Junior Summer Hockey BeginsOctober 23, 2020
The Geelong Hockey Association Junior Summer Hockey competition begins on October 26/ 27, with teams for players from U8 Mixed through to U17 Mixed.
With the winter season suspended after 2 rounds due to COVID restrictions, a return to play for the summer competition has been eagerly anticipated by many. Although senior teams are still unable to play at this stage, the junior teams will return to the field next week. Players will be keen to get out and recapture the skills they have developed, and to catch up with friends and team mates.
The GHA summer competitions have an even greater focus than usual on fair play, participation and having fun. The competitions are played on half-field with 7 players per team plus up to 4 interchange players. As usual in Geelong, teams are mixed, including both boys and girls.
The summer competition is an ideal time for someone to try hockey as it emphasises the concept of having fun and sharing the play equally between all players. The rules of the competition are modified to reduce the barriers for new players and to ensure the safety of all participants. Players are only permitted to push the ball rather than hit when passing to team mates, and each player is limited to scoring a maximum of 3 goals in a game. Games can be quite high scoring, but the aim is to ensure that everyone is part of the play.
New players are welcome. Contact one of our local clubs for more details.
The competition will run until February, with a break for the December/ January holidays. Fixtures for the competition can be found here…..
Rules of the GHA Summer competition can be found here
COVID Safety Rules
All participants are expected to comply with the GHA Return to Hockey Guidelines SP and the HV Return to Hockey Guidelines
Please note the following important points:
- Wash your hands regularly and use the hand sanitiser provided.
- Do not share equipment or water bottles.
- ‘Participant bubble’ concept – keep teams and coaches together for training and matches, meaning that players should only play for a single team and that coaches should only coach a single team to prevent any potential cross-infection among different teams.
- Participants are permitted to umpire one game and play in another but when umpiring should maintain their distance from the participants and not gather with the teams or groups of players.
- Games may take place with the number of players plus the necessary coaches and umpires.
- Players and officials should wear face masks at all times when not actually participating in a game, e.g. when entering the venue or when warming up.
- Spectators are not permitted unless they are supervising children or supporting a participant with additional needs. If spectators are present, they must wear a face mask and should not gather in groups of more than 10 people.
COVID reporting and attendance records
For COVID reporting reasons, every person who enters the venue must record their attendance. This will be done via a QR code, which will be displayed at the entrance to Stead Park.
Make sure that you bring your phone with you. On scanning the QR code, HV registered members will be asked for their username and password. Once you have entered these credentials, you will be checked-in. Check out again on leaving the venue.
HV non-members/ guests can scan the QR code and enter their name and contact details.