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Diary Items to Note

Monday 9th December 2019HUAData Drop 1 - Club agreement
Last date to enter data into personal areas ahead of the Club agreement mid season review
Monday 20th January 202019:30HUA
DHUA management committee meeting
Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Monday 9th March 202019:30HUA
DHUA management committee meeting
Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Monday 11th May 202019:30HUA
DHUA management committee meeting
Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Friday 15th May 202019:30HUA
Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey

Latest News

15th NovBUCS Appointments: important message

Please note that Mike Daniel has now taken over the role of administering the BUCS Appointments process for DHUA. Mike will be the link person with our Universities and be the first point of contact for umpires once appointed.

The NEW email for BUCS related messages for Mike is :-

Peter Hammond, as Chair of the Selection and Coaching Committee, will be assisting Mike and will oversee the selection of umpires for BUCS appointments.
All umpires are asked to keep availability information up to date and look for opportunities to be available for Wednesday appointments,particularly in Plymouth.

Bob Whitell
President DHUA

12th NovUrgent request for umpire availability

We are facing great difficulty in making appointments to forthcoming matches.
There are games taking place in Plymouth on Wednesday 13th Nov pm without appointments.
On Thursday morning there is the SW Colleges Mixed Tournament (3 games of 20 mins each way taking place at Marjon)...we only have 1 umpire available. Can you help...10am to 1.30pm????
Please advise Bob or Mike Daniel asap.
On Sunday 17th there are youth EH games and other fixtures taking place...we do not have enough availability to appoint to all of them. Can you help?
Please advise Matt Reynolds asap.
This lack of availability combined with many umpires not keeping availability up to date is making life very challenging for our appointing officers.
Many of the games mentioned could be umpired by club umpires making themselves available for appointment so as to extend their experience. We could then try to provide mentors/coaches/assessors instead of those DHUA stalwarts having to umpire games in an effort to assist Clubs with their fixture commitments.
Please do do what you can to help each other out on these important availability and appointment issues.
Bob Whitell
President DHUA

3rd NovUmpiring Development Opportunity

DHUA are running a group coaching event on Friday 29th November at the university of St Mark and St John - meeting at 6:30pm in the car park by the pitches.
On that evening, Plymouth Marjon are playing Plymouth Uni, starting at 7:30pm with 2 of Devon's finest (Charlie Pritchard and Martyn Harvey) umpiring the match.
We will talk about preparation and planning as well as watching for certain key aspects of umpiring in the game itself.
If you are going to attend, please let the Chief Coach know by emailing so that we can have a suitable number of coaches available.

24th OctUmpire Level 1 on-line for bookings

I am pleased to say the course is now on the website available for bookings :
The deadline is 21 November 2019 or until full. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online. Minimum participants is 14.
Details of the course are as follows:
Date: Sunday 01 December 2019
Time: 09:00:00-17:00:00
Venue: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth, Devon PL6 8BH
Organised by Bob Whitell on behalf of Devon HUA in cooperation with University of St Mark and St John/Plymouth Marjon HC and PGSOBs HC
Tutor: Bob Whitell

Please be advised attendees must be registered on the HockeyHub - anyone who is added to a booking and is not registered, must do so when they receive a notification email.
Please send any queries to

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23rd OctUmpire Level 1 Courses coming up

There are 3 Umpire Level 1 Courses taking place in Devon in the near future.
The DHUA course at Exeter University on November 10th is now full.
A new course has been set up by DHUA in collaboration with Plymouth Marjon and PGSOBs for Sunday 1st December 2019. It will be based at University of St Mark and St John.This will be available soon on England Hockey site for booking places.
There is another course taking place at Bull Point in Plymouth,organised by Plymouth HC,on Sunday 12th January 2020.
If any other clubs can cooperate and establish a clear demand for a course this season then please contact Bob Whitell.

23rd OctDHUA Umpires BUCS appointments and an urgent request for availability updates

Simon Thorne has unfortunately had to resign,for personal reasons, from the role of BUCS appointments coordinator. Until a successor is found,Bob Whitell will resume the role on a temporary basis.
We need more umpires to make themselves available for Wednesday afternoons,especially in Plymouth.
So,please update your availability and just try and offer the odd date when you are free to do so...every little helps.
2 umpires are needed at 2pm for Plym Uni Men fixture at Bull Point next week, Weds 30th October.
On Weds 6th November we have several games to try and make appointments seems that all Plymouth sides have been drawn at home for BUCS cup games as well as several games taking place in Exeter. Can you help? Please update your availability and add any notes to guide us...thank you.
Bob Whitell

20th Oct Success for Devon Umpires

We are pleased to announce that in the last three weeks we have had three umpires passing their Level 2 assessments. Congratulations to veteran Mike Daniel, Saumil Hiremath and Rob Ware. The hard work you have all put in has certainly paid off

