Summer Hockey Is Coming Back

September 25, 2020

We are delighted to announce that there will be a summer hockey competition in 2020/2021.

At this stage, the competition will be for junior players only i.e. 18 years and under, in compliance with the current COVID restrictions in place for regional Victoria. We are hopeful of a return to senior, Masters and Family hockey competitions as the COVID situation improves further.

Competitions will be conducted for U8, U10, U12, U14 and U17 competitions as usual. It may also be possible to conduct an U19 competition if there is sufficient interest. Competitions will be half-field, so all you need is 7 players to make a team.

Competitions will begin on October 26/27, with team entries due in by October 19. Details and costs for the competitions are being finalised, and team entry forms will be distributed as soon as possible.

Members are reminded of the need for care and caution to minimise the spread of COVID-19. The following guidelines issued previously apply, but there are some additional requirements too.

  • Spectators may attend junior matches, with 1 adult permitted per junior player.
  • Spectators should space themselves around the facility, with a maximum of 10 people congregating in 1 group. Every attempt should be made to maintain 1.5m distance at all times – including within a “spectator” group of 10. Do not move between groups, but remain with the same group or in a space by yourself.
  • Regular use of handwashing facilities and sanitiser is strongly encouraged.
  • Face masks should be worn by coaching and support staff.
  • Players/ participants do not need to wear face masks while actually playing or exercising where you are puffing or out of breath.
  • Players/ participants should wear face masks when not playing or exercising at a level where you are out of breath or puffing e.g. while stretching pre or post game, before and after your game is in progress.
  • Toilets and changerooms will be open, but no more than 2 people should be in each area at any one time.
  • The equipment cages will be accessible for clubs, but no more than 2 people should be in the cell block at any one time.
  • Players do not need to change part or all of their uniform if participating in two or more matches in a single day (shirt, socks, shorts/skirt, shoes).
  • Umpires can officiate more than one match without expectations to change their uniform.
  • Participants are encouraged to leave promptly after their game to avoid congestion and possible infection spread.

Hockey Victoria guidelines for the Return to Play can be found here……

The City of Greater Geelong has given permission for our use of the Stead Park facilities.