Mini Sticks – School Year 3&4

Mini Sticks Information

Mini Sticks is a Year 3&4 grade played on either a Friday evening or Saturday morning. Mini Sticks teams can be either single gender or mixed gender on both days. They play on ¼ of a full size turf for 3 periods of 12 minutes. 6 players are on the field at a time and there are rolling substitutions.

Teams will be made up of 9-10 players to allow for fair playing time, sickness cover and meaningful training sessions. This grade is designed to introduce kids into game play either transitioning from the fun sticks programme or new to the sport. We aim to place players in their respective school year allowing them to progress through the grades with a similar core group of players.

Mini Sticks train in their teams on either a Monday or Tuesday. Upon registration you will be asked for your preferred training day which is largely dependent on coach availability.

You will also be asked your preference for what day you wish to play on and in a single or mixed gender team which the teams are made up on. Please note that even if you choose to play in a single gender team you still may play opposition that are in a mixed team or single gender (eg, an all girls team can play an all boys team). 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 too so it’s great to be surrounded by a diverse group.

Mini Sticks begins on the 10th / 11th of May and 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 Mini Sticks teams!


A playing shirt is provided by the club for the season. Your own red skirt or shorts and red socks will need to purchased. There is a global shortage of red skirts currently so they may be hard to locate.
Our Dynasty Club Shop has junior red shorts and socks available to be purchased. Just Hockey also has red socks and may have shorts too.
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.