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Statement from England Hockey concerning COVID-19

eh_shield_blue.jpgStatement from England Hockey concerning COVID-19
Please see below a statement from England Hockey concerning COVID-19 and the current suspension of domestic hockey. This is also available through the main website.
Domestic hockey activity suspension extended until June 30
England Hockey has today taken the decision to suspend all hockey activity until June 30.

Currently hockey activity is suspended until April 15 but, with the continuing social restrictions caused by Covid-19, this extension is pragmatic in the circumstances and provides clarity for our clubs, players, officials and volunteers. We have asked that this national position is replicated at a local level by counties, leagues and independent hockey providers.

It is hugely disappointing to curtail hockey activity in this way and there will be many league and cup competitions which will not now reach their natural conclusion. The implications of the decision affect different areas of England Hockey activity in different ways, details of which can be found below.

We are continuing to offer support to our clubs in this difficult period and our local Relationship Managers are available as normal to support in any way they can. A list of our Relationship Managers and their contact details can be found here. We are also in contact with Sport England to best access the support they are putting in place for clubs, and will communicate more in the coming days.

Finally, the health and wellbeing of those in the hockey community is our overriding concern so please follow the government guidance and stay safe. Please search #StayInWorkOut on social media for tips on how to stay active indoors.

Yorkshire HA & North HA
Information to follow.


Clubs
We are continuing to offer support to our clubs in this difficult period and our local Relationship Managers are available as normal to support in any way they can. A list of our Relationship Managers and their contact details can be found here. We are also in contact with Sport England to best access the support they are putting in place for clubs, and will communicate more in the coming days.
England Hockey Leagues
Following the suspension of hockey activity until the end of June, given the time it would take to complete the league and prepare nationally and locally for the 2020-21 season - which naturally we hope will be able to run as normal - there is now insufficient time to complete the 2019-20 season.

Remaining games in the Men’s and Investec Women’s Hockey Leagues 2019-20 seasons will not be played. The last round of fixtures in Divisions One North and South and the Conferences scheduled for 21 & 22 March and three unplayed games from 14 & 15 March will not take place.

The Premier Division regular season fixtures were completed. However, the League Finals between the top four teams in the Premier Division to determine the league champions and EuroHockey placings cannot be concluded in their prescribed format, nor can the Play Offs to determine promotion and relegation between the Premier Division and Division One North and South.

England Hockey understands there are significant implications to ending the season at this point and is mindful that the integrity of the League is important. We have begun a thorough process to deliver a fair and balanced outcome for teams. A recommendation will be made to the England Hockey Board in April and communicated to clubs thereafter.

National Club Championships
The current status of England Hockey’s National Club Championships is as follows:

• England Hockey Club Championships – Adult (Men’s and Women’s), Masters, U18 knock-out competitions: These Championships are mainly at the semi-final stage or finalists are known. There are a small number of outstanding quarter-final ties.

• England Hockey Mixed Championships – Tier 1 and Tier 2: These Championships are at the last sixteen stage.

• England Hockey U16 Tier 1 Championships: The eight girls and boys teams qualifying for the final stages of these Championships are known.

As there is no knock-on effect associated with the completion of Cup competitions, England Hockey is exploring whether it is feasible to schedule the final stages of each of the above Championships ahead of the new League season if hockey activity was resumed by this time. Consultation will take place with participating teams.

Other Competitions
In the following Championships, qualifiers for final stages are not yet known or the competition has not yet started. We have made the decision that the following competitions are now cancelled:

• Regional Masters Tournaments
• Men’s County Championships
• Masters Summer Championships
• Back to Hockey Festivals
• U16 Tier 2 Championships
• U14 Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 Championships
• U12, U10 In2Hockey Championships 

National Schools Championships
The following Championships have yet to be concluded and are now cancelled:

• Notts Sport Boys U18 Tier 2, Tier 3 and Tier 4 Championships
• Notts Sport Boys U16 Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 Championships
• Notts Sport Boys U14 Tier 1 and Tier 2 Championships.
• Boys & Girls U13, U12, U11 In2Hockey Championships

The Notts Sport Boys and Investec Girls U18 Tier 1 Championships final matches were due to be played on 19 March. Consultation will take place with the four participating schools to ascertain if these matches could be played when hockey activity is allowed to resume.

