Kwik Sticks – School Year 7&8

Kwik Sticks Information

Kwik Sticks is a Year 7&8 grade played on a Saturday Morning. Kwik Sticks teams are single gender with 7 players (including a goalkeeper on the field at a time). They play on ½ of a full size turf for 3 periods of 16 minutes, there are rolling substitutions. Teams will be made up of 11-12 players to allow for fair playing time, sickness cover and meaningful training sessions.

This grade is designed to prepare players for the 11 a-side format of the game in year 9 by enforcing all hockey rules and more game concepts. Previously there has been an 11 a-side transition for year 8 players during the second half of the season which will not be happening this year for a number of reasons including reduction of club administration, social considerations and alignment between all clubs.

In the past we have trialed for this grade however we will not be doing so this year. We take on board feedback from previous coaches to create well balanced teams giving every player the chance to thrive and develop in their environment.

Kwik Sticks train in their teams on either a Tuesday or Thursday. Upon registration you will be asked for your preferred training day which is largely dependent on coach availability. You will be asked your preference for what day you wish to train which is a factor in which the teams are selected. We do try our best to accommodate kids with their friends where possible however we believe some of the best friendships can be made through sport so it’s great to be surrounded by a diverse group.

Kwik Sticks begins on the 10th of May ends on 23rd/24th August. Non playing dates include 1 June (Kings birthday), 13th July (middle week school holidays) and 20th July (last week school holidays).



Click here to view the 2024 Kwik Sticks Teams!


A playing top and bottom is provided by the club for the season. Your own red socks will need to purchased either from our Dynasty Club Shop or Just Hockey.

Our club shop will be open in a window before the start of the season which we will communicate when we know what date that is.


Harewood is a volunteer club and we rely on our club members including parents to step in and support our teams. We understand it may be daunting stepping up to coach a team if you have no previous hockey knowledge however we are here to support you in doing so. This is a large reason why we have set training days for each grade so someone from the club can be there to support everyone through their journey. We have a large number of senior club members who volunteer their time to coach but as we are a large club we cannot cover all teams.

All coaches will be police vetted this year and required to complete the Hockey New Zealand Coaching Ticket which is a quick online course on the basics of coaching. We have a number of coaching resources available for you and can direct to plenty more too.

A large part of coaching is having some fun and establishing a positive culture amongst your team. It’s a great idea to team up with a friend or another parent to share the load. If you want to chat more about coaching please do not hesitate to reach out to us at


Another great way to help out is by managing a team which involves communicating to all parents/guardians training and game details, managing substitutions and keeping in touch with junior coordinators. If you are able to contribute in anyway please indicate this upon registration and we can discuss your options.


Please read through our Junior Programme Document to assist in answering any questions you may have.