FIH Rules of Hockey (2019).

EH statement on Rule Changes

DHUA Umpires’ Kit – SilverFx

Becoming a Level 1 Umpire – the process

Umpiring courses around the country (EH website)

You’re the Umpire (EH online umpire training modules – set up an EH account first)


SOHC Affiliated Umpires (with EH Umpire Registration numbers)

LEVEL 3 : Rob Cann (275501)

LEVEL 2 : Charlie Pritchard (278175)

LEVEL 1 : David Ackland (255560), Ian Davis (274066), Karen Dutton (250436), Mike Dutton (273051), Steve Ellison (289070), Jon Hext (277250), Angus McVey (386595), George Powell (333675), Jon Mutter (285898),  Maggie Heal (409814), Jack Ellison (409812), Guy Rudolph (403639), Peter Rider (421228)

The following are marked as inactive for 2018-19 (for DHUA admin purposes)

LEVEL 1: Paul Baker (255225), Simon Baker (263343), Tom Gardner (385246)

LEVEL 1 Un-assessed: Eaun Webber (420999), Eddie Rudolph (439635), Jane Roberts (411746)

Occasional guest umpires (not affiliated): Jonty Rider (332346), Alex Mitchel (357293)

The following non-playing umpires have been granted Honorary Membership of the Club (2018-19 season onwards):

Rob Cann, Charlie Pritchard, David Ackland, Gus McVey, Guy Rudolph, Maggie Heal, Mike Dutton, Ian Davis, Peter Rider.

Aspiring Umpires:

Simon Olive,  Jennie Stogdon,  Maddy Roberts, Martha Keats, Dan Weedon

If you are a qualified umpire and not yet affiliated to our Club, please give us a try – you’ll be very welcome and you’ll be offered umpiring opportunities most Saturdays throughout the regular season

Upcoming home fixtures & umpires

Please contact Mike Dutton – 01392 881950/07488 287257 – if you want to help out with the umpiring. 

Sat 7th Sep: Club Day at Ottery 1100-1300: anyone welcome to come along

Sat 14th Sep: friendly games

*1100 Ottery: Ladies 4 v Dawlish

1230 Ottery: Men v Okehampton

*1400 Ottery: Men B v Okehampton A

*1030 Sidmouth: Ladies  v Teign 2

*1200 Sidmouth: Ladies 3 v Honiton Hornets

Sat 21st Sep:  friendly games & one league game

*1100 Ottery: Ladies 3 v Ashmoor 2

*1230 Ottery: SOHC 2 v Ashmoor

*1400 Ottery (league) Men B v Men C

*1030 Sidmouth: Ladies 4 v ECVH 2

*1200 Sidmouth: SOHC A v East Devon A

Sat 28th Sep: league 


Sat 5th Oct: league


N.B. fixtures with asterisk (*) by the time are suitable for Level 1 unassessed umps

Entering your umpired games on the Devon Hockey website (Personal Area)

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 (minimum 3 game for a player-umpire, 5 minimum 5 games for an umpire who is not registered as a player). Note that you do not need to enter DHUA appointed games as those will be added automatically to your match history.

Following the DH website upgrade in Oct 2018, the process of adding games to you match history is slightly different. After going into your Personal Area (with email address and password) there should be four main blue bars near the top of the page that you’re presented with; click on “Your Umpiring History” and a few paragraphs of explanatory text appear, the paragraph in bold type telling you whether or not you are marked as “active”.

Click on the “View and Update my history” – the new page lists all the games in your history, any appointed games appearing first, followed by non-appointed games (the most recent at the top of the list).

To add a game click on the green box “Add a match to my history” and bear in mind that, after selecting the Date and Competition you may well have to select the home and aways teams from drop-down menus to proceed to the final Confirmation page.

Umpiring News

Please check out the Umpiring News page for latest info about Level 1 Courses and alternative umpiring opportunities  in our area

Next Exeter or Taunton based Umpiring Course.

Sunday 10th Nov 2019 (Exeter Uni) – please let Mike Dutton know if you’re interested at all.

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. Fol-lowing 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. To access this area of Hockey Hub, you need to be registered and log in first. Registration is free and takes only a few minutes.

Allocation of umpires

Currently our Umpire Development Officer (UDO) Mike Dutton looks after this aspect. During the main season, he will email all Club umpires each Sunday or Monday 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 out, directing umpires, relevant team captains and fixtures secretaries to this website page again; this confirmation notice will always include confirmed DHUA-appointed umpires and may, if necessary, request further volunteers to fill any umpiring slots that are still vacant.

