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3rd May 2020
3rd May 202011:00Annual League Meeting 2020 - Postponed
Due to Co-vid 19 the Annual League Meeting has been postponed and will be held later in the year. Clubs will be advised of the new date in due course.

Latest News

13th MayUpdate re Co-Vid 19

EH has put a short item on their website with regard to deciding the way ahead for hockey and have said they will report back in the near future. Once their decisions have been made we will look to how we, as a League, can return to taking part in the game we love. Along with government guidelines these decisions will also affect what happens with regard to our ALM. I will keep you updated as and when we have this, or any other, information.

EH has put a short item on their website with regard to deciding the way ahead for hockey and have said they will report back in the near future. Once their decisions have been made we will look to how we, as a League, can return to taking part in the game we love. Along with government guidelines these decisions will also affect what happens with regard to our ALM. I will keep you updated as and when we have this, or any other, information.

EH has put a short item on their website with regard to deciding the way ahead for hockey and have said they will report back in the near future. Once their decisions have been made we will look to how we, as a League, can return to taking part in the game we love. Along with government guidelines these decisions will also affect what happens with regard to our ALM. I will keep you updated as and when we have this, or any other, information.

5th MayPromotions and Relegations for 2020-21 Season

The flow chart detailing how many teams will be promoted and relegated in each division can be found under the Information tab, in the Information and Downloads section.

The flow chart detailing how many teams will be promoted and relegated in each division can be found under the Information tab, in the Information and Downloads section.

The flow chart detailing how many teams will be promoted and relegated in each division can be found under the Information tab, in the Information and Downloads section.

1st MayEnd of Season Tables

Following on from previous news items the end of season tables have now been produced and can be found under the Information tab, then Information and Downloads.

A reminder of the criteria for producing these tables - this is based on total number of points won, less any deductions for penalties incurred; this is divided by the total number of points available from the games played and then expressed as a percentage.

Following on from previous news items the end of season tables have now been produced and can be found under the Information tab, then Information and Downloads.

A reminder of the criteria for producing these tables - this is based on total number of points won, less any deductions for penalties incurred; this is divided by the total number of points available from the games played and then expressed as a percentage.

Following on from previous news items the end of season tables have now been produced and can be found under the Information tab, then Information and Downloads.

A reminder of the criteria for producing these tables - this is based on total number of points won, less any deductions for penalties incurred; this is divided by the total number of points available from the games played and then expressed as a percentage.

29th AprEnd of Season Decision (see news item below from the Chairman)

Please note that the Committee's decision below - to use the points percentage scenario to finalise the tables - is not, in the nicest way, up for further discussion or debate.

We are in the process of finalising the tables now that England Hockey has decided on the outcome of National League; these tables will be published in the next day or so on the website under the Information, then Information and Downloads tab.

We can then get on with sorting the promotions and relegations in readiness for next season. Obviously if and when we can get back to playing is dependant on a lot of things but at least we will be ready to go when we are allowed to.

Please note that the Committee's decision below - to use the points percentage scenario to finalise the tables - is not, in the nicest way, up for further discussion or debate.

We are in the process of finalising the tables now that England Hockey has decided on the outcome of National League; these tables will be published in the next day or so on the website under the Information, then Information and Downloads tab.

We can then get on with sorting the promotions and relegations in readiness for next season. Obviously if and when we can get back to playing is dependant on a lot of things but at least we will be ready to go when we are allowed to.

Please note that the Committee's decision below - to use the points percentage scenario to finalise the tables - is not, in the nicest way, up for further discussion or debate.

We are in the process of finalising the tables now that England Hockey has decided on the outcome of National League; these tables will be published in the next day or so on the website under the Information, then Information and Downloads tab.

We can then get on with sorting the promotions and relegations in readiness for next season. Obviously if and when we can get back to playing is dependant on a lot of things but at least we will be ready to go when we are allowed to.

15th AprMessage from our Chairman

The West Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Committee met recently, via a conference call, to discuss how we would finalise the end of season tables, and therefore the promotions and relegations, following the early conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

Having looked into a number of possible solutions we finally decided on calculating the final League positions on a percentage points basis. This is calculated on total points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), less any points deducted for disciplinary offences, then divided by the total number of points available from the games played, multiplied by 100 to give a percentage. Should teams have the same percentage points then goal difference will be used.

Using this basis takes into consideration that at the point when we closed the season not all teams have played the same number of matches. This method gives fairness to all teams and preserves the League's integrity.

