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An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Union – Proposal on how to play the league

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February 23, 2012
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An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Union – Proposal to play league.

The points I am putting forward on this article concerns the  Kenya Hockey Union (KHU) and hockey stakeholders (clubs) in Kenya. This note is necessitated by the fact that KHU, which is body mandated to run the hockey league in Kenya on behalf of clubs is becoming an enemy of the clubs and hockey fraternity as a whole.

My points are as follows:
1. Who is the Kenya Hockey Union?
2. Games in the hockey league
3. Cost of the  hockey league
4. Promotion and demotion in league
5. National team
6. KHU cup
7. Other matters

Strathmore’s Wanangwe rises to top of Africa

Frank Wanangwe Strathmore Hockey vs Jaguars (yellow)

Nairobi December 31, 2011 … While it was obvious that he had emerged the tournament’s top scorer with 17 goals, it was beyond Davis Wanangwe’s wildest dreams that he would be declared the best player at the Africa Cup Club Championships in hockey in Lusaka, Zambia.

Being declared the continent’s finest over the likes of his inspirational captain Allan Iningu, Moses Cheplait from Kenya Police, Exchequer’s Amadu Abdallah, was a humbling but exciting experience for the Strathmore University Hockey Club striker.

Editorial on the provisional kenya hockey national teams – by the Editor

June 17, 2011.. The editor would like to express an opinion on the provisional national teams.

KHH feels that the technical team composed of Teddy Jhite, Elisha Opere, Meshack Senge, William Oketch and Barrack Odaga have done a great job in their selection of the men and women to represent Kenya in the provisional national hockey teams. The team was named less than a fortnight ago.

We find the selection to be a fair one, devoid of the who-you-know syndrome that had permeated into previous teams, denying them the credibility they craved. There are no suspect elements of favoritism based on club or region and each of the selected players have earned a right to be in the team given their performance on the pitch.

Granted, concerns have been raised about the dominance of the team by the Nairobi based sides and the premier league teams for the mens squad. The editor shares these sentiments though only to a measured length.

An open letter to the Kenya Hockey Umpires Association

To
Chairman
Kenya hockey umpires Association

RE: PLAYER,COACH,UMPIRE,TEAM MANAGER

l hope you are well.am very concerned with the latest development of the players who are playing in the Premier league umpiring matches of National league. All or most of these players are coaches or managers of some clubs in the same league.

As much as we require more umpires for hockey in this country ,the hockey union must encourage Players,umpires,coaches,teams and supporters each to play its role to develop hockey as team sport in the country.

During one of the hockey matches at city Park,l heard one of the umpires criticizing another outside in dispute of a foul in the pitch,to make the matters worse the umpire in the pitch was a Player and Coach of certain team.What come in to my mind was suppose both were playing for different teams and another Player umpiring on foul of both player who are umpires,where do we leave others.

l do not have a solution to this problem but l believe KHU or Umpire Association must separate their roles in Hockey management.We can sacrifice but times are getting tough economically making less umpires and less clubs.

We must find a way of rewarding the few qualified umpires to strengthen the Umpires Association.

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Author: George jalango

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Umpires Conference – June 2010

Kenya Hockey gives you an opportunity to share your opinion on a wide range of topical issues affecting the game in Kenya.

Some matches of the 2010 season takes a break this weekend (19th/20th June) to allow for an Umpires Conference in Nairobi. Kenya Hockey would like to know: Are there any issues you would like to see addressed during or after the conference?

Some of the responses:

Brian “Referees raising tempers or digging up previous grudges and, because of a single player referees tend to develop a negative attitude towards an entire team.”
Dominic “Incentives for Umpires.”
Vincent “Relationship between umpires and players. Its degenerating into a contest of superiority.”
Gilbert “KHU should provide the basic items required by the umpires. Currently, the umpires buy their own whistles, cards, trainers, etc. And umpires must not be affiliated to any teams in the leagues.”
Dome says:

1. Relationships between umpires and players – umpires should know that they are mere arbitrators between two teams; not a boss and players should know that their duty is to arbitrate and should make life easy as possible. There is no contest of personality here; whether one was a good player or not before he/she became an umpire is not relevant.

2. KHU and the Kenya hockey umpires should look into lifting the morale of the umpires who are doing a good job under very strenuous conditions both financially and psychologically.

3. Both umpires and players should strive to respects each other as they are all human beings and with their weakness

3. KHU should strive to encourage the young and upcoming umpires to manage the big games because, where will one gain experience if the old recycled umpires are brought to manage games at City Park reason being that the young umpires lack experience?

4. One has to decide whether he/she still wants to play hockey or become an umpire.

5.Umpires should never be affiliated to any team whatsoever, they should be independent

6. The umpires should respect each other – there are situations where umpires, while not managing a particular game, are is seated with players and spectators on the terraces criticizing the mistakes of a fellow umpire in front of the spectators. What will the players will make of the umpire?

Kaluna says:

1. We operate in an environment whereby the same people who play this game are the fans;so these two roles should be appreciated and separated – ever wondered how the environment is in Europe for example where the stadiums are packed and fans are chanting, how will an umpire be able to pinpoint one person and decide to punish the fellow later? I think we should learn to co-exist with each other the same way we do co-exist with the magistrates and Judges.

2. The union should take the initiative to expose the umpires to the other levels of the game i.e. international tournaments and clinics. One wonders how some of the umpires will cope when video technology is adopted by the union (KHU). Video use is already in effect in Europe..

Go on and share your opinion using the comments box below.

1. Relationships between umpires and players – umpires should know that they are mere abitrators amongs two teams; not a boss and players should know that their duty is to arbitrate and should make life easy as possible. There is no contest of personality here; wether one was a good player or not before he/she became an umpire is not relevant.

2. KHU and the Kenya hockey umpires should look into lifting the morale of the umpires who are doing a good job under very strenoius conditions both financially and psychologically.
3. Both umpires and players should strive to respects each other as they are all human beings and with their weakness
3. KHU should strive to encourage the young and upcoming umpires to manage the big games because, where will one gain experience if the old recycled umpires are brought to manage games at City Park reasong being that the young umpires lack experience?

4. One has to decide wether he/she still wants to play hockey or become an umpire.
5.Umpires should never be affliated to any team whatsoever, they should be indipendent
6. The umpires should respect each other – there are situations where umpires, while not managing a particular game, are is seated with players and spectators on the teracces critising the mistakes of a fellow umpire infront of the spectators. What will the players will make of the umpire?