Sidmouth & Ottery Hockey Club welcomes any new umpires, young, not so young and mature/senior! With our EH-accredited Club Umpire Developer and several experienced umpires, we are well placed to offer support to all umpires through mentoring, coaching or guidance. While most wish to remain as “club umpires”, the options on progression to take on neutral (appointed) games or entering one of the West Area Umpires’ Pools will be fully explained, with guidance offered about the path forward.

Upcoming fixtures requiring Club umpires
datetime & venuefixtureumpires needed
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West Hockey Officiating – Umpire Development (brief guide)

Online Rules Familiarisation (informal easy test)

England Hockey Level One Umpiring Courses

England Hockey Officiating Club (EHO)

England Hockey GMS login/registration form

England Hockey Online Training Hub (officiating)

Your EH umpire number (via EH Hockey Hub)– may have changed recently!

Rules of Hockey 2022 (updated)

Rule Changes 2022/23

Red Card/ MMO Report Form (downloads a Word document)

Red Card & MMO Regulations (opens a pdf document)

Instructions: umpire’s radio/headset (downloads a Word document)

Appointing of club umpires (SOHC)


Please complete your registration on the GMS (as an Official) as soon as possible  England Hockey require all umpires to be members of the EHO via the Game Management System and you will need to be registered to become eligible to umpire any fixture other than friendly games (you can firstly check out this EH link to read a summary of the EHO, explaining some of the options open to you).

Please start the EHO registration process by going to:

  1. Click the “Register” button.
  2. Select “Officiating”.
  3. Enter your e-mail address and submit for a verification code to be emailed to you.
  4. In the Form, select your Primary Area Branch (England Hockey -West Area). Your Primary Area Branch  should be the one where you wish to either undertake the majority of independent umpiring opportunities or receive support with your Officiating (West Area for SOHC). You can leave the Secondary Area Branch blank.
  5. Select the appropriate Membership category – suggest Bronze Membership (this is FREE).
  6. Complete the rest of your details as requested – the ones with a red asterisk are required, the rest are optional. Don’t forget to select your Club (from a long drop-down list!).
  7. Select a Password (and Confirm it).
  8. Hit Proceed at the bottom of the form.

If your registration is successful, you should receive an acknowledgement email from England Hockey.

If you have any problems or questions, please contact Mike Dutton or e-mail

SOHC Affiliated Umpires (list)
umpireEH umpire awardremarksstatusEHO Member?
Rob CannLevel 3NPUAactiveyes
Charlie PritchardLevel 2Pool (West)activeyes
Rob StampLevel 2Pool (West)activeyes
Aidan WildayLevel 2Pool (West)activeyes
Peter RiderLevel 2Pool (West)activeyes
David AcklandLevel 1activeyes
Mike DuttonLevel 1Club Umpire Developeractiveyes
Gus McVeyLevel 1L1/2 Coachactiveyes
Guy RudolphLevel 1activeyes
Terry WaldenLevel 1M1/2 Coachactiveyes
Steve JohnstonLevel 1active yes
Maggie HealLevel 1W 4 player-umpireactiveyes
Caroline BiggsLevel 1player-umpireactivepending
Karen DuttonLevel 1W 3 player-umpireactiveyes
Steve EllisonLevel 1M 3/4 player-ump/coach

Jon HextLevel 1M 1 player-umpiresemi-activeyes
Jon MutterLevel 1M 2 player-umpireactiveyes
Sophie BrewerLevel 1 unassessedW 3 player-umpiresemi-active (new 06/01/22)yes
Andy MinterLevel 1 unassessedM2 player-umpiresemi-active (new 25/08/22)pending
Alan GadianLevel 1 Rusty Returning to umpiringactiveyes
George PowellLevel 1M 1/2 player-umpireactiveyes
Paul BakerLevel 1M 4 player-umpiredormantno
Simon BakerLevel 1M 1 player-umpiredormantno
Euan WebberLevel 1 un-assessedM 2/3 player-umpiresemi-activeyes
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The following non-playing umpires have been granted Honorary Membership of the Club: Charlie Pritchard, Rob Stamp, Aidan Wilday, David Ackland, Gus McVey, Guy Rudolph, Terry Walden, Mike Dutton, Peter Rider and Alan Gadian.

