Waikato Hockey

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Intermediate

2021 Season Dates

Team Registrations Open: Click here to to register a team (must be completed by the TIC or Sports Co-ordinator)

Intermediate Pre-Season Meeting: (formerly known as school’s meeting) Wednesday 31st March, 7.30pm at Gallagher Hockey Centre (GHC)

Slideshow of the pre-season Intermediate meeting.

Team Registrations Due: 23rd April.

Umpire/Coach Workshop: Thursday 6th May, 6.00-9.00pm at St Pauls.

Season begins: Friday 14 May

No play: 16 & 23 July (school holidays) 

Last night: 27 August

Rules

Fees

Intermediate team fees: $950

Team Size

Community spirit, WHA lets play initiative. 

Here at Waikato Hockey we are about playing hockey! When entering teams for our primary and intermediate competitions you will see a recommended player number per team. If you have less than this number but still enough to field a team please do not be afraid to enter. We believe in getting kids out on the turf playing hockey. If you only have 6 players in your 6 aside team and one happens to be away or sick then we encourage you to approach the team you are playing and ask if they have any extra players that can help out. This is common place in other sports and allows everyone more opportunity to get on the field.

Intermediate Competition Format 2021

WHA and the Junior Division have made the decision to play all intermediate hockey as half field games. There will be two modules run this season:

      • 6 aside + Keeper (aimed at schools top teams)
      • 6 aside no Keeper

For more information please attend the pre-season schools meeting.

The purpose of the change to half field is to increase the development of all players involved in the game. The advantages of this include:

      • Each player gets more touches on the ball
      • More touches on the ball equates to more hockey
      • Players cannot hide
      • Six-aside is more fun!
      • Promotes higher game speed
      • More individual skill focused (promotes skill development ahead of game knowledge which is better taught at the U15/U18 level)
      • Note: All grades are mixed teams

They won’t learn how to play half field: We are focused on player development. Smaller teams means increased involvement for every players in the game. The same tactics and skills used in 6 aside are also used in 11 aside.

If you would like to know more or have any questions or concerns, please attend our schools meeting.

Year 7 and 8 Overview

group

9 Players to a game

(10 when including a goalkeeper)
6 Field players on the field

Goalkeeper is a seventh player*

We strongly encourage rotation of playing positions for all players. This encouraging development of different, transferable skills and conceptual understanding across all players.

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Half field

Standard goals

3 x 15 min. periods

5 min. breaks between each period

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Boys and girls mixed

No-Goal keeper: Beginner and Development grades

Goal keeper: Development and Competitive grades

Scores kept for grading purposes only

No finals/trophies

6 a Side with Keeper playing format

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6 Players and a keeper on the field

10 Players per team

We strongly encourage rotation of playing positions for all players.

This encourages development of different, transferable skills and conceptual understanding across all players.

whistle (1)

The standard rules of hockey apply with the following modifications:

No penalty strokes

Long corners 5m out of top circle

hockey-mask

Development and Competitive grades

The standard rules for penalty corners apply with the following modifications:

Three defending players to start from opposition circle

A penalty corner should be taken within 30 seconds of being awarded

6 a Side No Keeper playing format

group

6 Players on the field

No goalkeeper can be added

9 Players per team

We strongly encourage rotation of playing positions for all players. This encourages development of different, transferable skills and conceptual understanding across all players.

whistle (1)

The standard rules of hockey apply with the following modifications:

No penalty strokes

Long corners 5m out of top circle

The ball must not be raised above “top of the shin pad” height at any time

hockey-mask

 Beginner and Development grades

The standard rules for penalty corners apply with the following modifications:

Three defending players to start from opposition circle

A penalty corner should be taken within 30 seconds of being awarded

Venues

With the large number of teams we are using every turf space available, this will mean you can be playing at one of the following venues, please treat each venue with respect and PLEASE make sure all rubbish (empty drink bottles especially) are put in the rubbish bins.

Please remember to follow all Parking instructions at ALL sites. Running late, No parks left DOES NOT mean you can park in restricted areas. Allow extra time in case you need to park further away and walk 2 min to the ground!

Open view all locations here.

Related Information

Draws

Intermediate News