Umpiring news

WHL Fixtures for the 2021-22 season released


SOHC’s Fixtures (2021-22) have been published by the new West Hockey League. Clicking on the link will normally place the spreadsheet on your device so you will need to open the document, All WHL Fixtures are scheduled to start on Saturday 25th September. West Hockey League add that “The fixtures will shortly be loaded to

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2021 Ladies’ Summer League


Exe HC Ladies’ Summer League Exe HC have booked pitches at Exeter School and the sand base at the Uni as the other pitches in Exeter are not yet open. For Exeter School please enter via Victoria Park Road (at the cricket pavilion) not in the school. The code to open the gate will be

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Club Awards 2019-20


Dear Club Members, It may seem like ages ago now but we still have some unfinished business from last season (yes, that’s the 2019-20) to complete – our Awards Presentation. This was because we had to cancel our end of season celebration due to Lockdown I and a few aborted ideas of how to do

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Return to Hockey – Spring 2021


Following a meeting of the Executive Committee on 22nd March, subject to the Government adhering to their “road-map”, the Club is intent on following a Plan A on a Return to Hockey, and looking to extend activities well into May. As of 26th March. the dates for your diary are as follows: Senior Training (Men)

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Introduction to Umpiring (Online Courses)


For youngsters wanting to learn more about the umpiring side of hockey.  England Hockey currently offers plenty of Online Umpiring Courses, including  a few Introduction to Umpiring Courses, ideal as a relatively informal entry-level introduction for juniors, and costing just £10. Attendees must be at least 12 years old and can download an England Hockey Certificate

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National lockdown restrictions – from 5th Jan.


With the new lockdown in place as from 5th Jan, all hockey activities are on hold until further notice. We await further information on when things may resume. Until then, stay safe!

New Year restart


NEW YEAR RESTART – Latest Information Welcome back! We hope everyone had a pleasant Christmas and New Year. As we look to resume hockey, we find ourselves in Tier 3 which means we can still train and play locally (in Devon). With that in mind this is the current plan. Senior Teams – Men and Ladies.

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Return to Play After Lockdown II


The government have released the latest guidance relating to grassroots sport within the Tier system. England Hockey has deciphered this information and published it here. Read it carefully to see how it impacts training, league and junior hockey. You will note it includes significant differences re. sharing transport to hockey events.

Latest Govt announcement & Hockey


LATEST GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT & HOCKEY As a result of the Government’s second lockdown announcement and with confirmation from England Hockey, we have to cancel all Club hockey activities from, and including, Sat 7th Nov 2020. This applies to our Junior Academy, senior training and Rustys, junior tournaments and senior fixtures. Senior training will go ahead

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EH Umpiring Courses (online) – your Club needs you!


Our Club needs a few new umpires, and that could be you!! We also need another EH-accredited Umpire Developer (courses also available online for £10 only) to add to the one we already have, Mike Dutton. Suggest that we need a club umpire who has  had at least 3 years umpiring under his/her belt. England

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England Hockey go to Step 5 (from 26th Sep)


Latest from England Hockey (moving to Step 5). The statement, issued on Wed 23rd Sep, reads : “In light of the announcements from government on Tuesday evening, England Hockey can confirm that outdoor hockey can continue as planned for the foreseeable future, meaning that outdoor hockey will go to Step 5 from this weekend (Sat

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Thunderbirds are GO!


THUNDERBIRDS ARE GO! Right, people! We have been working very hard to get to a state of hockey readiness. We now meet all the EH guidance and Sports Centre requirements (as far as we know!), so now we can play! Things will be a bit different as there are a number of conditions and behaviours

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Spend & Raise ££ for the Club!


Thank you to everyone for raising donations for Sidmouth and Ottery Hockey Club with the Club Shop Club Shop and #easyfundraising! If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s easy and completely FREE. 4,300 shops and sites will donate to us when you use easyfundraising to do your everyday online shopping – at no extra cost to

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Hockey can start again!


Great news!! England Hockey have just announced (7th Aug) that, with the right steps, competitive hockey activity can resume – training & matches, outdoor & indoor!! More details. The Club can now prepare for a return to hockey and will be working hard to get things going. This will include working closely with Ottery and Sidmouth

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Entering umpired games on the DH website


It is important that you keep entering your umpired games on the DH website, at least until you are officially marked as “active” by DHUA each season (minimum 3 games for a player-umpire, minimum 5 games for a non-playing umpire). After going into the Devon Hockey website go to your Personal Area Login,  click on Personal

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EH Rule Changes 2019


The main changes that have been highlighted in the England Hockey summary document (see link at top of page) are as follows: Removal of Player with Goalkeeper Privileges  (self explanatory)  Amendments to Attacking Free Hits within the 23m – essentially all attacking free hits within the attacking 23m (outside the D) should be treated the same

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Allocation of Umpires


Currently our Umpire Development Officer (UDO) is Mike Dutton. During the main season, he will email all Club umpires each Sunday or Monday during the season referring them to this website page, asking for their availability for the games requiring umpires over the following weekend or two. On the following Thursday a “Confirmed umpires” email will go

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Umpiring opportunities at our Club


We’re always on the lookout for fresh umpiring talent and anyone interested in becoming an umpire should contact Mike Dutton, the Club Umpire Development Officer (UDO) and Accredited EH Umpire Developer. He will continue to make it his business to help bring on budding talent and guide them through the qualification process, in close association

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Umpiring Courses & online learning modules


Please check out the latest about EH Online Umpiring Courses. Next Exeter/Taunton based Umpiring Course: TBA. Candidates must be at least 14 years old. If interested in attending any future course, please text your UDO Mike Dutton on 07488 287257. Note that the cost of the course is currently £55, to be paid online, and you

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Club AGM – Mon 15th June (online)


2020 CLUB AGM TO GO AHEAD ONLINE – Mon 15th June. Our world has changed, but we still need an AGM! With social distancing, staying at home and no gatherings we have had to think about how we hold our AGM this year. We have decided not to wait, but to try and finish last

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