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25th FebWest Hockey Statement

ALL CLUBS - Please read the statement in the downloads section of this website, a document headed West Hockey Association.

ALL CLUBS - Please read the statement in the downloads section of this website, a document headed West Hockey Association.

ALL CLUBS - Please read the statement in the downloads section of this website, a document headed West Hockey Association.

17th FebFuture League Hockey

Clubs will be aware that last year England Hockey gained support from a majority of English Hockey clubs to reorganise regional hockey and also its EHL competition.

Following this agreement EH established transition groups to oversee the required changes in each region. The West transition group is overseeing the required changes for the West Of England & South Wales League.

New arrangements appear to be bringing fundamental changes to League hockey. One of the changes impacts upon the core of the Leagues governance by removing joint responsibility of the League from the West H.A and Hockey Wales and placing it solely with England Hockey.

As the transition group will be putting in place the required changes in time for the 2021/22 season the existing committee has been advised it must not make any decisions impacting on the 2021/22 season.

We have been advised that a statement will be made by 26th February 2021 which will also include a new email address for clubs to contact should they have any queries or questions. We are further advised that this will be preceded with an email from West HA going out directly to all clubs, no later than Monday 22 February. This will include a summary of the transition activity across all disciplines and the point each group has reached. This should also summarise proposals and give clubs any information they need at this early stage.

Clubs will be aware that last year England Hockey gained support from a majority of English Hockey clubs to reorganise regional hockey and also its EHL competition.

Following this agreement EH established transition groups to oversee the required changes in each region. The West transition group is overseeing the required changes for the West Of England & South Wales League.

New arrangements appear to be bringing fundamental changes to League hockey. One of the changes impacts upon the core of the Leagues governance by removing joint responsibility of the League from the West H.A and Hockey Wales and placing it solely with England Hockey.

As the transition group will be putting in place the required changes in time for the 2021/22 season the existing committee has been advised it must not make any decisions impacting on the 2021/22 season.

We have been advised that a statement will be made by 26th February 2021 which will also include a new email address for clubs to contact should they have any queries or questions. We are further advised that this will be preceded with an email from West HA going out directly to all clubs, no later than Monday 22 February. This will include a summary of the transition activity across all disciplines and the point each group has reached. This should also summarise proposals and give clubs any information they need at this early stage.

Clubs will be aware that last year England Hockey gained support from a majority of English Hockey clubs to reorganise regional hockey and also its EHL competition.

Following this agreement EH established transition groups to oversee the required changes in each region. The West transition group is overseeing the required changes for the West Of England & South Wales League.

New arrangements appear to be bringing fundamental changes to League hockey. One of the changes impacts upon the core of the Leagues governance by removing joint responsibility of the League from the West H.A and Hockey Wales and placing it solely with England Hockey.

As the transition group will be putting in place the required changes in time for the 2021/22 season the existing committee has been advised it must not make any decisions impacting on the 2021/22 season.

We have been advised that a statement will be made by 26th February 2021 which will also include a new email address for clubs to contact should they have any queries or questions. We are further advised that this will be preceded with an email from West HA going out directly to all clubs, no later than Monday 22 February. This will include a summary of the transition activity across all disciplines and the point each group has reached. This should also summarise proposals and give clubs any information they need at this early stage.

4th FebLeague Season Update

Following a meeting of the league committee on Wedneaday 3rd February it has been determined that, with the exception of the Premier division, the league 20/21 season be abandoned. This follows clear feedback via a survey which the league conducted with clubs that this was the preferred option.

The league administrator will be in contact with clubs to arrange a full refund of subscriptions paid for the season.

Separate communications will follow to club league liaison officers about the potential to take part in a separate "one off" competition (subject to restrictions allowing).

There will also be separate communications with those teams in the premier division to explain how the season will be concluded. This will build on the majority view of the separate premier division survey conducted.

League subscription refunds will also be issued to premier division teams.

Following a meeting of the league committee on Wedneaday 3rd February it has been determined that, with the exception of the Premier division, the league 20/21 season be abandoned. This follows clear feedback via a survey which the league conducted with clubs that this was the preferred option.

