2020 Hockey Season Fees Reduced

As health and government restrictions have relaxed, the 2020 hockey season will go ahead. As it is a shorter season than usual, members’ fees have been reduced to compensate.

The junior hockey season will run for 10 weeks, from July 18 to September 19/20. The senior men’s and women’s seasons will begin on July 25, and run for 10 to 14 weeks. The finishing date is yet to be determined – possibly October 25.

The adjusted fees include a reduction of 25% for junior teams and 35% for senior teams, plus the normal early payment discount. Depending on the finishing date, further reductions to senior fees may be made. A refund or a credit is available for those who have already paid the pre-COVID-19 fees.  Fees may be paid in installments if desired. Please contact the Treasurer to make arrangements for refunds, credits or payment by installments.

Check the details of fees here…..

New Members Welcome

The club would love to have all of our 2019 members rejoining, and would be very pleased to welcome any new members. Newtown Hockey Club welcomes new members at any time of the year. We don’t care if you have never played before or haven’t played for 25 years. We welcome players from 3 to 70+, beginners or experienced. You can be social or competitive, with teams and programs to suit a variety of people.  New members for 2020 will receive 2 free pairs of socks (value $20).

If finances (or any other factors) present a problem for your participation, contact the Treasurer, Peta Hanley, 0418 143816 or the President, Claire Barnes , 0417 015130 and we will happily discuss alternative arrangements in confidence.

Hockey is a great sport – fun for the whole family and for all levels of skill and experience. Here are some good reasons from Grays Hockey why it’s a great sport for children to play.

If you would like to join us for the 2020 hockey season, Register here.

Newtown City Hockey Club – fun for all ages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Have A Question…..
If you have a question about any aspect of the club’s activities, you can find the answers here:

Keep Hockey Alive

As part of National Hockey Week back in 2017, Matilda told us that the best part of being in a hockey team was ‘using team work. And it’s fun to play with other people. It makes me feel happy.’

Hockey Is Alive And Well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We want you to tell us what makes you happy about hockey. How keen are you to get back on the field?

Send us a video, and it might be featured by Hockey Victoria as well as on our Facebook page.  Take a video on your phone in landscape position, with yourself on either the left or right of the image. Make sure the background is well lit, and there’s minimal background noise to interfere with your message.

Try answering any of these questions – or add your own reason why you are involved in hockey.

  • What are you missing about hockey?
  • Why do you play and love hockey?
  • What are you looking forward to most once you get back onto the field?
  • What position do you play?
  • How long have you been playing hockey?
  • Does your family play hockey?
  • What do you like most about hockey?
  • How or when did you start to play hockey?

Send your video to us, or to 0417 015130, and help us tell others what we love about hockey.

 

 

 

2020 Hockey – Are We There Yet?

In the normal situation, the 2020 hockey season would just have completed matches for Round 5. Many of us are a little like that child in the back seat on a long road trip, asking are we there yet? And the answer is – very nearly.

Return to Training

It is likely that training will resume in the next week or two, although in a different format, and the possibility of a shortened 2020 hockey season commencing in late July is slightly more realistic. However, there are many factors to consider and actions required before we can get out on the field.

We must abide by the guidelines and restrictions currently in place, set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

The Geelong Hockey Association and Newtown City Hockey Club must prepare a ‘Return to Play’ plan which manages all the risks to participants and ensures the safety of all. The plan must be submitted to the City of Greater Geelong, and when approved, we will be given permission to access the facilities at Stead Park and at Lloyd Reserve.

The ‘Return to Play’ plan will include such things as:

  • groups of 10 players plus 1 coach may train. While the logistics of this are still to be fine tuned, this will require players to reserve their place for each training session in order to ensure that this limit is not exceeded.
  • no physical contact allowed. Players to remain 1.5 metres away whenever possible.
  • parents to keep a reasonable distance away and practice social distancing. Good idea to stay in your car.
  • players must sign in and out, including contact details and time of entry and departure. Players must leave the facility promptly at the end of the session.
  • separate points for entry and exit of players at the beginning and end of the training session. Extra time allowed between sessions to reduce the number of people entering/ leaving at the same time.
  • hand sanitiser and disinfectant facilities available at entry and exit.
  • no equipment to be shared. No bibs or face masks to be used (unless they are your own). Balls, cones etc to be handled only by the coach.
  • toilets will be available for use, but social areas and change rooms will be closed.
  • regular cleaning of toilet and other surfaces which participants may come into contact with.

