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2021 Season Dates

Team Registrations Open: 12th March 2021

Secondary Pre-season Meeting: (formerly known as school’s meeting) Tuesday 30th March, 6.30pm at Gallagher Hockey Centre (GHC)

Team Registrations Due: 23rd April 2021

Season begins: Week 10 May 2021

No play: 5 June (Queens birthday); During July School Holidays

Last week: 23rd August 2021


U18 A grade (girls and boys) – Wednesday

U15 Grade (girls and boys) – day TBC based on entries, likely to be Tuesday/Wednesday

U18 B (girls and boys) – day TBA based on entries, likely to be Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

U18 C (girls and boys, mixed teams play in the boys grade), day TBA based on entries Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday

6 aside social (mixed teams, all U18) ask for expressions of interest, day TBA based on entries, will be Mon/Tue/Wed or Thur.

Notes about grade changes for 2021:
U15 grade
  1. To protect and continue to encourage our younger secondary school students and to keep them playing hockey (particularly year 9 and 10’s). Under the old format, many year 9 students would end up playing in a grade that included year 12 and 13 students. This difference in age, ability and physical size makes it very difficult for our younger players and they end up being discouraged from playing hockey.
  2. As all our intermediate hockey is now half field, Waikato Hockey find it appropriate to have a dedicated grade where players can learn the full field game. Having an U15 grade allows for this, without dropping players into the deep end.
  3. Having an U15 grade encourages schools to work on player development. A team that specifically caters to younger players is better for their development.
U18 grade
The U18 grades are U18 “open” this means all students from year 9-13 can play in the U18 grades. There is also no rule that you have to enter teams into the U15 grades. For schools that have the player numbers we believe it is beneficial have U15 teams but those decisions are up to the school.
Allowing for U18 open (no school affiliation requirement)

This should allow for smaller schools to enter teams by supplementing their numbers from outside the school. It also works for individuals who leave school to still play hockey in their age group. Under the old system a 16-year-old who leaves school would be forced to play in an adult club team. This allows those players who are first year out of school but still U18 to continue playing in their age bracket.

Refer to rules:

6.       Eligibility

6.3 (3)   Non-enrolled students may be used as long as they;

        • Meet the age requirements (8.1)
        • Have Principal and WHA sign off
        • Note: These players will not be eligible for MISSC or SS Tournament

8. Age Limits

8.1          Players for the Secondary competition must be under the age for the relevant competition as of 1st January for the current year e.g. U15 or U18


​​​​​​​Besides the normal rules for hockey, Coaches and Managers should make themselves familiar with the Junior Hockey Bylaws.

  2020 JD Competition Rules


U18A grade: $2450 (this includes allocated umpires)

Rest of Secondary 11-aside grades: $2200 (self-appointed umpires)

6-aside: $950 (self-appointed umpires)


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.

Open view all locations here.

Score Cards / Results

The system of recording results will be through Hockio. It is recommended that Team Managers, Coaches, Umpires and Sports Co-ordinators are familair with using Hockio.

Training and information will be provided. Please attend the schools meeting, Tuesday 30th March, 6.30pm at Gallagher Hockey Centre (GHC), for initial information. Or contact Ned or Shelley to arrange a time for training. There is also information guides available in the Resources and Polices section of the website.

The app can be downloaded in the Google Play store and Apple store.

Cancellation Rules

Please check the WHA website home page around 2pm for official status of games.

Otherwise: If not cancelled AND weather changes it is up to the Umpires (in consultation with coaches) to determine if the match starts or is abandoned. A game is usually only abandoned for:

    • Thunderstorms (two or more lightning flashes in 5min)
    • Flooding (Surface is covered in water) and is unplayable
    • Any situation the umpires deem unsafe (player safety is paramount)

A game can be started up to 15min late or have a 15min stoppage(e.g. 45min of play can be completed) and a result obtained BUT all games must finish /Stop as normal 5 min before next match is due to start.

Should the game be called off the following rules will apply:

    • If 45min play completed the result will stand.
    • As we don’t have facility to replay or complete ALL matches, all other cancellations will be a recorded as 0-0 Draw.

Related Information

Draws and Standings

Secondary News