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Monday 15th April 2019HUALast date for entry of details of umpired matches in personal area
All non DHUA appointed games need to be entered in your personal areas by this date
Tuesday 7th May 201919:30HUA
DHUA Management Committee Meeting
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Monday 13th May 201918:00HA
DHA Committee Meeting
Dolphin Inn, Bovey Tracy
Friday 17th May 201919:30HUA
The Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey
Monday 20th May 201919:30HA
DHA AGM 2019
The Ley Arms, Kenn

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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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4th Mar Appointments for the remainder of March

Please note that NPUA and the West are appointing week by week, so we are unable to publish our appointments in the usual timely manner. Please keep an eye on the website and ensure your fixtures (teams) and your availability (umpires) are kept up to date. If you are available for two games please make sure you have updated the website accordingly. Any Issues please call Graham Woolcock DHUA Appointments Secretary.

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

1st FebCancelled games - feedback/expenses

From within your personal area please indicate using the red option for cancelled games, enter no feedback/expenses in this form. If you have incurred expenses (ie set out then heard of cancellation) please claim vi the Claim other expenses (not appts) option in the Your finances with DHUA section. If unsure please liaise with the Please do not enter any match feedback/expenses in the normal way as this causes considerable issues to the DHUA administrators.

11th JanShort Corner Master Class and Charity Day at Exeter University

Exeter University Hockey Club are hosting a charity day on Sunday 27th January, raising money for Hockey for Heroes. Using hockey as their sport to help, the Hockey for Heroes team work to raise funds for Help for Heroes, with their efforts dating back to 2012 and encompassing a mixture of exceptional physical exertion combined with playing hockey.

A brief overview of the day:
12:00 EUHC Ladies Chairman XI vs Hockey for Heroes Ladies XI
13:30 Short Corner Masterclass
14:30 EUHC Mens Chairman XI vs Hockey for Heroes Mens XI
BBQ, hot drinks and raffle tickets for sale throughout the day.

The day is focused around a double header; our Ladies Chairman’s XI will be up against the Hockey for Heroes Ladies XI, with push back at midday. The second match of the day will be our Mens Chairman’s XI vs Hockey for Heroes mens XI, pushback at 14:30.

We are also holding a SHORT CORNER MASTER CLASS SESSION, led by our mens and ladies 1XI players who have represented England U21. This is a great opportunity for children of all ages and abilities to get involved. It will be held on our Olympic standard water based astro here at Exeter uni at 13:30. We will be giving away a Exeter University playing shirt to the most improved boy and girl on the day!

We’re hoping to make it a great day and would love for as many people to come as possible, either to watch the games, to take part in the masterclass or both! We are not charging spectators to watch the games or individuals to participate in the master class, but we will have a donation bucket on the door to try and collect money for this incredibly important charity.

We will also be holding a raffle and have a BBQ and hot drinks on sale throughout the day. RAFFLE PRIZES INCLUDE a brand new Y1 Hockey Stick, 2x tickets to Exeter Chiefs vs Newcastle Falcons (23rd February) and a free Gym membership at Exeter University.

The day is going to be a great Sunday out, watching a quality standard of hockey, having a bite to eat and the opportunity to learn some new hockey skills from some of the best hockey players in the South-West. The focus of the day of course is raising money as much money as we can for a really good cause.

If you have any questions about the day please don’t hesitate to contact me, and if you could please pass on this information to your club members and parents we would really appreciate it.

Thank you in advance for your support. We look forward to seeing lots of you on Sunday 27th.

Best Wishes,

Ed Denton
Club Captain, Exeter University Hockey Club

31st Dec (2018)Club Treasurers - Contact Details

Can ALL Clubs please ensure that their contact details are checked and updated regularly.

DHUA have today issued invoices for appointments made during the first half of the 2018/19 season and a number of Clubs have either not provided their Treasurer's details or have not updated their contact information resulting in additional time being spent unnecessarily.

Finally, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all and thanks for your assistance with this matter.


19th Dec (2018)FIH New rules and EH update

England Hockey have confirmed that there are no mid season rule changes to implement, once DHUA have information regarding the adoption of the FIH rules we will provide further guidance as appropriate.

29th Oct (2018)Ken Creber

We are very sad to announce the passing of Ken Creber, after a short illness.
Ken was a passionate sportsman. He had soccer trails at Millwall before taking up hockey. He played in London before coming to Devon.
Ken was a stalwart of Torbay HC and Devon Dumplings and also represented Devon. He then turned to umpiring. He became a very successful and well-respected umpire and progressed to senior levels.
Many of us will have fond memories of Ken as a key member of the Devon Hockey community through the 70s and 80s.
He was also a very good cricketer for both Torbay and South Brent.
Ken was a popular and notable character of the era and he will be much missed the many who shared those times with him.
Bob Whitell
President DHUA

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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