Playing for KJHC


Welcome to Karori Junior Hockey Club!  All the information you need to know about registering to play for us is on this this page, including:

  • eligibility to play for KJHC and how to sign up.  Please note you must live or go to school in Karori or surrounding suburbs to be eligible to play for our club.
  • pre-season training
  • what team should my child play for?
  • when are trials?
  • does my child have to trial?
  • who will coach my child’s team?
  • will my child’s team practice? where?
  • where will my child’s team play and when?
  • how much will it cost?
  • what equipment do I need to buy?
  • safety & cancellations
  • rules of hockey (including modified rules for the various grades)

If you still have questions, please visit our FAQs page, before contacting our membership convenor.

Am I eligible to play for Karori and how do I sign up?

Registration will open annually in February and a close date is set for early March. An online registration form will be available from the front page of this site when registrations are open.  Registering for pre-season training is a separate registration and does not register your player for the winter season.

Eligibility for registration with Karori Junior Hockey Club is based on your child either living or attending school in our local community.  Our community includes the following suburbs: Makara, Karori, Kelburn, Northland, Wilton, Thorndon, Wadestown, Kaiwharawhara, Crofton Downs, Ngaio or Khandallah.  If you live and go to school outside these suburbs please contact us and we will refer you to your local club.

Players who have previously been selected to a Wellington Representative team while playing for an alternate club need to contact Wellington Hockey to seek approval for a transfer to KJHC.  Please contact us for more information.  Any exception to our eligibility policy is at the discretion of our committee.

Please contact the Convenor for enquires.

What team will my child play in?

We usually offer teams for the following age groups and grades:

Child’s age Year at school Grade # of teams
7-8 3 & 4 Mini Sticks – Experienced/development 2-4
9-10 5 & 6 Kiwi Sticks 5-7
11-12 7 & 8 Kwik  Sticks – 7-aside (includes goalie) 7-9

Wellington Hockey Association (WHA) run a Funsticks programme for school years 1&2.  Players need to register directly with WHA for this programme.

Click here for a detailed explanation of the grades in which KJHC enter.

Annual Trials

Full details of this season’s trials are available.  See here for full details.

Your child does not have to trial.  If they elect not to trial they will be placed into a non-selected team relevant to their age group.

Coaches & Managers

All teams have coaches & managers appointed to them.  As well as parent coaches (most of whom have significant playing and coaching experience), we have coaches from the Karori (Senior) Club, as well as student coaches from the local high schools (who are supported by parent asst coaches/managers).

Coaches are divided into two types – training coaches and weekend/game coaches.  This allows us to maximise the talents of coaches who may not be available to take trainings, but are willing and able to commit time at the weekends.

Training is run in cohorts, in after school time slots and evening times, with experienced coaches leading training for two or three teams together, with the assistance of parents, weekend coaches and student coaches.

2020 Season Calendar

  • The last game for term 2 is 27 of June. There will be no games over the school holidays. The first game back after the July school holidays is Saturday 25th July.
  • The season will finish  on Saturday 26th September.

Training times and Locations

Every year we allocate training turf times to teams based on what turf we can secure in the Wellington area and coach availability times.  We are able to indicate possible or likely training times for teams, but cannot confirm these times until teams are selected and coaches are appointed.  We understand this can make planning ahead very difficult, but we are 100% reliant on volunteer coaches and it is some exercise to sort turf and coach availability every year.  That said around 97% of our players are able to make their allocated training slot each year. For those that cannot make their designated training we offer an alternate training session.

2020 Training Times

Times are subject to change based on confirmation with turf providers and coach availability

Year 7&8’s

  • Thursday NHS1 4:00-5:00pm 7/8 Girls 
  • Thursday Newlands College 5:00-6:00pm or 6:00-7:00pm