It should be noted that the League tables cannot be regarded as final until England Hockey has decided how to close down National League; a decision from them is expected this month. However, we will provide notification when the League tables are final.

We realise this decision will not please some, however even the most ardent objector will realise the situation we are in is totally without precedent, to us and the other Leagues around the country.

In the coming weeks the committee will look at options for next season, as there are no guarantees we will be able to start the season in September. Updates will be issued on the website when available.

Stay safe

Best wishes

Tim Horsfield
Chairman
WCWHL

The West Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Committee met recently, via a conference call, to discuss how we would finalise the end of season tables, and therefore the promotions and relegations, following the early conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

Having looked into a number of possible solutions we finally decided on calculating the final League positions on a percentage points basis. This is calculated on total points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), less any points deducted for disciplinary offences, then divided by the total number of points available from the games played, multiplied by 100 to give a percentage. Should teams have the same percentage points then goal difference will be used.

Using this basis takes into consideration that at the point when we closed the season not all teams have played the same number of matches. This method gives fairness to all teams and preserves the League's integrity.

It should be noted that the League tables cannot be regarded as final until England Hockey has decided how to close down National League; a decision from them is expected this month. However, we will provide notification when the League tables are final.

We realise this decision will not please some, however even the most ardent objector will realise the situation we are in is totally without precedent, to us and the other Leagues around the country.

In the coming weeks the committee will look at options for next season, as there are no guarantees we will be able to start the season in September. Updates will be issued on the website when available.

Stay safe

Best wishes

Tim Horsfield
Chairman
WCWHL

The West Clubs’ Women’s Hockey League Committee met recently, via a conference call, to discuss how we would finalise the end of season tables, and therefore the promotions and relegations, following the early conclusion of the 2019-20 season.

Having looked into a number of possible solutions we finally decided on calculating the final League positions on a percentage points basis. This is calculated on total points won (3 for a win, 1 for a draw), less any points deducted for disciplinary offences, then divided by the total number of points available from the games played, multiplied by 100 to give a percentage. Should teams have the same percentage points then goal difference will be used.

Using this basis takes into consideration that at the point when we closed the season not all teams have played the same number of matches. This method gives fairness to all teams and preserves the League's integrity.

It should be noted that the League tables cannot be regarded as final until England Hockey has decided how to close down National League; a decision from them is expected this month. However, we will provide notification when the League tables are final.

We realise this decision will not please some, however even the most ardent objector will realise the situation we are in is totally without precedent, to us and the other Leagues around the country.

In the coming weeks the committee will look at options for next season, as there are no guarantees we will be able to start the season in September. Updates will be issued on the website when available.

Stay safe

Best wishes

Tim Horsfield
Chairman
WCWHL

30th MarUnplayed Matches - Update

In view of the Government restrictions due to Co-vid 19 it has been decided to draw a line under the season as it stands. The Committee is currently in the process of deciding how best to deal with the tables and will get back to you as soon as a decision has been made.

In view of the Government restrictions due to Co-vid 19 it has been decided to draw a line under the season as it stands. The Committee is currently in the process of deciding how best to deal with the tables and will get back to you as soon as a decision has been made.

In view of the Government restrictions due to Co-vid 19 it has been decided to draw a line under the season as it stands. The Committee is currently in the process of deciding how best to deal with the tables and will get back to you as soon as a decision has been made.

27th MarCo-vid 19 - Postponement of Annual League Meeting

Due to Co-vid 19 the ALM that was scheduled for 3 May has been postponed until further notice. Clubs will be advised of the new date in due course.

Due to Co-vid 19 the ALM that was scheduled for 3 May has been postponed until further notice. Clubs will be advised of the new date in due course.

Due to Co-vid 19 the ALM that was scheduled for 3 May has been postponed until further notice. Clubs will be advised of the new date in due course.

12th MarVERY IMPORTANT - Covid-19 Virus - Coronavirus

In light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus England Hockey recommends that people involved in sport follow the government's advice, which is updated on a daily basis on the Gov.UK website. EH has also produced an article which sets out what action club members, officials and spectators need to take to prevent the spread of the virus. This can be found by using the attached link or by clicking on the blue box on the Home page entitled News from England Hockey.

Presently there is no suggestion that our events should not proceed, but sensible precautions should be taken. Players, parents and officials who do attend our events should refrain from shaking hands before and after games and wash their hands with soap and water or an appropriate hand gel regularly.

