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Canterbury Hockey 2021 Representative Changes

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What changed in 2021?

Hockey New Zealand removed the national U13, U15, and U21 representative tournaments, and Associations throughout the country were recommended to modify and enhance their development programmes to better suit the needs of the athletes.
Hockey New Zealand changed its national competition offerings for U18 and senior representative hockey teams, by removing regional teams and offering Association based tournaments. In 2021, there was be a under 18 Association based national tournament in July and a senior National Hockey Championship in September.

How will Canterbury Hockey provide development opportunities to junior and youth athletes to replace previous under 13 and 15 representative programmes?
Canterbury Hockey is continuing to work on detailed plans for under 13 and 15 development opportunities and have the below plans in place:
  • The U13 development programmes will be an open invite for year 7 and 8 athletes and will be delivered in two phases. Phase one will take place during the July school holidays and phase two after the completion of the 2021 winter season.
    • It is intended that phase two will have a festival type event involved.
  • The U15 development programmes will be an open invite for athletes who are under the age of 15 as of January 1 2021 and will delivered in two phases. Phase one will take place during the July school holidays and phase two after the completion of the 2021 winter season.
    • It is intended that phase two of the programme will be split, with athletes who attend a secondary school tournament and those who do not set to receive different offerings.
  • More information about these programmes will be made available in the coming months.

Representative Policy

Click here to read the 2021 CHA Representative Policy

One of the small additions to the 2021 Representative Policy is the Under 18 Player Eligibility Criteria

Under 18 teams - Players being considered must be under the age of 18 as of January 1 in the year being considered and must also be 15 or over as of January 1 of the year in which the tournament is played. They must also be registered participants of Canterbury Hockey who live or school within the Associations boundaries and be eligible through Hockey New Zealand’s National U18 rules. Players who do not live or school within the Association boundaries but are registered participants of Canterbury Hockey will only be eligible for selection if there is a Memorandum of Understanding in place between Canterbury Hockey and the Association they are living and/or schooling in, following mutual agreement between the respective Association of the benefits it provides for the individual participant and both Association’s participants in general.


There is concern that players who are living and attending a school in another association can register and play for a club in Christchurch and therefore make themselves eligible for Canterbury U18 representative teams.

  • This creates an issue for neighbouring associations who could potentially loose a number of secondary school players from their local club competition and U18 representative program.
  • Despite creating a deeper talent pool for Canterbury Hockey U18 teams, it will reduce the number of opportunities available to Canterbury based players.
  • A main driver around removing regional teams in the U18 age group was to reduce travel and to encourage school students to stay and play in their home association.
  • We believe this goes against Sport NZ’s Balance is Better messaging as it promotes excessive travel - which reduces recovery opportunities and impacts other areas of the athlete’s life and wellbeing.


In our continuing drive to achieve and maintain excellence our representative coaches and managers are crucial to the performances of our teams.

The coach and manager appointment process for our NHL, Senior, and U18 teams' takes place from January to March. 

Player Welfare

Canterbury Hockey, along with High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ), want to ensure that players who are U18 and selected into our representative teams do not have an excess workload placed on them over the period of their representative campaign.

Player Welfare Memo 

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