Waikato Hockey

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Mini Hockey

2021 Season Dates

Team Registrations Open: 12th March.

Mini Pre-season Meeting: (formerly known as school’s meeting) Wednesday 31st March, 6.30pm at Gallagher Hockey Centre (GHC). Click to register for the meeting.

Team Registrations Due: 23rd April.

Umpire/Coach Workshop: Wednesday 5th May, 6.00-9.00pm at GHC. Click to register for either of the workshops.

Rainbow Funsticks Coach Workshop: Saturday 8th May, time TBA (morning)

Season begins: Saturday 8 May for year 3-6
Season begins: Saturday 15 May for year 1-2 (Rainbow Funsticks)

No play: 5 June (Queens birthday); 17 & 24 July (last two weekends of school holidays)

Last weekend: 28 August (With it being the last day of Mini – let’s make it a bit more fun for the kids and have a dress-up day!)

Team Size (all Mini teams)

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.

Rainbow Funsticks (Year 1/2)

There will be a training session for Coaches of Rainbow teams on Saturday 8th May (Time TBA) . Please meet on Turf 1, HA. Bring hockey stick and a note book should you wish to take notes.

The Rainbow Funsticks program will begin from 15 May. WHA will provide coaches to work with team coaches for some sessions. This will be explained in more detail at the session on 8th May.

Rules

Besides the rules for the grades and the guidelines, Waikato Hockey has a rule that ONLY players and the Coach/Manager are to be on the field ALL other supporters must be behind the Field Fences.

Mini Competition Format 2021

Mini Hockey is a Saturday morning winter competition for Primary school children in Years 1-6.

In the Mini programme Years 3-6 teams play 6-a-side hockey.

There are different divisions for Mini Hockey.

Year 1 and 2 (Rainbow Funsticks)

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6 Players in a team*

4 Field players on the field

No goalkeepers

hockey-field

Twelfth field

20 min coaching prior to game (provided by WHA most weeks, format TBC)

Two goals each side

20 min game

Totaling 40-45 min

field-hockey

Boys and girls mixed

No grades

No scores kept

Year 3 and 4

group

8-9 Players in a team*

6 Field players on the field

No goalkeepers

hockey-field

Quarter field

Two mini goals each side

2 x 13 min. periods

2 min. breaks between halves

field-hockey

Boys and girls mixed

Beginner, Development & Advanced divisions

No scores kept

No finals

Year 5 and 6

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9 Players in a team*

6 Field players on the field

No goalkeepers

hockey-field

Quarter field (no Half field 2021)

One mini goal each side

2 x 13 min. periods

2 min. breaks between halves

field-hockey

Boys and girls mixed

Beginner, Development & Advanced divisions

No scores kept

No finals

 

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

*Recommended team size

Fees

Year 1/2: Rainbow $250

Year 3/4 & 5/6 quarter field: $370

Venues

Mini hockey is played at either the Gallagher Hockey Centre or St Pauls Collegiate.

GHC: Parking can be an issue here so look for alternatives, around lake domain and even at the Train Station both within a 5 minute walk.

Exiting GHC (Mary St ONLY) can be a struggle at the best of times. If traffic is busy PLEASE don’t sit at the Mary St intersection and try to turn right , go left cross the railroad and look to use a side street to change direction.

St Pauls: Carparking is available near the turf if the carpark is full park on the road outside the school DO NOT park on grassed areas.

And PLEASE make sure all rubbish (empty drink bottles especially) are put in the rubbish!

Results

These will be uploaded to Hockio using the Match Day link, which Team Managers are sent prior to each game.

More information about using Hockio can be found in the resources and polices section.

There will also be information presented at the Pre-Season meeting, which Team Managers are welcome to attend.

Umpires

Each quarter field team is to provide an umpire for his/her own game who may also be the coach.

Kiwi Sticks teams are to provide an umpire for their own game – this must NOT be the coach. This development stage is where coaching and umpiring needs to be clearly separate for players and spectators. The Junior Hockey committee will monitor adherence to this.

Related Information

Draws and Standings

Mini News