Juniors

School year 1-8

Our junior teams cater for all experience levels and play adapted games starting from 6 a side for the young ones and up to 11 a side games when they reach year 7 and 8

There are 4 grades in the juniors.
Fun Sticks - year 1 and 2. (6 a side)
Mini Sticks - year 3 and 4. (6 a side)
Kwik Sticks - year 5 and 6 (6 a side)
Kiwi Sticks - year 7 and 8. (11 a side)

The juniors, except Fun Sticks, practice one night per week (generally on a Monday or Thursday) then play each Saturday in the 2nd and 3rd school terms.
Fun Sticks practice and play on a Saturday morning from 8am.
Each grade barring the fun sticks will have a premier and silver competition as well as different gradings according to overall team skill.

The year 5 & 6 and the year 7 & 8 grades will have trials at the beginning of the year around March. These trials are for the players who feel they would like to be in the premier (top) graded teams.
All other players will be placed into teams according to years played and be informed of their team and practice time/place by the holidays.

Youth

School Year 9-13

HPHC encourages youth players to play in the youth competition to benefit their athlete development. Our youth teams cater for all experience levels, and play standard 11 a side games following the same rules that apply for senior hockey.

In line with the new directive from Auckland Hockey, the 2019 Youth Hockey season will see some changes from last season’s competition. The grade will now be split into two age driven grades for both boys and girls. The grades will be U16 and U18. Age is determined as of 1 January of the current season e.g. if a player is 16 or over on 1 January 2019 they will play in the U18 grade.

HPHC will have teams in each grade, and intend to field a premier team for both U16 and U18 as well as development teams. However this may change depending on numbers and skill level determined at trials. The premier team is for competitive players aspiring to play the highest level of hockey possible. A high level of skill and fitness will be required to play at this level.

As in previous years our club endeavours to allocate all players to a suitable team, however our numbers are limited and in some instances players may have to be waitlisted. Players will be advised as soon as possible after the final trial if this is the case.

NB: ALL PLAYERS MUST REGISTER AND TRIAL FOR THEIR CORRECT AGE GRADE

HPHC pathway for youth players.
The Premier Women and Men’s coaches, Jude Menzes and Clive Daniels will work closely with the youth coaches and senior coaches to plan the pathway for training and game opportunities for the youth players. Working with their team coaches all players should be aware of their player pathway within the club and the opportunities this fields.

This pathway is also aligned to the HPHC John Daniel Academy which insures the individual players’ skills are identified, developed, supported and developed to their full potential. This pathway development may provide opportunity for identified youth aged players to be eligible for selection into senior grades in the following or subsequent years.

Seniors

Adults

Our senior teams cater for all experience levels from Beginner to Elite. The competition at this level is divided into different skill levels and teams are selected based on trials so that players are able to play and compete with those of a similar skill level. Teams are men's or women's and practice on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings with a games on either Saturday or Sunday.

The different grades for the Seniors are broken into the following divisions:
Premier
Premier Reserve
Division 1
Division 2
Division 3
Division 4

Goalkeepers

The goalkeeper is arguably the most important position on the hockey field! A good goalkeeper can win you games. It is therefore paramount that goalkeepers get the attention and time they deserve at trainings. The goalkeeper is responsible for the defensive circle and a strong goalkeeper will often take a leadership role on defence

Key attributes of a good goalkeeper:

  • Fast and agile
  • Proficient with both the left and right foot
  • Ability to judge and close down shooting angles
  • Ability to make aerial saves with the glove (left) and stick (right)
  • Ability to go down correctly at defensive PC’s and / or remain standing depending on circumstances (hit / flick)
  • Good communicator and organiser of the defence