If players and / or their immediate family and close friends have returned from countries where coronavirus is widespread, government advice is that they should self isolate. They should NOT participate in our events. This is the responsibility of the parents, players and coaches themselves and not something that WCWHL can manage and enforce.

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In light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus England Hockey recommends that people involved in sport follow the government's advice, which is updated on a daily basis on the Gov.UK website. EH has also produced an article which sets out what action club members, officials and spectators need to take to prevent the spread of the virus. This can be found by using the attached link or by clicking on the blue box on the Home page entitled News from England Hockey.

Presently there is no suggestion that our events should not proceed, but sensible precautions should be taken. Players, parents and officials who do attend our events should refrain from shaking hands before and after games and wash their hands with soap and water or an appropriate hand gel regularly.

If players and / or their immediate family and close friends have returned from countries where coronavirus is widespread, government advice is that they should self isolate. They should NOT participate in our events. This is the responsibility of the parents, players and coaches themselves and not something that WCWHL can manage and enforce.

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In light of the ongoing situation with Coronavirus England Hockey recommends that people involved in sport follow the government's advice, which is updated on a daily basis on the Gov.UK website. EH has also produced an article which sets out what action club members, officials and spectators need to take to prevent the spread of the virus. This can be found by using the attached link or by clicking on the blue box on the Home page entitled News from England Hockey.

Presently there is no suggestion that our events should not proceed, but sensible precautions should be taken. Players, parents and officials who do attend our events should refrain from shaking hands before and after games and wash their hands with soap and water or an appropriate hand gel regularly.

If players and / or their immediate family and close friends have returned from countries where coronavirus is widespread, government advice is that they should self isolate. They should NOT participate in our events. This is the responsibility of the parents, players and coaches themselves and not something that WCWHL can manage and enforce.

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4th MarRespect for Players - EH Code of Behaviour

Everyone is reminded that all players should abide by the EH Code of Behaviour for Players as per the attached. Please take time to read this important document and ensure that you pass this on to other members of the club who do not access the website.

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Everyone is reminded that all players should abide by the EH Code of Behaviour for Players as per the attached. Please take time to read this important document and ensure that you pass this on to other members of the club who do not access the website.

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Everyone is reminded that all players should abide by the EH Code of Behaviour for Players as per the attached. Please take time to read this important document and ensure that you pass this on to other members of the club who do not access the website.

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7th Oct

(2019)
Important - The Difference between Postponed and Cancelled Matches

If your match is cancelled due to the weather, pitch, travelling conditions etc and will be re-arranged on a new date both teams should go in and mark that fixture as cancelled. This is the only time the Cancelled box should be used.

If your match is not played because you, or your opposition, cannot fulfil a fixture (i.e. it will not be played at all) please DO NOT mark this fixture as Cancelled. Instead you must inform your divisional secretary who will take the necessary action on the website. (When you mark a unfulfilled fixture as cancelled it causes issues with the administration part of the website, which means unnecessary work on my part).

Thank you, Webmaster WCWHL

If your match is cancelled due to the weather, pitch, travelling conditions etc and will be re-arranged on a new date both teams should go in and mark that fixture as cancelled. This is the only time the Cancelled box should be used.

If your match is not played because you, or your opposition, cannot fulfil a fixture (i.e. it will not be played at all) please DO NOT mark this fixture as Cancelled. Instead you must inform your divisional secretary who will take the necessary action on the website. (When you mark a unfulfilled fixture as cancelled it causes issues with the administration part of the website, which means unnecessary work on my part).

Thank you, Webmaster WCWHL

If your match is cancelled due to the weather, pitch, travelling conditions etc and will be re-arranged on a new date both teams should go in and mark that fixture as cancelled. This is the only time the Cancelled box should be used.

If your match is not played because you, or your opposition, cannot fulfil a fixture (i.e. it will not be played at all) please DO NOT mark this fixture as Cancelled. Instead you must inform your divisional secretary who will take the necessary action on the website. (When you mark a unfulfilled fixture as cancelled it causes issues with the administration part of the website, which means unnecessary work on my part).

Thank you, Webmaster WCWHL

17th Aug

(2019)
West Women's Masters Regional Trials

Please see attached full details of the above trials. If you are interested the entry information is on the form. Closing date for applications for all age groups is 16 September 2019.

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Please see attached full details of the above trials. If you are interested the entry information is on the form. Closing date for applications for all age groups is 16 September 2019.

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Please see attached full details of the above trials. If you are interested the entry information is on the form. Closing date for applications for all age groups is 16 September 2019.

