Season 2017/18 - Welcome to Another Great Season ...

As new season approaches - we extend a warm welcome to all Midland Regional Hockey Association
sponsors, officials, clubs, players, supporters and spectators - wherever they may be ...

All fixtures for 340 teams, from the 84 clubs for the 2017/18 season are posted here.

And to complete the set we have 4 Midland Badger Divisions this year:
Conference North --- Conference Central --- Conference South -- Conference East


IMPORTANT - Handbook Errors and Changes - 2017-18 (last update 27 Dec 17)
As new handbooks are circulated you may well spot a few errors or omissions - hopefully very few.
If you spot any other mistakes please let us know .... we will be happy to post corrections - but please be aware
that any address details or phone numbers you post will be available to ALL viewers....

Barton P97 - 3rd XI: Geoff Latham (m) 07919 484242 (e)
                      4th XI: Phil Welch (m) 07484 618866 (e)
Derby P98 - 2nd XI captain Ed Bligh (m) 07940 533731 (e)
                    4th XI captain Andrew Perriam (m) 07397 142584 (e)
Hampton in Arden P119 - 3rd XI captain Campbell Oswald (m) 07789 923898 (e)
Kings Heath Pickwick P125 - 1st XI captain Luke Walker (m) 07890 204613 (e)
Leamington P119 - 1st XI captain Shaun Cuthill (m) 07780 457795 (e)
          or (e) ---
          Leamington will be using new home venue Warwick Uni, Westwood Campus, CV4 8UW
          - Signposted Westwood Campus / Tennis Centre (Car Park 13)
Loughborough Students P100 -
          - 2s captain - Ollie Bruce (m) 07712 571040 (e)
          - 3s captain - Ant Brinkman (m) 07481 155279 (e)
          - 4s captain - Eddy Fuller (m) 07713 837035 (e)
          - 5s captain - Matt Haumann (m) 07920 841145 (e)
Nottingham P106 - 1st XI captain Clive Morris has email
Ramgharia(Derby) P98 - have new fixture/umpire sec Davinder Shanker (e)
Redditch P125 - Secretary Ade Young has moved to 70 Rosehall Close, Oakenshaw, Redditch, Worcs B98 7YD
Shrewsbury P109 - 3rd XI captain Robin Jackson has new email
Sutton Coldfield P121
          3rd XI captain Bill Heywood (m) 07746 903506 (e)
          4th XI captain Ian Harding (m) 07974 217905 (e)
          6th XI captain Chris Ball   (e)
          7th XI captain Doug Cave (m) 07830 353150, (e)
          8th XI captain Andy O’Brien (m) 07745 795636 (e)
Tamworth P114 - 1st XI captain James Griffin has new mobile 07484 679468.
Wednesbury P115
          1st XI captain James Taylor (m) 07800 566449
          2nd XI captain Peter Madeley (m) 07585 225475 (e)
Worcester P126 - 3rd XI captain Elliot Lamond (m) 07875 842618 (e)
Yardley P126 - 1st XI captain Zach Jarvis has new (m) 07951 662093.
Staffordshire P111 - Charles Nash (e) is Treasurer - Neil Ward is County Discipline Administrator

Fixture Supplements for 2017-18 ...

Following concerns about the lack of games for divisions containing less that 12 teams the Men's League are, this year, supplementing theses divisions with the introduction of additional games.

10-team divisions.
Two new teams have been added, named Alpha and Beta.
Games against these teams will appear in the fixture programme as 'Alpha.v.TeamA' and 'TeamB.v.Beta'
Where these fixtures appear, it is the responsibility of the 'home' named team to contact the opposition to arrange a formal League fixture - in this example the game would be 'TeamB v TeamA'.
These games are a MANDATORY part of the League programme and will give each team a full programme of 22 games.
Results for these fixtures should be reported in the normal way, except the 'away' team should also ring Russells
or text the result depending on its League. Results will be recorded on the website, and any points earned will count towards the League standings.
Additionally failure to honour any such designated fixture will result in a fine and the deduction of points in line with Rule 15.
Alpha/Beta games are scheduled for 1st XI East Mids 1, 1st XI West Mids 1 and Central South East 2.

11-team divisions
Where team numbers determine that there are 11 teams in a division, the fixtures this year have been arranged so that 'crossover' games between 'equivalent' divisions are possible.
While these games are marked as 'Blank' fixtures, the programme is such that a 'paired-team' will have a 'matching fixture gap' (home/away) in their schedule to make an extra home/away fixture pairing possible across the season as a whole.
These games are not mandatory and will not be recorded on the website but Match Sheets should still be submitted
to your appropriate Divisional Secretary in line with standing requirements.

These additions mean a full fixture programme is possible for almost all sides competing in the MRHA Men's League this year.

Crossovers games are possible between:
    1st XI   East Mids Prem / West Mids Prem.
    3rd XI   East Mids 1 / West Mids 1
    Central EM Premier / WM Premier -- NEast 1 / SEast 1 -- NWest 1 / SWest 1 -- NWest 2 / SWest 2

Finally Two Reminders for the New Season

Start-time and Venue
First thing to note for the 2017/18 season is that submission of start-time and venue on this website is now mandatory
for ALL games in ALL divisions. These details will then appear online alongside all pending fixtures.
It is the responsibility of the Home club/Home team to log details online for ALL of their HOME fixtures..
PLEASE NOTE online information is 'in addition to' all timing and requirements for clubs to inform their opposition,
their umpires, and where appropriate their Divisional Administrator, of all details in line with Rules 12 thru 17.


NEW Texting Number 07860 020 620 for 2nd 3rd Central Leagues
Teams in 2nd 3rd and Central Leagues are reminded that :-
The text message must be sent directly to the website using the new dedicated MRHA Results number +447860 020 620.
The result must be entered in the correct format, as soon as possible after the match and always on the same day as the match.
Full details on how to text behind this link.

Enjoy your hockey ....

  Administrators    July 2017



Towards Open League

In December 2017 the Men’s League circulated a 38 slide powerpoint presentation to the Secretary of all Clubs competing in the League in the 2017-18 season. Entitled ‘Towards Open League’ this document contained a formal proposal for all Clubs to migrate to a new Open League Structure for the 2018-19 season - and extensive details on the work and rationale behind that proposal.

The email to club Secretaries also contained a Voting slip - one per Club - to be completed by that Club before the end of January 2018 - to indicate acceptance or rejection of the proposal

With that Club vote now closed, we can announce that the voting was as follows.

Of 83 clubs polled:-     65 voted YES,   16 voted NO, with 2 clubs failing to submit a return.

With a 97% response (Thank You !), and a majority of Clubs in favour, the League Committee will now continue working towards the implementation of a new Open League structure, in line with the proposal, for the commencement of the 2018-19 season.

While the target date for the publication of all 2018-19 fixtures is a traditional July 4th - the League Committee hope to make all Clubs aware of which teams are in which divisions by early June.

Please DO NOT contact MRHA Men’s League directly
as individual comments or queries will NOT be answered

League Committee - February 2018.

A readable/downloadable version of the master presentation, in .pdf format, is available
from this website for general viewing by all interested parties in all League clubs.

Click this link to open the TowardsOpen.pdf document in a new browser window