Player Pathway activity
No hockey activity will take place across England National Age Group and Player Pathway programmes including Performance Centres, Academy Centres and Development Centres. We are currently working through the implications of this decision on activity scheduled for later in the season and we will communicate more information as soon as possible.

Coaching
Coach Development delivery will continue to take place online during this period, with a wide range of opportunities available for coaches. Follow @coachandinspire on Twitter for news, as well as hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk.

Umpiring
England Hockey will not be running umpiring courses during this period, but we would encourage clubs to begin thinking about how you may want to schedule courses when hockey restarts, as we will be expecting higher than normal demand at that time. We could also suggest that people check in on the free online rules test, the umpiring discussion forum, and the online introductory umpiring training available as part of the In2Hockey modules. More at hockeyhub.englandhockey.co.uk/officiating

Hockey Development Programmes
All hockey development programmes are suspended until further notice. England Hockey is in touch with clubs as appropriate where programmes are underway.

International Masters
All England Masters teams activity will be suspended until 30 June. Late last week, World Masters Hockey took the decision to postpone this summer's O35s and O40s Masters World Cup in Nottingham by a year until 2021.

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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Tuesday 31 March 2020 - 11:21:51;

Yorkshire HA and Covid-19

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Yorkshire HA and Covid-19
Everyone is aware of the EH suspension of hockey until at least 15 April.
In line with this and ongoing developments with COVID-19 YHA have also suspended all hockey activity (Leagues, Cups & Youth).
Also suspended are Regional Masters & both the EH MEn's County Championships and the North Women's County Championship.
This is an ever moving environment and the Executive & League committees will be working on a way forward with likely postponements of the AGM etc.
The situation will be monitored on a regular basis.

Please be patient & above all STAY SAFE.
Bev Deakin, YHA President

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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Friday 20 March 2020 - 23:14:19;

England Hockey suspends national hockey activity
England Hockey suspends national hockey activity

ehbnews.jpgIn light of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and government advice, England Hockey has taken the decision to suspend its nationally run hockey activity.
This includes our competition and domestic events programme, Player Pathway activity and national youth programmes until at least 15 April. We have already issued an update with regards to our AGM on 17 March.
We would urge leagues, clubs, schools, Player Pathway centres and others who deliver hockey on a local level to support this approach.
This decision will impact activities at differing levels and scale. We will continue to monitor the situation carefully and react as best we can during these unprecedented times. We'll keep everyone in the hockey family as up to date as possible and look forward to hockey returning to normal when the time is right.

In relation to schools activity, it is of course up to individual schools what they deliver in schools. However we would not recommend playing fixtures against other schools.
n.b. No decisions have been made for any England Hockey events scheduled for after 15 April.


List of suspended activity; last updated 2pm 17 March
Events/Finals:
19 Mar: Schools Finals: Girls & Boys U18s Tier 1; Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre
21-22 Mar: Men's and Investec Women's Hockey Leagues final round of fixtures
23-24 Mar: Boys Schools U14, U16, U18 finals; Reading Hockey Club
29 Mar: Division One play-offs
Mar-Apr: All Clubs - Adult, U18, Masters - and Boys U16s & U18 Schools, Championships knockout matches
4-5 Apr: U16 Club Finals, Nottingham Hockey Centre
5 April - U14 Club Area Finals 
5 Apr: League Finals; Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Player Pathway activity:
Performance Centres
Academy Centres
Development Centres

England Hockey participation programmes:
Hockey Heroes
Back to Hockey
Walking Hockey

Flyerz Hockey

All England Masters teams activity

GB Coaching / EH umpiring:
Face-to-face courses and workshops

England Age Group programmes / DiSE:
21-22 Mar: England age group training days
6-9 April: DiSE; Lilleshall [players will undertake remote delivery model]
11-13 Apr: England age group training camps; Lilleshall

Great Britain EDP:
17-18 Mar: Men's Lilleshall camp
29 Mar: England women's U21s
10-13 Apr: England & Scotland men's U21s
10-13 Apr: England & Ireland women's U21s

