How do the grades/competitions work and when do they play?
All children are placed in grades based on their school year as per the Hockey NZ small sticks Guidelines.
Year 1 and 2 Funsticks Saturdays at 9-10am
Year 3 and 4 Mini Sticks Saturdays between 8am-1pm
Year 5 and 6 Kiwi Sticks Saturdays between 8am-2pm
Year 7 and 8 Kwik Sticks 6’s Saturdays between 11am – 4pm
Kwik Sticks 11’s Saturdays between 8am – 3pm
Each grade is separated into Divisions.
Where do the matches get played?
Funsticks Always at Nunweek Park Turf number 1.
Mini Sticks Various school grounds across Christchurch incl, Shirley Boys, and Rangiora
Kiwi Sticks Various school grounds incl, St Margaret’s, Rangi, Sydenham and Rangiora
Kwik Sticks 11 Aside is played at Marist, Nunweek or Rangiora Turfs.
6 Aside, to be determined but last year all Nunweek.
How long are the games?
Funsticks Is a skills based session with fun games at the end. 9am -10am
Mini Sticks 12 minutes each way, 1/3 turfs
Kiwi Sticks 18 minutes each way, half or three quarter turf
Kwik Sticks 11 Aside – 25 minutes each, full turf
6 Aside – 18 minutes each way, half turf
Uniform and Equipment
Fun Sticks All children are supplied a T shirt and hockey sticks are available. You will need shin pads and a mouthgaurd to play. A starter kit is available from Just Hockey.
Mini Sticks Require your own hockey stick, shin pads and mouthgaurd. Shorts and a polo shirt need to be purchased, along with plain red socks.
Kiwi Sticks as per minis above.
Kwik Sticks All year 7/8 players have uniform provided, but need to supply your own stick, red socks, shin pads and mouthgaurd.
NO MOUTHGUARD/SHINPADS = NO GAME!
Goal keeping gear is supplied. Harewood Hoodies are available for purchase. Samples will be available at registration day and orders taken. As it can be very cold, we recommend a long sleeve black or blue poly prop for under shirts on cold mornings.
Just Hockey in St Asaph Street are our uniform supplier for all those needing to purchase gear or uniform.
What team will my child be put in?
Because this age group (School Years 3-6) is based around enjoyment and learning, and restrictions on available turf time, we don’t trial juniors below year 7/8. Naturally there is room for your competitive spirit but largely we remind parents and players in these early years, sport is about developing hand-eye skills, concepts of space, games to teach understanding, making friends and getting stuck in. This is in line with Hockey NZ policy and most other junior sports.
Players in Mini Sticks and Kiwi Sticks will be grouped according to knowledge of the player from previous seasons, as we appreciate kids do better playing amongst those with similar abilities.
If you’re new to the club, let us know who you have played for previously and what other sports you do.
We do take, and do our best to accommodate friend and transport requests, but this cannot always be guaranteed.
How much does it cost?
Subscriptions are verified at our AGM in February, but as a guide we estimate the following based on 2019 fees:
Funsticks Yr1/2 $85
Mini Sticks Yr3/4 $155
Kiwi Sticks Yr5/6 $155
Kwik Sticks 11’s Yr7/8 $195
Kwik Sticks 6’s Yr7/8 $155
Subscriptions are made up of an affiliation fee to Hockey NZ, and to Canterbury Hockey. The club component pays for equipment, uniforms, end of year prizes and events, club day giveaways, turf hire, training venue hire and a small reimbursement to our coaches for their expenses. The club is entirely run by volunteers with no paid positions.
I’d like to help out?
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