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7th OctWelcome to Gary Brock

Gary has joined the association and will be taking panel appointments. He lives in Bicester and does not drive but is happy to do games in Oxford.

10th SepRule Changes for 2019/2020

2.2 – Mandatory Experiment: a team no longer has the option to play with a player with goalkeeping privileges. This means that teams either play with a Goalkeeper, or 11 outfield players

12.4 – clarification added to the awarding of a Penalty Stroke if the ball hits a piece of equipment lying in the circle and a probable goal is prevented, a penalty stroke may be awarded.

13.1 – A free hit awarded to the defence within the defensive circle can be taken anywhere in their circle OR taken up to 15 metres from the back-line in line with the location of the offence, parallel to the side-line.

13.2 – Additional wording in the guidance concerning the re-start after awarding a Free Hit to the attacking team within 5 metres of the circle they are attacking. The introduction of a quick self-pass for these Free Hits allows the defenders to stay within the circle, within 5m and not interfere with play until the ball can legitimately enter the circle. If there is no quick self-pass, then ALL defenders, regardless of location in the 23m, have to retreat 5m if they wish to legitimately play the ball once the Free Hit is taken.

13.3.g – Clarification on defending team’s responsibilities when defending a Penalty Corner when playing with no Goalkeeper.

13.5 – Removal of previous rule of when a Penalty Corner is finished if time has already lapsed and clarification that if play during a Penalty Corner is stopped because of an injury or for any other reason during the taking of a penalty corner at the end of a quarter or half and a bully would otherwise be awarded, the penalty corner must be taken again.

13.6.e – change to current rule, now if an attacker enters the circle at a Penalty Corner before permitted, the player taking the push or hit from the backline is required to go beyond the centre-line and the Penalty Corner is taken again.

13.7.e – if a team has chosen to play with eleven outfield players and no goalkeeper, if they concede a Penalty Stroke then this explains what protective equipment is permitted for the defender.

9th SepNew treasurer required - for 2 years only!!

Given that Simon has retired Bucks HUA needs a new Treasurer. We are looking for someone to take on this role for the next 2 seasons because after that Bucks HUA will almost certainly cease to exist. The role is essential to the running of the association but has been made much easier to carry out as all nearly all activities are electronic via the website. You don't have to handle any cash and we only write a few cheques each year. So if anybody is interested in helping out pleas let me know.

9th SepEngland Hockey - Goverance Review

Many of you will be aware of the ongoing Governance review being undertaken by England Hockey. The link, click more, takes you to the England Hockey website where you can find all the details. These proposals will be going to the England Hockey AGM in March 2020. If agreed then there will be major changes to the league structures nationally and this will affect the way umpires are appointed in future. Bucks HUA will no longer have a role and almost certainly have to wound up. The new structure is planned to take effect from Sept 2021. We will need to have our own AGM, I suggest after the EH AGM in March, to discuss our next steps. In the meantime nothing will happen for the next 2 seasons.

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9th SepSimon Seabrook

As you may be aware Simon Seabrook has decided to retire from all Hockey related activities. This is a great loss to the game of Hockey.
Simon has been involved as a player, umpire, coach and administrator for more years than I can remember.
After finishing playing for Chalfont he took up umpiring and it was clear that Bucks had a first class umpire on their hands.
He soon progressed to umpire at the highest level in the South League. Unfortunately a knee injury forced him to stop umpiring but he continued to coach umpires for Bucks.
He decided to make a comeback initially by umpiring in South on the Ladies programme and was making good progress being seen as a potential National League umpire. Yet again injury meant that he had to stop umpiring. Yet again he still was happy to coach umpires whenever he could.

Simon has been a key member in Bucks HUA committee firstly as appointments secretary and latterly as Treasurer. Simon was the lead member of the association for the implementation of the website, major improvement in the way Bucks HUA runs. He has ensured that the association is in a very healthy financial position going forward.
Not content with these roles he was also the Bucks CDA and a member of the South Disciplinary panel, having to deal with Red cards and administering the appropriate penalties.

I hope there will be an opportunity later ion in the year for you to thank Simon personally but as the new season start I thought iot would be appropriate on behalf on everybody involved in Bucks HUA and the wider hockey family in Bucks to say thank you Simon.

Enjoy your retirement

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