The hockey season is nearly upon us and I am sure you are all ready to play. Just so as you are aware, England Hockey have been looking at restructuring how hockey is run, from senior & junior league organisation, discipline, performance centres, officiating, representative teams, development centres and masters. Basically, all these areas are run differently across counties and regions. In 2017, EH created a working group to look into how these responsibilities could be re-organised. Their first approach was by consulting clubs and organisations requesting completion of a survey and the results have been compiled a document –A Structure fit for the Future- has been produced (this is attached). I would be grateful if as many people from your club, read the document as EH need feedback on their proposals. The closing date for feedback is 27th October 2019. From the feedback, EH will then create an implementation plan and these changes will be in place for 2021-2022.
You may think this has very little to do with you, however, the proposals will have a huge impact on how you currently play your hockey.
A key point that arises from this proposal is how the leagues will be run in the future.
In order to create consistency, the five regions (East, Midlands, North, South,West) will be increased to eight regions and each region will be responsible for organising ALL adult & junior leagues and competitions. There are currently at least 40 sets of different league rules depending on where you play and so all leagues will be administered through their area. As we primarily are concerned with adult leagues in Northamptonshire, this will be a major change. I for one, do not know how this will happen so we will need to wait for further details, but there will no longer be a county committee and Val won’t be organising county leagues! Our current 2019-2020 league will run as normal but there may well start to be changes 2020-2021 so that is why I need as many of you as possible to be aware of these changes by reading the attached document, and if possible discuss and feedback either to myself or to EH.
I hope you all have a great season.
WHAT ARE THE NEW RULES?
England Hockey can now confirm that it supports the implementation of all the rule changes with the exception of one. Therefore the following (major) changes will be implemented at all levels of the sport in England from the start of the 2019/20 season:
• Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges (PwGKP)
• Amendments to Attacking Free Hits within the 23m
• Defensive Free Hits awarded within the defensive circle
• Amendment to ruling around Attackers entering the circle early at a Penalty Corner
Support is available for players, coaches, umpires and officials in learning these rule implementations through access to material on the Hockey Hub and this will be shared with Leagues and Umpiring Associations to enhance the learning of their members ahead of the new season.
HALVES OR QUARTERS?
England Hockey has, in recent years, endeavoured to apply a consistent set of rules throughout all levels of the sport.
However, the proposed change to 15-minute quarters has caused considerable concern.
The Board of England Hockey met on 16 July and agreed the following changes:
1. To apply 17.5 minute quarters (without the clock stopping at Penalty Corners) to the elite domestic club game specifically:
a. All Divisions of the England Hockey Leagues (the Investec Women’s Hockey League and Men’s England Hockey League);
b. Tier 1 of the Adult Club Championships.
2. For season 2019-20, to leave the rest of the club game played as halves, usually of 2x35 minutes (or shorter formats in the junior game as appropriate).
Kettering Hockey Club are holding two umpire training events at Bishop Stopford School, Headlands, Kettering, Northants, NN15 6BJ in September.
Level 1 umpire course 8th September 2019 9.00am – 3.30pm
Young umpire course 15th September 2019 10.00am – 12.30pm
Please contact Sophie Reynolds to express your interest at email@example.com and for details about how to apply.
YOUR LEAGUE NEEDS YOU
The Northants County Womens’ Hockey Association committee members have many years’ experience in the field. Current amalgamated ages add up to over 300 years between five of us. We no longer play the game but do try to keep abreast of all issues involving the sport. We do our best to keep the league running so that the County can benefit from the sport being available to all and that ultimately you can play hockey. To keep this going we are asking for some assistance from you as we need some new members to join us on the committee.
Ideally, we would like a representative from every club to join us, so that you can get your say on the running of the league and so that you can feed the information back to your clubs. The Committee meet about 6-8 times a year in a central location to discuss any issues that come up. It usually involves tea and biscuits. You could say that we are giving our blood with the reward of a custard cream at the end. We do this because we care about hockey being played in Northamptonshire. Without a Committee there will be no League.
If you think you have a few hours to spare over the next 12 months and you’d like to know more, please contact Sarah Blason the President at SLB@sprattonhall.com
The Midlands Womens Ov55s are looking for players to take to the Regional O55s Tournament to be held at Old Loughts HC over the weekend of 1st and 2nd June. There are 2 games each day. Accommodation will be available on the Saturday night. You need to have reached 55 by 31st December 2019.
There is a training session arranged for Saturday 27th April at Hampton HC and which the coach and Manager would like you to attend.
If you are interested please contact O55s Manager Steph Liveley (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details.
Please note Midlands Masters Hockey is self funding
Womens Midland Masters Management Team
The Midlands Womens Ov40s are looking for players to take to the Regional O40s Tournament to be held at Cannock HC over the weekend of 18th and 19th May. There are 5 games in total. Accommodation will be available on the Saturday night. You need to have reached 40 by 31st December 2019.
Anyone that is interested, we would like to invite you to a training session that is being held on Saturday 13th April at Cannock HC. Arrival 10.00am. 10.30am – 11.30am classroom . Followed by a two hr training session. Aim to finish at 1.30pm
If selected there are further sessions on the following dates which we would like like you to attend
27th April – 1 and ½ hour training session followed by a game. Venue and times to be confirmed
11th May – Game. Venue and times to be confirmed
If you are interested please contact O40s Manager Cheryl McCulloch - email@example.com for further details
Midland Regional Hockey Association 035 Masters invite
England Hockey are proposing to hold the first 035 Regional Tournament in August 2019.
I have agreed with the MRHA to canvass clubs to see if there is interest amongst the players in
entering a Midland 035 squad.
The proposed dates for a short programme of trials and training to be held at Wrekin College in
Telford, are as follows:
Saturday 23rd June – 1st Trial
Sunday 7th July – 2nd Trial
Sunday 21st July – training/games
Saturday 27th July – training/games
Sat/Sun 17th/18th Aug – 035 Tournament – Sheffield.
To qualify, players need to be between 35 and 39 in this calendar year. England work on a 5 year
age band as there is an 040 competition as well. However, as 34 year old players in this age band
qualify for the international squad next year the organisers are allowing those who are not 35 until
next year to play.
At this stage I wish to gauge the interest so could you please pass this information on to your club
players who qualify and ask them to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 12th April
2019 registering their interest.
A decision will then be made whether the Midlands will enter the competition and I will then contact
everyone one involved with further details.
On behalf of the MRHA