During these uncertain and unprecedented times Somerset Hockey Association will endeavour to keep the county’s hockey community up to date with the phased return to play hockey as set out by England Hockey, alongside the Government’s advice and lifting lockdown restrictions.
Should any local lockdowns occur within the county we will try to advise on what impact they may have on hockey training/matches for clubs and schools. Please note that the Verde Recreo and West Women’s Hockey leagues have their own rules with regards to their league games and EH will advise on any schools or clubs centrally organised competitions – so please check the relevant website if you are affected. SHA will advise on any school county competitions, club county and cup competitions and inter club junior competitions if affected. Please also remember to check with your pitch provider as they may have their own regulations.
- Somerset HA Covid Officer Details & Club Covid Officers
- Somerset HA Return to Play Plan and Risk Assessment
- England Hockey's Returning to Play Roadmap/Documents/Downloads
- England Hockey Press Releases
Sheila Burridge is Somerset HA’s Covid Officer:
Mobile: 07929 629922
England Hockey’s Five Steps to Retruning to ‘normal’
Please click here for all England Hockey Guidance on their website.
|Step 1: Training
One-to-one / household group
|Step 2: Socially Distanced Training
Small groups but with social distancing in place
|Step 3: Small Group Training
Small group training allowed with some closer contact allowed. Allowing for tackling/marking etc. (some age groups may be allowed to start this stage earlier)
|Step 4: Local Match Play
Intra club / local matches can happen but restrictions prevent leagues / main competitions resuming (e.g. if travel is still an issue due to car sharing or local lockdowns are in place)
|Step 5: Full Competitive Match Play
Full leagues / competitions resume
Hockey is now at Step 5 of the Return To Play Guidance.
25th March 2021
England Hockey have released thier full guidance for hockey’s return on the 29th March and the roadmap beyond.
Outdoor hockey can resume from 29 March:
- Training can start once organisers ensure all guidance is in place.
- England Hockey recommends a maximum of 30 people in any one group, but more than one group can use a pitch as long as social distancing can be maintained outside of play and between the groups.
- Matches (both 11-a-side and small sided) can resume once organisers can ensure all guidance is in place. Multiple matches can take place at the same venue as long as social distancing can be maintained between groups outside of matches.
7th August 2020 Step 4: Local Match Play
Getting Back on the Pitch Stage 4
Poster – The Key Facts
Advice for Participants
Advice for Coaches
Covid Officer Guidelines
Advice for Facilities
Step 4 Risk Assessment
Individual Consent for Participants
Affiliated club Covid Officer sign up
England Hockey Return to Play Video
Appendix CV19-2 – Hockey League Pyramid CV-19 Levels
APPENDIX CV19-3 Revised Season (1)
Appendix CV19-1 Slip Dates
Standard Hockey League Regulations regarding Covid-19
Step_4_-_Return_to_Play_FAQ_s_Updated_14_8 – These FAQs are regulary updated on the EH page please click here to make sure you have the lastest version
Incident Reporting Form
1st June 2020 – Step 2 Socially Distanced Training – Small groups but with social distancing in place
21st May 2020 – Step 1 Training – One-to-one / household group
Please click here for all England Hockey Guidance on their website
14th May 2021 –Please click here to read the full statement on the updated release from EH
9th April 2021 – Please click here to read the full statement on the updated release from EH
7th April 2021 – Please click here to read the full statement regarding travel and car sharing from EH
25th March 2021 – Please click here to read the full statement from England Hockey.
6th March 2021 – England Hockey have released an interim statement whilst they wait for further guidance for the return to hockey to read the full statement click here.
25th February 2021 – England Hockey have released an interim statement whilst they wait for further guidance for the return to hockey to read the full statement click here.
23rd February 2021 -England Hockey very much welcomes yesterday’s government announcement about the future lifting of restrictions on outdoor sports We await further detail and anticipate making another statement within the next 72 hours
4th January 2021 – In light of new restrictions we’re sad to confirm grassroots and club hockey must be suspended for the foreseeable future.
The only grassroots exception we’re aware of at this stage is Flyerz We expect more nuances; we’re reviewing guidance and will communicate more in due course. Click here to read the full article.
4th December 2021 – In light of new restrictions we’re sad to confirm grassroots and club hockey must be suspended for the foreseeable future.
19th December 2020 – England Hockey is updating its advice in relation to Tier 4 restrictions please click on the relevant Tier Guidance below to go to the EH page:
Tier 4 Guidance
Tiers 1-3 Guidance
26th November 2020: Following confirmation from Government on the new Covid Alert Level Tiers, it is now confirmed that a larger proportion of the country will be affected by tougher restrictions than during the previous tier approach.
England Hockey are continuing to work with Sport England, DCMS and the other team sports for clarity on what travel is permitted between areas to understand to what extent outdoor team sports will be allowed to return.
The good news is that in all Tiers clubs can resume training next week from Wednesday 2 December.
In Tier 1 and 2 training and matches can resume from December 2. Any activity must comply with our Return to Play Step 5 guidance.
To read the full article pleaes click here
EH Info Video
EH Covid Info-graphic
EH Step 4 Guidance
KEY UPDATE: Moving to Step 5 of Return To Play guidelines 2nd September 2020 – click here
KEY UPDATE: Hockey’s Return to Play guidance moves to Step 4 7th August 2020 – click here
Update on Step 4 submission and impact of new localised govt safety measures 1st August 2020 – click here
EH Step 2 Covid-19 risk assessment check list and example assessment 17th July 2020 – click here check list/ click here example
England Hockey’s Return to Play – moving beyond Step 2 9th July 2020- click here
The Government announce recreational team sport to return 9th July 2020- click here
England Hockey’s Covid-19 Club Support – click here
Update from England Hockey on Return to Play planning 26th June 2020 – click here
Draft calendar in the event of 2020-21 season being delayed 19th June 2020 – click here
Return to Play: Your frequently asked questions 19th June 2020 – click here
Local variations to England Hockey Return to Play guidance 19th June 2020 – click here
Return to Play 5th June 2020 – click here
Guidance to getting back on the hockey pitch: Step 2 2nd June 2020 – click here
Roadmap Overview returning to play hockey 29th May 2020 – click here
England Hockey guidance on one-to-one coaching et al 21st May 2020 – click here
Domestic hockey activity suspension extended until 30 June 30th March 2020 – click here
England Hockey suspends national hockey activity 17th March 2020 – click here