The HGWHUA provides a network of like-minded umpires, who can offer you fixtures within three counties. We can support your application of the changing rules and interpretations within the game and help those who wish to move towards WEST umpiring appointments. We are also there for a chat and drink in the bar after the game and perhaps even the occasional social gathering!

To keep up with the latest news from the HGWHUA, take a look at the recent updates shown below and why not sign up to our Mailing List! You can also help publicise the HGWHUA by downloading and displaying our latest advertising flyer.

Level 1 Umpire Course - December 2014

HGWHUA have arranged for a Level 1 Umpire Course to be held at Balcarras School, Cheltenham on Sunday 7 December. The course will run from 9.00am until 4.30pm and candidates must attend for the whole duration of the course.

Those wishing to participate must register, pay the £50 course fee and complete a rules test through the England Hockey website. I am unable to confirm when the course will be available on the England Hockey website for bookings but would advise that places are allocated on a first come first served basis and can not be reserved any other way than through England hockey.


I am pleased to say that the course is now on the England Hockey website and available for bookings...
http://englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp (currently page 2).

The deadline for making bookings is Wednesday 26th November or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 13 October 2014 | Updated: 16 October 2014

Pre-Season Meeting

With no major rule changes to talk about, the Committee has decided to give our key note speakers a rest this year and so there will be no pre-season meeting in September.

Membership renewal forms will be sent out shortly and so those who normally pay at that meeting will need to send a cheque!

Posted: 03 August 2014

Gloucester Tournament

The Gloucester Tournament will take place on Sunday 27 July at Oxstalls Tennis Centre (ie Plock Court!).

Anyone wishing to umpire should contact David Lillywhite to confirm their availability.

Posted: 12 May 2014

Newent Summer League 2014

The Newent Summer League starts on Monday 2 June and will run for 12 weeks with matches starting at 8pm. The fixtures are shown on the Appointments page.

Would anyone wishing to be appointed please contact David Lillywhite as soon as possible with their availability for June.

Posted: 12 May 2014


Notice is hereby given that the HGWHUA AGM 2014 will take place on Monday 31st March 2014 at Cheltenham Civil Service Club starting at 7:30 pm.

**Agenda amended to confirm that all members may attend.**

2014 AGM Agenda

Updated: 10/03/14

Updated: 10/03/14 | Posted: 03 March 2014

Congratulations to Nigel Williams!

Many congratulations to Nigel Williams who was successful in his assessment game on Saturday 8 March and is now a Level 2 (West) umpire.

Posted: 10 March 2014

Congratulations to Nick Paget!

Many congratulations to Nick Paget who was successful in his NPUA assessment game and is now a Level 3 umpire. Nick's assessment game was Havant v Isca and his colleague was none other than HGWHUA old boy Dave "Tex" Lane.

Posted: 24 February 2014

Rules of Hockey - Own Goals

Text from Stephen Barlow of England Hockey:

I would like draw your attention to the story on our website about the “Own Goal” rule. In short this will be withdrawn in the NOW: Pensions Men’s Hockey League and Investec Women’s Hockey League with effect from 1 February. However the rule will remain in place for the rest of the game through until the end of the season.

Posted: 23 December 2013

2013/14 Pre-Season Meeting - Summary

The 2013/14 pre season meeting took place on Tuesday 10 September at the Cheltenham Civil Service Club.

The evening started with a brief EGM where the main business was to approve subscriptions, charges to clubs and mileage rates for the new season, all of which remain unchanged from the second half of last season.

After a short break for refreshments our guest speaker for the evening, Richard Shaw (FIH umpire), gave a very informative talk on do’s and dont’s when using headsets, options on positioning and use of the control pyramid (also known as the control ladder). I am certain that everyone on attendance will have taken something away from the evening and will join me in offering sincere thanks to Richard for his time and effort on our behalf.

Richard has kindly allowed us to publish the powerpoint presentation he used on the night and this can be found on the Coaching & Discipline page. Those who attended may find this useful as an aid memoire, whilst those who were not in attendance may find it interesting to have look at to see what they missed!

I look forward to seeing you all on the circuit in the coming months and very much hope you all have an enjoyable and successful season.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 18 September 2013

2013/14 Pre-Season Coaching Evening - microphone/headsets, positioning and the control ladder/pyramid

At the recent joint HGWHUA & Avon & Somerset HUA Pre Season coaching evening held on Tuesday 10 Sep 13, we were very pleased to offer to those attending a talk by Rich Shaw, a local FIH umpire from Bristol, on his ideas about the use of microphone/headsets, positioning and the control ladder/pyramid. A copy of the presentation he used to outline his thoughts and that contributed to a very stimulating and positive discussion can be downloaded from the Coaching & Discipline page.

Posted: 13 September 2013

Headset Trial

Many of you will have seen umpires at International Tournaments using headsets to communicate not only with TV replay umpires but also between themselves. In more recent times the use of this technology has become widespread in National League matches and is slowly becoming more commonplace in West Premier League matches. Almost all comments on the use of this technology as an aid to more effective umpiring has been positive and in an effort to evaluate the possible advantages at HGW level we have purchased two sets to run a trial for the remainder of the season.

The Selection Committee have asked Steve Burton and Shaun Cullimore to run the trial on our behalf and they will be in possession of the sets by Saturday 8 December. It is hoped that Steve Court will be able to arrange that most if not all of you regularly umpiring for HGW (sorry West umpires) will have the opportunity to use them between now and the end of the season. However, should anyone be either unwilling or unable to participate in this trial could they please let Steve know so that he does not appoint you with either Steve or Shaun in the coming weeks.

Steve and Shaun have been asked to keep a record of all comments so when you umpire with them please let them know your thoughts, both positive and negative. Once we have their feedback at the end of the season we will consider the option of making a funding application to various organisations to purchase further sets.

I am aware that a small number (4 to my certain knowledge) of umpires have already purchased their own sets and should anyone else wish to do so they can be obtained from Charles Hallows who can be contacted at charles@hallows.org.uk. The cost per set (i.e. 2 units) is £120 plus postage whilst a single unit (which would enable you to use it with anyone else with a single unit as they are all compatible with each other) can be obtained at a cost of £65 plus postage. If you do decide to order please tell Charles that you are a member of HGWHUA.

David Lillywhite - Chairman

Posted: 03 December 2012

New HGWHUA Flyer

We are starting to develop a better umpire/club/player communication process, first of which is this new poster that can be downloaded to be placed on a club noticeboard or added to a club website.

If you have any ideas that we could use please get in touch with any of our members or committee members.

Posted: 20 August 2012