Umpiring news

SOHC Halloween Party (28th Oct)

11/10/2017

Saturday 28th October 2017 at Sidmouth Clubhouse 7:00pm til late. SOHC’s Halloween 2017 party, with club teams entering for games & fun for all the family. Games and prizes on offer including, of course, the best fancy dress award. Please come along and support your club and team mates. Raffle donations are needed:  please contact

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Get a Wiggle On!

17/09/2017

Walking Hockey started at Sidmouth Leisure Centre in glorious sunshine today. After confirming some basic skills to get started and the realisation that walking really did mean just that, the group settled into playing. The organiser, Jack Ellison, who recently represented England at the European Youth Leadership Festival in Amsterdam and gave a presentation on the

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Umpiring Course at Exeter Uni – 5th Nov 2017

15/09/2017

As a large Club running 9 league teams, we are always seeking new umpires, especially from our stock of more “senior” players or those contemplating giving up playing hockey, for whatever reason. There is an upcoming Level 1 Umpiring Course to be held at the University of Exeter Sport Park on Sunday 5th Nov 2017;

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SOHC gain DHUA “A” Club status!

12/09/2017

We have recently managed to gain promotion from “B” to (elite) “A” club status with the Devon Hockey Umpiring Association (DHUA). This is thanks largely to the number of neutral umpiring appointments that some of our umpires undertook during the period July 2016 to June 2017 (a total of about 20 appointments from Tom, Maggie,

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Walking Hockey is Coming!

10/09/2017

It’s only a few days until we start Walking Hockey – Sun 17th Sep – at Sidmouth. If you know someone, a friend, relative or neighbour who might be interested, please do let them know. Ask them to Contact us to register their name and details. Find out more.

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Rule changes 2017 – a summary

06/09/2017

Please click on the link below to see a summary of the (minor) changes in the 2017 Rules of Hockey. Rule changes 2017 summary (pdf) Or, if you’re really keen and have a couple of hours to spare, try the link to the full Rules of Hockey 2017

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Giselle Ansley opens new Ottery Astro!

02/09/2017

On a lovely sunny September day, the Club was delighted to have Giselle Ansley open the new Ottery Astro as part of out #Hockeyfest ClubDay. It was great to see so many people there, whether to play or just to have a natter on the side. Thanks to all who put the event together and

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Launch of Walking Hockey!

25/08/2017

Do you think you are too old to play a sport? Have reduced mobility? Looking to meet new friends? Just want to try a new sport? Does the hockey you’ve seen on TV look too fast for you but you still have the urge to play? If you answered YES to any of the above

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Happy Anniversary!

22/08/2017

Today (22nd Aug) is the first anniversary of the launch of our new website – we launched the day after Team GB women’s hockey gold medal in Rio. The website boasts close to 26,000 views during the year!    

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HWC 2018 Public Ballot Opens This Week

15/08/2017

The Public Ballot for the Hockey Women’s World Cup opens 19 August 2017. You must pre-register here if you want to apply for tickets. The event runs 21 Jul-05 Aug 2018. It is anticipated that there will be heavy demand for tickets. Don’t miss out.  

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Giselle Ansley to Open Ottery AWP!

15/08/2017

It has been confirmed today that Olympic Gold medalist Giselle Ansley MBE will open the new Ottery Astro on Sat 2 Sep at 12pm! Giselle will then attend Senior Club Day which will follow until 2pm.     Our HockeyFest weekend continues with Junior Club Day on Sun 3rd Sep, 10-12pm at Sidmouth.  Do come along to

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Ottery’s AWP is Ready for Use!

16/07/2017

The astro is finished and is available for the new season and for community hire now! This is what East Devon Council said about it. What’s New In short, the refurb has delivered the following improvements for hockey: a green Category 2 sand-dressed synthetic surface with a blue surround with new shock-pad beneath new drainage

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Congratulations to Maggie Heal

05/07/2017

Maggie has recently passed her assessment game to become fully qualified as a Level 1 umpire. She has persevered through several Mixed Summer League games (nothing easy there) benefitting from DHUA coaching and came successfully through the assessment game on 4th July. Well done Maggie!

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Brushing in the Sand

24/06/2017

These photos were taken on 15 Jun 2017, the day before our new pitch at Ottery was handed over to Leisure East Devon. We’ll post some photos of the finished facility asap. The photos show the surface being brushed to spread the 89 tonnes of sand that had been patiently sitting in large bags for

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Level 1 umpiring courses 2017-18

24/06/2017

The following courses have been organised by DHUA to enable Clubs to plan umpire development and to encourage anyone interested in becoming an umpire to gain the appropriate initial qualification. All four courses are now on the website available for bookings : http://www.englandhockey.co.uk/courses.asp?section=296§ionTitle=Find+a+Course The deadlines are Wednesday 11th October (22nd Oct), Wednesday 25th October (5th

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Ottery’s AWP Goes Two-tone!

08/06/2017

Despite some “interesting” weather this week in East Devon, there’s been some amazing progress. In the space of just a few days, the pitch has been transformed. In today’s update: new goals have arrived for small sided games; the bright blue surround has been fitted; new fence netting installed; wooden protection boards are in and

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New Astro surface has arrived!

01/06/2017

The SIS team started to lay and join the new rolls of green astro carpet today.  This will take several days and will be followed by the blue surround – marked on the photos by a white dashed line.  Whilst some lines are pre-stitched (the lines that run across the pitch), the “Ds”, P Spot, etc

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Shockpad Laid Down & Fence Improvements

27/05/2017

Since the last update at the start of this week, the excellent weather has allowed the contractor team to crack on. The shockpad has been completed and new posts installed to raise the height of the perimeter fence on three sides – by the car park and behind both 11-a-side goals. The pitch-side recesses have

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The Shock Pad is Down

22/05/2017

Great news; this week SIS started, and has almost completed, laying down the black shock pad ahead of the artificial turf arriving in the next few weeks. The ingredients for the pad, rubber crumb and a liquid solvent, are mixed on site and laid down by a special machine. As you can see from the

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