Respect of Umpires - Think about it please
As this weekend is the first weekend of the new season it is appropriate to issue a reminder to all clubs and players of their conduct towards umpires. Feedback from the ERHUA, County HUA's and club umpires from last season is that dissent was at an all time high both from players and from the sidelines.
Put simply this has got to stop. We all know that player within our team who from the first whistle chats to the umpire but we never tell them to be quiet and we all know that guy on the sidelines who think it is a bit of "banter" to shout the odd smart alec comment when a decision goes against our team. As we, including the umpires, are part of the hockey family it is time to bring this behaviour under control.
We encourage all clubs to remind their players and supporters of their responsibility under the England Hockey Code of Conduct, and yes it applies to all players and all supporters both before, during and after the game. We can't play the game without umpires, they volunteer to give their time so that we can all play the game and we MUST give all umpires a positive level of support and encouragement.
Please remember that, where proved, penalties for umpire abuse from both England Hockey and the East League will always be strong both against the individual and the club concerned so the choice is in your hands, ignore it or play the game to let everyone enjoy it.