|16th Oct||Covid 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. ... Link
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.
|4th Oct||North Hockey Local Lockdown Update|
Over the past few days the number of ‘Local Lockdowns’ has increased significantly in terms of the area covered and the extent of restrictions imposed. There are often differences in each area and where restrictions are occurring England Hockey is communicating directly with the clubs and organisations in the affected areas.
So far organised outdoor recreational team sport approved on the government framework has been allowed to continue, including within the areas with tighter restrictions announced this week. This is testament to the confidence government has in the procedures put in place by sports clubs and the evidence for the low risk of transmission during play backed up by social distancing outside of play. The travel guidance written within the full government advice also remains the same in these areas. In the areas of greater lockdowns spectators are restricted from attending matches.
However, we recognise that the speed at which the situation is changing in the North has lead to concerns for clubs and teams and the North HA Executive and England Hockey have been discussing the best approach in the circumstances. Consultation with North League clubs has indicated a willingness from the majority to play league hockey if possible. The extent of travel across the North-wide divisions is recognised and solutions will be finalised and proposed to clubs in the coming days. In the meantime, league matches this weekend across the North can go ahead where clubs are comfortable to play, where clubs have concerns should contact their league secretary.
We are waiting for the full government guidance to be published on today’s announcement and will update further if required.
|30th Sep||Covid 19 Social distancing - a reminder for umpires|
With most clubs in action this weekend and Leagues restarting in early October England Hockey are keen to stress that Social Distancing measures still apply to umpires, as well as officials and players, when the ball is not in play. Images of umpires hugging pre-match, sitting in dug-outs less than 2m away from each other having pre-match chats, etc are not the images that should support our current position against COVID 19. Pictures on Social Media should be showing how safe our sport is, even during COVID restrictions.
|25th Sep||New England Hockey umpiring education modules online|
A new suite of umpiring educational modules are available to support your umpiring via the Hockey Hub. The titles of these modules include: ... Link
How to umpire the small sided game
All of these are available for free and are available via the link below. A great way to brush up your umpiring skills and boost your performance on the pitch. The link will take you to the Hockey Hub; click on the Officiating tab then Umpire development modules and you will see the list of courses.
|22nd Sep||England Hockey advice for umpires for Return to play|
England Hockey is delighted to be able to reintroduce Recreational Hockey in a cautious and ... Link
methodical manner, based on the best available evidence to optimise participant and community
safety. A full overview and detail on the restrictions being put in place for the safety of all is available on the EH website and in the Downloads section.
In order to align to England Hockey’s overarching “Return to Play” considerations, the advice is
intended to offer support to individuals undertaking umpiring opportunities within the game, whilst
keeping within the FIH Rules of Hockey and the England Hockey Code of Ethics and Behaviour.
|22nd Sep||EH Red Card sanctions for Covid19 offences|
The National Disciplinary Panel has recommended that the following penalties should be imposed as the MINIMUM periods of suspension for Red Card / Matchday Misconduct Offences where the behaviour in question amounts to breach of Covid 19 protocols:- ... Link
Regulation 6.5(a) offences:- 45 Days suspension
Regulation 6.5(b) offences:- 60 Days suspension
Regulation 6.5(c) offences:-90 Days suspension
The full statement can be found in the Downloads section and on the EH website.
|13th Jun||A new vision for umpiring - England Hockey update|
Since 2017, England Hockey, the National Programme Umpiring Association (NPUA) and the Regional Hockey Umpiring Associations have been working on a new vision for umpiring to ensure that support, development and opportunities available to umpires at all levels is right for the game in the 2020s and beyond. ... Link
Central to plans is the creation of a unified, inclusive umpiring community in England, that is nationally led but locally delivered. In short, this is to provide umpires at every level of our game with the resources, tools and support to enable them to umpire at their desired level.
|13th Jun||Guidance to getting back on the hockey pitch: Step 2|
Guidance to getting back on the hockey pitch: Step 2 ... Link
Please see link for full details:
|14th 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
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