Ad hoc requests to umpire for other clubs (neutral games)

If you are approached directly by another club for your umpiring services, could you please refer the request to Mike Dutton; he will then check to see if the Club can spare you (or an alternative ump) for the fixture in question; if so, Mike will (in most cases) ask Graham Woolcock at DHUA to give us a “Club Appointment” to that game, or appoint a named umpire of our choice  – this can often be done at short notice. We may, on occasion, be more understanding as far as Honiton Hornets HC is concerned as we have in the past benefitted by using a few of their home fixtures (at Ottery) as development games for the our unassessed umps;  this is not possible this season (2017-18) as Hornets are in Petroc 1, a division in which unassessed umps cannot be used.

Umpiring notices

The Rules of Hockey

Please see the Link at the top of this page for access to the full Rules of Hockey (2019) document.

Updated Red Card and Matchday Misconduct Offence Regulations (posted Sept 2016)

The main change is to bring consistency across the game to the penalties imposed when a Red Card is shown – the changes are already in effect so you will need the new form for any matches that you umpire from now on.

Where a player has been shown a Yellow card for a minor offence and then commits the same offence again, a Red Card should be shown – however, this offence will only result in suspension from that match – there is no further ban imposed. NB. the form must still be completed for all Red Cards awarded for whatever reason.

Points to Note:

A red card can be awarded to any coach/physio/manager whether there is a team sheet or not – and if such a person is awarded a red card, the team must play with one less player for the remainder of the match.

The Red Card does not necessarily have to have been shown for a Red Card offence to have been committed – being asked to leave the arena is the same as being awarded a red card.

You cannot rescind a red card after the match (other than in cases of mistaken identity – when the true culprit should be identified and issued with an MMO).

An MMO is used for any offence for which a red card would have been awarded that takes place on the day of the match before the whistle to start the match or after the final whistle.

Any offence involving violence or the verbal abuse of an official cannot be treated as a minor offence and will result in a 16 day (minimum) ban.

Regards, Peter Hammond
Chief Coach (

Umpiring Opportunities at the Club

We are fortunate to retain a good umpiring base at the Club with 20 qualified umpires (2019-20 Season), 3 of whom have Level 1 un-assessed status. We’re always on the lookout for fresh umpiring talent and anyone interested in becoming an umpire should contact the Club’s Umpire Development Officer (UDO) Mike Dutton. Mike, an accredited EH Umpire Developer,  will continue to make it his business to help bring on budding talent (young or not-so-young) and guide him/her through the qualification process, in close association with the DHUA. All our umpires are officially “affiliated” to Sidmouth & Ottery HC, and listed as such on the DHUA website.

Currently, it is a requirement of the DHUA (and England Hockey) that player-umpires must umpire a minimum of 3 games per year to retain their “active” status; for non-playing umpires the minimum requirement is 5 games per year. Games umpired must be logged on the DHUA website where each umpire has his/her own password-protected “personal area” already set up. Umpires who fall short of the required minimum number of games during any one year up to 30th June may be “de-activated” by DHUA; in that event, he/she will then need to be re-assessed before their status can be re-activated to resume umpiring league games, but they would be able to umpire friendly fixtures.

We retain strong links with the DHUA and, for start of the 2019-20 season, we have a B Club Agreement which lays down various benefits for the Club, e.g. prioritised allocation of umpires appointed to our home games, free coaching for umpires, together with the Club’s reciprocal responsibilities such as payment of fees for appointed umpires and making some of of our club umpires available for appointments to neutral games (away from Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth). Note that we pay annual registration fees to DHUA on behalf of our “active” umpires (£15 per umpire aged 21 or over).

Umpiring Courses

Note that the cost of the course is currently £55, to be paid online, and you will be required to complete an online Rules test before attending. The Club will refund the course fee when (after completing the course) you’ve umpired a minimum of 5 games for the Club. 

Umpiring courses around the country. Please the notes carefully and see if there is a suitable course in our area. If so, BOOK ONLINE NOW. To continue, you will need to set up an England Hockey account (with username and password) but don’t let that put you off (you’ll then need to wait for an email back from EH before you can proceed further). The online Rules test is pretty basic – and remember, Mike Dutton can help you along the way after you’ve done the course, with initial mentoring and coaching as necessary before you exercise your option to request (free) coaching through DHUA.



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