The league administrator will be in contact with clubs to arrange a full refund of subscriptions paid for the season.

Separate communications will follow to club league liaison officers about the potential to take part in a separate "one off" competition (subject to restrictions allowing).

There will also be separate communications with those teams in the premier division to explain how the season will be concluded. This will build on the majority view of the separate premier division survey conducted.

League subscription refunds will also be issued to premier division teams.

Following a meeting of the league committee on Wedneaday 3rd February it has been determined that, with the exception of the Premier division, the league 20/21 season be abandoned. This follows clear feedback via a survey which the league conducted with clubs that this was the preferred option.

The league administrator will be in contact with clubs to arrange a full refund of subscriptions paid for the season.

Separate communications will follow to club league liaison officers about the potential to take part in a separate "one off" competition (subject to restrictions allowing).

There will also be separate communications with those teams in the premier division to explain how the season will be concluded. This will build on the majority view of the separate premier division survey conducted.

League subscription refunds will also be issued to premier division teams.

4th FebLeague Season Update

Following a meeting of the league committee on Wednesday 3rd February it has been determined that, with the exception of the Premier division, the league 20/21 season be abandoned. This follows clear feedback via a survey which the league conducted with clubs that this was the preferred option.

The league administrator will be in contact with clubs to arrange a full refund of subscriptions paid for the season.

Separate communications will follow to club league liaison officers about the potential to take part in a separate "one off" competition (subject to restrictions allowing).

There will also be separate communications with those teams in the premier division to explain how the season will be concluded. This will build on the majority view of the separate premier division survey conducted.

League subscription refunds will also be issued to premier division teams.

Following a meeting of the league committee on Wednesday 3rd February it has been determined that, with the exception of the Premier division, the league 20/21 season be abandoned. This follows clear feedback via a survey which the league conducted with clubs that this was the preferred option.

The league administrator will be in contact with clubs to arrange a full refund of subscriptions paid for the season.

Separate communications will follow to club league liaison officers about the potential to take part in a separate "one off" competition (subject to restrictions allowing).

There will also be separate communications with those teams in the premier division to explain how the season will be concluded. This will build on the majority view of the separate premier division survey conducted.

League subscription refunds will also be issued to premier division teams.

Following a meeting of the league committee on Wednesday 3rd February it has been determined that, with the exception of the Premier division, the league 20/21 season be abandoned. This follows clear feedback via a survey which the league conducted with clubs that this was the preferred option.

The league administrator will be in contact with clubs to arrange a full refund of subscriptions paid for the season.

Separate communications will follow to club league liaison officers about the potential to take part in a separate "one off" competition (subject to restrictions allowing).

There will also be separate communications with those teams in the premier division to explain how the season will be concluded. This will build on the majority view of the separate premier division survey conducted.

League subscription refunds will also be issued to premier division teams.

7th JanLeague Season Update

In response to the latest national lockdowns and the current suspension of all hockey activity the league committee will shortly be inviting all clubs to participate in a short questionnaire regarding possible next steps, this will include the option to simply abandon the season.

Clubs will be invited to submit one response per team recognising feedback could differ within a club depending on the level of hockey being played by a particular team.

Recognising that there is still the expectation from England Hockey that the league nominates two teams to go forward to the EHL next year a separate questionnaire will also be sent to each premiership team seeking views as to how best those nominations are made.

In response to the latest national lockdowns and the current suspension of all hockey activity the league committee will shortly be inviting all clubs to participate in a short questionnaire regarding possible next steps, this will include the option to simply abandon the season.

Clubs will be invited to submit one response per team recognising feedback could differ within a club depending on the level of hockey being played by a particular team.

Recognising that there is still the expectation from England Hockey that the league nominates two teams to go forward to the EHL next year a separate questionnaire will also be sent to each premiership team seeking views as to how best those nominations are made.

In response to the latest national lockdowns and the current suspension of all hockey activity the league committee will shortly be inviting all clubs to participate in a short questionnaire regarding possible next steps, this will include the option to simply abandon the season.

Clubs will be invited to submit one response per team recognising feedback could differ within a club depending on the level of hockey being played by a particular team.

