our wider needs as well as ensuring the cost is affordable. For this reason we will be looking to test some options in the next couple of weeks.

If we can agree on a radio then realistically we are probably looking at just after Christmas for their introduction.

16th October 2019


Please do not ask to swap games on WhatsApp, Facebook or any other medium. If you are not able to fulfil a fixture then YOU MUST let the relevant appointments secretary know and they will remove you from the game and appoint a replacement.

There are selection committees that make these appointments and umpires are appointed to most games for a number of reasons so we cannot just swap when we need to sorry


13th October 2019
Card Reporting - HI Cup Competitions (from Irish HUA)

In order to have an efficient and robust disciplinary system it is imperative that all yellow and red cards issued in HI Cup Competitions are sent in to Hockey Ireland (hockeyirelandcups@gmail.com) within 48 hours of the match.

We as umpires play an integral part in this process and therefore any slippages in this requirement can lead to a number of problems. It is absolutely essential that we avoid this!

Although the match card for Irish Cup Matches (ISC, IHT, IHC and IJC) has a section for recording yellow and red cards, we still MUST send the official card reporting form to Hockey Ireland (hockeyirelandcups@gmail.com).

These forms can be found on our website (irishhua.com) under ‘Information’ and ‘Card Reporting’ respectively. In particular, the yellow card form is a relatively quick, tick-box type form; designed to take only a few minutes to complete.

We would ask that there is strict compliance with this request and please consider getting into the habit of ...

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5th October 2019
EHF Umpire Development Programme - Ellie Duffy (from Irish HUA)

We are delighted to inform you of the announcement from the EHF that Ellie Duffy has been selected on their Umpire Development Programme (UDP). Ellie will join five other participants in the 2020-2022 Programme.

We would like to congratulate Ellie on her selection and this excellent opportunity. We wish her every success in what will be a challenging three years.

Tom Goode has also been selected as a mentor on the Programme along with Caroline Brunekreef (NED) and we also wish Tom Goode a successful three years developing umpires of the future!

September Minutes and Other Information

Folks the Executive Committee just wanted to remind you all of a number of things now that the season is underway:

1. September Minutes – The minutes of the September Executive Committee can be read found at this link https://www.ulsterhockeyumpires.net/index.php/documents/executive-committee/2019-20-season

2. Etiquette – we have developed a policy for all umpires to observe (available here https://www.ulsterhockeyumpires.net/index.php/documents/policies). One of the parts of this policy is about respect and this includes respect for colleagues, this means that we must not criticise, apologise for, or otherwise deride other umpires before, during, or after a game. We all have bad days and make mistakes and the easiest place to umpire is from outside the fence where you get a completely different angle on the play from the active umpires. We should never put ourselves in a position where we are openly disagreeing with what a colleague has given and certainly not when with ...

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20th September 2019
Drones and Hockey ...(with link - click here)

We have had a couple of umpires get in touch about drones being used at games where they have been umpiring

Jamie Aiken raised the issue at the last Ulster Hockey management board meeting on Tuesday and the advice given was that drones MUST not be used when a game is underway

Below is the section from the UH policy on this issue:

Use of Drones.

The use of drones is being used by a few clubs/organisations for general filming and coaching purposes. Legal responsibility always lies with the drone operator. Failure to fly responsibly could result in a criminal prosecution and a prison sentence if the drone endangers the safety of aircraft. The Civil Aviation Authority has developed a summary of the relevant legislation called “The Drone Code”. Additional rules apply for those filming/taking photographs and Data Protection legislation applies.

Some points from The Drone Code and guidance from the Information Commissioners Office are outlined below. Ulster Hockey ...

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