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23rd Feb

(2019)
Cancelled & Postponed Fixtures - Action to be taken

If severe weather or travelling conditions have caused your match to be cancelled please go as if you are entering the result but only tick the Cancelled box. This will put the fixture back onto the system and once a new date has been agreed this can be put in and the fixture will appear under the relevant date. Both teams need to do this as it acts as confirmation that the fixture did not take place.
If your match does not go ahead because your opposition cannot raise a team, DO NOT enter anything on the website but contact the relevant secretary for your team to advise them - he/she will then take the appropriate action of cancelling the fixture.

If severe weather or travelling conditions have caused your match to be cancelled please go as if you are entering the result but only tick the Cancelled box. This will put the fixture back onto the system and once a new date has been agreed this can be put in and the fixture will appear under the relevant date. Both teams need to do this as it acts as confirmation that the fixture did not take place.
If your match does not go ahead because your opposition cannot raise a team, DO NOT enter anything on the website but contact the relevant secretary for your team to advise them - he/she will then take the appropriate action of cancelling the fixture.

If severe weather or travelling conditions have caused your match to be cancelled please go as if you are entering the result but only tick the Cancelled box. This will put the fixture back onto the system and once a new date has been agreed this can be put in and the fixture will appear under the relevant date. Both teams need to do this as it acts as confirmation that the fixture did not take place.
If your match does not go ahead because your opposition cannot raise a team, DO NOT enter anything on the website but contact the relevant secretary for your team to advise them - he/she will then take the appropriate action of cancelling the fixture.

30th Dec

(2018)
Match Start Times

Clubs must ensure times on the website clearly reflect the correct start time of the match. In the event the start time of a match is changed after it has been confirmed with your opposition you MUST ensure you contact them and get confirmation from them, in writing, that they have this new time. DO NOT assume that they will just happen to check the site to see if the time has changed as there is every likelihood they won’t. The onus is on you as the home team to make sure the information is correct and up to date.

Clubs must ensure times on the website clearly reflect the correct start time of the match. In the event the start time of a match is changed after it has been confirmed with your opposition you MUST ensure you contact them and get confirmation from them, in writing, that they have this new time. DO NOT assume that they will just happen to check the site to see if the time has changed as there is every likelihood they won’t. The onus is on you as the home team to make sure the information is correct and up to date.

Clubs must ensure times on the website clearly reflect the correct start time of the match. In the event the start time of a match is changed after it has been confirmed with your opposition you MUST ensure you contact them and get confirmation from them, in writing, that they have this new time. DO NOT assume that they will just happen to check the site to see if the time has changed as there is every likelihood they won’t. The onus is on you as the home team to make sure the information is correct and up to date.

24th Nov

(2018)
Unfulfilled and Cancelled (Postponed) Fixtures

If your match was an unfulfilled fixture do not enter a result but contact the league administrator(s) instead who will take the necessary action.
If your match was cancelled due to the weather, use the cancelled section to confirm that the match did not take place and ensure that you re-arrange this in accordance with the Regulations.

If your match was an unfulfilled fixture do not enter a result but contact the league administrator(s) instead who will take the necessary action.
If your match was cancelled due to the weather, use the cancelled section to confirm that the match did not take place and ensure that you re-arrange this in accordance with the Regulations.

If your match was an unfulfilled fixture do not enter a result but contact the league administrator(s) instead who will take the necessary action.
If your match was cancelled due to the weather, use the cancelled section to confirm that the match did not take place and ensure that you re-arrange this in accordance with the Regulations.

23rd Nov

(2018)
Taking Photographs at Matches

Please use the attached link to access the EH Best Practice Guidance which covers the subject of photography at matches, events, etc. We should all be mindful about taking photographs particularly when this involves under 18s and getting the consent of those concerned.

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Please use the attached link to access the EH Best Practice Guidance which covers the subject of photography at matches, events, etc. We should all be mindful about taking photographs particularly when this involves under 18s and getting the consent of those concerned.

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Please use the attached link to access the EH Best Practice Guidance which covers the subject of photography at matches, events, etc. We should all be mindful about taking photographs particularly when this involves under 18s and getting the consent of those concerned.

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8th Jul

(2018)
Re-Arranged Fixtures - Reminders of what action should be taken

Clubs are reminded that postponed fixtures need to be re-arranged within 14 days of the date of the original match and your league secretary should be advised in writing of the new date. Your league secretary should also be notified of the postponement no later than 7pm on the day of the game other wise you will incur a fine of 10 pounds. Also, some of you need to visit the website and where you would enter the result you should note that the game was postponed.

