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Monday 5th March 201818:00HA
DHA Committee Meeting
Dolphin Inn, Bovey Tracey
Sunday 18th March 201809:00HUA
Umpire Level 1 Course
Exeter University
1 day course from 9am to 4.40pm. The course is now cancelled because of low level of response
Monday 9th April 201819:00HA
DHA Committee Meeting
Ley Arms, Kenn
Monday 14th May 201819:30HUA
DHUA Management Committee Meeting
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Friday 18th May 201819:30HUA
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Monday 21st May 201819:30HA
Ley Arms, Kenn

Latest News

19th MarUmpires Needed for this Sunday 25th March at Minis Tournament,Plymouth

The Minis County Tournament that was due to take place on Sunday 18th is now taking place on Sunday 25th Match at Marjon University.
Is there anyone available to go along and offer mentor support for the young umpires involved in the tournament?
If you can offer all day or just a part of the day it would be welcome.
Do contact me if you can assist.
Bob Whitell

12th MarUmpire Level 1 Course Update: Sunday 18th March , Exeter University

This course is cancelled because of a very low number of applicants despite extending the deadline.
This is disappointing given the fact that the course was arranged and publicised by DHUA over 6 months ago.There have been regular reminders issued to clubs and published on the website.
Without new umpires accessing training opportunities that have been organised, there will continue to be a shortage of qualified and skilled umpires.
Bob Whitell
President DHUA

5th MarDHUA Development Event Sunday 25th March

DHUA will be holding an umpire development event on the following game:

Sunday 25th March 2018
Men - Conference West 14:00 Isca v Clifton Robinsons @ Exeter University Sports Park

DHUA coaches will be available to facilitate a discussion around the umpiring of the match.

Please meet in the sofa area of the sports centre at 13:30pm

5th MarFree Radio Headsets for club umpires

DHUA is delighted to announce an initiative to provide a pair of radio headsets free of charge to each club for their club umpires to use either together or when appointed with a DHUA appointed umpire (DHUA umpires are provided with a free single radio).
DHUA encourages the use of radios by umpires to help enhance teamwork, co-operation and communication.
These radios will be available for collection at the AGM in May. (Some sets may be available at Devon Finals Day upon request)
Please let the Chief Coach know if you would like to collect a set at Finals day - otherwise they will be available for you at the AGM on Friday 18th May.
DHUA are also looking into providing further subsidized radios to encourage their use by all umpires - please watch the website for further details.

28th FebUmpire availability request

Could all umpires please keep their eyes on the website and personal areas.
A number of games have and will be postponed because of the weather conditions.
Many games will be rearranged at rather unusual times during the weekdays and also on Sundays.
Please do what you can to keep up to date and to offer to help us out as we try to respond, probably at short notice to this situation.
Thank you.
Bob Whitell
President DHUA

4th Dec (2017)Umpire Level 1 Courses-an important update:

The following Umpire Level 1 Courses have been organised by DHUA:

1. Mount Kelly College, Tavistock:
PLEASE NOTE:This 2 evening course ,originally scheduled for Tues 30th and Weds 31st January, has now been re-arranged to take place a week later ,namely Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th February 2018 (6pm to 9.30pm)
We apologise for any inconvenience caused to anyone who signed up for the original date. The postponement was necessary because of a change in tutor availability.

2.Exeter University:
One day course at Exeter University on Sunday March 18th 2018 (9am to 4.40pm)

3. A course may be arranged at University of St Mark and St John at the end of this season or before the start of season 2018/19. Watch this space.

4. A course is being run in Cornwall on Sunday 7th January 2018. This may be of interest to some people living near the border!

5. As ever if any clubs wish to be pro-active in finding a venue and the numbers (14 plus) we are always willing to organise something with you.

Next season we will , once again, be aiming to run courses in the Plymouth area and Exeter area.