Recognising that there is still the expectation from England Hockey that the league nominates two teams to go forward to the EHL next year a separate questionnaire will also be sent to each premiership team seeking views as to how best those nominations are made.

31st Dec

(2020)
League Season Update

Following the UK Government's announcement on the 30th December on the new Covid-19 restrictions, the League committee will be meeting next Wednesday (06 January) to determine what these latest set of restrictions means for mens league hockey across the West of England and South Wales for the remainder of the 20/21 season.
Further communication to all clubs will follow swifty following this meeting.

Following the UK Government's announcement on the 30th December on the new Covid-19 restrictions, the League committee will be meeting next Wednesday (06 January) to determine what these latest set of restrictions means for mens league hockey across the West of England and South Wales for the remainder of the 20/21 season.
Further communication to all clubs will follow swifty following this meeting.

Following the UK Government's announcement on the 30th December on the new Covid-19 restrictions, the League committee will be meeting next Wednesday (06 January) to determine what these latest set of restrictions means for mens league hockey across the West of England and South Wales for the remainder of the 20/21 season.
Further communication to all clubs will follow swifty following this meeting.

2nd Dec

(2020)
League update

England Hockey have recently shared the latest UK government guidance on outdoor team sports in England.

Unfortunately despite the work done by NGBs to lobby for outdoor team sports to be played in all Tiers a greater level of restriction has been applied to transport even within and between Tier 2 areas. Car sharing for players in adult teams (in England) is now confirmed as ‘not permitted’ in Tiers 2+.

We recognise that this will make playing league games extremely difficult for clubs. If clubs have games scheduled and both sides are happy to play under these new conditions then the game can proceed. If a side is not comfortable with the new guidance they should contact their area secretary so that the game can be postponed.
As previously advised the league committee will reassess the situation during the Christmas break ahead of the scheduled league restart.

England Hockey have recently shared the latest UK government guidance on outdoor team sports in England.

Unfortunately despite the work done by NGBs to lobby for outdoor team sports to be played in all Tiers a greater level of restriction has been applied to transport even within and between Tier 2 areas. Car sharing for players in adult teams (in England) is now confirmed as ‘not permitted’ in Tiers 2+.

We recognise that this will make playing league games extremely difficult for clubs. If clubs have games scheduled and both sides are happy to play under these new conditions then the game can proceed. If a side is not comfortable with the new guidance they should contact their area secretary so that the game can be postponed.
As previously advised the league committee will reassess the situation during the Christmas break ahead of the scheduled league restart.

England Hockey have recently shared the latest UK government guidance on outdoor team sports in England.

Unfortunately despite the work done by NGBs to lobby for outdoor team sports to be played in all Tiers a greater level of restriction has been applied to transport even within and between Tier 2 areas. Car sharing for players in adult teams (in England) is now confirmed as ‘not permitted’ in Tiers 2+.

We recognise that this will make playing league games extremely difficult for clubs. If clubs have games scheduled and both sides are happy to play under these new conditions then the game can proceed. If a side is not comfortable with the new guidance they should contact their area secretary so that the game can be postponed.
As previously advised the league committee will reassess the situation during the Christmas break ahead of the scheduled league restart.

20th Nov

(2020)
Ghosted |Teams this season

For clarity the teams ghosting in the 2020/21 season are:
Southern 2 – Bude; South West 1 – Plymouth Marjon D; South West 2 – East Devon D & OPM B; De Cymru 1 – Whitchurch E; De Cymru 2 – Llanishen & Caerphilly A & Swansea F; East Central 1 – Devizes A; Marches 1 – Bourton & Sherborne; Marches 2 – Cirencester C & D; West Central 2 – Westbury & UB F.

For clarity the teams ghosting in the 2020/21 season are:
Southern 2 – Bude; South West 1 – Plymouth Marjon D; South West 2 – East Devon D & OPM B; De Cymru 1 – Whitchurch E; De Cymru 2 – Llanishen & Caerphilly A & Swansea F; East Central 1 – Devizes A; Marches 1 – Bourton & Sherborne; Marches 2 – Cirencester C & D; West Central 2 – Westbury & UB F.

