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Tournament Code of Conduct

The IMHA is governed by EU Law, therefore it is a requirement that all players, officials and team support staff individually sign the Code of Conduct form stating that they have read and understood the Code and the penalties attached to transgression of the code. It does not matter if the above participants are from non-EU countries, the law applies to the IMHA and therefore, the official line must be that participation is dependent upon each individual signing the form.

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Officiating Committee is in full operation. This team will collate and identify common criteria against which to assess the standards of all umpires wishing to officiate in IMHA and future WMH tournaments. Committee members will  liaise closely with FIH and NAs to finalise these criteria.  If you wish to officiate at Masters tournaments in 2019 and beyond, email your contact details, level of experience and positions that interest you to imhaofficials@gmail.com. We are looking for TOs, Judges, Umpires, Umpire managers, assistant managers and umpire mentors.

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World Masters Hockey (WMH) 

Click ‘WMH’ on this website’s menus for updates on the setting up of the WMH which will replace the IMHA and WGMA in 2019. 

The Interim WMH Board will consist of 2 IMHA and 2 WGMA reps as before, and the focus of a meeting on 25th January will be 

1. Two incomplete sections in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the FIH and WMH; 

2. The date and location of the first WMH General Assembly (GA) and cut-off date for nomination of future WMH officials;

3. Dates by which NAs and their local Masters Hockey organisers must agree upon representatives and delegates for the GA;

4. Fine tuning of the Articles of Association in relation to any changes to the MoU;  

The WMH was incorporated in the UK in October 2018 and Directors of the company come from the present IMHA and WGMA Boards. The Events and Commercial/Communication workgroups will continue their develpment tasks.  A marketing package for the WMH brand name is being developed alongside commercially viable logos to enhance the brand’s image. A cloud database is being set up to enable players and teams to self register with the WMH and reduce future administrative demands.

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2019 European Championships (35+ 40+ & 45+) 22nd- 31st July HC Rotterdam

With registration of over 30 teams in December, IMHA can announce that the European Cup will commence on the 22nd July and the finals will be held on 27/28th July depending upon final team numbers. The ‘Spirit of Masters’ open tournament for all nationalities will start on the 25th July and the finals will be 29/30th July depending upon team numbers.  The maximum fee of €850 per team is due by 15th March. The cut-off date for registration of International teams was 31st December 2018. Forms were sent out on 16th December. The Spirit of Masters registration cut-off is 20th February 2019. Teams for the latter event should involve a national selection process to ensure reasonably high standards are maintained. Club teams will not be encouraged.  Teams requiring visas to enter the EU should commence applying for these now – it can take some months. The email address for registration and queries regarding this tournament is imharotterdam@gmail.com. IMHA will provide regular registration updates. H.C. Rotterdam will update event information on  www.http://www.ecmastersrotterdam2019.nl

2019 European Championships (50+ & 55+) 8th – 17th August HCTC Crefeld

The ‘Spirit of Masters’ open tournament for all nationalities will take place alongside the usual European Cup tournament. The maximum fee of €850 per team is due by 15th March. The cut-off date for International teams was 31st January 2019. Forms were sent out on 16th December. The cut-off date for the Krefeld Spirit of Masters is 20th February 2019. The email address for registration and queries for this tournament is imhakrefeld@gmail.com.  IMHA will provide regular updates.

2019 WMH Indoor World Cup (Hong Kong):

The match schedule will be released shortly. The tournament will be held in 3 venues and each team will enjoy 6/7 matches. Click on the ‘Administration’ page to find the latest FIH Indoor Regulations. Please note that there will be no under age dispensations allowed for teams in this tournament.

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Mouth Injury Research

This project is on-going and the IMHA are delighted to continue the partnership with the Dutch  research team. The project still needs data from all over the world. Please help them to help us look after our teeth & gums playing the game we love. The results could impact upon the quality of future hockey equipment. Spread the word………..

Click on ‘SHOT Appeal Letter’ for background information. Click on ‘SHOT Survey’  or use your phone scanner on the QR Code to directly access the questionnaire.

SHOT Appeal Letter    –      SHOT Survey

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The International Masters Hockey Association (IMHA) was formed in 2007 to administer and to promote international field hockey for men and women for 35 years of age and over.

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Originally, countries around the Pacific Rim held fledgling Masters tournaments, but as European nations embraced the concept, it was realised that a global organisation was needed.

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 In 2008 the IMHA was formally recognised by the Federation International de Hockey (FIH) as the official body for Masters Hockey age groups from 35+.

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The main aim of the IMHA is to promote and develop international tournaments for Masters Hockey players of all hockey nations, not only for elite players selected for their country, but also for those who want to compete against Masters players of a similar standard from other countries.

From a starting point of a few teams from the original five Pacific Rim countries, the number of teams competing in IMHA tournaments has grown to over 120.

When IMHA tournaments take place close to venues for major events on the FIH Calendar, IMHA players can play in their own competitions and then watch world class hockey.
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In 2014 the IMHA became a limited company registered in Scotland in the UK.