Leicestershire (& Rutland) Mixed Hockey Association


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     The first rule of umpiring is to maintain good order on the pitch and to ensure the rightful health and safety of hockey participants. To that end the LRHA Club & Umpire Policy Document (PDF file) has been produced by the LRHA’s Umpires Committee as a benchmark for Good Order (and for the Protection of Clubs & Umpires). It's origins were to protect and preserve our umpiring resource’s and build a secure foundation for the future. It is an amalgam of other documents (including those from our National Governing Body), it has many things to commend it and we hope it succinctly provides a single Document for the good conduct of games in under our control.

    Whilst not wishing to be prescriptive, it was our intention to request that everyone adheres to the principles as they are laid out or at the very least, should have the aim to aspire to them. (From Margaret McLoughlin VP + committee member)


    Players and existing umpires alike have wanted to find information, in particular on Rule changes, as well as full open advice on Rule change implications and practical application for the type of hockey they are involved in - SO here is some information to start off with, most of which may be displayed in a separate window.


(latest at the top):



New outdoor rules books should be available, ready for the start of the new season from England Hockey. Please contact David Elworthy, david.elworthy@englandhockey.co.uk.


All umpires are urged to ensure they are INSURED. Application to the EMHUA does not require you to umpire games for them, so if you don't regularly umpire, ensure Richard Kendall (LMHA) is updated so he can evidence your continued umpiring accreditation.

Game Discipline isn't just for on the pitch! - A timely reminder.

             Suspended Players - The EHL Umpiring Committee's surprising view of where on the pitch players should serve their suspension.....



 We look forward to building on last season’s success in keeping down & hopefully reducing the need for personal penalties, the green card rule has proved to be very effective cutting yellows down by over 30%. We will be continuing to keep on top of things and will be making sure with your help that we maintain and even improve on last year’s advances in this area.

As always please ask your players, coaches and spectators to be aware of the following points:


Player dissent            Dissent will be dealt with severely.  Please ensure that your members respect the umpire’s decision and recognize that it is final.  No amount of arguing will change it and it may result in you having one less player on the field of play.  Questioning an umpire’s integrity will be severely dealt with!


      Captains, it is your responsibility to control your players on & off the pitch, please remind them to control their emotions even on the side line as this can affect your players actions on the pitch!


Coach dissent            Please remind your coaches and officials that they are there to look after your players and will be looked upon to set a good example. They are part of your team and must behave according to the rules.

If coaches receive a yellow or red card, the team captain will have to remove a player from the pitch.  All problems will be dealt with by the umpires.


Spectator dissent       This is something that has grown over the last few seasons.

Umpires will deal severely with any unruly or obnoxious spectators.

This may result in them being removed from the pitch area.

Persistent misconduct may result in a complete spectator ban!

Please remind spectators that they are your guests! 

They are there to support and encourage your team, not agitate in order to cause problems.


Umpire Training Courses:

As in other seasons, we can arrange Level 1 umpire training courses for all interested parties, so if you would like to become an umpire, or just learn more about the rules of hockey, please contact me on the numbers below.


Questions & Queries related to Umpire & Rule Matters

If you have any questions, queries or confusions associated with umpiring matters or need rule clarification(s), please feel free to contact me.

Remember we are there to help you and keep the game safe!    Umpires want to make your game more enjoyable so why not help yourselves and ask?

Best wishes for a successful season,


Steve Sellars & the Umpire Team

   Tel:  0116 238 8171     Mob:   07957 688303          stellars@btinternet.com       



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