For clarity the teams ghosting in the 2020/21 season are:
Southern 2 – Bude; South West 1 – Plymouth Marjon D; South West 2 – East Devon D & OPM B; De Cymru 1 – Whitchurch E; De Cymru 2 – Llanishen & Caerphilly A & Swansea F; East Central 1 – Devizes A; Marches 1 – Bourton & Sherborne; Marches 2 – Cirencester C & D; West Central 2 – Westbury & UB F.

23rd Oct

(2020)
Match Cards

The rules regarding the submission of matchcards remain extanct for the coming season, no formal amendments to the rule have been made. However in light of the current situation we find ourselves in and the need to remain conscious of social distancing etc if teams would feel more comfortable not completing a 'shared' matchcard then two partially completed cards will be accepted. I.e. one card with the home teams details and a separate card with the away team details.

To note, the match information at the top of both cards must match to be accepted. I.e. date of fixture, match number, score etc

The rules regarding the submission of matchcards remain extanct for the coming season, no formal amendments to the rule have been made. However in light of the current situation we find ourselves in and the need to remain conscious of social distancing etc if teams would feel more comfortable not completing a 'shared' matchcard then two partially completed cards will be accepted. I.e. one card with the home teams details and a separate card with the away team details.

To note, the match information at the top of both cards must match to be accepted. I.e. date of fixture, match number, score etc

The rules regarding the submission of matchcards remain extanct for the coming season, no formal amendments to the rule have been made. However in light of the current situation we find ourselves in and the need to remain conscious of social distancing etc if teams would feel more comfortable not completing a 'shared' matchcard then two partially completed cards will be accepted. I.e. one card with the home teams details and a separate card with the away team details.

To note, the match information at the top of both cards must match to be accepted. I.e. date of fixture, match number, score etc

22nd Oct

(2020)
Reminder Rule 7.3 (c)

If any of a club’s teams (including National League teams) is not involved in a scheduled match within a League
Week, the club shall select its League teams as if that team were playing. A notional match card for that team that
reflects the usual squad number must be sent to the appropriate area secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the next League game and the named players deemed ineligible to play in other scheduled matches within that League
Week. The only exception is when it is the lowest ranked team that is not playing.

If any of a club’s teams (including National League teams) is not involved in a scheduled match within a League
Week, the club shall select its League teams as if that team were playing. A notional match card for that team that
reflects the usual squad number must be sent to the appropriate area secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the next League game and the named players deemed ineligible to play in other scheduled matches within that League
Week. The only exception is when it is the lowest ranked team that is not playing.

If any of a club’s teams (including National League teams) is not involved in a scheduled match within a League
Week, the club shall select its League teams as if that team were playing. A notional match card for that team that
reflects the usual squad number must be sent to the appropriate area secretary no later than 48 hours prior to the next League game and the named players deemed ineligible to play in other scheduled matches within that League
Week. The only exception is when it is the lowest ranked team that is not playing.

14th Oct

(2020)
Somerset Gryphons - Team Withdrawn from West Central 2

Somerset Gryphons 1st XI have withdrawn from West Central 2, all fixtures involving this team have been removed.

Somerset Gryphons 1st XI have withdrawn from West Central 2, all fixtures involving this team have been removed.

Somerset Gryphons 1st XI have withdrawn from West Central 2, all fixtures involving this team have been removed.

14th Oct

(2020)
Suspended, Ghosting teams and their fixtures

All fixtures that are subject to local lockdown requirements and Ghosted teams will find those fixtures moved to a "default" date for the 30th May 2021 (approx 1 month after other scheduled League fixtures). This unusual move has taken place in order to maintain the status of those teams involved, so that the relevant divisions will continue to show those teams when viewing the League tables. The default date DOE'S NOT require clubs to make arrangements for those fixtures to be played, however once the season has been completed then the League committee shall determine the outcome of those outstanding matches included in the "default" date.