Year 5&6’s

  • Wednesday Wgtn College 5.30-6.30pm
  • Wednesday Wgtn Girls College Thorndon

Year 3&4’s

  • Thursdays Marsden School Turf 4-5pm

Playing venues

Y7/8 7 aside Elsdon (Porirua), Fraser Park (Lower Hutt), NHS (Newtown), Maidstone (Upper Hutt), Paraparaumu
Y5/6 (likely venues) Fraser Park (Lower Hutt), Paraparaumu, Elsdon (Porirua) or NHS (Newtown)
Y5/6 (possible venues) Scots College (Kilbirnie), Indian Sports Centre (Kilbirnie), Newlands Tennis Club (Newlands), Raroa Intermediate (Johnsonville), Wellington College (City)
Y3/4 Scots College (Kilbirnie), Raroa Intermediate (Johnsonville), Indian Sports Centre (Kilbirnie), Newlands Tennis Club (Newlands), Wellington College (City)
Y1/2 (Funsticks) Wellington Indoor Indians Centre, Kilbirnie

All primary hockey is played on Saturday mornings, between 7.30am and 1pm.


Subs for 2020 are:

 School years 3 & 4 $110.00
School years 5 & 6 $125.00
School years 7 & 8 $165.00
Ball contribution (optional) $10.00
Please note the fundraising opt out levy has been removed

Our Club Policy is to provide playing shirts on a loan basis to our members.  We charge $40 for non-returned or lost player shirts.

If you are experiencing financial hardship where support for your child’s fees would enable their involvement in hockey, please talk to us as soon as possible by sending a confidential email to

If you would like to sponsor a child’s sub, please email

Equipment and Karori Junior Hockey Club Uniform requirements

Just Hockey provide good service to our Club and offer the most competitive prices we are aware of for hockey equipment.  If the location of Just Hockey suits you we recommend you consider purchasing your gear from them.

Item Cost Location
Hockey Stick
Waist high is a good size guide. Older players could seek their coach’s expertise prior to purchase for some tips Junior Players – $30.00 – $40.00
Experienced or representative players – $50.00 – $300.00
Just Hockey Shop Newtown
Ph 389 4384
Most players prefer some sort of cross trainer with good grip especially on Sand Turf. Having ankle support and some cushioning are the main considerations. $50.00 – $160.00 Just Hockey Newtown other sporting shops
Karori Junior Hockey Club   Uniform
Shorts (Black Lotto Self-Stripe same as Karori Waterside Soccer shorts) Approx   $45.00 Just Hockey and Sports shops
Socks – black with white turnover top Approx $20.00 Just Hockey Newtown
Karori Junior Hockey tops Provided by club
Protective Equipment
Mouth Guard (COMPULSORY)
(It’s an idea to have a spare as they are easily lost)
$7.00 – $60.00 Custom mouth guards are available from Ben Catherwood – dentist, see below
Soccer shin pads are fine or specialist Hockey shin pads are also available
$15:00 – $60.00

Custom Made Mouth Guards for KJHC players

Ben Catherwood (dentist) makes custom mouth gaurds for many of our members.   A quick appointment is needed at his clinic on the Terrace where a mould is taken for the custom mouth gaurd and then its about a week for it to be returned once manufactured.  If you are keen to get a custom gaurd contact to book a suitable time.  Special offer of $65 for KJHC members.


The Club is concerned about providing the best possible safety environment in which to play hockey, however the Club can take no responsibility for personal injury incurred during any Club activity.

The Club ensures every team manager is allocated a First Aid kit to take to games and training.

Apart from benefiting the team aspects, warming-up and warming-down (including stretching) helps prevent muscle injuries and soreness. Drinking plenty of water before and after games or training sessions is beneficial. Failure to keep adequately hydrated can significantly affect performance.  Drink bottles should never be shared.


Games on turf venues are rarely cancelled even in cold wet weather.  It makes sense to wear something warm (preferably black woollen or polyester polyprop), underneath the playing shirt during a game and have a tracksuit or warm clothing to wear before, during (while a substitute), and after a game.

Games are rarely cancelled but if it is, a message will be posted on the Wellington Hockey App.  You can download the App and set your notifications to receive notifications for your age group.  In addition your team manager or the Club Convenor will also email or text you where possible.  The App will likely be the fastest and most reliable way to receive any cancellations.

KJHC coaches and managers are not permitted to unilaterally cancel a game – if the weather is in doubt, go to the ground and the coaches/turf duty team will decide whether the conditions are safe to play in.  If a team is contacted by another club regarding cancelling or making a change to a game, the team should refer this to the Club Convenor.