30th SepDHUA Responsibilities

There are one or two changes to key positions of responsibility on the DHUA Committee.
Please note:
Simon Thorne has now taken over from me (Bob Whitell) as the coordinator for all of the BUCS umpire appointments. Contact email for Simon:
Matt Reynolds is now the coordinator for all league/cup and other umpire appointments made by DHUA. Matt takes over from Graham Woolcock who is now coordinating all of the umpire appointments for West HUA. Matt is also the webmaster for the Devon Hockey website.
Contact email for Matt:
Peter Hammond continues as Chief Coach and Chair of Selection and Coaching Committee.
Contact email:
Denise Aplin continues as DHUA Membership Secretary and Jackie Brookes continues as Treasurer. Contact details are available on website.
Everyone is requested to do all that they can to support these officers by keeping information up to date (eg availability) and referring to the website and Personal Area for regular communications.
May I thank these colleagues for all of their efforts to ensure DHUA functions effectively.
Bob Whitell
President DHUA

26th SepRepeat message to Umpires : Are you up to date?

DHUA officers and West officers are busy making appointments for the first part of the season.
If you have not yet done so please visit your Personal Area and update your availability.
We need umpires for Wednesdays to assist with BUCS matches.
URGENT:An umpire is needed in Plymouth on Wednesday 9th October at 4.15pm...can you assist? Contact Simon Thorne (new DHUA BUCS Appointments Coordinator) if you are available.
Please see earlier message sent out 2 weeks ago.

President DHUA

25th SepContact details - umpires

As previously indicated, see July 26th, the contact lists can only be seen once you have logged into your personal area. From the drop down menus select Umpire Association(s) and the former list appears.
If an umpire had previously withheld their details from that page the contact details are available with the appointment information within a club administration area. If as a team captain/umpire sec you require access to that please liaise with your club webmaster in the first instance.

For those in the Premier leagues (both genders) and Men's championship you should note that the details of West appointments are in the OMS system. If because of umpire shortage at a level you find a game does not have 2 umpires appointed please look at both systems, you may find one appointee in each system. There is no data link between the two.

19th SepDHUA UDO meeting 18/9 - presentation/information

As indicated at the meeting the changes to rules presentation is available in the FIH rules section of the Information/downloads section. It is there is 2 formats, as a pdf file and a link to a google slides presentation.

Also in the Club Agreements section is the table indication to UDO/club umpires which member of the Selection and Coaching Committee is their first point of contact for Umpire development.

6th SepDevon Festival - appointments/playing order

The most up to date version of the Saturday is now in the information/download area reflecting changes to teams participating and some changes to umpire appointments on that day, is correct as at time in the title!
Sunday will follow as a separate file as many changes are required. The previous document has been removed.

27th AugDHA Affiliation and Cup Entries 2019/20

Dear Club Contact,

Please find the following information regarding this year’s affiliation and Devon Club Competition for your action:

Club Treasurers:
All clubs need to action the affiliation form and respond by sending payment as directed by 31st October 2019.

Club Secretaries and Fixture Secretaries:
Please complete the Devon Competition entry form for this coming season. Please take note that the entry form includes entries to the Devon Cup/Trophy, O35s, U18s and Senior Indoor competitions. Please return the form as directed by 31st August 2019.

24th AugDHUA Kit

KJ Sports are the new kit supplier for DHUA umpiring kit, a full range of shirts (yellow, cerise, blue and the neutral pool (only) orange) together with different (including a waterproof option requested by many).

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19th AugTime to Listen Workshop

Hi all

I am pleased to advise that Time to Listen Workshops have been organised as follows:

• Monday 11 November – Sports Park, University of Exeter EX4 4QN
• Monday 21 October – The Victoria Inn, Victoria Road, Roche, St Austell PL26 8LQ

All Workshops are 18.30 – 21.30 hrs.

Time to Listen (TTL) is a three hour interactive workshop, developed by the NSPCC’s Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU) which has been adapted to be specific to hockey. ALL Welfare Officers should attend this workshop to update their skills and knowledge of Safeguarding in regards to hockey. The certificate should be updated every three years in order to keep up with current legislation.

Time to Listen attendance by the CWO is a compulsory element of ClubMark accreditation.

The workshop is aimed at Club Welfare Officers (CWO) and people who have a designated welfare role in their County or Region . It is good practice for the CWO, or someone from the club/association, to attend this workshop especially if you have U18 players. It is recommended that a second Club Official is also trained as a deputy.

Devon Hockey Association will offer a BOGOF on this workshop – candidates will need to book online and then the club claim the £20 back from DHA post workshop.

The workshop is designed to give confidence and support in the CWO role and there will be plenty of opportunities to talk to other Welfare Officers to share experiences and good practice. For further details please use this link to our website. The cost is £20 per delegate.

Booking a Workshop place is now online through the HockeyHub (as with coaching and umpiring courses/workshops). Places are limited to 16 for each Workshop and we advise early booking to avoid disappointment. As this is a new system for Time to Listen Workshops, if you experience difficulty with the booking process please contact in the first instance.

If you have any queries please contact the regional EH Administrator, Jenny Mitchell (

Many thanks

Barbara Reynolds
Relationship Manager
Direct: 07718 980517 |
England Hockey, University of Exeter, Sports Park, Stocker Road, Exeter, EX4 4QN
Tel: 01392 264031 |

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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.

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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