All fixtures that are subject to local lockdown requirements and Ghosted teams will find those fixtures moved to a "default" date for the 30th May 2021 (approx 1 month after other scheduled League fixtures). This unusual move has taken place in order to maintain the status of those teams involved, so that the relevant divisions will continue to show those teams when viewing the League tables. The default date DOE'S NOT require clubs to make arrangements for those fixtures to be played, however once the season has been completed then the League committee shall determine the outcome of those outstanding matches included in the "default" date.

All fixtures that are subject to local lockdown requirements and Ghosted teams will find those fixtures moved to a "default" date for the 30th May 2021 (approx 1 month after other scheduled League fixtures). This unusual move has taken place in order to maintain the status of those teams involved, so that the relevant divisions will continue to show those teams when viewing the League tables. The default date DOE'S NOT require clubs to make arrangements for those fixtures to be played, however once the season has been completed then the League committee shall determine the outcome of those outstanding matches included in the "default" date.

2nd Oct

(2020)
20/21 Season Update - The consequences of Local Lockdown

On Monday 28th September Hockey Wales announced that no competitive hockey (other than elite hockey) is to take place in Wales. They confirmed that competitive hockey involving Welsh teams can however take place in England.
As of 1st October Welsh Government have placed all counties in South Wales (with the exception of Monmouthshire) into a local lockdown. This means no one can enter, or leave, these areas without good cause (which does not include playing non elite sport).
As a consequence of these positions of the NGB and national government the league committee met on the 30th September to determine the impact on the Verde Recreo HL 20/21 season. With full support of the south Wales representatives on the committee it has been determined that;
• De Cymru divisions 1 and 2 will be suspended until the 1st January 2021 with a revised league programme for these divisions developed in due course if/when competitive hockey is allowed in Wales.
• All fixtures involving Welsh teams that play in any other division are voided, initially, until the 01 January 2021.
• The VRHL will commence, as scheduled. Any games that had been scheduled between October 24 2020 – December 31 2020 between an English and Welsh club will be declared ‘null and void’.
• Should restrictions on Welsh clubs be lifted in January 2021 Welsh clubs will re-enter their respective divisions and play their remaining scheduled fixtures.
• In this scenario final divisional placings will be determined on a points per game (PPG) basis. PPG represents the number of points gained by teams in all League fixtures divided by the number of fixtures played. If teams are level on points Rule 2.3(b) applies.
• Should restrictions not have been lifted on Welsh clubs by the start of the reversed fixtures (06 February 2021) all remaining fixtures involving Welsh clubs will be declared ‘null and void’. In this circumstance all Welsh clubs will have their original 2020/21 tier placing protected.
• If Welsh clubs wish to ghost for the whole season they must make this decision by the midnight 17th October.
* If Hockey Wales and Welsh Government regulations allow competitive hockey to resume prior to the 6th February the expectation from the league committee is that this will happen and all outstanding fixtures are fulfilled (excluding those already null and void).

On Monday 28th September Hockey Wales announced that no competitive hockey (other than elite hockey) is to take place in Wales. They confirmed that competitive hockey involving Welsh teams can however take place in England.
As of 1st October Welsh Government have placed all counties in South Wales (with the exception of Monmouthshire) into a local lockdown. This means no one can enter, or leave, these areas without good cause (which does not include playing non elite sport).
As a consequence of these positions of the NGB and national government the league committee met on the 30th September to determine the impact on the Verde Recreo HL 20/21 season. With full support of the south Wales representatives on the committee it has been determined that;
• De Cymru divisions 1 and 2 will be suspended until the 1st January 2021 with a revised league programme for these divisions developed in due course if/when competitive hockey is allowed in Wales.
• All fixtures involving Welsh teams that play in any other division are voided, initially, until the 01 January 2021.
• The VRHL will commence, as scheduled. Any games that had been scheduled between October 24 2020 – December 31 2020 between an English and Welsh club will be declared ‘null and void’.
• Should restrictions on Welsh clubs be lifted in January 2021 Welsh clubs will re-enter their respective divisions and play their remaining scheduled fixtures.
• In this scenario final divisional placings will be determined on a points per game (PPG) basis. PPG represents the number of points gained by teams in all League fixtures divided by the number of fixtures played. If teams are level on points Rule 2.3(b) applies.
• Should restrictions not have been lifted on Welsh clubs by the start of the reversed fixtures (06 February 2021) all remaining fixtures involving Welsh clubs will be declared ‘null and void’. In this circumstance all Welsh clubs will have their original 2020/21 tier placing protected.
• If Welsh clubs wish to ghost for the whole season they must make this decision by the midnight 17th October.
* If Hockey Wales and Welsh Government regulations allow competitive hockey to resume prior to the 6th February the expectation from the league committee is that this will happen and all outstanding fixtures are fulfilled (excluding those already null and void).