Bob Whitell
DHUA President and Level 1 Course Coordinator/Tutor

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14th Nov (2017)Men's league match cards

The Men's league have acknowledged a potential issue where match cards are sent by unsecured electronic means and the requirements of data protection legislation. To that end umpires need no longer sign the match cards, printed names and umpire numbers should be entered.
Please ensure you know this number, the 6 digit number is listed in your personal area.

5th Nov (2017) Outstanding Club Appointments 11 November 2017

Could all of those clubs who have not updated their club appointments please do it as soon as possible - its unfair on the home clubs to leave it with less than 7 days to go. Any issues please contact Graham Woolcock as soon as possible.

1st Nov (2017) England Hockey Cup Matches

Could you please review you availability for 12 November as a number of England Hockey Cup games are being announced and currently we do not have enough umpires available to cover all of the games

22nd Oct (2017)Annual South West Colleges Tournament : Weds 8th and Weds 22nd November 2017

We have been asked to supply a small team of umpires for the 2 dates above.
The Tournament takes place at University of St Mark and St John.
Likely timings are 9/9.30am through to 2/2.30pm
Can you help? Please put your availability on to the website asap ( with any relevant notes ) and/or e mail Bob Whitell ( asap.
We are also looking for more umpires in Plymouth area to make themselves available on Weds afternoons to support appointments for the Plymouth BUCS games...every little helps!!
Many thanks
Bob Whitell

19th Oct (2017)Umpire Level 1 Courses coming up in the season 2017/18: REVISED INFORMATION

The following courses have been organised by DHUA to enable our Clubs to plan umpire development and to encourage anyone interested in becoming an umpire to gain the appropriate initial qualification.

There are 3 courses now remaining on the website available for bookings :

Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online. Minimum participants is 14.

Details of the courses are as follows:

Sunday 22nd October 2017 ...this course is now taking place at Mount Kelly College,Tavistock, PL19 0HZ . BOOKING NOW CLOSED

Sunday 5th November 2017 at University of Exeter Sport Park, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon,

Sunday 25th February 2018 University of St Mark & St John, Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8BH

New Course: Tuesday 30 and Wednesday 31 January 2018. This is a 2 evening course (6pm to 9.30pm) and will be held at Mount Kelly College,Tavistock, PL19 0HZ

Sunday 18th March 2018 at University of Exeter Sport Park, Stocker Road, Exeter, Devon,

There is also a course taking place at Taunton Vale HC on Sunday 3rd December which may interest some Devon based Clubs/individuals.

Please be advised bookings must be made in the name of the participant – bookings cannot be made on behalf of someone else. Guidance for those having trouble with the booking process is available at the link above.

Please send any queries to

Bob Whitell
Level 1 Course Coordinator

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3rd Oct (2017)Umpires availability for Cup Matches

Could all umpires look at their future availability for evening cup matches. Early rounds of the Devon Cup's are being made and umpires need to review their availability on a regular basis.

Many thanks
Graham Woolcock DHUA Appointments Secretary

1st Oct (2017)Orders from Silver FX

Message from Silver FX
Unfortunately, back in August, we had some issues with our computer systems which has caused our orders to be up to 2 weeks late. We were hoping that by now it would have all been caught up but unfortunately because of the delays caused by our computer systems, it has now delayed the factory too. Orders are being completed as soon as possible but there is a chance that this could affect October orders too, but not to the same extent. You may also have received part orders, as we are sending items out as soon as we’re getting them in as to get the items out to you all as soon as possible.
We are hoping that all orders will be caught up by the end of the month, but any questions, please let Silver FX know direct and they will look into it for you asap.

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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10th Feb (2010)Claiming Expenses for Cancelled Fixtures

If a game is cancelled and your have been appointed to it by DHUA please DO NOT enter any Match Feedback, including any transport costs incurred for the fixture in question as it causes all sorts of problems when we try an reappoint to the fixture in the future.

If you do incur any transport costs (e.g. because you travelled to the game and it was then abandoned before it was completed, cancelled before you got there, etc.) then please email the DHUA Treasurer with details of your transport costs (if applicable).

Also copy me in the DHUA Appointments Secretary so that your appointment for this game can be removed.

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