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!

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Newent Summer League

The Newent Summer League will run from Monday 8 June for 10 weeks ending on Monday 10 August. Matches will start at 8pm and will be a full 35 minutes each way.

It is anticipated that the new rules will be used and therefore this is an excellent oportunity to have a go with them before the season proper starts next September.

Anyone wishing to be considered for appointments should contact me with their availability for Mondays 8, 15, 22 and 29 June at davidlillywhite@hotmail.com by Monday 25 May and I will circulate the June appointments as soon as possible after that date.

If you are not available for any of the dates in June but would like to be considered for later matches please also get in touch so I can include you on future availability requests.

David Lillywhite

Posted: 10 May 2015

Implementation of the new Rules of Hockey

England Hockey have now provided information as to the new rule changes. Please take a look at the England Hockey News Page to read all about it.

HGWHUA will be holding a pre-season meeting on Tuesday 8th September at Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Club when these will be discussed so an early date for the diary.

Further details will be provided nearer the time.

Posted: 06 April 2015

Umpires needed for West Tournaments

A message from Peter Lovell, West Ladies Appointment Secretary

The following West tournaments are all taking place in the near future:

Sunday 15th March - Under 14 JACs - Clifton College, Bristol
Sunday 29th March - U12 clubs mini hockey - Clifton College
Sunday 19th April - Under 16/17 JACs - Millfield
Sunday 19th April - Under 10 clubs mini hockey - Clifton College, Bristol
Sunday 26th April - Under 15 JACs - Millfield

As ever I am short of umpires to officiate is there any chance you would be available to umpire at any of these events should you be required?

Any travelling expenses will be paid by the West.

Please get in touch...

Tel: 0117 9394644
Mob: 07765 705505

Posted: 09 March 2015

Rules of Hockey

In recent weeks FIH has announced some changes to the Rules of Hockey with effect from 1st January 2015. However, England Hockey have stated these changes will NOT be implemented in the regional domestic leagues mid-season so it’s carry on as normal for the rest of the season. As soon as we have more information it will be posted on the website.

Posted: 30 December 2014

Rule Books

A new Rule Book is being published and all members of HGWHUA will be sent their copy once stocks have been received, likely to be some time in February.

Posted: 30 December 2014

West Kickstart Initiative

West Hockey Umpires in conjunction with several County Hockey Associations and County Hockey Umpire Associations have jointly funded an initiative to develop umpiring at all levels across the West by offering a financial incentive for over 150 aspiring umpires to complete the EH Level 1 Umpire course, but to then umpire away from their own club before becoming a Level 1 assessed Umpire. After further consultation, the details of the initiative have now been amended and can be viewed by clicking the document below.

All enquiries to Graham Woolcock, the Kickstart Administrator.

Kickstart FAQs and Application Form

Updated: 19 November 2014

Posted: 19 November 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