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Surbiton crowned double champions as England Hockey reconciles 2019/20 season

eh_shield_blue.jpgSurbiton crowned double champions as England Hockey reconciles 2019/20 season

Following the suspension of domestic hockey (National League) in March and the decision that no domestic hockey would be played before 30 June, this morning the England Hockey Board met and is now in a position to confirm how the 2019-20 England Hockey League season will be concluded. This varies from the standard League regulations.

England Hockey has fully considered other sports’ decisions at this time, as well as other possible options open to us before coming to these solutions. Compared to other possible alternatives these are judged to negatively and positively impact a smaller number of teams.

Following a full analysis of all possible options and a period of discussion, the key points are summarised below:

i. League Finals – As the league semi-finals and final were unplayed the Champions of the League and qualification for European competition will be determined by the standings at the end of the regular season. This means that Surbiton are both men’s and women’s league champions.

ii. Promotion & Relegation – Teams’ standings when the league stopped will be their final standings. Existing promotion and relegation regulations will be applied based on these standings (subject to iii below), including promotion from Regional Leagues. 

iii. League Play-Offs – It is judged that there is no fair method to resolve the league play-offs in line with regulations. Under normal circumstances, the play-offs would see the two Division One North & South winners and Premier Division ninth-placed team play off for two Premier Division places. For 2020-21 season only the Premier Division will run with eleven teams, all of these three teams will play in the Premier Division. This also means that one team is reprieved relegation at both Division One and Conference levels. Existing relegation regulations at these levels have been extended to determine which teams are reprieved. These are, based on teams’ playing records in parallel divisions, where the ninth-placed team with the highest number of points retain its position and the other ninth-placed team(s) relegated.

England Hockey took this decision guided by the following principles. These were in priority order:

1) To retain the integrity of the competition and use existing regulations relating to promotion and relegation where possible - the outcome to be as close as possible to likely outcome for teams had the season concluded and therefore to be seen as fair.
2) A consistency of decisions for teams at different levels within the league.
3) Teams not to be disadvantaged by games that were not played.

There is of course no perfect solution to resolve an unprecedented issue such as this, but the decisions best complement these principles and affect the fewest teams.

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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Wednesday 29 April 2020 - 10:58:55;

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.

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

Sport England offering support to clubs nationwide
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Sport England have announced a new fund to help sport clubs most severely affected by Covid-19 (Coronavirus).
This new Community Emergency Fund aims to help those ‘who are experiencing short term financial hardship or the ceasing of operations due to the ongoing crisis.
‘The types of organisations eligible include local sports clubs forced to close at short notice but who are facing ongoing costs around maintenance and utility bills, and voluntary and community sector organisations who deliver or enable sport and physical activity.
‘This £20 million fund is designed to complement other sources of funding from the government, such as funds targeted at small businesses.’

If you wish to apply, contact your local England Hockey Relationship Manager in the first instance, as they can best guide you regarding the criteria to apply.
The Yorkshire Humberside and Relationship Manager is: Gary Johnson -email-
Click here for contact details for all EH Relationship Managers
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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Tuesday 07 April 2020 - 11:57:00;

Yorkshire HA and Covid-19

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.

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Posted by YHAWeb Manager on Wednesday 18 March 2020 - 07:39:56;

North Young Umpire Challenge 2020
north.jpgNorth Young Umpire Challenge 2020
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
prom_rel.jpgUpdate: League finals dates and promotion / relegation format
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

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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;

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