Following is a detailed explanation of the grades in which KJHC plan to enter. Links are provided to documents provided by Wellington Hockey Association with full competition details.
In New Zealand, hockey for children in school years one to eight is labeled “Small Sticks”. See the Small Sticks Handbook 2017 Final for full details. Small Sticks is broken into four divisions as follows:
Fun Sticks (Years 1&2)
The Fun Sticks programme is a New Zealand Hockey initiative. It is a 12 week programme designed for children aged 5 – 6 years old who are new or relatively new to the game of hockey. The programme will involve various activities which work on fundamental skills and movements and at the end of each session the group will break into small games. Players interested in Funsticks contact and register directly as an individual with WHA.
Mini Sticks (Years 3&4)
Mini Sticks is for 6-aside teams divided into two competitions: Development and Experienced. Games are played on a quarter-sized turf and are 2 x 20 minute halves with 3 minutes for half time.
Kiwi Sticks (Years 5&6)
Like Mini Sticks, Kiwi Sticks is for 6-aside teams divided into Development and Premier competitions.
- Premier – A fully kitted goalkeeper is optional, games are played on a half-sized turf.
- Development – No goalkeeper. Games are played on a half-sized or quarter-sized turf depending on the location of the hub.
As with Mini Sticks, games are 2 x 20 minute halves with 3 minutes for half time.
Kwik Sticks (Years 7&8)
- 6-aside – A fully kitted goalkeeper is optional, games are played on a half-sized turf, games are 2 x 20 minute halves with 3 minutes for half time.
- 11-aside – 11 players including a fully kitted goalkeeper, played on a full-sized turf. Divided into
- P1 – 2 x 25 minute halves, 3 minutes for half time
- Other – 2 x 20 minute halves, 3 minutes for half time
KJHC will generally register four 11-aside teams: two girls’ and two boys’ teams. Children who are not selected into one of these teams may be placed in a mixed gender 11-aside team or Y7/8 6-aside team.
Note, a player may register both as a goalie in a team, and a field player in a lower graded team, and play both games each weekend. Goalies are the only players permitted to play two games on game day.