We may also need to consider arranging training at different times and venues in order to meet the needs of all players, and remain within the specified limit of 10 players.

Please let us know if you would like to resume training by completing this survey.

These guidelines also make it possible that Hookin2Hockey programs may resume in coming months.

2020 Hockey Season Format

There are a number of formats under which the 2020 hockey season may operate:

  • Start July 18 (after school holidays), finish September 19 (1st week of school holidays) = 10 weeks
  • Start July 18, finish October 24, excluding school holidays (September 26, October 3) = 13 weeks
  • With 2 or 3 week finals series, or without finals (so that every team plays more games) and with Premiership awarded to team on top of the ladder
  • Matches scheduled during school holidays for junior competition
  • Matches scheduled midweek instead of training to provide additional games
  • Season extended after the traditional finish time, with matches in October/ November

If you have not already done so, please complete this quick 2 minute survey to let us know which of these options you would prefer.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Club committee has decided to cancel hockey training for all junior and senior teams until April 15.

The decision will be reviewed again closer to this date. Unless otherwise advised, training will recommence on:

  • Wednesday April 15 – Under 10
  • Thursday April 16 – Under 12, Under 14, Under 17, Senior men and women

Check Teamstuff for details of times and venues, and any further changes.

It is likely that the season start will be delayed for at least 2 weeks, with a possible start on May 2. There may be some alterations to game times to create greater distance between the end of one game and the start of the next.

The club requests that members follow the conditions set down in the Geelong Hockey Association statement released on March 17.
Further information is also expected to be released by Hockey Victoria soon.

Stick2Hockey and Hookin2Hockey

The Stick2Hockey and Hookin2Hockey programs will continue at Lloyd Reserve as follows:

Enquiries: Claire Barnes, 0417 015130 or email 

Play Hockey With Us

Play Hockey With A Family Friendly Club

Newtown City Hockey Club is the largest hockey club in Victoria outside the Melbourne Metropolitan area. With over 350 members and 16 teams during summer and winter seasons, the Club offers the opportunity for people to play hockey at whatever level they choose.

New Members Are Welcome

The Club welcomes players of any age, and any level of skill or experience.  New members are welcome at any time of the year, as there are teams playing in both winter and summer seasons.

Winter season games are April to September, and the summer season is October to February. The winter season is the main competition, with the most participants. The summer season provides a more social environment, and this makes the summer season a good place to try the game out.

Getting Started

If you are new to hockey, or haven’t played for a while, you could start with one of these options:

  • Hookin2Hockey – a Come and Try program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
  • Kookas Midweek hockey – a less structured program for boys and girls aged 5 to 12.
  • Saturday Social hockey – a fun opportunity for boys, girls, men and women to play hockey, There is no commitment to be there every week. It’s a great way for families to play together. This program is run only during the winter season.
  • Summer hockey programs – includes Mixed Masters (over 35) and Friday Family competitions – both good places for less experienced adults to play hockey.
  • Join a team training session –  join one of the regular training sessions for the various teams.

New members are welcome to try one of these first, before deciding whether to join the Club.

Teams and Competitions

If you have decided that you would like to join the Club, we have teams for boys and girls from 3 to 16 (turning 17) and teams for senior men and women.

More details here …..

Fees, Charges and Registration

Costs to play include Hockey Victoria and Hockey Australia membership fees, and Club fees to play in a team or a program. All players who register will be included in a team.

Register online at home or come along to Registration Day on February 24.

Check the details here ……

Uniform and Equipment

Equipment is available for loan to participants in the Hookin2Hockey program. Junior equipment packs are available for sale through the club.

Uniform is required for teams competing in the Hockey Geelong competition, but is not required for U6 Joeys, Kookas and Saturday Social players.

Uniform and equipment information can be found here…..

Training

Team training for the winter season is conducted at Lloyd Reserve, Newtown for the U8 and U10 teams, or at Stead Park, Corio for the U12, U14, U17 and senior men and women. All players are encouraged to attend regularly. Training is not conducted during the summer season.

Enquiries:

Please contact us if you have any questions.