England Hockey:
17 Mar: England Hockey AGM

In relation to schools activity, it is of course up to individual schools what they deliver in schools. However we would not recommend playing fixtures against other schools.
n.b. No decisions have been made for any England Hockey events scheduled for after 15 April.
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Wednesday 18 March 2020 - 07:39:56;

North Young Umpire Challenge 2020
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The North Young Umpire Action Group are looking to recruit Young Umpires to take part in the North Young Umpire Challenge at the In2Hockey North Clubs Festival at Leeds University, Weetwood Campus. This is a fantastic opportunity to receive high level dedicated coaching to really develop your umpiring – this really is the place to be for any aspiring Young Umpire in the North!
This year umpires are invited to nominate themselves for this event using the google form here.  This should be supported by your umpire coach, county/regional HUA, county umpiring secretary, club umpire developer or similar. This form must be completed prior to the 3rd April 2020.
Umpires need to be aged between 13-21 years, ideally having already achieved their Level 1 unassessed (or above) umpire award. However if they are actively working towards this, they will still be considered for selection. Any umpires without a current qualification will be required to have completed and passed the online rules test prior to the event.
The successful Young Umpires will be on camp from the evening of Saturday 25th April preparing for the games on Sunday 26th April. Accommodation and meals will be provided and each umpire will receive an umpiring shirt. There is an entry fee of £40 for the Young Umpire Challenge if an umpire’s application is successful.
We hope to see as many of you apply as possible, this is a great event to test your skills and to be coached and supported by the RYUAG coaches and Umpires.
If you have any questions please contact me at -email-.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the Young Umpire Challenge 2020!
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Friday 06 March 2020 - 13:54:07;

Update: League finals dates and promotion / relegation format
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05.03.2020
www.englandhockey.co.uk
Men's and Investec Women's League Finals
The top four teams in the Men's and Investec Women's Premier Divisions play off against each other to be crowned champions.
In the semi-finals, 1st play against 4th, and 2nd play 3rd. The winning semi-finalists qualify for the final. As requested by teams the semi-finals are at home club venues. Men’s semis are on 29 March, Women’s semis are on 4 April in order to ensure availability of international players.
The team finishing top of the Division at the end of the regular season take England’s second place in the following season’s European Club Championships (EH) while the winners of the final are league champions and take England’s top place. If this is the same team then the losers of the final take the second European place.   
The League Finals are on Sunday 5 April at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre.
12:00 – Men’s finals
14:30 – Women’s final


Promotion & Relegation – Premier Division and Division 1 North & Division 1 South
The team finishing 10th in the Premier Division is relegated.
The winners of Division 1 North & Division 1 South play off in a one-off match on 29 March at a neutral venue, Nottingham Hockey Centre. The winners of this match are promoted to the Premier Division.
The losers of this game play against the team finishing 9th in the Premier Division over two matches with the winners on the aggregate score earning/retaining a Premier Division place.
5 April – Losers of Division 1 North & Division 1 South play off v 9th Premier Division – Match 1
18 April – 9th Premier Division v Losers of Division 1 North & Division 1 South play off – Match 2
Promotion & Relegation – Division 1 North & Division 1 South and Conference East, Conference North & Conference West
The teams finishing 10th in Division 1 North & Division 1 South are relegated to the Conferences. The three Conference winners are promoted.
Out of the two teams finishing 9th in Division 1 North & Division 1 South, the team with the best playing record over the season will retain their Division 1 status. The other team is relegated to the Conferences.
Promotion & Relegation – Conference East, Conference North & Conference West and Regional Premier Divisions
The teams finishing 10th in Conference East, Conference North & Conference West are relegated to the Regional Leagues. The five Regional League winners are promoted.
Out of the three teams finishing 9th in Conference East, Conference North & Conference West, the team with the best playing record over the season will retain their Conference status. The other two teams are relegated to the Conferences.
League Positions
Where teams are equal on points the following method shall determine their positions in order:
1. Highest number of matches won.
2. Highest goal difference.
3. Highest number of goals scored.
4. If teams are still equal a play-off will be arranged if this will determine a promotion/relegation/qualification issue 
This will also be used if there is equality on points in the 9th placed teams in Division 1 North & Division 1 South and Conference East, Conference North & Conference West.
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Friday 06 March 2020 - 13:44:38;

