ERHA:east region hockey association

FOREWORD from the President of ERHA


Welcome to the new East Region Hockey Association's website.

I am looking forward to my term as East President following on from Sally Tippen's excellent presidency. I am pleased to see that she continues to drive forward our Youth Competitions committee and I thank her and her team for all the hard work that they put in to give our young hockey players the opportunity to play in quality competitions. Other excellent volunteers give their time to make our East leagues, indoor and player pathway structure outstanding - this includes organisers, umpires, match officials, coaches and managers and many more people working hard to keep the East as a region where hockey is valued and prominent.

The next two years could see a big change in how hockey could be organised across our counties and indeed for the East. I encourage all county associations and other organisations that have a vote at the England Hockey AGM to gather all the information they require to be able to vote in March, either in person or by a postal vote. The AGM Resolution came about because the clubs wanted to see a change, so it is up to us to put our opinions forward and vote for what is best for hockey.

I wish you all a good season
Loraine Bant.

THE ASSOCIATION


Constitution
The structure, policies, and procedures of the Association are set out in the Constitution, which is published annually in the East Handbook. The text of the current edition of the Constitution can be found here.

Young Player Policies
Two policies are appended to the Constitution: the ERHA U13 Policy on young players in senior competition matches and the ERHA Good Practice and Child Protection Policy, setting out guidelines for Clubs and County Associations. Copies are here.

Peggy Nisbet Award
Peggy was heavily involved in Youth Hockey in East Region (as well as Essex) and left a legacy to be distributed by way of award to any young person (up to U18) in the hockey family that may look for help to develop their hockey career. An application form is available here with applications being invited between 1st December and 31st December 2015, which should initially be forwarded to your County Administrator. Thereafter applications should be made between 1st November and 30th November each year. For any additional information please contact the East Region Performance Director.

AGM
The Association is subject to the control of its constituent members through General Meetings, primarily the Annual General Meeting held each summer. Details of General Meeting procedures and voting rights can be found in the Constitution. Information on the most recent AGM and the next AGM can be found here.

Management
The Association is managed by a Management Committee of the Officers of the Association, the Chairmen of Committees, activity Directors, and representatives from County Hockey Associations and EHB East. Follow Committee and Association links for more details.

REGIONAL COMPETITIONS


Leagues
The East Mens League and the East Women's Regional Leagues feed into the national EHB Conference Leagues. Five County Women's Leagues feed into the East Womens League: Essex, FiveCounties, Kent, Norfolk, and Suffolk.

Other Senior Competitions
East Indoor competitions take place in December each year, comprising the East Indoor Championships and feeders for national EHB Indoor. Representative Men's and Women's Masters teams are developed in spring each year to play in EHB Regional Tournaments.

Youth Competitions
The East Youth Competitions Committee coordinates county competition activities, and directly manages regional youth competitions, including Club and School Indoor, the East rounds of the National Schools Outdoor, JAC Competitions, and In2Hockey for Clubs and Schools.

DISCIPLINE
EHB Disciplinary and Disrepute processes are managed by the County and Regional Disciplinary Administrators, contact details for whom can be found via Management Committee and County Association links. The East Leagues also apply disciplinary penalties for yellow cards. Regional disciplinary appeals are the responsibilty of the East Appeals Committee.