On Monday 28th September Hockey Wales announced that no competitive hockey (other than elite hockey) is to take place in Wales. They confirmed that competitive hockey involving Welsh teams can however take place in England.
As of 1st October Welsh Government have placed all counties in South Wales (with the exception of Monmouthshire) into a local lockdown. This means no one can enter, or leave, these areas without good cause (which does not include playing non elite sport).
As a consequence of these positions of the NGB and national government the league committee met on the 30th September to determine the impact on the Verde Recreo HL 20/21 season. With full support of the south Wales representatives on the committee it has been determined that;
• De Cymru divisions 1 and 2 will be suspended until the 1st January 2021 with a revised league programme for these divisions developed in due course if/when competitive hockey is allowed in Wales.
• All fixtures involving Welsh teams that play in any other division are voided, initially, until the 01 January 2021.
• The VRHL will commence, as scheduled. Any games that had been scheduled between October 24 2020 – December 31 2020 between an English and Welsh club will be declared ‘null and void’.
• Should restrictions on Welsh clubs be lifted in January 2021 Welsh clubs will re-enter their respective divisions and play their remaining scheduled fixtures.
• In this scenario final divisional placings will be determined on a points per game (PPG) basis. PPG represents the number of points gained by teams in all League fixtures divided by the number of fixtures played. If teams are level on points Rule 2.3(b) applies.
• Should restrictions not have been lifted on Welsh clubs by the start of the reversed fixtures (06 February 2021) all remaining fixtures involving Welsh clubs will be declared ‘null and void’. In this circumstance all Welsh clubs will have their original 2020/21 tier placing protected.
• If Welsh clubs wish to ghost for the whole season they must make this decision by the midnight 17th October.
* If Hockey Wales and Welsh Government regulations allow competitive hockey to resume prior to the 6th February the expectation from the league committee is that this will happen and all outstanding fixtures are fulfilled (excluding those already null and void).

5th Sep

(2020)
VRHL rules addendum for 20/21 season

Over the course of the summer the league committee have been working hard to review its current rules and consider how they need to be clarified in order to facilitate the most seamless possible league season against the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic which we are all currently dealing with.
The document available in the downloads section represents the leagues rule clarifications for 2020/21 only.
League rules can never legislate for everything which may happen, particularly at this uncertain time, but please rest assured that in addition to this addendum guidance from the league committee is also being issued to all Area Secretaries directing them to ensure both consistency amongst themselves but to also provide latitude to clubs when certain actions need to be taken. For example, but not limited to, the need to play games outside current ‘windows’- where reasonable covid related explanations are provided. A revised Penalties and Sanctions document will also be developed and placed on the league website to clearly show how Covid related postponements and games not able to be played (for direct covid related reasons) will be handled by the league.
Many clubs maybe aware of the publication of an England Hockey document which recommends a suite of consistent rules to regional leagues for 20/21. This document was only a recommendation to regional leagues. In developing our rule clarifications the league closely consulted the EH publication and tailored it to fit the unique geography and political situation of the VR league. Clubs should continue to only use the VRHL rules and this attached rules clarification document.
If at any point now or during the season clubs have any issues, concerns or require clarification the key message from the league is to contact your area secretary early!
Thank you to you all for your continued understanding at this uncertain time and behalf of the league committee we wish you all success and safety in the season ahead.

