Thank you to everyone who attended the Ulster Hockey Umpires AGM on Thursday 3rd September at NICS in person and for those joined us via Zoom.
Our thanks to The Ulster Hockey President - Mr Terry Templeton for attending and chairing the meeting.
The elected committee for the incoming 2020/21 year is as follows
Ulster Umpires Executive
Chair - Linda Johnston
Vice Chair - Russell Donaldson
Secretary - George Redpath
Treasurer - James Wray
Appointments Coordinators - Neal Hermon & Lyn Morrow
Chair of Development - Ian Strange
Elected Members -
Appointments Selection Committee
Men’s panel - Neal Hermon
Ladies panel - Lyn Morrow
Development Committee Representative - Christine Reid
Independent Members - Les Allen & Gail Taylor
Chair - Ian Strange
All IHUA umpiring appointments will be covered by insurance for official matches played in accordance with the Hockey Ireland Covid regulations and guidance.
We will ask the Provincial Associations to confirm the insurance situation with its members in relation to official appointments within their region, in case there is any disparity with the National position.
Umpires are recommended NOT to umpire unofficial or friendly matches in the current climate UNLESS they seek and obtain the required assurances from the match/tournament organisers regarding insurance cover. In these circumstances, the officiating of an unofficial or friendly match/tournament is entirely your own personal decision. Stay safe!
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.