Ball Patrol at the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League
eh_ball_patrol.jpgBall Patrol at the 2020 FIH Hockey Pro League
06.03.2020 www.englandhockey.co.uk
Applications have now opened to volunteer and become a member of the Ball Patrol team at the FIH Pro League Matches and other England Hockey events in 2020.
We are looking for young people aged between 15 to 18 to be in our Ball Patrol team for all the Great Britain home matches from 2 May to 14 June.
Ball Patrollers must be fit, have a good knowledge of hockey and the rules, be able to follow play, understand umpire decisions and have good concentration levels during matches.
In addition, there are other match protocol requirements that require the services of the Ball Patrol Team and therefore there may be some match days where a team members role will solely be delivering these
You can apply as an individual or as a group from a club, school or other organisation. A group can be from four to eight participants. Applications close on 21 March 2020
A briefing pack and presentation will be supplied to support all interested applicants to prepare for their training and assessment and it will outline the role and skills required to be a Ball Patroller.
Shortlisted groups and individuals will be invited to attend training and assessment at England Hockey events in 2020, including the matches/tournaments identified in the Ball Patrol registration pack.
Ball Patrollers will need to be available for a minimum four of the eight match days. However it helps if you can give as much availability as possible across the event days.
Due to the time period of the league and its proximity in relation to crucial exam time,  the Ball Patrol squad will be larger than has traditionally been appointed at tournaments. Therefore there is some flexibility around appointments for each match day and this will be done in a timely fashion.
For more information and to register you / your groups interest please complete the short registration form here
We look forward to hearing from you. If you have any queries or require any additional information please contact -email-
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Friday 06 March 2020 - 13:40:30;

Harrogate Boys Under-18 finish as runners-up in EH Boys Under-18 Indoor Finals

harrogate_u18.jpgHarrogate Boys Under-18 finish as runners-up in EH Boys Under-18 Indoor Finals
Over the weekend Harrogate U18 boys played in the EH indoor national finals at Telford finishing runners up to a very strong East Grinstead HC.
Beating, Ashmoor, Belper and Saffron Waldon in the pool stages and Seven Oaks in the semi final, the final against EG was a close and hard fought match. Harrogate subbed their goalie with 3 minutes to go in search of an equaliser only to lose a late goal to make the final score 1-3.
Given these boys came from 7 different schools and given the total lack of training they did incredibly well being the highest team goal scorers over the weekend with Ben Collinson winning the individual highest scorer with 11, 5 more than anybody else. They showed incredible attitudes and did Yorkshire and the North proud.

Harrogate Boys Under-18 Results: 7-0 W v Pelper; 10-2 W v Saffron Walden; 4-1 W v Ashmoor; 2-3 L v East Grinstead; 3-1 W v Sevenoaks (Semi-final); 1-3 L v East Grinstead (Final).

Final: East Grinstead 3-1 Harrogate.
Semi-Finals: East Grinstead 2-1 Bowdon; Sevenoaks 1-3 Harrogate
Pool B Placings: 1) Sevenoaks P4, 12pts (GD +8); 2) Bowdon P4, 7pts (GD +5); 3) Team Bath Buccaneers P4, 5pts (GD 0); 4) Repton P4, 3pts (GD-5); 5) Ip[swich - East Suffolk P4, 1pts (GD -8)
Pool A Placings: 1) East Grinsted P4, 12pts (GD +15); 2) Harrogate P4, 9pts (GD +17); 3) Ashmoor P4, 6pts (GD -6); 4) Belper P4, 3pts (GD-11); 5) Saffron Walden P4, 0pts (GD -15)
Click here for full results and stats

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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Tuesday 21 January 2020 - 12:40:29;

Sunday 12 January 2020: Girls Under 10 Week 4 v2

yhalogoblue.jpg Sunday 12 January 2020: Girls Under 10 Week 4 v2
Division 6 of yesterday's Girls Under-10 Week 4 (v2) session has been amended to show as a four-team division after the withdrawal of Thirsk 3.
In four-team divisions all teams play each other twice.
All results previously entered by teams have been copied into the newly revised fixtures.
We would be grateful, therefore, if all teams would check the results entered for accuracy and correct if necessary.
We would also be grateful if all teams would enter any missing results to the updated Divisions 6.

