Covid 19

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.

Please do bear with us this will be an ongoing situation and it could well be that every local lockdown has different restrictions in place so please remember anything that we publish is only advisory to the best of our knowledge with information available to us at the time.

Sheila Burridge is Somerset HA’s Covid Officer:

Mobile:  07929 629922

England Hockey’s Five Steps to Retruning to ‘normal’

Training phase
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)
Play phase
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


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
Attendance Template
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

Covid Risk Assessment  Step 2
Getting Back on the pitch stage 2 Information click to access

Groups of 6 poster

England Hockey Cenralised Calendar Returning September 2020

England Hockey Centralised Calendar Option B Delayed Return

21st May 2020 – Step 1 Training – One-to-one / household group

First Steps of returning to play
FIH Start to play Guidelines
Getting Back on the Pitch 1-2-1 Poster / Maintain Social Distance Poster / Follow Hygiene Guidelines Poster

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

England Hockey have submitted an application to both DCMS and PHE uk with an outline for how hockey can move to Step 4 in our Return To Play planning. We are hopeful of a positive outcome next week, and will keep our stakeholders fully informed 24th July 2020.
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