A message from Leinster Hockey

Dear Hockey Friends

I hope this message finds you all well in these challenging times.

Covid-19 has impacted every part of our day to day lives and everyone’s focus must be on ensuring they are following the guidelines as set out by the Government and the HSE.

While things are uncertain at the moment, I wanted to assure the Leinster Hockey family that the Board and Committees are working on various contingency plans for when we can resume the season.  We anticipate that the numerous Development Programmes will also be affected over the coming months, regardless of when our sport suspension is lifted.

We had hoped to hold the annual Club Forum later this month but this has also had to be postponed – so we are looking at possibly hosting a webinar that clubs can dial into and expect to have information on this in due course.

We anticipate that the Annual General Meeting will not take place before the end of May and again, we will be observing all national guidelines in respect of gatherings.

In hockey our clubs work on a tight budgetary environment. While we have lost 4/6 weeks of the season costs remain constant. It will be important that clubs engage with employees/ coaches, schools and local authorities to see how these costs can be mitigated. Some of our partners may be able to claim from the Government for loss of income, we cannot do that.

Leinster Hockey continue to explore avenues of support to our clubs and will keep you informed.

In the meantime, I would urge clubs to work on their strategic plans, governance and safeguarding procedures at this time.  There are resources available on both the Leinster Hockey and Hockey Ireland sites or you can contact Claire Kelly, our Executive Officer, who will be able to point you in the right direction.

As we get more information, we’ll be in touch.

In the meantime, please follow the HSE guidelines, wash your hands and respect social distancing.

Regards

Trevor Watkins
Leinster Hockey Chair    

Corona Virus

Further to the circular from Hockey Ireland (click here)  the LHA Board recommends that players, coaches and officials refrain from shaking hands before/after matches until further notice. 

Teams may prefer to clap each other off the pitch – similar to other sports.

Volunteers Required

Leinster are appealing to Clubs to assist in the running of the Leinster Finals this coming St. Patrick’s Day. They would appreciate your help in securing volunteers to assist with the smooth running of the day.

The slots involved are:

  • Slot 1: 9am – 11am
  • Slot 2: 11am – 1pm
  • Slot 3: 1pm – 3pm
  • Slot 4: 3pm – 4.30pm

All volunteers should wear warm and waterproof clothing. Volunteers will be provided with an identifying bib and provided with food and drink vouchers.  Tasks involved will include gate and general stewarding. Support and supervision will be provided by members of the Leinster board.

On all previous occasions volunteers have indicated that they enjoyed the experience and they can also cheer on club members who may be involved in the Cup finals.

To register as a volunteer, please complete this short form and we will be in touch very soon: https://forms.gle/u6iZcMesLhAu82BVA

For any additional queries in relation to volunteering on the day, please contact Ruth via email: PR@leinsterhockey.ie 

Orange Warning

There is a status Orange wind warning for Leinster for Saturday 29th February from 1pm to 7pm so please note the following in relation to scheduled fixtures for the weekend:

Saturday 29th February

  • Any fixture where a team has to travel more than 80km is postponed unless the travelling team is willing to travel and play.
  • All fixtures scheduled to start before 1pm should proceed
  • All other fixtures scheduled for after 1pm should proceed also. These matches are then subject to Bye Law 3.4 Grounds, see below.

Sunday 1st March

All games to proceed at present.

Bye Law Extract 3.4 Grounds

If in the opinion of the umpires at the time fixed for the starting of the match, the ground is in such a condition as to be unfit for play they shall be entitled to declare the match off. At their sole discretion, the umpires may allow a period for a pitch to be made ready for play, but in all such circumstances, the question of the fitness of a pitch for play shall rest solely with the umpires whose decision is final. If in the opinion of both umpires, the pitch is not marked satisfactorily for the game, the match shall be postponed and the venue reversed for the re-fixture.

A match may be abandoned by the umpires if ground or weather conditions make further play is impossible. Any abandoned match will be replayed in full at a later date at the original venue.

Goals must have nets, back boards and side boards and the boards must be dark coloured. If there are no nets the match must be postponed and the venue reversed for the re-fixture.