Melville Minkey & Grads Hockey
Updated March 2018
The Minkey / Grads season will start on Saturday, 5 May 2018. Minkey games will run from 8.30am-9.30am, and Grads games will run from 9.45am to 11.00am.
What is it?
Minkey is a modified version of hockey designed for mixed teams of boys and girls from pre-primary to grade 3. Rules are modified to encourage a safe and free flowing game. Players will be put into a team (generally 6 or 7) with a coach and team manager. Sessions go for 1 hour (30 minutes of training to teach basic skills followed by a game against another team).
Grads is a transitional year from minkey to juniors. Grads play on ¾ or full size ground with the rules of hockey introduced as the season progresses.
The club policy is that all players play according to their school year. For example, pre primary and year 1s play Minkey 1, year 2s play Minkey 2, and year 3s play Minkey 3. Grad hockey is for children (generally in year 4) transitioning into Juniors. However, if players start in pre primary they may transition to Grads and juniors a year earlier.
Melville Minkey and Grads play at the club each week.
Uniforms and equipment
All the kids playing in Melville are expected to wear the club uniform, which is available at the uniform shop, along with sticks and other equipment. A full list of available gear is available here. http://www.melvillehockey.com/shop.php
Mouthguards are a compulsory piece of equipment and the club policy is that all players should have a mouthguard prior to taking the field for practice or games. Mouthguards are available at your local chemist, or from a specialist dental technician.
Coaches and managers
These volunteer positions are vital to the success of the club’s junior hockey program and in previous years we have been fortunate to have parent volunteers coach and manage the teams very well. No experience is necessary for these roles and coaches will be supported by the club. The most novice coaches can make great coaches. These are the most satisfying and rewarding roles to take on at the club. If you have experience coaching or playing or are simply interested in coaching hockey, please contact me ASAP.
We have many requests for friends to be placed into the same team. Coaches’ requests are generally a priority when it comes to satisfying requests, however mixing up of teams each year, balancing numbers of girls and boys in the teams and players ages are generally the determining factor of team composition. Whilst we endeavour to satisfy all requests, sometimes it is not possible.
For further queries:
0400 446 525
Melville Minkey & Grads Coordinator