Hockey is fun for all ages.
Newtown City Hockey Club offers a ‘Joeys’ program for boys and girls turning 4, 5 and 6 years old. The program is aimed at children who like playing around with a hockey stick and ball but are a bit young to concentrate on an organised match and strict rules.
It’s a great way for children to learn the basic skills of hockey, with a focus on fun and small games, without organised matches. The program has proven to be a great preparation for future participation in a Minkey (mini-Hockey) team.
The program is conducted at Lloyd Reserve from 10 to 10.30 am each Saturday, from April to August.
Players should wear comfortable clothing and shoes to run in. Hockey sticks are available for loan initially. Players may choose to purchase their own equipment with packages available which include a hockey stick, ball and shinguards.
Uniform is not required. Each player will be given a tee-shirt to wear, and this is included in the fees charged.
Registration for this program provides cover for Public Liability and Personal Accident insurance.
Play the Whistle is a Hockey Australia initiative which promotes and rewards good behaviour from players, coaches, managers and spectators of junior teams.
The program will be introduced for Hockey Geelong Junior Competition matches in 2014, under the guidance of the Hockey Geelong Umpiring Panel.
At the end of the match, umpires for each match will award points to each team. Points given will reflect the degree of fair play and sportsmanship which the participating teams have shown. Coaches, managers and spectators are included in this assessment as well as the players, so it is an indication of the attitude of the whole ‘team’ to the game.
The Play the Whistle points will be recorded by the umpires on the team sheet and tallied. At the end of the season, the team with the highest number of points in each age division will win a prize.
The Newtown City Hockey Club Code of Conduct requires all members, whether players, officials or spectators, to ensure enjoyment of the game of hockey for all participants by demonstrating and promoting an atmosphere of fair play, sportsmanship and a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.
The Newtown City Hockey Club is very fortunate to have many members who are willing to umpire our matches. The majority of our umpires panel are aged less than 18 – a fantastic achievement. We have players aged 11 and 12 who are keen to learn to umpire. A positive and encouraging experience in umpiring a match will ensure that these people continue to learn and practise their skills, ensuring the availability of umpires for many years in the future. A negative experience may deter new umpires from continuing at all.
Hockey Geelong aims to identify those teams or people who do not participate in hockey in a positive way, in order to encourage behaviour changes. Teams which follow the rules and display good core values of respect and sportsmanship will ultimately be rewarded.
Further information: contact Sean Fitzgerald
or Hockey Geelong Umpires Panel – Pam Sutton, David Fitzgerald or Courtney Pearson.
Nominations are now open for the Victorian U21 Men’s and U21 Women’s teams. The tournaments will be played in early July in Sydney and Perth.
Nominations close on April 23.
Players are wanted for Hockey Geelong teams to compete in the Victorian Junior Country Championships, held in Melbourne on May 24 and 25.
Depending on indications of interest from players, teams will be entered for U13, U15 and U17 girls and boys, so this is a great opportunity to enjoy a weekend of hockey – a chance to make friends from other areas of Victoria and a great chance to work on your hockey game.
Coaches and team managers are also required.
If you are interested in playing or can help as a coach or team manager, please contact Ruth McKinnon, Junior Representative Teams Coordinator Hockey Geelong, ph 0402 155146
March 17 sees the beginning of the Newtown City Hockey Club’s annual programme of school hockey clinics.
Founding member of the Club, Alan Barnes, began this programme of school visits in 1977, initially just as an address to the students to invite them to Come and Try Hockey. The programme quickly advanced to include clinics in which the students participated, to get a real idea of what the sport was like. The programme has continued each year, and is one of the major methods by which the Club can let the local community know about its activities.
Typically, the programme sees members of the Club visit anywhere between 7 to 14 schools each year, representing 500 to 1000 students exposed to hockey each year for the past 36 years. Participating students are usually in grades 2, 3 and 4. Interested students are then invited to come and try a Hook In 2 Hockey session.
The programme begins with:
- Monday March 17 – 9 am to 3.10 pm – Montpellier Primary School
- Tuesday March 18 – 9 am to 1.30 pm – Roslyn Primary School
- Thursday March 20 – 9 am to 12.30 pm – Chilwell Primary School
- Friday March 21 – 9 am to 3.10 pm – Clairvaux Catholic School
If any members are able to assist, please contact us.