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.


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                                  $95

Mini Sticks Yr3/4                                $165

Kiwi Sticks Yr5/6                                $165

Kwik Sticks 11’s Yr7/8                       $205

Kwik Sticks 6’s   Yr7/8                       $165

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?

We need you! If you can offer expertise in business, coaching, administration, finance or want to become a business partner please contact us on harewood.hockey@gmail.com.