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Friday 17th May 201919:30HUA
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Monday 20th May 201919:30HA
DHA AGM 2019
The Ley Arms, Kenn
Monday 5th August 201919:30HUA
DHUA Management Committee Meeting
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Saturday 7th September 201909:00HUA
The Devon Pre-Season Festival 2019
Exeter University
This year we are organising a pre-season festival rather than a tournament. In other finals, play-offs and trophies...just good, well-contested games to start the season! It will take place over 2 days ...Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September at Exeter University. Your club can decide which day is preferred or perhaps your club can offer either day. There will be Mens and Ladies games on each day. Your invitation and all the necessary information will be coming to you in the next few days. Please forward this message to your appropriate club officers. Please reply asap after you receive the detailed information and response form coming soon! Best Regards, Bob Whitell DHUA President (
Monday 9th December 2019HADHUA club agreement - data drop
This is the last date for data entry in order to be counted in the December review.

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8th MayThe 2019 Devon Hockey Pre-Season Festival

The Devon Pre-Season Festival will be taking place at Exeter University on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September 2019. Detailed information and Response Forms will be circulated to all Devon Clubs in the next few days.

7th MayDHUA Kit supplier.

At the committee meeting(7/5) a decision to move to a new supplier was agreed. Full details /links will follow in due course.

13th MarConcussion Awareness

All umpires, players, coaches and officials are encouraged to read this document.(See link below)
It is important that we all acknowledge the importance of managing this potential situation in the appropriate manner in order to safeguard the interests of the injured party.
Umpires are often placed in the position of making decisions to safeguard a person's interests and consequently it is important to act on the side of caution with these guidelines in mind.
This reminder of our responsibilities has been issued recently by England Hockey.

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22nd FebImportant message from DHUA re EH Respect Document

Important message to all Clubs and Umpires
I am bringing your attention to the latest update from England Hockey regarding elements of the Disrepute Process to be followed in the case of a particular problem that has caused a great deal of upset. A local club has had to deal with an awkward and embarrassing incident which could have significant repercussions regarding their continued use of the pitch facilities.
It is essential that all Clubs treat this particular issue seriously and that everyone involved in our sport is aware of their individual responsibility to uphold the principles we value.
It is incumbent upon us all to act responsibly and to take action if we witness any event which contravenes the expectations set out in the EH “Respect –Code of Ethics and Behaviour” document.
Please read the message below regarding this specific issue which has become a problem that can be easily avoided.
Umpires should not need to be drawn into such matters because if everyone acted responsibly then the matter would not arise. Umpires wish to focus on the game and not matters of this nature. However, if an umpire witnesses any incident that contravenes the Respect document it is expected that they would respond appropriately in order to uphold the standards we wish to maintain in hockey.
All Clubs are expected to advise officers, captains and players of this message and the implications involved.
The full Respect document is available on the Devon Hockey and England Hockey websites.
Bob Whitell
President DHUA

England Hockey: Update on Disrepute Process (issued February 2019)

As you will be aware, the England Hockey Disrepute process was updated in September for the 2018/19 season, with all disrepute cases initially being reviewed by Jenny Agnew – England Hockey Head of Governance.
Further to feedback from clubs, league associations and HUAs, we introduced guidelines in December 2018 on referrals involving cases of ‘urinating at the side of the pitch’.
Due to the change in process for these cases, we are seeing an increasing number of complaints regarding this topic. As we are sure you will all agree, this behaviour is not only unpleasant but also a contravention of the EH ‘Respect – Code of Ethics and Behaviour’ – Disrepute Offence, not to mention in some cases a criminal offence. We expect all members to refrain from such behaviour.
However, in the event of such incidences, in keeping with the revised Disrepute Complaint Regulations, we kindly ask that these be referred to EH as a Disrepute Complaint in the first instance. It is likely that offenders will face a suspension.
We know that you all agree that action must be taken to eliminate such behaviour where possible from our game and therefore we would be grateful if you could please ensure that EH Direction is communicated again to your members where appropriate and relevant, reminding them of the need for their cooperation in this matter, in terms of reporting and dealing with such offences.
David Elworthy, England Hockey

20th Sep (2014)Devon Hockey Code of Contact for Players, Team Officials, Umpires and Spectators.

Devon Hockey Association and Devon Hockey Umpires Association have jointly produced a Code of Contact for all involved in hockey within Devon.

The complete document is available form the Downloads area of this web site or by following the link.

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