Clubs are reminded that postponed fixtures need to be re-arranged within 14 days of the date of the original match and your league secretary should be advised in writing of the new date. Your league secretary should also be notified of the postponement no later than 7pm on the day of the game other wise you will incur a fine of 10 pounds. Also, some of you need to visit the website and where you would enter the result you should note that the game was postponed.

Clubs are reminded that postponed fixtures need to be re-arranged within 14 days of the date of the original match and your league secretary should be advised in writing of the new date. Your league secretary should also be notified of the postponement no later than 7pm on the day of the game other wise you will incur a fine of 10 pounds. Also, some of you need to visit the website and where you would enter the result you should note that the game was postponed.

23rd Mar

(2018)
Use of Offensive Language

It has been brought to my attention that offensive language was heard during a match in the vicinity of young players. I understand this can sometimes be due to player frustration but clubs are reminded that all players (and supporters) should demonstrate the highest standard of behaviour before, during and after a game. Please treat everyone involved in your game with the respect they deserve.

It has been brought to my attention that offensive language was heard during a match in the vicinity of young players. I understand this can sometimes be due to player frustration but clubs are reminded that all players (and supporters) should demonstrate the highest standard of behaviour before, during and after a game. Please treat everyone involved in your game with the respect they deserve.

It has been brought to my attention that offensive language was heard during a match in the vicinity of young players. I understand this can sometimes be due to player frustration but clubs are reminded that all players (and supporters) should demonstrate the highest standard of behaviour before, during and after a game. Please treat everyone involved in your game with the respect they deserve.

6th Sep

(2017)
Umpires Qualifications / Using Candidates

Clubs must ensure any umpires they use are suitably qualified, before they umpire the game and that is the only interest we have with them. You are reminded that the use of candidate umpires is only allowed in Divisions 2 and below and only one per match as per Regulation 8a ii). If you have any issues about the standard of umpiring these should be directed to your County Umpiring Association

Clubs must ensure any umpires they use are suitably qualified, before they umpire the game and that is the only interest we have with them. You are reminded that the use of candidate umpires is only allowed in Divisions 2 and below and only one per match as per Regulation 8a ii). If you have any issues about the standard of umpiring these should be directed to your County Umpiring Association

Clubs must ensure any umpires they use are suitably qualified, before they umpire the game and that is the only interest we have with them. You are reminded that the use of candidate umpires is only allowed in Divisions 2 and below and only one per match as per Regulation 8a ii). If you have any issues about the standard of umpiring these should be directed to your County Umpiring Association

13th Aug

(2017)
Match Report Forms

It was agreed at the ALM that we would no longer have match report books printed, in order to reduce our printing costs. Match report forms are available to download from the Information & Downloads section found under the Information tab at the top of the front page of our website. Please ensure your captains have sufficient copies of these to cover all their home league matches and that they allow their opposition to take a copy of the completed form after the match for their records. If you still have pages in your current match report book and wish to use these up please feel free to do so but once they have run out you will need to download forms as above.

It was agreed at the ALM that we would no longer have match report books printed, in order to reduce our printing costs. Match report forms are available to download from the Information & Downloads section found under the Information tab at the top of the front page of our website. Please ensure your captains have sufficient copies of these to cover all their home league matches and that they allow their opposition to take a copy of the completed form after the match for their records. If you still have pages in your current match report book and wish to use these up please feel free to do so but once they have run out you will need to download forms as above.

It was agreed at the ALM that we would no longer have match report books printed, in order to reduce our printing costs. Match report forms are available to download from the Information & Downloads section found under the Information tab at the top of the front page of our website. Please ensure your captains have sufficient copies of these to cover all their home league matches and that they allow their opposition to take a copy of the completed form after the match for their records. If you still have pages in your current match report book and wish to use these up please feel free to do so but once they have run out you will need to download forms as above.

18th Sep

(2016)
Red Cards and MMOs - Updated Information - September 2016

There have been some changes to the Red Card Regulations from September 2016, which are available in the Information section of the website. Please ensure your club is up to date with these changes.

There have been some changes to the Red Card Regulations from September 2016, which are available in the Information section of the website. Please ensure your club is up to date with these changes.

There have been some changes to the Red Card Regulations from September 2016, which are available in the Information section of the website. Please ensure your club is up to date with these changes.