Over the course of the summer the league committee have been working hard to review its current rules and consider how they need to be clarified in order to facilitate the most seamless possible league season against the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic which we are all currently dealing with.
The document available in the downloads section represents the leagues rule clarifications for 2020/21 only.
League rules can never legislate for everything which may happen, particularly at this uncertain time, but please rest assured that in addition to this addendum guidance from the league committee is also being issued to all Area Secretaries directing them to ensure both consistency amongst themselves but to also provide latitude to clubs when certain actions need to be taken. For example, but not limited to, the need to play games outside current ‘windows’- where reasonable covid related explanations are provided. A revised Penalties and Sanctions document will also be developed and placed on the league website to clearly show how Covid related postponements and games not able to be played (for direct covid related reasons) will be handled by the league.
Many clubs maybe aware of the publication of an England Hockey document which recommends a suite of consistent rules to regional leagues for 20/21. This document was only a recommendation to regional leagues. In developing our rule clarifications the league closely consulted the EH publication and tailored it to fit the unique geography and political situation of the VR league. Clubs should continue to only use the VRHL rules and this attached rules clarification document.
If at any point now or during the season clubs have any issues, concerns or require clarification the key message from the league is to contact your area secretary early!
Thank you to you all for your continued understanding at this uncertain time and behalf of the league committee we wish you all success and safety in the season ahead.

Over the course of the summer the league committee have been working hard to review its current rules and consider how they need to be clarified in order to facilitate the most seamless possible league season against the backdrop of the covid-19 pandemic which we are all currently dealing with.
The document available in the downloads section represents the leagues rule clarifications for 2020/21 only.
League rules can never legislate for everything which may happen, particularly at this uncertain time, but please rest assured that in addition to this addendum guidance from the league committee is also being issued to all Area Secretaries directing them to ensure both consistency amongst themselves but to also provide latitude to clubs when certain actions need to be taken. For example, but not limited to, the need to play games outside current ‘windows’- where reasonable covid related explanations are provided. A revised Penalties and Sanctions document will also be developed and placed on the league website to clearly show how Covid related postponements and games not able to be played (for direct covid related reasons) will be handled by the league.
Many clubs maybe aware of the publication of an England Hockey document which recommends a suite of consistent rules to regional leagues for 20/21. This document was only a recommendation to regional leagues. In developing our rule clarifications the league closely consulted the EH publication and tailored it to fit the unique geography and political situation of the VR league. Clubs should continue to only use the VRHL rules and this attached rules clarification document.
If at any point now or during the season clubs have any issues, concerns or require clarification the key message from the league is to contact your area secretary early!
Thank you to you all for your continued understanding at this uncertain time and behalf of the league committee we wish you all success and safety in the season ahead.

2nd Jul

(2020)
2020/21 Season update....."Ghosting teams"

The league committee has been continuing to make preparations for the 20/21 VR Hockey league season. Most recently consideration was given to how the league can support clubs who feel they need to withdraw a team(s) due to the covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining a competitive competition (both now and in future years) for teams who remain and/or look to re-enter in future years.

It has been agreed that clubs may apply for a team(s) to be "ghosted" for the 2020-21 season only. These teams shall then face no penalty and may re-integrate into the tier from which they withdrew for the 21-22 season. Other teams from other clubs shall not be affected, and any overload of teams in tiers for the 21-22 season will be accommodated.

In order to take advantage of this scheme a number of conditions need to be met and full details can be found on the ghosting application form which can be download from the download section of the league website.
Clubs need to make their request to the league secretary by no later than 11:59pm on Monday 5th October 2020. Teams who choose to withdraw after this deadline shall not be classified as ghosted, and the league rules as published on the league website regarding the withdrawal of teams will apply. Applications will be considered as and when they are received to support clubs in their planning and the league will endeavour to keep a published list on its website of all those teams who have ghosted.
This approach means that those teams who choose to ghost will remain in their respective division and will still receive allocated fixtures. However it remains optional on behalf of both teams if the fixture is played (and if it is played the result does not count to the league standings). This means that should clubs eventually have more availability than they first thought they have access to a number of friendly games.
In addition it has been agreed that for 2020/21 only that where divisions see teams choosing to ghost those who remain in that division will receive a discount on their league subscriptions of 10% for every team which withdraws.

