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.

Latest News from the HGWHUA

Newent Summer League / 02 May 18

The Newent Summer League starts on Monday 4 June and will run for 10 weeks.

Anyone wishing to be considered for appointments should contact David Lillywhite at confirming their availability or otherwise for Mondays 4, 11, 18 and 25 June by Friday 11 May.

2018 AGM / 10 Feb 18

Advance notice that this is on Monday 9th April 2018 at the Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Club (GL51 9SL) starting at 7:30pm. Formal notification will be sent to all members in March.

Guidance on Shirt Numbers / 19 Dec 17

It would appear that shirt numbers or rather the lack of them is causing some angst. So much so that some players and clubs have been giving umpires grief in order to sort it out. After a couple of incidents earlier in the season I wrote to the League. As a result they put a notice on their website.

To clarify the situation is this:

  • The umpires are there to apply the FIH rules of hockey. As these rules pertain worldwide they do not cover shirts et al, because in many countries players do not even have footwear let alone numbered shirts!!!
  • Consequently FIH cede regulations concerning shirts and shirt numbers to the organisers of any tournament/competition. In our case the West League.
  • The League rules deal with shirts and shirt numbers. But umpires are not empowered to enforce League rules.

Therefore umpires cannot force teams with incorrect shirts or numbers to correct the situation. Nor can they impose any personal or team penalties for any breaches. However we would hope that by good game management from the umpires and the assistance of teams most situations can be resolved.

If you continue to have problems with opponents not having the correct apparel then I suggest you take it up with the League either directly and/or by endorsing the match card accordingly.

Essentially this is a matter between clubs and the League not HGWHUA.

Please could you disseminate this message to all your teams and players.

How to progress to Level 2 / 04 Sep 17

Current Level 1 umpires often ask how they can get to the next stage in their umpiring career and this document should help explain the process.

Progression to Level 2 »

Notes from 2017 HUA Conference / 04 Sep 17

This was held in June and representatives from HGWHUA attended. The summary document of the discussions can be downloaded below:

HUA Conference 2017 Notes »



Club Umpire Developer training / 26 Mar 17

England Hockey have announced the launch of the Club Umpire Developer training through their Hockey Hub. The module is designed to help learners identify what good umpiring looks like and how to give constructive feedback to umpires. Read more about it by clicking on this link: hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/clubumpire

Update to Red Card and MMO Regulations 2016 / 11 Sep 16

EH Statement - 'Following representations from the regional hockey associations and umpires we have updated the red card and matchday misconduct offence regulations so that from the start of the 2016/17 season any player who received a red car after committing a minor offence for a second time, having received a yellow card for the first offence, will no longer automatically receive a 16 day ban. This brings the rest of the sport in line with the EHL regulations.

We would also stress that offences involving the use or threat of violence or verbal abuse will continue to be treated seriously and will incur a minimum 16 day suspension.'

The Red Card report Form will still have to be completed where a red card is issued following a second yellow and the updated form can be found under Coaching & Discipline.

Read the full release »

Communication from EH Umpiring - Penalties for Dissent / 23 Oct 15

There has been some recent confusion over what personal penalties (cards) and team penalties (free hit or PC) should be awarded for fouls and dissent by players in the 23m that they are defending. As a result, NPUA has contacted FIH for clarity and an agreed position with FIH has now been arrived at.

Read the NPUA guidance, which has the full backing of England Hockey.



Our Aims

The aims of the association are to support outdoor and indoor hockey by:

  • Recruiting, developing and promoting umpires
  • Developing and promoting umpire coaches
  • Looking after the well-being of umpires
  • Promoting communication between umpires and players/coaches
  • Appointing umpires to league, cup and other appropriate matches
  • Assessing Association umpires to maintain standards
  • Developing and maintaining relations with counties, clubs, team coaches and players
  • Representing the views of the HGWHUA at Regional and County level

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Our 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.