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Wednesday 18th September 201919:30HUA
DHUA UDO/Chairman meeting
Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Sunday 29th September 201909:30HUA
Level 1 umpire course
Truro School
Level 1 course, book via England Hockey site
Monday 28th October 201919:30HUA
DHUA management committee meeting
Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
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

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.

16th SepCalling all umpires: Availability Updates

The new season is underway and in order to support all Devon Clubs to the best of our ability and to help our DHUA officers to plan ahead with making appointments it is essential that all umpires visit their Personal Area and update their availability for the coming months.
Appointments will be made shortly for the first batch of Wednesday afternoon BUCS games at the Universities (Plymouth University, Plymouth Marjon University and Exeter University)....can you assist, even if it is only for an occasional week?
It is vital that every umpire keeps all personal availability information up to date on a regular basis. This will greatly assist our DHUA officers and enable them to deploy our limited resources most efficiently.
Thank you for your help and cooperation.
I wish you all an enjoyable and fulfilling season.
President DHUA

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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16th AugDevon Coach CPD - FREE observation sessions

Hi all
As discussed and agreed at the Devon Club Forum in May, DHA have arranged for hockey coaches from across the County to observe some coaching sessions at other clubs. Five free sessions have been set up;

Please could you let me know the names of the coaches that will be attending from your club by each session deadline , just so we can gauge the numbers.
If this is your coaching night at your club, in order for your coach/es to attend you may wish to run an end of season ‘Games Night’ for your club session! Or one coach attends and feedbacks to your club coaches.

See attached observation sessions.


16th AugImportant information for Devon Clubs

To all Devon Clubs,

Please read the attached information and discuss the contents with your club committees . It is important that all clubs understand and vote on the proposal.

David Chard and Anne Baker are willing to attempt answer any questions you may have

David email –
Anne email –

England Hockey Resolution
What does it mean for your club?
At the England Hockey AGM in March 2017, a resolution to review the structures within the sport was put to the AGM and passed via a 98% majority. The AGM resolution read as follows:

“This resolution proposes that England Hockey review the sport's current governance structure across the country so that it provides the best opportunity to develop the sport; increasing participation levels and the chances of sustained success at national and international level while safeguarding participants and giving members the best possible experience in the 21st century”

Why is there a need for change?
• There are many organisational structures across the Regions that have evolved over time – there appear to be too many
• There are anomalies and differences that make it confusing for clubs and players to understand
• There is a need to reduce duplication and complexity to be fit for the 21st century
• Reduce the number of committees and organisational structures
• An example is to standardise leagues across the country

What is proposed?
• Dividing the Country into 8 Areas (instead of 5 Regions)
• Then dividing the 8 Areas into sub areas
• England Hockey have overall responsibility for hockey in England
• Areas and sub areas have a fundamental role in organisation and decision making
• Simplification in structures
• Common principles of governance
• Consistency of policies, rules, regulations for all aspects related to playing hockey, such as umpiring, officiating, coaching, player pathway and leagues

How will it affect Devon and the West?
• The West Region is likely to be almost the same but some clubs on the extreme fringes (possibly 8 clubs) may move to leagues with less travel e.g. like the Dorset women’s clubs who have moved to Hampshire as it is closer
• West men’s and women’s league rules will be aligned, to provide consistency (as will the whole country) making it easier for clubs
• There may not be a need for a West H.A (what do they actually do?) Currently they are a company by limited guarantee, existing purely as an umbrella to receive reports from 5 groups:
▪ West Women’s league,
▪ West Men’s league,
▪ Player Pathway
▪ Competitions.
▪ Umpires
• Devon will probably remain as a sub area

Responsibilities: Adult Leagues & Competitions
Junior Leagues & Competitions
Performance Centres
Officiating Appointments
Masters Representative teams
Local Sub-Area - Devon
Responsibilities: Representative teams: (where demand exists)
- Masters
- Adult
Junior: Academy Centres & Development Centres

What happens next?
• A proposal with more detail on the structure will be proposed for clubs to vote on in March 2020

Devon Hockey Association views;

• More detail is required about decision makers and paid officers before Devon committee can advise on whether this should be supported.
• Devon supports the principle of having an area with sub areas, if the detail and decision making is in part of the sub area remit (Devon county), not as proposed in the Area remit
• How can Devon deliver activities that they will not be responsible for? For example – Junior Leagues & competitions

At present - Devon HA are ABSTAINING

Please complete the Survey on behalf of your Club by 27 October deadline;

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4th Aug Indoor umpiring opportunity

We have been informed that East Devon HC have arranged indoor hockey at Uffculme school on Monday nights 8-9pm through September, starting on the 2nd. If you, would like to try indoor umpiring please contact Graham Woolcock in the first instance.

26th JulWeb Site Structure Changes

Some changes have been made to the structure of the web site.
Some of the pages that have traditionally been available to anyone have been moved to within the personal area. This further protects data from access by people with no genuine reason to access it.
The pages affected are the Committees Page, Umpire Contact Details Page(s), Membership Page, Umpire Panels Page and Umpire Awards Page.
In addition, the Club Page that is in the public area showing all the information about a club has been modified so that it no longer shows any contact information for individuals. There is a duplicate of the page accessible from within the personal areas, which does show contact details.

The changes mean that, with the exception of a very few key contacts for the association(s), no personal contact information is now available to the public - it is only available to people who are properly registered as umpires or registered by clubs as club administrators or team officials.
In the past, there have been three settings that people can use for protecting their contact information (Public, Private or Secret). Because of the changes the Public category is now only really relevant for a few key association contacts and a new Internal category has been added. Any contact information marked as Internal can only be seen by genuinely registered users of the web site.
If your contact information needs to be seen by people from other clubs even if you are not due to play against them, you should ensure that your privacy setting for the relevant contact information is Internal rather than Private.

16th JulEngland Hockey-Rules Confirmation for 2019/20

The rules and their adoption have been confirmed today. Both the up to date FIH rule book and a copy of the EH notes appear in the Information/downloads section. There will be further guidance and information from DHUA in due course regarding the changes.

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27th JunDHUA Vice-President

At the DHUA AGM in May Sam Tallowin was awarded the post of Vice-President in recognition of his many years of service to Devon Hockey Umpires Association and to Devon hockey in general.
Sam feels very honoured and wishes to thank everyone involved.

24th MayCornwall Senior Mens team looking for Devon sides to play

Cornwall Men’s senior team are looking for one or two matches in the second half of this coming season (2019/20). Championship/Premiership level and date to suit each team. If any Devon sides are interested please Contact Dominic Email:-

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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