Aspiring Umpires: Simon Olive, Becky Davies, Roisin Turley.

Match Info required by team captains – guidelines for umpires.
Team captains (home and away) are expected to complete online Match Team Sheets/Match Report Forms and they will require some game stats from the umpires after the final whistle.
Umpires are not duty bound to record times of goals or scorers shirt-numbers – but in order to help our own club’s team captains with this post-match admin task, please try to keep a legible record the following “significant events” during the game:
Each GOAL scored, with the time (minutes – but doesn’t need to be spot-on), type of goal (FG = field goal, PC = penalty corner, PS = penalty stroke).
Each CARD  issued (G, Y and R) together with shirt number/team of the carded player plus the time the card was issued.
The FINAL SCORE (please confirm this to both team captains)
Please also add:
Names of both umpires (no signature required), plus the Date (for your own reference).
After the final whistle, both umps can confer briefly to double-check/confirm the event details and the final score. I suggest that the more legible written record of the two should then be made available for either team captain to photograph if required. Please keep your own copy of the match record for a week or so before disposing of it.
NEW UMPIRES NEEDED! And how to proceed

Our Club’s need for new umpires is becoming urgent. it is too often been a real struggle to find sufficient umpires, especially for those Saturdays when we have the full four home fixtures to cover. Mike Dutton is reluctant to ask any of our teams to find an umpire (or two) from their squad but, as things stand, that is likely to happen (rarely hopefully)  – possibly with penalties imposed on the Club if an ineligible umpire is used in a League game.

These days it’s quick and relatively painless to get yourself qualified: England Hockey currently offers plenty of online Umpiring Courses, including Level 1 Umpiring Courses (minimum age 14) and a few Introduction to Umpiring Courses

Times of the Level 1 courses vary (morning, afternoon or evening) and they last about 2 hours, after which you come away with a Level 1 (unassessed) Umpiring Certificate. Job done! Be aware that the courses tend to fill up quickly after they become available, but you can join a “waiting list” if a course is full. Cost of the course can later be claimed back from the Club.

Following qualification Mike Dutton makes it his business to manage further development as an umpire for the club – the pace of that development would be whatever best suits your needs and aspirations. Any playing commitments would always come first.

Additional information on England Hockey courses:

The Level I Umpiring Course is designed for anyone who is going to be umpiring the 11-a-side game and is delivered fully online, with a Level 1 (unassessed) Umpiring Certificate to show for it afterwards. Attendees must be at least 14 years old. Our Club remains committed to a policy of offering to reimburse the full cost of the course after a minimum of five competitive games have been umpired. – and there’s no time limit.

• You will need to complete the Online rules familiarisation test before attending (takes about 50-60 mins or as long as you like, with breaks, and it’s impossible to fail)

The course is made up of 4 modules:

o The game from a players’ perspective

o The role of the umpire

o Player management

o Preparation and planning the next steps

• After you’ve attended the course you will receive your Level 1 Unassessed Umpire’s Certificate.

Umpire Developer Course (£10 ONLY). Attendees must be at least 18 years old.

Introduction to Umpiring Course (£10 ONLY). Attendees must be at least 12 years old.

For further advice or any questions, please contact Mike Dutton.

Umpire Training Modules (England Hockey). 

All umpires are encouraged to follow the link below where you’ll find  new online training modules. These intended primarily for new and inexperienced umpires and combine quite a number of video clips with some clear, concise guidance and explanation. Following the successful completion of a short test, users can also download a certificate of awareness. Rules education and testing is now available. Please go to England Hockey Online Training Hub (officiating) –where you can try some of the Umpire Development Modules such as:

Roles & Responsibilities, Communication Styles or Conflict Management.

N. B. To access the EH Hockey Hub, you will need to be registered and log in first. Registration is free and takes only a minute or two, just email address and password required.

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