Junior Hockey

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Junior Hockey

2020 Start Dates

The Canterbury Hockey Junior Competition runs throughout winter, beginning in early May and finishing in late August. The junior competition caters for players in Year 3 through to Year 8. Clubs will generally run their own Fun Sticks programme for years 1 and 2 throughout the season. The Canterbury Hockey Junior competitions are aligned to the HockeyNZ Small Sticks Strategy where all players play in their year groups, without exception, on quarter, half and full-sized fields.

For full Canterbury Hockey Rules and Regulations, including junior competitions, please click here.

Boys and Girls Club competitions:

Kwik Sticks 11-aside

  • Year 7 & 8
  • Full sized field
  • Saturday mornings

Kwik Sticks 7-aside (including GK)

  • Year 7 & 8
  • Designed to accommodate players less experienced and/or new to the game
  • 1/2 field
  • Thursday afternoons

Kiwi Sticks 7-aside (including GK)

  • Year 5 & 6
  • 1/2 field
  • Saturday mornings

Kiwi Sticks 6-aside (no GK)

  • Year 5 & 6
  • 1/2 field
  • Saturday mornings

Mini Sticks 6-aside (no GK)

  • Year 3 & 4
  • 1/4 field
  • Saturday mornings








Kwik Sticks 7-aside Competitions Changes

The Kwik Sticks 6/7-aside competition has traditionally been run on Saturday mornings and targeted towards new or less experienced players. Unfortunately entry numbers have declined over the last few seasons and there were insufficient numbers to offer a meaningful competition. After receiving feedback around various issues with the existing model we are making several changes to this programme to maintain alignment with Hockey NZ's Small Sticks playing format guidelines, namely: 

  1. The competition will run on Thursday afternoon in 1hr sessions
  2. The first half hour will involve a short skill development-based session (with coaches supported by a Canterbury Hockey programme coordinator)
  3. The remainder of the session will involve 7-aside games

Please read the full document - Revised Junior Winter Competition Information 2020.pdf

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