For example-
1 team ghosts – remaining teams in the division receive 10% discount
2 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 20% discount
3 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 30% discount…..etc.
Fixtures for a full 20/21 season will be published w/c 03 August 2020 (ghosting applications do not affect the production of the fixtures) and at this time the league also hopes to publish a full list of league rules which will be ‘relaxed’ for the 2020/21 season only.

The league committee has been continuing to make preparations for the 20/21 VR Hockey league season. Most recently consideration was given to how the league can support clubs who feel they need to withdraw a team(s) due to the covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining a competitive competition (both now and in future years) for teams who remain and/or look to re-enter in future years.

It has been agreed that clubs may apply for a team(s) to be "ghosted" for the 2020-21 season only. These teams shall then face no penalty and may re-integrate into the tier from which they withdrew for the 21-22 season. Other teams from other clubs shall not be affected, and any overload of teams in tiers for the 21-22 season will be accommodated.

In order to take advantage of this scheme a number of conditions need to be met and full details can be found on the ghosting application form which can be download from the download section of the league website.
Clubs need to make their request to the league secretary by no later than 11:59pm on Monday 5th October 2020. Teams who choose to withdraw after this deadline shall not be classified as ghosted, and the league rules as published on the league website regarding the withdrawal of teams will apply. Applications will be considered as and when they are received to support clubs in their planning and the league will endeavour to keep a published list on its website of all those teams who have ghosted.
This approach means that those teams who choose to ghost will remain in their respective division and will still receive allocated fixtures. However it remains optional on behalf of both teams if the fixture is played (and if it is played the result does not count to the league standings). This means that should clubs eventually have more availability than they first thought they have access to a number of friendly games.
In addition it has been agreed that for 2020/21 only that where divisions see teams choosing to ghost those who remain in that division will receive a discount on their league subscriptions of 10% for every team which withdraws.

For example-
1 team ghosts – remaining teams in the division receive 10% discount
2 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 20% discount
3 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 30% discount…..etc.
Fixtures for a full 20/21 season will be published w/c 03 August 2020 (ghosting applications do not affect the production of the fixtures) and at this time the league also hopes to publish a full list of league rules which will be ‘relaxed’ for the 2020/21 season only.

The league committee has been continuing to make preparations for the 20/21 VR Hockey league season. Most recently consideration was given to how the league can support clubs who feel they need to withdraw a team(s) due to the covid-19 pandemic whilst maintaining a competitive competition (both now and in future years) for teams who remain and/or look to re-enter in future years.

It has been agreed that clubs may apply for a team(s) to be "ghosted" for the 2020-21 season only. These teams shall then face no penalty and may re-integrate into the tier from which they withdrew for the 21-22 season. Other teams from other clubs shall not be affected, and any overload of teams in tiers for the 21-22 season will be accommodated.

In order to take advantage of this scheme a number of conditions need to be met and full details can be found on the ghosting application form which can be download from the download section of the league website.
Clubs need to make their request to the league secretary by no later than 11:59pm on Monday 5th October 2020. Teams who choose to withdraw after this deadline shall not be classified as ghosted, and the league rules as published on the league website regarding the withdrawal of teams will apply. Applications will be considered as and when they are received to support clubs in their planning and the league will endeavour to keep a published list on its website of all those teams who have ghosted.
This approach means that those teams who choose to ghost will remain in their respective division and will still receive allocated fixtures. However it remains optional on behalf of both teams if the fixture is played (and if it is played the result does not count to the league standings). This means that should clubs eventually have more availability than they first thought they have access to a number of friendly games.
In addition it has been agreed that for 2020/21 only that where divisions see teams choosing to ghost those who remain in that division will receive a discount on their league subscriptions of 10% for every team which withdraws.

For example-
1 team ghosts – remaining teams in the division receive 10% discount
2 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 20% discount
3 teams ghost - remaining teams in the division receive 30% discount…..etc.
Fixtures for a full 20/21 season will be published w/c 03 August 2020 (ghosting applications do not affect the production of the fixtures) and at this time the league also hopes to publish a full list of league rules which will be ‘relaxed’ for the 2020/21 season only.