Thank you - Andy Pettigrew, YHA Web Manager








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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Monday 16 December 2019 - 12:19:32;

League Fixtures Postponed on 30 November 2019

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YHA Men's and Women's league matches postponed due to frozen pitches on Saturday 30 November 2019 have been moved en bloc to the slip date of Saturday 15 February 2020.
Teams may decide to play by mutual agreement on a vacant Saturday or Sunday between now and Sunday 5 January (at the latest). This would leave other Sundays in January and February free in case of more bad weather postponements without using even more weekends up to the end of the season for this purpose.
All teams are reminded that start times and venues shown on the YHA Website for 15 February 2020 have been moved from the original 30 Nov fixture and will not necessarily be correct.
Home teams will need to reconfirm start time and venue with your venue admin and your opponents and then update the YHA Website as necessary.
Once match details have been confirmed please remove the "
Fixture moved from 30 Nov 19 - home team to re-confirm match details with opposition" note from your fixture(s).
If you have any issues with reconfirming start time and venue with your venue admin or opponent’s please talk to your Division Representative as early as possible.
There are still fives matches from 30 November with no result input, nor showing as postponed.
We would be geateful if the clubs involved: University of Leeds (1  x Men and 1 x Women), Kingston-upon-Hull (2 x Men) City of York (1 x Women) would add a result or 'postpone' the fixtures and we will move them to 15 Feb 20.
Failure to do this by the end of the week will mean that these fixtures will need to be rearranged according to the League Rules.
Andy Pettigrew - YHA Web Manager
on behalf of the YHA Men's and Women's League Committees
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Tuesday 03 December 2019 - 11:38:49;

Women's League Division 5 South - Chapeltown 3 and Rotherham 2

yhalogoblue.jpg Women's League Division 5 South - Chapeltown 3 and Rotherham 2
The Women’s League have approved the amalgamation of Chapeltown 3 and Rotherham 2 for the remainder of season 19-20.  This amounts to 9 matches.
Both of these teams were supported teams, relying on players from the team above to support and develop the play of others in the teams.  When they asked for supported team status, both teams believed they could honour the rules for supported team status.  However both teams have discovered that is not sustainable, not least since Rotherham lost many of their players after the divisions had been decided.  In addition, all Division 5s have 10 teams which mean they have 4 blank dates with no fixtures.  If both Chapeltown 3 and Rotherham 2 withdrew from the league, then that would mean even fewer matches, which is why the decision was made.
June Smith - Women's League Secretary - 28 Nov 19



Both teams will follow the rules below:

  • Rotherham 2 will withdraw from the league and all their fixtures will be deleted and their results so far will be expunged.  This has already been completed.
  • Chapeltown 3 will absorb all the Rotherham 2 players who agree to move.  These players may be pulled up to play for Rotherham 1 if this team is short hence giving those players a chance to develop.

For Chapeltown 3 to retain their supported status they have to abide by the following rules:
  • Normal selection processes for promotion and relegation of players apply and will be in line with league rules.  These players will be previously identified on the team sheet and to the Div Rep and may not be used if a team can be raised from the normal playing squad.  All players on the MRF must be identified as C3 or R2 players in the first column (Club No) to ensure that 4 supported players from each club have been included.  Players who are being supported must always take priority in matches.
  • It will be necessary at the end of the season for the results for Chapeltown 3 to be deleted so that they do not have any effect on the promotion from that division.
  • This should not affect any other decisions as their results will not count.

At the end of the season, if either or both teams wish to re-join the league with supported team status for 2020-21, the Committee would have to be satisfied that the same scenario would not be repeated, for the sake of other clubs/teams within the league.
The combined team will appear on YHA Website fixtures and league table as Chapeltown/Rotherham 3.
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Monday 02 December 2019 - 17:30:47;

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