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

Presentation of the Chris Tomlinson Award / 06 Jun 17

At the HGW AGM it was announced that the Chris Tomlinson Award, which is presented annually to an HGW member in recognition of their services to the association, was given posthumously to Mike Smith. He had been an energetic Lay Member on the committee and never afraid to speak his mind regarding issues, particularly relating to the foot soldiers. His feedback on umpires was always helpful and he had made a massive contribution to umpiring.

Chippenham Men's Hockey Club organised a fundraising day in aid of the Mike Smith Memorial Fund at which the presentation was made to Sonya, his widow, by last year's winner Dave Lennie seen here with John Cull, President of the club.

Newent Summer League / 28 May 17

The Newent Summer League starts on Monday 12 June and will run for 10 weeks with all matches starting at 8.20pm.

Anyone wishing to umpire should contact David Lillywhite at as soon as possible confirming their availability for Mondays 12, 19 and 26 June.

If you wish to be involved but are not available during June please also contact David so that you can be included in future availability requests.

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:

Notes from 2016 HUA Conference / 17 Oct 16

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

HUA Conference 2016 Notes »

HGWHUA Radio Sets / 26 Sep 16

HGWHUA is pleased to announce that active panel umpire members will be receiving a radio for the 2016/17 season. This is a large investment in technology which we hope will significantly improve the quality of umpiring for all clubs.

The Committee have assembled a document in response to commonly asked questions, which can now be downloaded below...

Download the Radio Set FAQs »

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 »

Rule change effective from 26th February 2016 / 25 Feb 16

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently announced changes to the Rules of Hockey, specifically rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of the attacking free hit within 5 metres of the attacking circle.

These changes came into effect in the international game on 16th February 2016. England Hockey has considered the implications of these changes from a number of perspectives and, in line with the desire for consistency in rules across the game, has decided to implement them at all levels of the 11-a-side game in England from Friday 26th February.

Further information and guidance has been uploaded to the England Hockey website »

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.

New Rules / 17 Aug 15

There is an excellent online presentation on the new rules that can be found at:

This has been written by Hamish Jamson who umpired at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and will be umpiring in the European Championships later this month.

Guidance on the new Rules of Hockey / 29 May 15

England Hockey have issued this guidance on the new rules that will be in place from 1st July 2015. Very interesting reading.

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

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